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9:05 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Arkansas Tech To Study Lake Maumelle Tributaries

Students and faculty at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville are to conduct an assessment of the biology of tributaries to Lake Maumelle, the water source for much of central Arkansas.

Assistant biology professor Rosemary Burk is to lead the group of science students in assessing changes to the water system. The collected data from the project announced Thursday will be provided to the utility Central ArkansasWater.

The study is being funded by $10,000 from Central Arkansas Water and the Arkansas Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.

Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Georgia Pacific Announces $40 Million Expansion At Fort Smith Plant

Georgia-Pacific says it will invest $40 million in an expansion at its Fort Smith plant, which manufactures paper plates and other paper products.

Georgia-Pacific said Thursday that the new technology and equipment will increase the Dixie plant's current capacity for assorted sizes of paper plates. The plant now employs 350 workers, but the company says that number may grow once the expansion is complete next year.

The company operates 10 facilities throughout Arkansas with more than 2,400 workers in the state.

Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Grant To Allow Study of Adolescent Trauma And Addiction Later In Life

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are getting a grant of nearly $1.5 million to look at the effects of trauma on teenage girls to see if there’s a direct connection to drug addiction later in life.

Dr. Clint Kilts is lead investigator of the study, which is being funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“We see trauma in many forms, whether it’s childhood abuse or neglect or adolescent assault exposure," which Kilts says disrupts the normal organizational structure and function of the human brain.

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Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

DHS: Some Arkansans Incorrectly Deemed Eligible For Coverage

Arkansas officials say nearly 4,800 people are receiving notices that they were incorrectly deemed eligible for the state's expanded Medicaid program and will have their coverage end May 31.

The Department of Human Services on Thursday said it was notifying 4,798 people that the federal government incorrectly included their information among applications of eligible individuals for the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion.

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Local & Regional News
2:51 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor on VA, Eric Shinseki and Student Loans

Democratic Senator Mark Pryor at the Butler Center.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Amidst the on-going investigation into deadly delays and an alleged cover-up at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center Democratic Senator Mark Pryor Thursday called for patience in determining if Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.

“My view on that is not yet. I’m not going to call for that yet,” said Pryor.

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Local & Regional News
12:09 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Arkansas-Based Tyson Makes Rival $6.2Billion Bid For Hillshire Brands

Hillshire Brands has another suitor. Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire for $50 per share. That's $5 per share higher than Pilgrim's Pride offer earlier this week.

Hillshire Brands, which makes Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausages, has been trying to buy Birds Eye frozen vegetables maker Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion.

But Tyson, one of the world's largest meat-processing companies, said its offer would make a more profitable company.

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Local & Regional News
11:48 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arkansas High Court Tosses Out Appeal In Dalton Slayings

The Arkansas Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by Charles Wayne "Chad" Green, who is serving life in prison for his role in the slayings of four family members in northeast Arkansas in 1998.

The high court on Thursday ruled that Green's argument that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to find him guilty is without merit.

The 38-year-old Green was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Carl and Lisa Elliott and their young children, Gregory and Felicia.

Local & Regional News
11:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Change To Social-Media Law

Arkansas lawmakers are considering a change to the law that bans employers from requiring access to an employee's social media accounts.

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Local & Regional News
9:38 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Program Aims To Help Professionals Improve Writing

The University of Arkansas is offering a new graduate certificate program that aims to help working professionals improve their writing skills.

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Cyber Crime
9:35 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arkansas AG Warns Consumers About Phishing Scams

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is reminding residents to be vigilant of criminal schemes used to gather information through email - commonly referred to as phishing.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert Wednesday after online retailer eBay announced last week that personal information- including the email addresses of more than 145 million users- had been stolen from the company's databases in a cyberattack.

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