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Oil Spill
1:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

FAA Sets Flight Restrictions Over Arkansas Oil Spill Site

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed flight restrictions on the airspace over the Mayflower oil spill site.

According to FAA.gov, no pilots are to operate any aircraft over the area.

The restrictions are effective "until further notice," according to the website.

Click here to see details of the notice.

An FAA spokesman says the restrictions apply to aircraft flying at 1,000 feet or less, like news media helicopters and local aircraft. 

Police Shooting
7:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Bryant Police Officer Involved In Fatal Shooting

Bryant Police Department

Arkansas State Police say a Bryant police officer shot and killed a man while investigating a burglary alarm.

State police say two officers responded to the burglary call late Tuesday at Fred's Store on Arkansas 5 in Bryant. Authorities say gunfire erupted between an officer and a man who was in a fenced area along the west side of the building.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. State police say the officer was injured in the shooting and taken to a Little Rock hospital, where he was treated and released.

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USDA Health Care Grants
6:44 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Arkansas Groups May Benefit From USDA Health Care Grants

USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking applications for $3 million worth of health care projects for communities of up to 50,000 people in Arkansas and seven other states in the Delta region.

Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager says the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program covers 252 counties and parishes. The best proposals will get grants of $50,000 and up.

The money can be used for health care cooperatives, services, education and job training. Applications are due May 28.

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Feds Stop Arkansas Pipeline Use
6:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Feds Send Corrective Order To Exxon After Arkansas Oil Leak

Oil spilling into Arkansas neighborhood.

Federal pipeline safety officials have issued a corrective action order to ExxonMobil after one of the company's pipelines ruptured last week in central Arkansas. 

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order Tuesday after ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured Friday in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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Oil Spill
6:51 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Update on Cleanup in Mayflower

Here is a press release from Exxon, Faulkner County, and the city of Mayflower on cleanup efforts:

http://www.faulknercounty.org/images/pdf/Mayflower_Press_Release_040213.pdf

Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center

CONTACT: 703-846-4467

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013

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Local & Regional News
6:48 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

State Investigators To Visit Site Of Oil Pipeline Break

A police checkpoint at the entrance to the Mayflower neighborhood where the oil spill occurred.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

On Wednesday, state investigators are to visit the site of last week’s rupture of an oil pipeline in Mayflower.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office has also told ExxonMobil, which owns the Pegasus Pipeline, to preserve all documents and information related to the spill and ongoing cleanup efforts.

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Tax Cuts
5:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas House Panel OKs Tax Cut For Manufacturers

An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to cut taxes on manufacturers in the state.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday voted to approve the measure, sending it to the full House for consideration. The bill would reduce the sales and use taxes on natural gas and electricity used by manufacturers.

State finance officials estimate that the proposal will decrease state revenue by about $14 million next year and roughly $25 million in subsequent years.

Affordable Care Act
4:58 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Letter Shows Federal Support For Arkansas' 'Private Option' Continues

Governor Mike Beebe speaking to reporters about a letter of approval from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas has received written approval from the Department of Health and Human Services to forge a new plan to expand health insurance in the state. 

Governor Mike Beebe released a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday that said the state should move forward on its loose plan to expand private health insurance coverage with federal money available through the Affordable Care Act.

Our content partner TalkBusiness Arkansas has posted the full letter.

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Local & Regional News
3:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Health Department Says Decontamination Efforts In Mayflower Could Take Weeks

The Arkansas Health Department says it could be weeks before Mayflower residents can return to their homes because of Friday’s oil spill.

An ExxonMobil pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and the company is currently working to clean it up.

Ed Barham, a spokesman for the health department, says the crew has to safely remove and transport the contaminated soil away from the neighborhood.

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3:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas Spill Strengthens Arguments Of Keystone Foes

Lead in text: 
An Arkansas pipeline spill that coated streets and lawns with a smelly, asphalt-like crude oil provides opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline with new ammunition to combat the project.
Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil ruptured on Friday causing the evacuation of about two dozen homes.

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