Local & Regional News

Local & Regional News
6:57 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Than 220 Live Animals Caught At Oil Spill

The state Game and Fish Commission says more than 220 live animals have been captured at the site of a ruptured ExxonMobil crude oil pipeline in central Arkansas.  

The agency said Wednesday that the animals caught at the spill site at Mayflower have been taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center. Some of the animals have been returned to the wild.

Volunteers have helped scrub the oil off birds, mammals and turtles rescued from near Lake Conway after the March 29 spill.

4:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mayflower Spill Seen As Fuel In Keystone XL Debate

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Environmental activists who oppose the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline are looking to the recent oil spill in Mayflower to solidify their case as they plan to testify against the new pipeline Thursday in Nebraska.

Proponents of the pipeline argue it is still the safest mode of transport for a resource which people must continue to rely on.

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Senators Want Increased Border Security
2:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Review Immigration Plan

left to right: Senator John Boozman and Mark Pryor

Arkansas’s senior U.S. Senator, Mark Pryor, says he still needs to review a new immigration proposal before deciding how to vote. 

The bipartisan plan crafted by eight senators includes increased border security measures and a decade-long process to grant citizenship to 12 million undocumented immigrants. Pryor says there are key goals that must be a part of any plan he could support. 

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Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

US Rep. Mike Ross Joins Arkansas Governor's Race

Mike Ross

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross has formally launched his bid to seek the Democratic nomination for  governor next year.  

Ross officially announced his bid Wednesday in his hometown in Prescott. A statewide tour was planned for later Wednesday, ending at the state Capitol in Little Rock.  

In prepared remarks, Ross said he hopes to build on progress Gov. Mike Beebe has made in education and economic development.  

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Local & Regional News
12:50 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Arkansas Senate Weighs Approval Of Medicaid Bill

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The Arkansas Senate is set to vote on a plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income people.  

Backers were still rallying support for the measure late Wednesday morning and the Senate was expected to consider it when they reconvene at 1:30 p.m.  

Senate President Michael Lamoureux says he expects the measure to narrowly pass with the three-fourths majority needed.

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Guardsmen Prepare For Major Quake
6:25 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Arkansas National Guard Takes Part In Regional Earthquake Training

Members of the Arkansas National Guard, along with guardsmen from Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas are conducting emergency training in Oklahoma to prepare in case a major earthquake strikes the region. 

The exercise called "Vigilant Guard" will be held Wednesday at the Camp Gruber Training Site near Braggs in northeastern Oklahoma. The guardsmen are to hold the training that simulates a 7.7-magnitude earthquake occurring along the New Madrid fault in Northeast Arkansas and northward into other states.

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Arkansas Death Row Executions
6:03 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Lawyers Say Arkansas To Use Untried Execution Drug

Arkansas plans to put prisoners to death with a drug that experts say has never been used in a U.S. execution. 

The state Department of Correction told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it plans to use phenobarbital, along with lorazepam, to kill condemned prisoners.

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Pegasus Pipeline
5:12 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Griffin Wants Exxon To Move Pipeline Away From Maumelle Watershed

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It’s been more than two weeks since the ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline burst in May Flower, spilling around 5,000 barrels of heavy crude oil into a residential subdivision while endangering local wetlands and wildlife. Local officials have begun to call for a portion of the pipeline, which runs through the Lake Maumelle Watershed, to be relocated.

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Tony Alamo
5:05 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

US Supreme Court Denies Alamo Appeal Request

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to hear an appeal of a civil lawsuit in which Alamo was ordered to pay millions to two men.

The court denied the appeal in a brief order dated Monday.

Alamo was ordered to pay Seth Calagna and Spencer Ondrisek $33 million each after a federal jury in Texarkana, Ark., found that he abused the two when they were children growing up in Alamo's ministry. The amount was reduced to $15 million each by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Economic Development
5:02 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Approves Steel Mill Funding

Arkansas is set to provide a new steel company with $125 million in financing and tax breaks to build a mill in the northeast part of the state now that the Legislature has given final approval to the plan.