Local & Regional News

Local & Regional News
10:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

After Classified Briefing, Rep. Griffin Opposed To Military Action In Syria

Rep. Tim Griffin

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin says he's opposed to military action in Syria.

The two-term congressman from central Arkansas announced Tuesday he won't support action against Syria, which U.S. officials say killed more than 1,400 civilians in a chemical weapons attack last month.

Griffin, who had already said he was unlikely to support President Barack Obama's request, said a classified briefing he attended Monday had not changed his mind.

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Local & Regional News
10:37 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ammunition Maker Moving its US Headquarters To Arkansas

A manufacturer of magazines for firearms and weapons products is moving its United States headquarters to Fort Smith, in a move that will add 65 new jobs.

Thermold Magazines announced Tuesday it was moving its headquarters from North Carolina.

The company will be housed in the River Bend Industries building where River Bend will manufacture magazines for Thermold.

Thermold will assume assembly and distribution at the location. Combined, the two companies will invest more than $7 million, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

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Local & Regional News
9:41 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Simmons First Wins Auction For Metropolitan National Bank

Arkansas will lose one of its iconic bank names after a bankruptcy auction concluded on Monday. Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. has won the bidding war for Little Rock-based Metropolitan National Bank, according to Talk Business Arkansas sources and confirmed by Simmons First.

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Public Radio
6:45 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Frank Deford To Be In Little Rock for Public Radio Fundraiser

Deford receives the National Humanities Medal from President Obama

Sportswriter, novelist, and public radio commentator Frank Deford will be in Little Rock next week as part of a fundraiser for public radio. 

In advance of his visit, KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward has this report on Deford's career, life, and his approach to the commentaries we hear on public radio every Wednesday morning.

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Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Arkansas Asks That Pipeline Lawsuit Stay Alive

Mayflower Oil Spill

Arkansas' attorney general has filed papers in federal court saying a lawsuit against the operator a pipeline that soiled the town of Mayflower should be allowed to proceed. 

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying state and federal officials who complained about pollution failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted.

Thousands of barrels of oil spilled near Lake Conway in late March.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Benton Officers Allowed To Work After Driver Dies

Benton, Arkansas Police Department

Benton police say two officers who shot a suspect dead during a chase have been allowed to return to duty.

The officers were working with a narcotics unit July 30 and had attempted to pull over 29-year-old Clifford Jones but he sped away on Interstate 30.

A statement from the Benton Police Department said Jones started to shoot at officers after they placed a device in the road to deflate his tires.

The officers returned fire and Jones later veered off the highway and came to rest against a concrete barrier. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Womack: Opposed To Military Action Against Syria

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack says he's voting against military action in Syria.

The two-term congressman from northwest Arkansas announced Monday that he's opposed to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against Syria, which U.S officials say killed more than 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons last month. 

Womack had previously said he was leaning against the request. Womack on Monday said he had heard from constituents who don't support intervention, and said he didn't believe it was in the nation's interest.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers: Action Needed On Teacher Insurance

Arkansas lawmakers say a short term fix is needed to address the spiraling cost in teacher health insurance before a hike in premiums takes effect in January.

Members of a legislative panel discussing the premium increase on Monday said they believe lawmakers may be need to return to the Capitol for a special session to provide additional funding to the insurance program.

A state board last month voted to increase insurance premiums for most teacher plans by about 50 percent beginning Jan. 1 to help close a $50 million gap in funding.

Local & Regional News
12:52 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Groups Try To Improve Arkansas Nursing Homes Through Evaluation And Training

LtoR: . Julie Kettlewell and Betty Bennett discuss some of the progress being made to improve nursing home care.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Officials with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care are touting efforts underway to improve nursing homes in the state.

Through the nonprofit’s Arkansas Innovative Performance Program, teams of experts are providing on-site assistance to Medicaid-qualified nursing homes and additional training for employees certain facilities.

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Ethics Investigation
11:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Letter: Arkansas Ethics Panel Investigating Darr

The Arkansas Ethics Commission says it's looking into a complaint that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr spent hundreds of dollars from his campaign at restaurants, gas stations and retail stores and illegally classified them as fundraising expenses.

The commission said in a letter to lawyer and blogger Matt Campbell that an investigation had begun into his complaint against the Republican lieutenant governor over his campaign finance reports.

The letter, dated Friday, says the panel is looking into whether Darr violated several ethics laws.

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