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1:35 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Witt To Run For US House Seat In South Arkansas

James Lee Witt
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Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is seeking the Democratic nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Witt announced Tuesday he was running for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Cotton is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor next year, leaving his seat open.

Witt is the second Democratic candidate to announce a bid for the seat. Janis Percefull, a community college instructor from Hot Springs, announced earlier this year she was running.

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1:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Red Cross Closing Emergency Shelter After Tornado Struck NE Arkansas

The American Red Cross has closed an emergency shelter in Caraway that was opened following a Halloween night tornado.

Authorities say there were no injuries or deaths as a result of the tornado that was rated an EF1 with winds between 86 mph and 110 mph.

Mobile units from the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the Red Cross in Jonesboro and emergency trucks from the Mid-South Chapter in Memphis, Tenn., and the Southeast Missouri Chapter in Cape Girardeau, Mo., were sent to the town.

Local & Regional News
1:29 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Hot Springs Museum To Get $7.8 Million Renovation

The Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs is preparing to embark on a $7.8 million renovation that will update exhibits and give the facility a skywalk that extends into a forest canopy on the grounds.

The museum said Tuesday that the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Oaklawn Foundation are providing the money.

Construction is to begin during the summer with the skywalk. In the fall of next year, the museum will close for six months to complete work inside the building and install new exhibits. The project has a March 1, 2015, completion date target.

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Local & Regional News
10:29 am
Tue November 5, 2013

State Says Federal No Child Waiver Unrealistic

Arkansas education officials say the terms of its waiver to vary from the federal No Child Left Behind law are too strict in student achievement and teacher placement.

Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell said Monday that if the state is to renew its waiver agreement, the state will have to show it has highly effective teachers in each classroom.

The state would also have to bring almost all students up to grade level in math and literacy by the end of the school year.

4th District Congressional Race
8:58 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Witt To Announce Plans For Arkansas Congressional Seat

James Lee Witt's FEMA portrait.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is preparing to announce whether he'll run for the Democratic nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Witt scheduled a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon to announce his decision regarding the 4th Congressional District seat. Witt has been exploring a run during the past several weeks and has been touring the district.

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Local & Regional News
8:54 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Presented With $100,000

Arkansas state Sen. Robert Thompson has presented a check for $100,000 to Arkansas State University officials to support the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott includes a barn-studio associated with writer Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, whose parents owned the home and the barn on the property.

Local & Regional News
1:07 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Revenues Above Forecast In October

State finance officials attribute higher revenues to increases in individual and corporate income tax collections.
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The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released a report Monday showing the state continues to exceed revenue expectations for this fiscal year. The state collected 372.8 million dollars in net available revenue in the month of October, outpacing expected collections by about 8 million dollars. So far the state has collected 37.8 million dollars above forecast for the entire fiscal year which began July 1.

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Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Report Details Problems With Arkansas Parole System

Governor Mike Beebe speaking at a press conference Monday morning at the Capitol about the report.
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An investigation into the Arkansas Department of Community Correction found “systemic problems” with its parole system.  But Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials say steps are already being taken to address people who violate parole, but aren’t being picked up and returned to prison.

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Local & Regional News
9:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Nucor Challenge To Big River Steel Air Permit Will Delay Superproject

A challenge to Big River Steel’s air quality permit by Nucor Steel will delay or could trip up the $1.1 billion superproject planned for northeast Arkansas, but state officials expressed confidence that the steel mill will go forward.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Voters In NLR's Park Hill To Decide Whether To Allow Alcohol Sales

Signs line John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Park Hill asking voters to support the alcohol proposal.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Early voting starts Monday for residents of a historic North Little Rock neighborhood to consider repealing a ban on the sale of alcohol.

It has been almost half a century since residents of Park Hill voted to prohibit alcohol sales. The neighborhood is along both sides of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, between Interstate 40 and McCain Boulevard.

Former North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick, who today is president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, says the ban has kept the area from reaching its full potential.

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