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Local & Regional News
10:35 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Drivers Should Expect Lane Closures In West Little Rock

Construction at the I-630/I-430 Big Rock Interchange
Credit arkansashighways.com / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect weeknight lane closures this week at the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says crews will be performing joint repairs in the southbound lanes of Interstate 430 within the confines of the I-430/630 interchange.

There will be lane closures Tuesday through Friday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Highway officials say drivers entering I-430 southbound from I-630 westbound and Shackleford/Hermitage will not be affected.

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Local & Regional News
10:22 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Governor Proclaims September Arkansas Volunteer Month

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared September "Arkansas Volunteer Month" to honor the thousands of volunteers who work to make the state a better place to live. 

Sherry Middleton, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, says Arkansas volunteers provide services and problem-solving skills to people and communities throughout the state. 

Middleton says it's the spirit of helping one another that officials hope to promote, and it is those who have demonstrated that spirit who will be recognized during the month.  

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Public Demonstrations
5:12 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Possible US-Led Attack On Syria Sparks Rally In Little Rock

More than two dozen protesters were gathering in downtown Little Rock to speak out against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria.

Protesters met at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday. Some carried anti-war signs and wore T-shirts proclaiming, "NO U.S. INTERVENTION IN SYRIA." A few people chanted "No more war."

The event in Little Rock comes as protesters around the world took to the streets to voice opinions about a possible U.S. attack on Syria.

Local & Regional News
5:56 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Weigh Syria Decision

Map of Syria
Credit npr.org

President Obama's decision Saturday to allow Congress to weigh the issue of military strikes in Syria means Arkansas lawmakers have to make up their minds soon. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more... 

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Local & Regional News
10:06 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Governor Touts Common Core in Radio Address

Credit iteachwithipads.net

  The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly radio address for Aug. 30:

As Arkansas students in grades 9 through 12 begin a new school year, their teachers have new expectations for their academic achievements.

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Local & Regional News
5:06 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Nordex Will Pay Back $2.5 Million in Incentives For Wind Turbine Plant

Nordex has reached an agreement with the state of Arkansas and the city of Jonesboro to repay more than $2.5 million in grants it received to build its wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Joe Holmes with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission says the deal comes after the company announced earlier this year it would stop production at its Jonesboro plant and would not be able to meet promised employment goals.

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Local & Regional News
2:30 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Enrollment Increases, UALR Decreases

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville met it’s 2021 enrollment goal of 25,000 students this year, 8 years ahead of schedule.

Preliminary enrollment figures were issued for all U of A schools this week, with Fayetteville showing over a 30% increase in the past 5 years.

The University of Central Arkansas is also seeing an increase in enrollment.

Local & Regional News
6:11 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Trial Date Proposed For Arkansas Oil Spill Lawsuit

A trial date has been proposed for a federal lawsuit about a central Arkansas oil spill.

An online record filed Thursday in Little Rock federal court proposes a trial that would start sometime during the week of June 16.

State and federal officials filed the lawsuit in June after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil at Mayflower on March 29.

State and federal authorities want a judge to find that ExxonMobil broke the law when the pipeline failed. They're also seeking civil penalties, costs and damages.

Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Hearing Set For Arkansas Man Accused Of Killing Girl

An Arkansas man accused of killing his 6-year-old neighbor is due in court for a mental evaluation status hearing.

Zachary Holly's hearing is slated to get underway Friday morning in Bentonville. He was previously scheduled to have the hearing last month, but a judge pushed that court date back because a mental evaluation report about Holly wasn't finished.

Holly has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary in the November death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman in the northwest Arkansas city of Bentonville.

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Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Fri August 30, 2013

4 Sentenced After Arkansas Drug Trafficking Sweep

Four people have been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison as the result of a 2011 drug-trafficking investigation by Arkansas law agencies.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge announced the sentences Thursday.

The individuals sentenced this week were part of a 190-count indictment filed in September 2011, which was dubbed Operation Stateline Sweep and named 66 defendants.

The punishments for the four defendants range from more than three years to 10 years in prison.

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