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6:41 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

In Police Shooting Trial, Judge To Question Jurors

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The judge in the manslaughter case of a former Little Rock police officer says black potential jurors were improperly excluded from a case that ended in a mistrial.

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen signed an order Wednesday saying that he will do most of the questioning of prospective jurors when Josh Hastings is put on trial again next month.

Griffen said in his order that he should have called the defense to account for striking people of color from the jury pool, resulting in an all-white jury.

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4:18 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

American Cancer Society Starts Decades Long Study in Central Arkansas

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The American Cancer Society is enrolling participants in Central Arkansas for a decades long study this week. This is the third major undertaking since the 1960s.

Greg Broy, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, said one focus is on changing lifestyles.

“We understand people are sitting more in their jobs, people are more obese in their lives, and their diets have changed. What about people’s lifestyles, their diet, what they’re doing, may cause cancer?” said Broy.

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Local & Regional News
2:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

NW Arkansas Town Renames Street For Fallen Nacy SEAL

A city street in Green Forest has been renamed in honor of a Navy SEAL who was killed in 2011 when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

The Harrison Daily Times reports that members of Tommy Ratzlaff's family gathered Tuesday for a ceremony that renamed Phillips Street as Tommy Ratzlaff Avenue.

The Green Forest native was among 30 Americans killed when their helicopter was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Buffalo River
6:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawsuit Says Hog Farm Lacked Environmental Impact Oversight

Inside C & H Hog Farms near Mount Judea
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday claims two federal agencies failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when they guaranteed loans to a Hog Farm near the Buffalo River.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Cotton Makes It Official: He's A Candidate For Senate

Rep. Tom Cotton making his announcement Tuesday evening in Dardanelle.
Credit Roby Brock/ Talk Business Arkansas

After months of speculation and with great fanfare, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) threw his hat in the 2014 U.S. Senate race, challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor (D), whom he labeled a follower of President Obama and the Washington elite.

Cotton, Arkansas’ first-term Fourth District Congressman, made his announcement in his hometown to a crowd of hundreds of supporters in Dardanelle (Yell County) at a community barbecue dinner.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Arkansas Sends Waiver Application For Health Insurance

Arkansas officials have sent the federal government a waiver application so the state can fund private insurance for poor residents who would be covered under an expansion of the Medicaid program.

The Department of Human Services submitted the waiver application on Tuesday.

The Medicaid expansion is set to begin Oct. 1, when open enrollment is to start for the program's private option.

The application leaves open the question of reimbursement for Community Health Centers across the state. DHS says a formula for the centers will be finalized later.

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Medical Marijuana
5:53 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Arkansas AG Approves Ballot Name For Marijuana Proposal

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved a request to certify the popular name and ballot title of a proposed measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

McDaniel approved the request from Arkansans for Responsible Medicine in an opinion released Tuesday.

The group's proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.

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Local & Regional News
1:29 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Three Ex-Police Officers Lose Armored Car Robbery Appeal

Three former police officers and another man have lost their federal appeal over their convictions for a 2007 North Little Rock armored car robbery.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the convictions of Allen Clark, Jason Gilbert, Antonio Person and Sterling Platt.

Gilbert appealed his 3 1/2-year prison sentence, which the court also upheld.

Person, who is Gilbert's cousin, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for leading the robbery, in which more than $400,000 was stolen.

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Local & Regional News
12:23 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The National Weather Service Issues A Heat Advisory For Most Of Arkansas

A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.

"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving indoors...so the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis. 

Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Construction To Temporarily Close Eastbound I-40 In Lonoke

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The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge construction will require temporary overnight closures of eastbound traffic on Interstate 40 in Lonoke.

Workers will install five steel beams for a new bridge at the site. That will require occasional closures of all eastbound traffic at the Highway 89 overpass in Lonoke.

The five closures will not last longer than 15 minutes each. The occasional overnight closures will begin on Tuesday at 11 p.m. and continue until Wednesday at 5 a.m., weather permitting.

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