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Despite a federal appeals court's rejection of a lawsuit challenging a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would curb carbon emissions from power plants, Arkansas may still litigate the issue as the rule is finalized this summer. The proposed rule, known as 111(d), would require that Arkansas's electric utilities reduce carbon emissions at their power plants by 44 percent by the year 2030. The national target is a 30 percent emissions reduction.

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Little Rock officials have reprimanded the police chief for losing his city-issued handgun.

A written reprimand was issued to Police Chief Kenton Buckner on Tuesday after he reported one of his city-issued firearms as lost or stolen. Buckner said he moved over the Memorial Day weekend and can't find his backup handgun, a .40-caliber Glock 27.

Morgan Nick

Twenty years after 6-year-old Morgan Nick disappeared from an Arkansas recreation field, her mother says she struggles daily with not knowing where she is.

Colleen Nick spoke Wednesday to law enforcement officers and family members of missing persons as part of the fourth annual Never Forgotten event held by the state Attorney General's Office.

The event brings families to Little Rock to speak with officers and update DNA samples. Nick says it also provides group a chance to encourage each other and "keep hope alive."

Tom Cotton
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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said Wednesday that he does not think President Obama is willing to commit the resources necessary to defeat ISIS, the militant terrorist group responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Westerners, including American journalists and workers.

“I’m sure the President would like to eliminate the Islamic State (ISIS) and he’s stated his strategy is to defeat and degrade them – which is a fine strategy – but I think he lacks the commitment to put the resources behind that strategy to achieve those proper ends,” Cotton said.

Nate Bell
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A trio of Arkansas legislators officially requested an advisory opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday on whether a 2013 law allows for the open carry of firearms. 

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With water receding after recent floods, Arkansans are left with a mess to clean up.

High water inundated parts of the state, particularly along the Arkansas and Red rivers, after recent heavy rains. Farmers and ranchers were hit hard - to the point that the governor has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help.

UAMS Lands $3.9 Million To Continue Biomedical Research

Jun 10, 2015
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Science, administrator of the Arkansas INBRE program promoting biomedical research across the state, has been awarded $3.9 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the program.

INBRE stands for IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

A former Arkansas district judge convicted of drug charges has been sentenced in an unrelated mail fraud case involving American Indian artifacts.

Bob Castleman, who was a judge in Pocahontas over a decade ago, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and must pay nearly $16,800 in restitution.

The Jonesboro Sun reports  that Castleman had claimed to an insurance company in 2012 that Native American arrowheads were stolen from his residence. FBI agents later found the arrowheads in 2013.

Arkansas healthcare providers and lawmakers are making initial progress into learning the reasons for unexpected child deaths in the state.  Arkansas’s child death review panel has issued an annual report, the review found 83 percent of infant cases and 77 percent of all cases were preventable.

Democrats Line Up Hillary Clinton For Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Jun 10, 2015

Arkansas Democrats are getting ready for Hillary. The Democratic Party of Arkansas announced Wednesday that former First Lady, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at its Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in July.

The 2016 Presidential contender will speak to state Democrats on Saturday, July 18 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.