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11:35 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Saline County Sheriff Reverses Course On Retirement

The sheriff in Saline County, who was convicted of public drunkenness, has changed his mind about retiring.

Sheriff Bruce Pennington said last week he would retire Oct. 1. Now he says he wants to serve out his term and leave office in 2015.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pennington delivered a letter to a county official on Monday that set forth his intentions.

The Saline County Quorum Court has called a special meeting for 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the sheriff's change of heart.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Midwest, Plains Economic Index Rose In August

Mid-America Business Conditions Index

An economic index compiled from a survey of business leaders in Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states rose slightly last month, the first increase since March.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 53.8 in August, compared with 53.5 in July.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the results point to growth for the final quarter of this year but at about half the rate of the first quarter.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100.

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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Study To Look At Medical School At Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University

A healthcare consulting firm will conduct a feasibility study of an osteopathic medical school at Arkansas State University. 

The school says Tripp Umbach has been selected to conduct the study. It will begin examining the practicality and financial impact of an osteopathic medical school at Arkansas State in September. 

The Delta Regional Authority invested $25,000 for the study.

The Board of Trustees will use the study to help them make a decision on whether or not to authorize the program.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Harvest Of Arkansas Early-Planted Rice Getting Started

Rice fields in Arkansas.
Credit Mickey Liaw / Flickr.com

Arkansas rice growers who were able to get their crop planted early have begun to harvest.

Agriculture officials say that early yield numbers look strong, with 200 bushels-per-acre being common.

Many growers got a late start planting and some fields have yet to head. But some producers have drained their fields a little early. 

Extension service experts say that carries some risk because the high temperatures will dry the fields quickly and can stress the plants. 

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Local & Regional News
10:35 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Drivers Should Expect Lane Closures In West Little Rock

Construction at the I-630/I-430 Big Rock Interchange
Credit arkansashighways.com / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect weeknight lane closures this week at the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says crews will be performing joint repairs in the southbound lanes of Interstate 430 within the confines of the I-430/630 interchange.

There will be lane closures Tuesday through Friday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Highway officials say drivers entering I-430 southbound from I-630 westbound and Shackleford/Hermitage will not be affected.

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Local & Regional News
10:22 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Governor Proclaims September Arkansas Volunteer Month

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared September "Arkansas Volunteer Month" to honor the thousands of volunteers who work to make the state a better place to live. 

Sherry Middleton, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, says Arkansas volunteers provide services and problem-solving skills to people and communities throughout the state. 

Middleton says it's the spirit of helping one another that officials hope to promote, and it is those who have demonstrated that spirit who will be recognized during the month.  

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Public Demonstrations
5:12 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Possible US-Led Attack On Syria Sparks Rally In Little Rock

More than two dozen protesters were gathering in downtown Little Rock to speak out against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria.

Protesters met at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday. Some carried anti-war signs and wore T-shirts proclaiming, "NO U.S. INTERVENTION IN SYRIA." A few people chanted "No more war."

The event in Little Rock comes as protesters around the world took to the streets to voice opinions about a possible U.S. attack on Syria.

Local & Regional News
5:56 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Weigh Syria Decision

Map of Syria
Credit npr.org

President Obama's decision Saturday to allow Congress to weigh the issue of military strikes in Syria means Arkansas lawmakers have to make up their minds soon. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more... 

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Local & Regional News
10:06 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Governor Touts Common Core in Radio Address

Credit iteachwithipads.net

  The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly radio address for Aug. 30:

As Arkansas students in grades 9 through 12 begin a new school year, their teachers have new expectations for their academic achievements.

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Local & Regional News
5:06 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Nordex Will Pay Back $2.5 Million in Incentives For Wind Turbine Plant

Nordex has reached an agreement with the state of Arkansas and the city of Jonesboro to repay more than $2.5 million in grants it received to build its wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Joe Holmes with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission says the deal comes after the company announced earlier this year it would stop production at its Jonesboro plant and would not be able to meet promised employment goals.

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