Local & Regional News http://ualrpublicradio.org en Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/judge-lets-conviction-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand Ruling: Faulkner Judge Can Remain On Ballot http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ruling-faulkner-judge-can-remain-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansans Critical of Corporate Tax Structure Rally at Capitol http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansans-critical-corporate-tax-structure-rally-capitol <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A loose affiliation of citizens, advocacy groups, and unions gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, the last day to file taxes, condemning what they argue is a tax system favoring large corporations. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Justin Nickels, with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, criticized tax exemptions being granted to profitable corporations while cuts to social services are made. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:35:46 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21856 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansans Critical of Corporate Tax Structure Rally at Capitol Lottery Officials Comment on Declining Revenue, Solutions, and Scholarships http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/lottery-officials-comment-declining-revenue-solutions-and-scholarships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State legislators heard reports from lottery officials Tuesday detailing below forecast sales, possible changes, and the effect on scholarships. Lottery Director Bishop </span>Woosley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the commission is $5.8 million below forecast.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:21:42 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21855 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Lottery Officials Comment on Declining Revenue, Solutions, and Scholarships Little Rock Man Eager To See Finish Line This Year In Boston Marathon http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-man-eager-see-finish-line-year-boston-marathon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the city of Boston </span><a href="http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/boston-stronger-city-marks-one-year-marathon-bombings" style="line-height: 1.5;">marks the anniversary of the marathon bombings</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, one Little Rock man who was part of the marathon last year is eager to go back and see the finish line.</span></p><p>KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke to him by phone and has this report.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:06:39 +0000 Karen Tricot Steward 21845 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Man Eager To See Finish Line This Year In Boston Marathon Historic Building In Downtown Little Rock To Become Hotel http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/historic-building-downtown-little-rock-become-hotel <p>The Chi family of Little Rock is announcing it will turn the century-old Boyle Building at the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue into an Aloft Hotel.</p><p>The family already owns two hotels and several restaurants in Little Rock.</p><p>David Robinson, one of the partners for Main Street Lofts who until recently was the owner of Boyle Building, said the Chi Hotel Group purchased the building for $4.6 million.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:34:51 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21844 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Historic Building In Downtown Little Rock To Become Hotel Arkansas Herpetologist, University of Tulsa Researcher Find New Species http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-herpetologist-university-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Herpetologist, University of Tulsa Researcher Find New Species Cotton: $1.3M Raised In First 3 Months Of '14 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/cotton-13m-raised-first-3-months-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org Recovery To Begin For Sunken Barge In Mississippi River http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/recovery-begin-sunken-barge-mississippi-river <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Salvage operations for a barge that overturned and sank last week in the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas are expected to begin.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spokesman Richard Wheatley for Kinder Morgan says recovery of the submerged vessel will begin Tuesday and should end Friday, depending on the weather. Wheatley says steel coils that fell into the water need to be removed before the boat is raised.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:01 +0000 Associated Press 21820 at http://ualrpublicradio.org NWS Confirms First Arkansas Tornado Of 2014 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/nws-confirms-first-arkansas-tornado-2014 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas' first tornado of 2014.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:11:46 +0000 Associated Press 21819 at http://ualrpublicradio.org