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5:06 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Lt. Gov. Darr Reports Campaign Errors To Ethics Panel

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has filed an ethics complaint against himself over several errors he said he made in reporting how his campaign spent money shortly after he took office in 2011.

Darr on Friday reported several errors on the forms his campaign filed as it was raising money to repay the money he had loaned it for his successful 2010 bid.

Darr said in a statement that he's amending his fundraising reports after he took office in 2011 to reclassify fundraising expenses as debt reduction payments.

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3:53 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Inmate Who Escaped From Arkansas Jail Captured In Florida

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Derrick Estell was in custody in Florida.

Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Estell had escaped the agency's custody on July 28 with help from Tamara Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Correction for a court appearance.

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Local & Regional News
2:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

FBI Continues Investigation, Offers Reward in Case of Cut Power Line

The FBI is now offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading the person responsible for intentionally bringing down a power line in Cabot.

The line, located on Arkansas Highway 321, was reported Wednesday afternoon by Entergy officials. The subsequent investigation revealed the line was purposely severed with a saw or similar tool. Bolts for the 100-foot tower that held the line were also removed.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want To Drop Governor, AG In Suit

Lawyers for a group of same-sex couples seeking to overturn Arkansas' ban on gay marriage want to drop the state's governor and attorney general from a lawsuit. 

Attorneys for the couples filed a notice of dismissal Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. That notice says the plaintiffs dismiss Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel from the lawsuit. They're asking the court to issue an order making it official. 

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Judge Won't Step Down in Arkansas Police Shooting Case

Judge Wendell Griffen

A judge says he won't step down from a case involving a former Little Rock police officer accused of killing a teenager.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order on Thursday denying a number of motions, including one to disqualify him in the case of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings' attorney, Bill James, filed a motion on Monday seeking to disqualify Griffen.

James said Griffen has been outspoken against Little Rock police officers and their use of firearms on minorities, and James says that's the issue in Hastings' case.

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Local & Regional News
7:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Says He Made Mistakes On Campaign Finance Reports

File photo of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr in June.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr says he made errors on campaign finance reports that are now being questioned by a political website.

In a series of reports this week, the Democrat-leaning Blue Hog Report says Darr's campaign reports listed expenses like four season tickets to Arkansas Razorback games, expensive dinners and charges at convenience stores as fundraisers.

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Local & Regional News
4:14 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Arkansas Moves to Prevent Disease in Same Family as Mad Cow from Entering State

Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Actions are being taken by the Game and Fish Commission to stop Chronic Wasting Disease, in the same family of diseases as Mad Cow, from infecting the state’s deer and elk populations. Cases in northwestern Missouri are the closest to Arkansas.

New steps ban the transportation of live cervids and carcasses hunted in all other states. This adds to a 2003 law which only prevented importation from states with known cases.

Corey Gray, the Deer Program Coordinator with Game and Fish said Arkansas is being proactive.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Saline County To Begin Warrant Amnesty Program

The Saline County Sheriff’s Department is beginning an arrest warrant amnesty program Monday.

Anyone who has a non-violent, misdemeanor warrant in the county will be given a chance to turn themselves in and take care of the warrant without serving time in jail.

Lieutenant Scott Courtney says it’s offered as a service to people who have warrants to get them in to court and back into the system.

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Arkansas Corrections
12:48 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Parole Administrator In Dennis Case Fired

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

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Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Pilgrim's To Stop Production At Batesville Plant

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. says it will stop production at its poultry processing plant in Batesville, but officials say a deal is in the works to sell the plant to another food company.

A spokesman for Pilgrim's Pride says the company notified workers Wednesday that it would stop production in Batesville in 60 days.

Spokesman Cameron Bruett says the closure of the Batesville plant is part of the company's broader corporate strategy.

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