Associated Press en Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:32 +0000 Associated Press 21973 at Shoe Company Laying Off 56 In Hot Springs <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Munro &amp; Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, Munro &amp; Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:02:51 +0000 Associated Press 21971 at US Agency To Reopen Public Comment On Mussels <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arkansas.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:59:27 +0000 Associated Press 21970 at Ouachita County Names New Interim County Judge <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county's previous&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">leader resigned.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The court this week named Amy </span>Varner-Olvey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike </span>Hesterly<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:53:23 +0000 Associated Press 21919 at Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:03 +0000 Associated Press 21918 at Lottery Commission Votes For Monitor-Style Games <p>The Arkansas Lottery Commission has voted to introduce monitor-style games in the state. The panel voted Wednesday, but also expressed concern that some legislators have indicated they're opposed to the games in which players use interactive video monitors to pick numbers and see quickly whether they have won.</p><p>The commission wants to reverse a slide in revenues and the monitor games, which could include keno and bingo, may be a way to boost the revenue which provides money for college scholarships.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:17:03 +0000 Associated Press 21887 at Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand <pre> A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities. Lawyers for Martha Shoffner said the Arkansas Ethics Commission - not federal jurors - should have addressed claims that she accepted $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state. A federal jury convicted Shoffner on March 11. The defense team said the federal government wasn't harmed by Shoffner's actions and wanted U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to dismiss the charges against her. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:43:42 +0000 Associated Press 21867 at Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand Ruling: Faulkner Judge Can Remain On Ballot <pre> Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday that Circuit Judge H.G. Foster is eligible for the ballot. Foster's candidacy had been challenged because his license was temporarily suspended because of late payment of annual dues. State law says a person must be a licensed attorney for six years to be eligible for a judgeship. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:24:24 +0000 Associated Press 21866 at Arkansas Herpetologist, University of Tulsa Researcher Find New Species <p>A salamander first discovered by a University of Tulsa doctoral student in 2011 is being hailed as a new species in an international journal for animal taxonomy.</p><p>Doctoral student Michael Steffen and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Herpetologist Kelly Irwin discovered the new species in May 2011 while studying genetic diversity of other salamanders in Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs, Ark.</p><p>The university says the latest issue of Zootaxa will feature the paper and provide details on the Ouachita Streambed Salamander.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:09:50 +0000 Associated Press 21836 at Arkansas Herpetologist, University of Tulsa Researcher Find New Species Cotton: $1.3M Raised In First 3 Months Of '14 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor this fall.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cotton's campaign on Monday said it'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Pryor. The campaign did not say how much money Cotton would report having on hand for his bid.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:27:14 +0000 Associated Press 21822 at