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4:29 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Ex-Arkansas Lottery Official Admits Stealing Tickets

Remmele Mazyck

A former Arkansas Lottery security official has pleaded guilty to stealing and cashing almost a half-million dollars' worth of tickets.

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12:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Panel Gives Nod To $1.1Million Arkansas Scholarship Stopgap

A plan to spend $1.1 million from a state reserve fund to pay for scholarships in health fields has won the approval of a legislative panel.

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12:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

ASU Seeks Name Change For Stadium Boulevard

Jonesboro's Public Works Committee is considering a request to rename a city street recognizing Arkansas State University's Red Wolves.

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5:53 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Back Scaled-Down Farm Bill

Arkansas's four Republican congressmen have voted for a scaled-down farm bill that doesn't address funding for food stamps.

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5:49 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arkansas Farmers Seeking Bounty Now Poised For Drought

Arkansas hay farmers once hopeful for three cuttings during 2013 are now worried about a developing drought.

Forecasters said Thursday that drought conditions are developing in portions of Arkansas.

For a time in the spring, conditions were such that some farmers believed they could make hay around Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

University of Arkansas forage specialist John Jennings said Arkansas' weather pattern needs to change so broader areas of the state see rain.

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5:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

VA Grants To Assist Arkansas Homeless Veterans

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has announced $1.3 million in federal grants to help homeless military veterans at two organizations in Arkansas.

The St. Francis House in Little Rock will receive about $600,000 while Seven Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville is to receive the remainder of the grant as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.

The grants are among 319 awarded to agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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9:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Arkansas AG Hopes To Spark Debate About Future Of Death Penalty

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel

A day after Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel generated headlines by saying that the state’s death penalty system is broken, he spoke with KUAR News Thursday about his hopes that this will spark a new debate in the coming weeks about what needs to be done by the state.

You can listen to the interview, aired during All Things Considered, above.

At the Arkansas Sheriffs Association convention Wednesday in Fort Smith, McDaniel pointed to roadblocks presented by endless litigation and the inability to get the drugs needed to carry out the procedure.

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3:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Arkansas Ranked Second in Nation For Police Officer Deaths

 Arkansas is now ranked number two in the country for police officer fatalities, according to a report released Thursday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The mid-year report, a joint venture with the nonprofit Concerns of Police Survivors, shows that six Arkansas officers have been killed in the line of duty since January 2013. Traffic accidents, drownings and work-related illnesses all contributed to the deaths.

National statistics also indicate a nine-percent increase from 2012, with 51 officers dead as of June 30.

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1:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Legislative Committee Wants More Information About Parolee

Mug shot of Darrell Dennis.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A legislative committee has approved a proposal to seek a court order for information about the case of a parolee charged with murder in Little Rock.

The Joint Performance Review Committee on Thursday noted that the Department of Community Correction says the law doesn't allow it to hand over the full file on Darrell Dennis and his arrests.

Dennis was arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 and is charged in the May shooting death of a Fayetteville teenager.

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12:55 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

18 Percent Of Arkansas Now Ranked In Moderate Drought

Drought conditions are returning to Arkansas as hot, dry weather settles into the state.

Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 18 percent of the state is now in a moderate drought and more than 75 percent of the state is considered abnormally dry.

A week ago, only 13 percent of the state was considered abnormally dry, with the rest of the state reporting no drought conditions at all.

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