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Local & Regional News
3:07 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Study: Digital Divide Narrowing Between Generations

Credit www.uca.edu

Researchers at the University of Central Arkansas have completed a study showing that the digital divide between younger and older generations is beginning to narrow. 

The study reveals some surprising truths about seniors. They have more money available for technological expenses, are already a significant online presence, and they use technology and the internet in comparable ways to younger generations.

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Breaking News
11:06 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Filing Says Arkansas Treasurer Admitted Accepting Money From Broker

Martha Shoffner's mug shot after being arrested Saturday by the FBI.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

An affidavit filed in federal court alleges that Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner repeatedly took cash payments from a broker who invested state money.  

The affidavit filed Monday claims that Shoffner accepted multiple payments of $6,000 cash that were sometimes rolled up and hidden in a pie box.

The affidavit says the broker has been granted immunity in exchange for his or her cooperation. 

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Public Service In Helena-West Helena
7:18 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Three

Gracie Gonner at her office in the Family Center.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Communities throughout the Arkansas Delta often battle against a rising tide of economic woes. As factories close and labor-intensive jobs leave small towns, populations dwindle in many rural cities.

For decades, outside investments from banks and charitable organizations helped stimulate marginal growth, but most of the heavy lifting necessary to revitalize communities must be done by the people who live there.

In downtown Helena, a building that was once a post office is now a hub for various programs that provide important services to women and families.

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Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Severe Weather Forecast For Northwest Arkansas

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says severe weather is possible in north and western parts of the state. 

Forecasters say a weather system that brought devastating tornadoes to the Plains on Sunday was pushing toward northwest Arkansas on Monday. The storms led the way for a cold front, which is meeting a high pressure system that's over Arkansas and other southern states.

The high pressure ridge is causing the front to stall, with storms expected to develop over the northern and western Arkansas.

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Arkansas Business
5:38 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Walmart Launches "Arkansas' Own" To Promote Products Made In The State

Yarnell Ice Cream given for free at the kickoff
Kezia Nanda

The world's largest retailer, Walmart, is emphasizing products that are created, processed and produced in Arkansas.

Local companies and lawmakers joined in the launching Monday to highlight thousands of Arkansas-made items on the store's shelves.

The program called "Arkansas’ Own" will help customers easily find and buy things from the state.

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Local & Regional News
4:45 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Body Of Young Woman Found In Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department says the body of a young woman has been found in the Black River but her name is not yet known.

The sheriff's office said Saturday evening that the body would be sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy and identification.

There was no immediate indication whether the body is that of 14-year-old Sidney Nicole Randall.

She has been missing since early March after her stepfather was found dead along a Lawrence County road. Officials say Cornell committed suicide.

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Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

State Treasurer Martha Shoffer To Have Hearing On Extortion Charges

A mug shot of Martha Shoffner after she was arrested Saturday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to go before a federal judge Monday, after being arrested over the weekend on charges of extortion.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell says agents arrested Shoffner Saturday at her home in Newport.

The Democrat serving her second term has been under scrutiny because of how her office has handled state investments.

Legislative auditors say that in 2011, 11 bonds were sold from the state’s investment portfolio before they had matured, resulting in a net loss of more than $434,000 worth of earnings.

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Local & Regional News
1:01 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Most Arkansas Schools Opting Out Of Campus Gun Law

So far, no Arkansas colleges or universities are permitting faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

A law approved in the just-completed legislative session allows higher education institutions to decide whether to allow the weapons.

At least nine colleges and universities have voted to opt out of the new law.

Trustees for the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are scheduled to vote Thursday on allowing guns.

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Native Americans Research Center
5:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Art Collection Exhibits Stereotypes Of Native Americans

Credit Sequoyah National Research Center

A research center collecting writings and art of Native Americans hopes Arkansans will be more aware of racial issues.

Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR had just received a $20,000 grant to preserve Herschfelder-Molin Collection which depicts stereotypes of Native Americans.

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Treasurer Arrested
8:35 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Arkansas Treasurer Arrested For Extortion By FBI

Ark. Treasurer Martha Shoffner was booked into the Pulaski County Detention Center at 4:29 p.m. Saturday on charges of extortion. She is scheduled for a federal court hearing Monday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner has been arrested for extortion by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being held in Pulaski County Jail.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell said Shoffner was arrested Saturday at her home in Newport and is scheduled for a federal court hearing Monday. Brunell said Shoffner was arrested on charges of "extortion under color of official right." Brunell said she would have more details Monday.

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