News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The AP - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Election officials say supporters of a measure to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have fallen short of a signature requirement. But they will be given 30 additional days to circulate more petitions. The secretary of state's office said yesterday the petitions by Arkansans for Compassionate Care fell short of the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed to qualify for the November ballot.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - After 24 years of construction projects, U.S. Highway 65 that runs between Pine Bluff and Lake Village in southeast Arkansas is finally complete. Officials are holding two dedication ceremonies on Thursday to mark the end of the $200 million project that carries the promise of helping boost the region's economy.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says that 1,427 rigs were exploring for oil and 522 for gas this week. Four were listed as miscellaneous. The company says Texas lost 17 rigs, Louisiana lost five, while the tally in Arkansas remained unchanged. West Texas Intermediate crude closed the week up one percent to reach $87.10 a barrel.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Two Arkansas baseball players who were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft didn't sign contracts before the deadline. Officials say pitcher Randall Fant and outfielder Jacob Morris hadn't inked agreements with the Cleveland Indians by 4 p.m. yesterday. Razorbacks officials say Arkansas signees Teddy Stankiewicz and Colin Poche didn't sign contracts either with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.

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