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7:37 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor is now charged with manslaughter.

Garland County authorities have issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Andrea Davis and her brother - Matthew Davis - in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis' home in February 2012.

An attorney for the Davises told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's made arrangements with the special prosecutor in the case for both Andrea and Matthew Davis to surrender sometime this week.

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5:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Clinton Scandal Writer Now Decries Right-Wing Media

David Brock
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

One of the Clinton’s most fierce media opponents from the 1990s, David Brock, spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service Tuesday as the repentant founder of the non-profit media watchdog Media Matters. Brock, who wrote on Troopergate and Paula Jones, described his previous role in writing for the conservative magazine The American Spectator.

“I was part of what Hillary Clinton would later call the vast right-wing conspiracy. Now, when Mrs. Clinton made that remark about the political opposition back in the late 1990s insiders scoffed but she was right,” said Brock.

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4:47 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Panel Discussion Set To Mark Anniversary of Mayflower Oil Spill

A panel discussion is scheduled next week on the effects of the Mayflower oil spill one year after the pipeline rupture.

Monday's event at the Clinton School of Public Service will focus on the impact the spill had on the surrounding community in Arkansas and beyond and how chances of a similar incident can be minimized in the future.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower last March, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the community about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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4:44 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Pulaski Tech Increases Costs to Students After Losing Millage Tax Election

Pulaski Technical College - North Little Rock Campus
Credit pulaskitech.edu

Pulaski Technical College is raising tuition fees after losing a millage tax election by a wide margin earlier in March. Students can expect the cost of attendance to rise by nearly 13 percent.

The college’s president, Margaret Ellibee, said without local millage, sales or property tax collections she is concerned about the capacity for growth.

“We're worried when our budget has not grown and will not grow in the futur. We took a 20 percent budget cut last year and this general fee that was implemented will get us right back to about even,” said Ellibee.

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3:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Martha Shoffner Says Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks For Legal Help

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving federal court in Little Rock after her conviction earlier this month.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Shoffner was convicted this month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She has another 10 fraud charges pending for allegedly spending campaign cash on personal items.

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2:07 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

AG McDaniel Defines Stance On Pending Egg Lawsuit

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says it's not appropriate for the state to join a Missouri lawsuit that challenges California restrictions on egg production, but he supports the border state's efforts.

McDaniel said Tuesday that California rules that ban importation of eggs from hens kept in cages smaller than a certain size don't impact Arkansas producers because they already meet the guidelines. But McDaniel says he supports the Missouri lawsuit because one state should not be able to cause harm to another state's agriculture production.

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2:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Arkansas, Oklahoma Delegations Support Three Rivers Study

Members of the Arkansas and Oklahoma congressional delegations have announced support for the so-called "Three Rivers Study" of the area at the confluence of the Arkansas, Mississippi, and White Rivers.

The area is the starting point of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs through both states.

The study would investigate ongoing threats to navigation and bottomland hardwoods at the confluence of the rivers in southeastern Arkansas.

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11:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Arkansas Health Report Designed To Be More Easily Understood

The Arkansas Department of Health has released a new report on health concerns that is intended to be more easily understood by the general public.

The 140-page report addresses issues such as life expectancy, infant mortality and health literacy in Arkansas.

Co-author Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that technical language and abbreviations are not known to the general public and the goal is to make the report easier to read and understand.

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6:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

"Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library

David Brock

A lecture titled “Countering the Culture of Clinton Hating” will be held Tuesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock featuring former journalist and author David Brock. He’s founder of a non-profit group called Media Matters for America, which works to counter what he calls conservative misinformation in the media.

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6:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Simmons First To Acquire Delta Trust For $66 Million

Simmons First National Corp. will acquire Little Rock-based Delta Trust & Banking Corp. for roughly $66 million, Talk Business Arkansas reports.

The Pine Bluff-based bank said it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Delta Trust. According to the terms of the agreement, Simmons First will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Delta Trust in a transaction valued at approximately $66 million, subject to potential adjustments.

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