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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross says the state must begin educating its children at a younger age and do a better job doing it.

At a meeting of business and education leaders Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the Democratic candidate said there is too little access to pre-kindergarten programs.

While the meeting was held in the Delta, which has long suffered with high unemployment, Ross said all of Arkansas could benefit from his plan to "start sooner and finish stronger" when it comes to education.

Republican Asa Hutchinson is to speak to the group Wednesday afternoon.

The Delta Regional Authority, which hosted the meeting, has called for merging programs that combine education and job skills and finding new ways to learn and improve living conditions.

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