Local & Regional News http://ualrpublicradio.org en Guatemalan Arrested in Texarkana Transporting Passengers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/guatemalan-arrested-texarkana-transporting-passengers <p>Federal authorities have charged a Guatemalan man arrested in Arkansas with transporting people who are in the country without legal permission. The Texarkana Gazette reports&nbsp;Isaias Elias-Pelico was transporting at least seven passengers when he was pulled over July 24.</p><p>Court documents state Elias-Pelico presented a fake driver's license to a trooper. The officer contacted the Department of Homeland Security.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:33:03 +0000 Associated Press 27505 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Mixed Outcome For Alcohol Drive In Three Arkansas Counties http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/mixed-outcome-alcohol-drive-three-arkansas-counties <p>A group advocating alcohol sales in dry Arkansas counties says it hasn't gathered sufficient support in Faulkner and Craighead counties but has enough signatures in Saline County to be placed on the November ballot.</p><p>The group Our Community Our Dollars needed to collect signatures from 38 percent of voters in each county.</p><p>A separate group named Let Arkansas Decide still seeks a statewide ballot measure to allow alcohol sales in every county. Last month the group met an initial signature count and is working to collect additional signatures this month.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:28:37 +0000 Associated Press 27496 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Poll: GOP Advantage In Three Congressional Districts, Toss-up In Another http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/poll-gop-advantage-three-congressional-districts-toss-another <p>A new flurry of polling shows Republicans with a solid victory in one Congressional District, advantages in two other districts, and a toss-up for the remaining district in Central Arkansas.</p><p>The latest round of Talk Business &amp; Politics-Hendrix College polling centered on four Congressional District level surveys that provide a first glimpse at this fall's congressional match-ups.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:57:15 +0000 Roby Brock 27484 at http://ualrpublicradio.org July 2014 One Of The Coolest On Record http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/july-2014-one-coolest-record <p>Forecasters say this July will likely go down as one of the coolest in the Arkansas record books. Several rounds of cold fronts have move through the state, leaving the average temperature around 76.4 degrees Fahrenheit through July 30<sup>th</sup>, placing it tentatively as the second coolest on record.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:10:31 +0000 Chris Hickey 27477 at http://ualrpublicradio.org July 2014 One Of The Coolest On Record Beebe Decides Against A Special Election For State Senate Seat http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beebe-decides-against-special-election-state-senate-seat <p>Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who is taking a job lobbying for the University of Arkansas system.</p><p>Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Thursday that the governor decided against a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Johnny Key, who is resigning to take a job as UA system's associate vice president for university relations.</p><p>Key, a Republican, is resigning effective Thursday and his term ends at the end of the year.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:05:28 +0000 Associated Press 27476 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Beebe Decides Against A Special Election For State Senate Seat Manufacturers Group Doubts EPA On Safe Ozone Emissions & Costs http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/manufacturers-group-doubts-epa-safe-ozone-emissions-costs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An association representing some of the world’s largest energy producers <a href="http://www.nam.org/~/media/BC86674093194F13A5D401D7A3306B94.ashx">released a study</a> Thursday claiming a possible new ozone regulation could be costly for Arkansans. The finding is disputed by leading environmental&nbsp;groups in the state.</span></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:29:05 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 27462 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Manufacturers Group Doubts EPA On Safe Ozone Emissions & Costs Cities Preparing To Make Pitches To Land New State Prison http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/cities-preparing-make-pitches-land-new-state-prison <p>Cities and counties throughout Arkansas are deciding whether to get in the running for a proposed $100 million prison -which comes with a maximum-security rating and some of the state's most difficult inmates, but hundreds of new jobs.</p><p>The Arkansas Department of Correction has given communities until Oct. 24 to submit paperwork if they want to host the new prison. If funding is approved, the facility is expected to employ 250 people with an average hourly salary of $12.75. It could be expanded to eventually include 500 jobs.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:05:01 +0000 Associated Press 27446 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Life Sentence Handed Down In Texarkana For Murder http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/life-sentence-handed-down-texarkana-murder <p>An Arkansas jury sentenced a man to life in prison for a murder in retaliation for missing crack cocaine. The Texarkana Gazette reports&nbsp;a Miller County jury returned the verdict for 26-year-old Serandon Ramon Starling on Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>It took the jury 30 minutes to find him guilty of murder and committing a terroristic act. It took them 10 minutes to sentence him to two life terms and 15 years on each count of using a firearm in a felony.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:33:59 +0000 Associated Press 27431 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Governor’s Poll Shows Hutchinson Leading Ross http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-governor-s-poll-shows-hutchinson-leading-ross <p>A new Talk Business &amp; Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely state voters shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 46-41% lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the Arkansas Governor’s race.</p><p>The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.</p><p>Q. In the race for Governor, the candidates are Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:24:21 +0000 Roby Brock 27418 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Wood Pellet Manufacturer Locates In Monticello http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/wood-pellet-manufacturer-locates-monticello <p>Monticello will soon be the site of a facility specializing in the production of a dense, water resistant, wood pellet, marketed as an alternative to coal fuel. The Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy will locate the first facility of its kind in the state, choosing an area known for its timber production and densely forested lands. The company says it will employ 52 people and invest 90 million dollars in the area, according to a news release.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:13:36 +0000 Chris Hickey 27384 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Wood Pellet Manufacturer Locates In Monticello