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5:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

3rd Faulkner County Jail Escapee Caught In Oklahoma

The last of three men who escaped from the Faulkner County jail last weekend has been found and arrested in Oklahoma City.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office announced that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson was found and arrested by U.S. marshals at an Oklahoma City motel about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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3:43 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

UALR Debuts Bicycle Patrols To Increase Security On Campus

UALR Police Lt. Johnny Smith, who trains officers for the bicycle patrols, rolls through a breezeway on campus.
Credit Sheila Clark / KUAR

As the new school year begins, students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will see a new addition to their campus: officers on bicycle patrol.

UALR Police Chief Edward Smith says having officers patrolling the campus on bicycles will give them an advantage over patrolling in cars.

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3:29 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Missing Dog Found In California, Reunited With Family In Arkansas

Credit County of San Diego Department of Animal Services

 A family in Rogers will be reunited with their lost dog Tuesday night, after spending two months apart. The eight year old Pomeranian, Koda, is arriving in Arkansas from San Diego, California.

The dog was brought to the Department of Animal Service’s attention and scanned for identification. His microchip identified him as an Arkansas native and a San Diego-based non profit offered to pay for his trip home.

Daniel DeSoussa, County of San Diego Animal Services Deputy Director says preparing for situations like these are important.

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2:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Organizers Prepare For Little Rock Marathon Training Sessions

The 2014 Little Rock Marathon

The 2014 Little Rock Marathon is over seven months away, but organizers say now is the time for participants to prepare for race day. 

Geneva Hampton is the marathon’s executive director. She says informational meetings over the next few weeks will ensure people are ready for training programs.

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11:05 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker: No Updates About Legislative Office

A Democratic state senator who was fined and reprimanded by an Arkansas ethics panel says he doesn't have any updates about his intentions at the Legislature.

Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he resigned from his position with St. Bernards Healthcare on Monday because he felt it was best for both him and the hospital.

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8:12 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Chaffee Crossing Touted As Site For Veterans Home

Leaders in Fort Smith are pitching their city as a "perfect fit" for the state's new veterans home.

Earlier this month, the Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force identified Fort Smith, Benton, Jacksonville and Russellville as potential sites for the $22 million veterans home.

On Monday, representatives from the task force toured Fort Smith's proposed site at Chaffee Crossing.

The Southwest Times Record reports the 25-acre site is next to the planned Interstate 49 route and adjacent to Camp Hope for Heroes, a service facility for veterans.

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6:14 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Arkansas Marijuana Proposal

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected a request to certify the popular name and ballot title of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for repealing the prohibition of cannabis in Arkansas.

McDaniel rejected the request from Lt. Col. Marjorie LeClair in an opinion on Monday because he said there were ambiguities in the text.

The proposed measure must be certified by McDaniel before LeClair could begin gathering signatures in an effort to qualify for a spot on the 2014 ballot.

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5:56 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Walton Family Gives $2 Million To U.S. Marshals Museum In Arkansas

Computer-generated image of the U.S. Marshals Museum entrance.
Credit http://www.usmarshalsmuseum.com/

The U.S. Marshals Museum planned for Fort Smith has received a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

The $50 million museum plans to break ground Sept. 24, 2014 - the 225th anniversary of when President George Washington established the marshals.

A commemorative coin honoring marshals will also go on sale then, too. Organizers said last month they expect coin sales to bring in $5 million.

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5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Special Prosecutor Sought To Review Lawmaker's Case

A prosecutor in northeast Arkansas is calling for a special prosecutor to review an ethics panel's findings about a Democratic state senator.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday fined Sen. Paul Bookout $8,000 and reprimanded him after finding out that he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on women's clothing, a home theater and other personal items last year.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington on Monday called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the commission's findings and determine whether there should be a criminal investigation.

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1:31 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Republican Tommy Moll Enters Race For Arkansas' 4th District

A Hot Springs businessman has joined the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas' 4th District.

Tommy Moll announced Monday he is running as a Republican and wants to focus on jobs and the economy in his campaign.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman have already announced they're seeking the GOP nomination for the seat.

Janis Percefull, a community college instructor from Hot Springs, is the only announced Democratic candidate for the 4th District.

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