The Associated Press http://ualrpublicradio.org en Cleanup Of Historic Majestic Hotel Debris Continues http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/cleanup-historic-majestic-hotel-debris-continues <p>Hot Springs' city manager says the cleanup of the torn-down Majestic Hotel complex will happen as quickly as possible.</p><p>The historic, vacant hotel was destroyed in a fire last week and the city opted to tear down the building for the safety of the public. City Manager David Watkins says the city will not let the cleanup efforts "drag out" over several months.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1eQUgkS" target="_blank">The Sentinel-Record reports</a>&nbsp;that the structure was torn down over a 12-hour period over the weekend.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:14:51 +0000 The Associated Press 19783 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Cleanup Of Historic Majestic Hotel Debris Continues New Chief For University Of Arkansas Press http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-chief-university-arkansas-press <p>The University of Arkansas Press has a new director.</p><p>Officials at the Fayetteville campus announced Tuesday that Mike Bieker is the new leader of the publishing house.</p><p>Former director Larry Malley retired in December.</p><p>Bieker moves up from his post as business manager and assistant director.</p><p>The UA Press focuses on publishing books about Arkansas and the broader academic community.</p><p>The University of Arkansas Press was founded in 1980 and was first led by poet Miller Williams. Bieker is the third director of the press in its 34 years.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:26:03 +0000 The Associated Press 19216 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Chief For University Of Arkansas Press Search For Missing Woman In SW Arkansas Is Suspended http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/search-missing-woman-sw-arkansas-suspended <p>The search for a missing Ashdown woman who either jumped or was knocked into the Red River during a multivehicle accident on Feb. 8 has been officially suspended.</p><p>Miller County Office of Emergency Services Director Larry Pritchett <a href="http://bit.ly/1dA8yWe" target="_blank">told the Texarkana Gazette</a>&nbsp;that the search for 42-year-old Janice Northcross was suspended Saturday.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:57:42 +0000 The Associated Press 19121 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Lawmakers Float Non-Budget Bills In Session http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-lawmakers-float-non-budget-bills-session <p>Arkansas legislators convene in Little Rock every two years to address the state's finances during a fiscal session approved by voters in 2010 - and every two years lawmakers propose non-budget measures that generally would be reserved for a general session.</p><p>Legislators say they don't want to wait to debate issues that would affect Arkansans now, even if it means disrupting the regular agenda.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:55:21 +0000 The Associated Press 19120 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Lawmakers Float Non-Budget Bills In Session Searcy Voters Approves Tax Hike For City Services http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/searcy-voters-approves-tax-hike-city-services <p>Searcy voters have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund a variety of city services, including street and infrastructure improvements and payments into the police and fire retirement system.</p><p>According to unofficial results, about 64 percent of voters approved the tax increase during a special election Tuesday. The levy will increase the city's existing 0.5 percent sales tax to 1.5 percent for eight years. <a href="http://bit.ly/1lBAJWP" target="_blank">The Daily Citizen reports</a>&nbsp;that the tax increase is expected to generate $51.2 million over eight years.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:44:55 +0000 The Associated Press 18889 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Person Jumps Into Red River To Avoid Truck, Still Missing http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/person-jumps-red-river-avoid-truck-still-missing <p>Authorities will resume their search Monday for a person who jumped from an icy interstate bridge into a river to avoid a skidding tractor-trailer in southwestern Arkansas.</p><p>Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says teams in boats with sonar were unsuccessful Sunday as they searched the Red River near Fulton.</p><p>State Police say three people were outside their vehicles after an accident early Saturday on the Interstate 30 bridge when a commercial truck jackknifed and started sliding toward them.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:33:48 +0000 The Associated Press 18762 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hearing This Week On Arkansas Execution Drug Issue http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-week-arkansas-execution-drug-issue <p>A hearing is set this week on a lawsuit by nine prisoners on Arkansas' death row who object to the way the state chooses the mix of drugs that are to be used in lethal injections.</p><p>The inmates are to argue at the Friday hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court that the Legislature gave too much authority to the state Correction Department, which selects the drug.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:30:51 +0000 The Associated Press 18761 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Tyson Foods Acquires Michigan Company, Bosco's Pizza http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/tyson-foods-acquires-michigan-company-boscos-pizza <div>Tyson Foods, one of the world's &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">largest meat-processing companies, says it's acquired the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">assets of </span>Bosco's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Pizza of Warren, </span>Michigan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bosco's produces a variety of stuffed bread sticks and &nbsp;f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">rozen pizzas for food service and retail customers </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">throughout the Midwest and at some national retailers. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:12:46 +0000 The Associated Press 17742 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Remington Breaks Ground On Ark. Plant Expansion http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/remington-breaks-ground-ark-plant-expansion <p>Remington Arms Company has broken ground on a $32 million expansion of its ammunition plant in Arkansas that company officials say will add between 50 and 100 new employees.<br>&nbsp;<br>Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and company officials were on hand Thursday to mark the beginning of the expansion project, which is expected to be completed in June 2014. The plant currently employs about 1,300 workers.<br>&nbsp; Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:20:20 +0000 The Associated Press 9278 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Remington Breaks Ground On Ark. Plant Expansion Arkansas State Police Told to Buy 130 New Cameras http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-state-police-told-buy-130-new-cameras <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arkansas lawmakers have </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">authorized a plan to spend more than $950,000 in federal </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">funds to purchase 130 new patrol-car cameras for Arkansas </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Police.</span><br> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 18:30:33 +0000 The Associated Press 8950 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas State Police Told to Buy 130 New Cameras