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Mayflower Oil Spill
8:29 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Agencies Considering Fish Testing After Oil Spill

File photo of workers in a marsh near Lake Conway in April.
Credit Joint Command

Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.

The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.

After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Ross To Speak To Political Animals Club

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is speaking to the Political Animals Club about his bid for Arkansas governor.

Ross on Friday was scheduled to speak to the group at a breakfast meeting at the Little Rock Club.

The speech is the third in a series of breakfasts the group is having with gubernatorial candidates.

Ross became the sole Democratic candidate for governor last month when former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter dropped his bid for the party's nomination. Ross announced he was running for governor in April.

Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Officials Identify Preferred Route In Conway

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says it has identified a preferred alternative for a new connection from Interstate 40 to Highway 25 in northwestern Conway.

Highway officials say the preferred route is about 1.1 miles long and will cost about $5.5 million to build, compared to 1.3 miles and $6.5 million for another option.

Officials say the preferred route will also relocate fewer residents than the other option.

The State Highway and Transportation Department will share costs for the new roadway with the city of Conway and Faulkner County.

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Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Wal-Mart Warns Of Challenging Retail Environment, Reduces Forecast

Sales grew and so did profits, but Bentonville-based Wal-Mart had a rocky quarter as same-store sales struggled and the retail giant warned of a challenging environment.

The company posted total quarterly revenues of $116.95 billion compared to $114.28 billion one year ago. Net income rose to $4.07 billion, or $1.24 per diluted share, versus $4.02 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in last year’s comparable period. Wall Street estimates were looking for Wal-Mart to record $1.25 per diluted share.

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Local & Regional News
2:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Arkansas Law Requires Drivers Move Over For Expanded List of Vehicles

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

A new law is taking effect Friday requiring drivers to move over if they spot Highway Department vehicles, utility trucks, and tow trucks on the side of the road. The law adds to the familiar list of emergency vehicles like police cars.

It asks motorists to move over to the farthest possible lane, this requirement makes Arkansas’s law one of the toughest in the nation. Only three other states require that.

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Local & Regional News
12:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Jonesboro Asks that Police-Car Shooting Suit Be Dismissed

Lawyers for a northeast Arkansas city are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from the mother of a young man who authorities say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the backseat of a police car.

Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers last month.

Attorneys for the city and police filed a response to the lawsuit in federal court on Thursday.

Mayflower Oil Spill
12:24 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

ExxonMobil Official: Pipeline That Ruptured Could Be Retired

File photo of Karen Tyrone, vice-president of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, speaking with reporters in April.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A vice president at ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. says it's possible that a 65-year-old pipe that leaked oil into a Mayflower neighborhood could be taken out of service.

Karen Tyrone told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story published Thursday that it is too early to say for sure whether the pipeline will be closed, but she said it is one thing being considered.

The line carries heavy Canadian crude from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast.

A seam ripped in late March, spilling 210,000 gallons in Mayflower.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Pegasus Pipeline Pre-Spill Documents Made Public

More documents related to ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline are now public. Arkansas's Second District Congressman Tim Griffin released inspection reports on the pipeline obtained from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Two of the documents date from 2010 and one was compiled just weeks before the pipeline break which spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower.

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Gun Control
8:02 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Arkansas Pastors To Urge Expanded Background Checks

A group of Arkansas pastors is calling on U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor to reconsider their opposition to expanded background checks for firearms sales.

Six pastors planned to urge Boozman and Pryor at a news conference in North Little Rock to reconsider the measure they opposed in April. Boozman is a first-term Republican who was elected in 2010. Pryor is a two-term Democrat seeking re-election next year.

The pastors will speak at New Beginnings New Birth Ministry in North Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Group Falls Short In Health Law Repeal Effort

A group pushing to repeal an insurance expansion approved by Arkansas lawmakers earlier this year says it won't have enough signatures to put the proposal before voters in 2014.

The head of Arkansans Against Big Government said Wednesday that his group won't have the 46,880 signatures needed to place a referendum before voters on the plan to use Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for low-income workers.

Lawmakers approved the "private option" as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.

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