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3:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thousands In Arkansas To Benefit From Obama Immigration Order

At least 14,000 Arkansas immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from being deported.

The estimate from the immigrant-advocacy group Arkansas United Community Coalition came a day after Obama announced the sweeping immigration action - which was panned by Arkansas politicians but hailed by human rights activists.

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1:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Poyen Teacher Is Named 2015 Arkansas Teacher Of The Year

Arkansas Teacher of the Year Ouida Newton

Ouida Newton, a math teacher at Poyen High School, has been named the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made Friday during a surprise notification event in Poyen in Grant County.

Newton currently teaches math for grades seven through 12 at the high school. During her 34-year career, she has taught math, Algebra I and II, sixth-grade science, pre-algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, trigonometry, transition to college math and physics.

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12:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level Since 2008

Arkansas’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly six years sitting at six percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Workforce Services. At this point last year the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.

Michael Pakko, an economist with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said the latest report is another encouraging sign of growth.

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11:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Attorney General Warns Residents To Use Caution Shopping Online

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning residents to use caution when they go online to shop for gifts this holiday season.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert this week ahead of the Dec. 1 "Cyber Monday," when tens of millions of Americans shop online.

To stay safe, McDaniel says consumers should make sure to shop websites of reputable retailers and avoid giving sensitive financial information like a credit card number unless it's appropriate - such as on an order form.

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11:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Arkansas Plans Highway Lane Closures Over Busy Thanksgiving Travel Season

Arkansas drivers will encounter 28 miles of lane closings on major highways over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The  Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that four major highways will have construction-related lane closures: Interstates 40, 430 and 530, plus U.S. 67.

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11:28 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Governor Beebe Sets April Special Election For State Senate Seat

Former state Sen. Michael Lamoureux

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has set a special election for April 14 to fill the vacant state Senate seat that had been held by the incoming governor's new chief of staff.

Beebe on Friday called for a special election to fill the District 16 seat held by former Senate President Michael Lamoureux, a Republican. Lamoureux resigned to work as Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff.

Primary elections for the seat will be held Jan. 13, with runoffs set for Feb. 10 if required. Candidates can file to run between noon Monday and 5 p.m. on Dec. 1.

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4:42 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Arkansas General Election Results Certified

A voter casts a ballot earlier this month in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the Nov. 4 general election results have been certified.

Martin announced the certification Thursday, saying about half of the 1.7 million people registered to vote in Arkansas cast ballots in the election.

Under Arkansas election law, counties must certify results to the Secretary of State's Office no later than 15 days after the election.

The delay allows overseas military citizens time to ensure their votes are counted in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

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1:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Delta Regional Authority Invests $1.3 Million In Arkansas Economic Projects

The Delta Regional Authority will invest $1.3 million into eight projects across Arkansas – grant money aimed at boosting economic development in rural parts of the state. Leaders said the money will help create or retain 1,050 jobs.

The eight projects and funding include:

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11:17 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Arkansas Man Convicted Of Killing Two Wtih Machete

Gregory Kinsey

Jurors have convicted a Fort Smith man of killing two men with a machete.

The Southwest Times Record reports 21-year-old Gregory Kinsey had faced capital murder charges but was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder. A Sebastian County jury returned the verdict after deliberating for more than three hours and hearing arguments from Kinsey's attorneys that he acted in self-defense.

Kinsey killed 39-year-old Brandon Prince and 32-year-old Nathan Young in June 2013. He says he was walking home from Dollar General when the men approached and threatened him.

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11:13 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Whirlpool Releases Report On Contamination At Arkansas Site

The former whirlpool site in Fort Smith.
Credit Arkansas Times

Whirlpool Corp. says in its new quarterly report that chemical injections this year at its closed Fort Smith facility decreased groundwater contamination levels.

The company's former plant used trichloroethylene, known as TCE, as a degreasing solvent from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. The chemical is now known to be linked to increased cancer risk.

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