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Agricultural Research
9:36 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Grants For Sustainable Strawberry Projects Awarded

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Close to $3 million in grant money is being awarded to 16 agricultural researchers to develop more sustainable methods for growing strawberries.

The project is funded by the Walmart Foundation and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability is administering the awards. Winners were announced Wednesday.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
10:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawsuit Against Exxon Claims Company Knowingly Concealed Pipeline Defects

Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Ark., on March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil was shut off after it ruptured March 29, causing an evacuation of 22 homes.
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A lawsuit has been filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, Exxon Mobil Pipeline Company, and the planners and developers of the Mayflower subdivision where a pipeline ruptured and spilled almost 150,000 gallons of oil into a neighborhood on March 29, 2013.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of Mayflower residents affected by the oil spill. 

Claims made in the lawsuit include:

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Economic Development
4:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Little Rock Jet Facility Announces $60 Million Expansion

Officials with Dassault Falcon Jet say the company will invest $60 million to expand its Little Rock jet completion center over the next three years.

President and CEO John Rosanvallon calls it the next big step in the company's presence in Arkansas's capital city.

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Beebe Names New State Treasurer After Former Treasurer Resigns Amid Scandal

State Treasurer Charles Robinson
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Governor Beebe has named Charles Robinson as his appointment to fill the office of State Treasurer. The office was vacated last week when Martha Shoffner resigned amidst federal charges of extortion.

The 66 year old Robinson, of North Little Rock, received his MBA from the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

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Local & Regional News
8:21 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Man Dies After Train Collision In Pine Bluff

Authorities say a pedestrian is dead after a train collision late Tuesday in Pine Bluff.

Little Rock television station KATV reports that the collision happened at about 9:30 p.m. at 17th Avenue and Miramar Drive. 

Authorities say a man was found lying on the railroad tracks about 25 yards north of the intersection. 

Investigators are still looking into what happened. The victim's name has not yet been released.

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Local & Regional News
6:20 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Arkansas Governor To Name New State Treasurer

Governor Mike Beebe

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is naming his pick to replace the state treasurer who resigned over accusations she accepted cash payments in exchange for steering business to an investment broker.

Beebe on Wednesday planned to announce the replacement for Martha Shoffner, who stepped down last week after she was charged with extortion by federal prosecutors over the cash payments. 

Whoever Beebe appoints will fill the remainder of Shoffner's term, which ends in January 2015, and can't run for the post next year. Shoffner, a Democrat, was re-elected in 2010. 

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Local & Regional News
6:16 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Arkansas Fire Boat Training Set For DeGray Lake

Degray Lake

More than 350 people and about 40 watercraft are to take part in a fire boat training exercise set for DeGray Lake. 

Departments from Arkansas and Texas are signed up for the Saturday event. The Arkansas Forestry Commission organizes the sessions with other agencies to put fire crews through different emergency scenarios, including evacuating victims by air and water. 

The training is designed to challenge boat crews with situations based on actual emergencies. One scenario is based on what crews had to handle during Hurricane Katrina.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Doctors: Keep Group Out Of Arkansas Abortion Case

Opponents of an Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say a counseling group shouldn't be allowed to help defend the new restriction in federal court. 

Two doctors who are suing the state over the 12-week ban asked a federal judge Tuesday to deny Concepts of Truth's request to intervene in the lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state on behalf of the abortion providers.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve $16.5M For Exchange

Arkansas lawmakers have approved spending nearly $16.5 million in federal funds to move the state closer toward setting up an insurance marketplace under the health care law. 

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Tuesday approved spending the grants for setting up the insurance exchange, which will be run as a partnership between the state and the federal government. 

The state has received more than $43 million total from the federal government for the exchange.

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Religion
6:28 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Sikh Temple Opens in Rogers, One Planned for Little Rock

A new Sikh Temple has opened in Rogers, Arkansas. One is also in the planning stages in Little Rock.

The temple in Rogers is the second in the state, serving a growing Sikh community in Northwest Arkansas.

Jacqueline Froelich with content partner KUAF in Fayetteville visited the temple in Rogers and filed this report providing us a glimpse into their religious tradition.

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