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Arkansas Razorback basketball player Derek Hood went on to play professional basketball in several American leagues, including the NBA, and in Europe.
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The University of Arkansas has announced nine new inductees into the UA Sports Hall of Fame.

The list includes former Razorback football players Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men's basketball star Derek Hood and baseball standout Mike Loggins. Also selected are divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women's track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men's track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base says an SUV jumped a curb and knocked over a street sign near the base's front gate before the driver got out with a rifle.

Col. Charles Brown Jr. said guards began firing after seeing the man was armed and quickly recognized it as a threat. The base hasn't released the man's name, but says he's in critical condition at a hospital.

Brown said at a news conference that he didn't know whether the man fired his weapon at the scene. He says the base is secure.

Missouri prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 35-year-old man accused in the killing of a couple from Arkansas who is already serving life sentences in six slayings in Illinois.
 

Rains across Arkansas have put a damper on the 2015 wheat harvest in the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that total production was just more than 19 million bushels - down from almost 25 million bushels in 2014. The yield averaged out at 56 bushels per acre - down from 63 bushels per acre last year.

Agronomist Jason Kelley with University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says rains in February and March delayed the application of fertilizer and the poor drainage also reduced the yield.

Arkansas highway officials say U.S. Highway 71 in southwestern Arkansas has reopened after being shut down for more than two weeks because of flooding.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the nearly 2 1/2 mile stretch opened to traffic at 8 a.m. Sunday. The department says the reopening came after the roadway was inspected by AHTD engineers and was cleaned by maintenance crews.

Gov. Radio Address: Promoting Arkansas In Europe

Jun 13, 2015
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  The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Radio Address and Column for the weekend of June 12, 2015:

A few weeks ago, I was in Silicon Valley in California. Last week, I was in Newport and Batesville. Saturday, I leave for Paris and Germany.

The locations change but the business remains the same — economic development for Arkansas.

Jobs.

In 2015, we have to be a national and global competitor. And to compete on a national and global level, we have to market Arkansas at every opportunity. That means being there.

Join the KUAR news staff for a discussion on the top stories of the week.  

On this podcast:  a fight over the first recommendation regarding Common Core educational standards, a judge ruling that Arkansas should recognize same-sex marriages conducted last year, a request for a federal disaster declaration being prepared after flooding along the Arkansas and Red rivers, a request for a formal opinion on the open carry of firearms and a federal appeals court tossing out a challenge of EPA mission standards.

Republican State Rep. Mark Lowery says the Arkansas legislative council will block a renewal of the PARCC test, which must be complete by July.  

On Thursday the State Board of Education voted against approving a contract with ACT, and elected to continue with PARCC while the state considers options. According to Lowery, the Arkansas Legislative Council has already denied an emergency review of next year’s contract for the Common Core tied PARCC test. 

The Arkansas Department of Correction says allegations of sexual misconduct at a women's prison in Newport that may have led to a federal investigation involve a former prison chaplain.

Department spokeswoman Cathy Frye said Friday that two inmates at the McPherson Unit told prison staff in December that they had a sexual relationship with the former chaplain for about 3 1/2 years.

The former chaplain's name was not released.

U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman during his time in the Arkansas Legislature.
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The anti-tax Club for Growth says it is spending $150,000 in television ads in Arkansas and Tennessee to urge two Republican congressmen to oppose the renewal of the charter of the Export-Import Bank. The new broadcast and cable ads running in the southwestern Arkansas district of Rep. Bruce Westerman and northeast Tennessee district of Rep. Phil Roe are part of the Club for Growth's $1 million campaign against the Export-Import Bank.

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