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2:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals

Lake Maumelle, as seen from the peak of Pinnacle Mountain in Roland, Arkansas.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.

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Local & Regional News
9:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Craighead County Closely Watching Voter ID Lawsuit

Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law.

The law was passed last year over Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. It allows in-person voters who don't show identification at the time of voting until Monday after the election to present proper IDs to the election commission to have their votes counted. But it makes no mention of a similar grace period for absentee voters.

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9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

A panel discussion set in Little Rock will review how the Mayflower oil spill last year has affected that community so far, which is about 30 miles northwest of Arkansas' capital city.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Control for Pulaski and Helena-West Helena School Districts Continues

The Arkansas State Board of Education has voted to continue state control over two financially troubled school districts. The board on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to continue state control of the Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.

State education commissioner Tom Kimbrell said both districts still have financial-related issues that require the state's governance. Kimbrell has placed superintendents in each district and established community advisory boards to oversee the schools.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Report Shows Arkansas's Economy Improving

Credit www.arkansaseconomist.com

A report released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a  job market continuing to improve for Arkansans. The unemployment rate is improved from last month and down from 7.5 percent this time last year to 7.1 percent.

Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement said the data is showing a trend with other recent reports. 

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

ExxonMobil Exec Says Future Pegasus Pipeline Testing Could Take A Year

A year after the Mayflower oil spill, ExxonMobil executives are submitting a pipeline remediation plan to federal regulators that will include extraordinary integrity testing measures that may take more than a year to complete.

In an exclusive interview with Talk Business & Politics, vice-president for U.S. Pipeline Operations Karen Tyrone said the Pegasus pipeline will be put through inline testing, verification digs, and hydrotesting to stress the pipe beyond any weak points.

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Big Data In Arkansas
1:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry

Acxiom Corporation's headquarters in Little Rock.
Credit Adam Bartlett / flickr.com

The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.

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Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ouachita County Judge Resigns Amid Federal Bribery Charges

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly - who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges - has announced plans to resign.

Hesterly said in a letter of resignation that he will resign April 3 because of "health problems, current circumstances and other concerns."

Hesterly and contractor Harry Clemons Jr. of Bearden were charged in January with conspiring to award a federal disaster-relief grant to Clemons to clean up debris following two tornadoes in 2009 in exchange for Clemons making a contribution to Hesterly's re-election campaign.

Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mayflower Oil Spill One Year Later: A Look at the Pegasus Pipeline's Future

Hazmat workers clean oil spill less than 100 meters from an open Subway restaurant. 2013.

March 29th marks the one year anniversary of the Mayflower oil spill, when over 200,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit heavy crude oil seeped out of the Pegasus pipeline. The pipeline, owned by a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, sits dormant, spanning Arkansas from Texarkana in the southwest to Pocahontas in the northeast.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman explores the lingering question of what will become of the Pegasus pipeline.

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