Associated Press en Wal-Mart Names New CEO For Domestic Operations <p>Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says U.S. discount-store chief Bill Simon is stepping down.</p><p>The world's largest retailer has named the head of its Asian business as his replacement. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer says that Greg Foran, 53, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Asia, will succeed Simon.</p><p>Simon helmed the Wal-Mart U.S. division since June 2010. The changes will take effect Aug. 9.</p><p>The company says Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months to ensure a seamless transition.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:53:22 +0000 Associated Press 27068 at Wal-Mart Names New CEO For Domestic Operations Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed For Overcrowding <p>The Pulaski County jail is open again, more than three weeks after an over-capacity inmate population prompted its closure to most nonviolent offenders.</p><p>Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden said the jail reopened at 6 a.m. Thursday. The jail had been closed since July 1, after its population rose to 1,281 inmates.</p><p>The detention center has a capacity for 1,210 inmates. Minden said the county jail's population Thursday morning is 1,146.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:07:10 +0000 Associated Press 27060 at Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed For Overcrowding Outages Persist But Down Significantly from Wednesday <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state. </span>Entergy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arkansas reports outages statewide with </span>Lonoke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:13:22 +0000 Associated Press 27056 at Outages Persist But Down Significantly from Wednesday Severe Thunderstorms Cause Widespread Outages In Arkansas <p>A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon. </span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:57 +0000 Associated Press 27037 at Federal Disaster Declarations Made For 10 Arkansas Counties <p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.</p><p>Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to flood conditions in Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, St. Francis, White and Woodruff counties.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:05:34 +0000 Associated Press 27028 at Minimum Wage Proposal Needs At Least 15,000 More Signatures <p>Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.</p><p>Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday released the number of signatures the petitions needed for Give Arkansas a Raise Now to win a spot on the ballot.</p><p>Martin's office on Friday told the group it needed more signatures, but did not yet have an exact figure.</p><p>The group has been given until Aug. 18 to submit additional petitions.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:57:47 +0000 Associated Press 26996 at Minimum Wage Proposal Needs At Least 15,000 More Signatures Planned US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Gets Commemorative Coin <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. </span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:54:36 +0000 Associated Press 26989 at Planned US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Gets Commemorative Coin Secretary Of State Responds To Complaint About Alcohol Deadline <p>Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Tuesday said officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:13:49 +0000 Associated Press 26970 at Writer Mara Leveritt Gets 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize <p>Arkansas writer Mara Leveritt is the recipient of the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize.</p><p>The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. Past winners of the Porter Prize include Donald Harington, Morris Arnold and Kevin Brockmeier.</p><p>The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state's most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:50:54 +0000 Associated Press 26938 at Writer Mara Leveritt Gets 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize Study: Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas Kids Live In Poverty <p>A new study says that nearly three out of 10 Arkansas kids are living in poverty but the number of children without health insurance has dropped.</p><p>The 25th annual Kids Count report from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is being released Tuesday.</p><p>It ranked Arkansas 41st in 16 indicators across four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:02:55 +0000 Associated Press 26927 at