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Local & Regional News
6:17 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Regional Economic Survey Index Dips For Arkansas And Other States

Mid-America Business Conditions Index

A monthly economic survey index for Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states dropped last month but continues to suggest improving economic growth for the region. 

The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 56.8 in April, compared with 58.2 in March. The confidence index rose to 59.9 last month from 58.2 in March.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Frequent Changes Set For I-430/I-630 In Little Rock

Interstates 430 and 630 in Little Rock.

Arkansas highway officials say there will be frequent traffic changes at the construction zone where the interchange of Interstates 430 and 630 are being upgraded. 

The changes begin Wednesday night when westbound drivers on I-630 who want to get onto I-430 southbound will be detoured to the Shackleford/Hermitage intersection. That's instead of using the cloverleaf.

The detour will allow painting of steel girders and will be enforced between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Friday. The I-430 detour is the first of many changes planned over the coming month.

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Corruption Investigation
5:47 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Ex-probation Officer Pleads Guilty To Arkansas Charge

A former probation officer in Lee County has pleaded guilty to an extortion charge that came about as part of a wide-ranging law enforcement corruption investigation in east Arkansas.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 38-year-old Roxanne Davis of Wynne pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes.

2014 Election
5:43 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton Playing To National Audience

Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton has been in Washington representing the Fourth District for four months now, but he's already getting national press on his stance on the country's foreign policy.

A report out Tuesday from Politico says Cotton's stance is reminiscent of the post 9/11 foreign policy of former President George Bush and could win him points with the Washington Republican political elite.

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Medicaid Reform
4:54 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Arkansas Prepares To Launch Medicaid IG Office

As it moves forward with a plan to offer subsidized health insurance to thousands of low-income residents, Arkansas is preparing to reorganize its Medicaid program to create a new office aimed at investigating fraud and waste complaints.

Under a measure Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law last week, 33 staffers from the Department of Human Services will this summer begin working under an independent office that will investigate fraud, waste and abuse complaints in the state's Medicaid program.

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Missing Persons
4:47 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Crews Search Property In Arkansas For Missing Woman

Authorities in western Arkansas are searching for the remains of a Tulsa woman who has been missing for more than 35 years.

Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen says his office began looking into the Shirley Banning case after they were contacted by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office several weeks ago.

Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the search is centered on a vacant homestead on Arkansas 23 south of Ozark.

Boen says cadaver dogs are assisting in the search.

Local & Regional News
1:17 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

School Bus Collision Injures Eight

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Eight students are in area hospitals with minor injuries after two school buses from Batesville collided Tuesday in North Little Rock.

They were on their way to a field trip at the State Capitol when one bus slowed for traffic and the bus behind it failed to stop.

The Arkansas State Police are handling the incident.  Batesville Superintendent Randy Willison has kept families informed.

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Local & Regional News
1:11 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Former De Queen Parks Director Charged With Theft

Prosecutors have filed two additional theft charges against a former parks director in De Queen accused of stealing money from a regional softball program.  

Karen Atkins already faced felony theft charges after prosecutors accused her last year of taking money that was intended for the American Red Cross.

Prosecutors say Atkins taught CPR and lifeguard classes and did not pay the required fees to the American Red Cross.  

Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir announced the new charges Monday. 

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Local & Regional News
1:05 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Little Rock's Peabody Changing To Marriott

One of the major riverfront hotels in downtown Little Rock is changing its name and will undergo a major renovation.

A ceremony is set for Wednesday to formally convert the Peabody hotel to a Marriott, which will be run by an Atlanta-based hotel group that has promised a $16 million renovation to the 18-story structure.  

The hotel's history includes a number of name changes. It was the Camelot and then the Excelsior before taking on the Peabody name in 2002.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Arkansas Higher Ed Department Notifies Students Of Awards

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

The Arkansas Higher Education Department has notified 10,000 high school students that they have been awarded Academic Challenge Scholarships. The deadline for students to apply for the award is June 1.

Students qualifying for the scholarships this year will notice that the awards are lower than in past years. For the past two years, university students got $4,500 per year and community college students got $2,250.

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