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2:56 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Little Rock Developer Who Pleaded Guilty Seeks Leniency

Attorneys representing a Little Rock developer who pleaded guilty to mail fraud are asking a federal judge for leniency in sentencing.

Attorneys for Roger Stephen Clary, who goes by Steve, filed a motion seeking a sentence of one day in prison or home detention.

Clary pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud after prosecutors accused him of misusing about $1.6 million of a $4.5 million loan from Bank of America Leasing Corporation.

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8:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Heavy Rainfall Predicted For Northern Arkansas

The National Weather Service says some parts of Arkansas could see heavy rainfall this week while other areas of the state will bake in temperatures approaching triple digits.

Forecasters say parts of northern Arkansas will see isolated storms and thunderstorms on Monday.

The weather service says total rainfall for the week could exceed 3 inches. Isolated storms could become severe, with strong winds the biggest concern.

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6:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot

Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.

Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.

Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Many Arkansas Counties Haven't Applied For Civil War Marker

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission says nearly half of Arkansas' counties have yet to apply for a marker to note the county's history in the US Civil War.

The commission hopes to place a marker in all 75 of the state's counties to tell of a Civil War event in that county. But officials say 34 counties have neither a marker in place nor an application asking for approval of one.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Couple’s Donation To Youth Home Provides Transportation For Teens

from left to right: Chrissy Chatham, Dan Miller III, Phoebe Miller, and David Napier at ribbon cutting ceremony for Youth Home's new vans.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.

Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.

David Napier is Youth Home’s executive director.

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5:39 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Works To Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

While prescription drug abuse has declined slightly on a national scale - Arkansas officials say they're working to expand efforts improve public awareness of the danger of addiction and death that can result from such addictions.

Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener says an important element in reducing the potential for abuse is to cut into the supply of available prescription drugs through drug takeback efforts.

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4:20 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

New Miss Arkansas To Promote Anti-Bullying Message

 Newly crowned Miss Arkansas Amy Crain says she'll promote an anti-bullying message that is based on her personal experience.

Crain - who was Miss Diamond Lakes - was crowned the 2014 Miss Arkansas Saturday night in Hot Springs.

She told The Associated Press Sunday that she was bullied as a teenager growing up in El Dorado - to the point of receiving death threats - before moving to Hot Springs for her senior year in high school.

Local & Regional News
2:08 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Arkansas Leaders Want Response From ExxonMobil

Officials in Arkansas have sent a letter to ExxonMobil calling for information about the oil company's pipeline that runs beneath the Lake Maumelle watershed.

The letter signed by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, Central Arkansas Water Board chai Marie-Bernarde Miller, US Rep. Tim Griffin and US Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman refers to a similar May 15 request that they say hasn't been answered.

It comes following a March 29 oil spill of about 150,000 gallons from the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower.

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Local & Regional News
6:26 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Arkansas Board Recommends Commutation For Killer

The Arkansas Parole Board is recommending a commutation for a man locked up for 34 years for a capital murder conviction out of Pulaski County.

The agency on Friday made the recommendation for 57-year-old Charles Lewis Wallace, who was also convicted of kidnapping in the death of Calvin Smith.

Prosecutors alleged that in 1977 Wallace forced Smith to leave a restaurant parking lot and took him to the shoreline of the Arkansas River, where Smith was drowned.

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6:24 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Fired Arkansas Trooper Accused In Drug Evidence Theft

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant arrested on federal drug charges is accused of stealing drugs from the agency's evidence room.

Court documents released Friday allege that Sedrick Reed had been stealing "large quantities of cocaine" from the evidence vault at state police headquarters in Little Rock.

A probable cause affidavit says investigators worked with a confidential informant and tapped Reed's phone to build a case against him.

The affidavit says the informant bought 9 ounces of cocaine from Reed on July 12.

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