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9:00 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Governor Beebe's Weekly Radio Address Focuses On Veterans

Credit Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Governor Mike Beebe asks Arkansans this Memorial Day weekend, to remember those that have died in service to our country.

In his weekly radio address, the governor acknowledges the problems with veteran health care in this country.

He says the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs, led by Colonel Cissy Rucker, is working to improve the care and services offered to veterans.

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Local & Regional News
4:27 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

More Small Earthquakes Reported In Central Arkansas

The US Geological Survey has recorded several small earthquakes in the Morrilton area  about 50 miles west of Little Rock.  The USGS reports that nine earthquakes ranging in  magnitude from 1.5 to 2.4 between shortly before 10:30 p.m.  Friday and 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the area northeast of  Morrilton.   Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are  generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that  damage is not a common until an earthquake is above  magnitude 4.0.

Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

New Workshop Exposes Children To Food Crafts

The Central Arkansas Library System's Children’s Library is hosting the Home Grown workshop Saturday to promote healthy living for children and families.

The Clinton School sponsored event aims to engage kids with cooks, farmers, and other experts, and expose them to new skills and information.  

One of the event planners, Britney Sink, says the workshop is important as some kids haven’t been exposed to cooking or gardening. 

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Environment
2:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Dozens Of Earthquakes In Arkansas This Week

Several earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.7 to 2.9 have hit Arkansas earlier in recent days.

Scott Ausbrooks with the state Geological Survey says even though no damage has been reported, they have prompted a lot of 911 calls.

“Basically it has been a very busy week. This week alone we’ve had earthquakes happening in three different areas of the state,” said Ausbrooks.

Dozens occurred near Strawberry, the Clinton and Morrilton areas.

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Local & Regional News
2:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Group of Fort Smith residents sue Whirlpool

Homes near the former Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith.
Credit Brian Chilson/ Arkansas Times

Three lawsuits filed in Sebastian County this week target the Whirlpool Corp., which operated a plant at Fort Smith until a year ago.

Homeowners and landlords are worried about a chemical used at the plant between the 1960s and the 1980s.

The state and Whirlpool reached an agreement on remediation efforts in 2001, but Whirlpool this year asked for a ban on new wells near the site.

The plaintiffs are seeking funds to restore their property and also punitive damages.

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Local & Regional News
1:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Gun Control Group Hits Senator Pryor With TV Ad

A group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is out with a new TV ad today which steps up their criticism of Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for his vote against the failed Manchin-Toomey gun background check bill.

The latest ad features Angela Bradford-Barnes, who was the chief financial officer of the Democratic Party of Arkansas from 2007 to 2012 – a period when then-DPA chairman Bill Gwatney was killed in a random act of gun violence.

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Local & Regional News
7:58 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Judge Denies Bid To Delay Alamo Property Hearing

Tony Alamo

A federal magistrate has denied a bid by a follower of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to delay the sale of six Fort Smith properties to settle a court ruling.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant refused to delay a May 30 hearing to determine which properties might be sold.

Bryant ruled last month the properties could be sold to partially satisfy a $30 million judgment Alamo owes two men raised in Alamo's group. In 2009, Alamo was convicted of taking sexually abusing five underage girls and is serving 175 years in prison.

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Local & Regional News
7:05 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Griffin Wants Congress To Focus On Facts In IRS Controversy

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., questions Steven Miller, former acting IRS commissioner, and J. Russell George, Treasury Department inspector general for tax administration, during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

As members of Congress continue their investigation into Internal Revenue Service practices that delayed the tax-exempt status for many conservative groups from 2010 to 2012, Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin says now is not the time to score political points.

“Get the facts and then draw your conclusions. That’s the way an investigation works,” said Griffin. “As a result of partisan fervor, some people have a tendency to get ahead of the facts. My view is get the facts and let the facts tell the story.”

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Local & Regional News
6:23 am
Fri May 24, 2013

May 31 Deadline To Assess Arkansas Personal Property

The Arkansas lands commissioner is reminding residents that they have until May 31 to assess their personal property. 

Lands Commissioner John Thurston says people who don't have their property assessed by the deadline are subject to penalties.

The taxes are important to counties, public schools and numerous agencies, including public safety forces.

Thurston says communities can miss out on funding if property isn't assessed on time.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Arkansas To Submit 'Private Option' Waiver In August

Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.

Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers Thursday that the state would draft its waiver next month for the "private option" that lawmakers approved as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. 

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