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4:44 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Pulaski Tech Increases Costs to Students After Losing Millage Tax Election

Pulaski Technical College - North Little Rock Campus
Credit pulaskitech.edu

Pulaski Technical College is raising tuition fees after losing a millage tax election by a wide margin earlier in March. Students can expect the cost of attendance to rise by nearly 13 percent.

The college’s president, Margaret Ellibee, said without local millage, sales or property tax collections she is concerned about the capacity for growth.

“We're worried when our budget has not grown and will not grow in the futur. We took a 20 percent budget cut last year and this general fee that was implemented will get us right back to about even,” said Ellibee.

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Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Martha Shoffner Says Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks For Legal Help

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving federal court in Little Rock after her conviction earlier this month.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Shoffner was convicted this month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She has another 10 fraud charges pending for allegedly spending campaign cash on personal items.

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Local & Regional News
2:07 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

AG McDaniel Defines Stance On Pending Egg Lawsuit

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says it's not appropriate for the state to join a Missouri lawsuit that challenges California restrictions on egg production, but he supports the border state's efforts.

McDaniel said Tuesday that California rules that ban importation of eggs from hens kept in cages smaller than a certain size don't impact Arkansas producers because they already meet the guidelines. But McDaniel says he supports the Missouri lawsuit because one state should not be able to cause harm to another state's agriculture production.

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Arkansas, Oklahoma Delegations Support Three Rivers Study

Members of the Arkansas and Oklahoma congressional delegations have announced support for the so-called "Three Rivers Study" of the area at the confluence of the Arkansas, Mississippi, and White Rivers.

The area is the starting point of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs through both states.

The study would investigate ongoing threats to navigation and bottomland hardwoods at the confluence of the rivers in southeastern Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
11:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Arkansas Health Report Designed To Be More Easily Understood

The Arkansas Department of Health has released a new report on health concerns that is intended to be more easily understood by the general public.

The 140-page report addresses issues such as life expectancy, infant mortality and health literacy in Arkansas.

Co-author Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that technical language and abbreviations are not known to the general public and the goal is to make the report easier to read and understand.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

"Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library

David Brock

A lecture titled “Countering the Culture of Clinton Hating” will be held Tuesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock featuring former journalist and author David Brock. He’s founder of a non-profit group called Media Matters for America, which works to counter what he calls conservative misinformation in the media.

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Talk Business & Politics
7:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

3/24/14: Talk Business & Politics

This week's Talk Business & Politics with Roby Brock: Hear from Arkansas's new Speaker of the House Designate Jeremy Gillam and Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Jonathan Dismang; The latest from Mike Ross's campaign for Governor.

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Local & Regional News
6:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Simmons First To Acquire Delta Trust For $66 Million

Simmons First National Corp. will acquire Little Rock-based Delta Trust & Banking Corp. for roughly $66 million, Talk Business Arkansas reports.

The Pine Bluff-based bank said it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Delta Trust. According to the terms of the agreement, Simmons First will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Delta Trust in a transaction valued at approximately $66 million, subject to potential adjustments.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

County Judge Sees Arkansas Mill Work By Mid-June

Steel

The Mississippi County judge says he expects construction to begin by mid-June on a $1.1 billion steel mill near Osceola.

An administrative law judge last week cleared a hurdle for the plant, and County Judge Randy Carney told the Jonesboro Sun on Sunday that he expects hiring to begin in May.

Big River Steel plans to hire up to 600 people for the plant, though about 2,000 workers will be used during construction.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Reassigns Judge's Cases

Credit arkansasappeals.com

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reassigned the caseload of a judge who is being investigated for online comments he posted anonymously and contributions he received linked to a nursing home that appeared before his court.

Chief Justice Jim Hannah on Monday ordered that a special judge or judges be assigned to hear the cases for Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.

Maggio this month dropped his bid for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals after admitting to posting comments online that were criticized as racist and sexist.

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