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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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5:51 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Arkansas Cotton Growers See Bugs, Disease Ahead Of Harvest

Arkansas cotton growers have battled pests and disease this year, and the emergence of a fungus late in the season indicates a potential threat in the years ahead.

State growers are expected to harvest estimated 270,000 acres of cotton in 2013, down by more than half from 600,000 acres a year ago.

As recently as 2006, Arkansas growers planted nearly 1.2 million acres of cotton. Agriculture officials say growers will suffer yield losses due to tarnished plant bugs. And the emergence of Corynespora leaf spot is a new challenge for Arkansas growers.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
3:47 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Measures Being Taken to Ensure Health of Mayflower Community

The scene shortly after the pipeline ruptured in March, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil.
Credit KUAR

Health assessments for Mayflower residents affected by the March oil spill will be provided by the state, Gov. Mike Beebe's office announced Thursday.

Beginning next week, the Faulkner County Health Unit in Conway will offer appointment with nurses and specialists from the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These initial meetings will be used to evaluate a high number of patients who may have developed symptoms, such as lung and heart problems, as a result of the ruptured pipeline.

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1:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Temperatures Expected To Approach 100 Degrees

The National Weather service is forecasting temperatures in Arkansas will climb to around 100 degrees over the next few days.

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11:40 am
Thu August 29, 2013

State Organizations to Alter Farmland for Recreational Purposes

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is working with private landowners and other public agencies to alter unusable farmland for public use.

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10:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Sheriff: Teen Arrested In NE Arkansas Girl's Death

Jessica Williams

Authorities in northeast Arkansas have arrested a teenager suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said Thursday that the 17-year-old was arrested in connection with the death of 11-year-old Jessica Williams.

Authorities have not released the name of the teen, who has not been formally charged in Jessica's death.

Authorities found Jessica's body in a ditch on Wednesday morning after her father told investigators she was last seen playing with a dog and riding a bike on Tuesday evening near Gosnell.

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