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2:42 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Baptist Health System Laying Off 170 As Hospitals Cope With Medicare Cuts

Credit baptist-health.com

Little Rock-based Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers across its statewide health care network and one industry leader says more hospitals could follow suit.

Baptist Health has hospitals, clinics and medical facilities throughout Arkansas. The health care organization is one of the state’s largest private employers with more than 7,300 workers.

In a statement provided to members of the media, Mark Lowman, Vice President, Strategic Development at Baptist Health said:

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11:33 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Little Rock Police: Stopped Vehicle Wasn't Stolen

Demonstrators gathered across from the scene of Monday police shooting in Little Rock.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkasnas TImes

Authorities say an SUV driven by a man who was fatally shot by Little Rock police wasn't actually stolen, although officers thought it may have been stolen shortly before the driver was killed.

Little Rock Police said Monday that an SUV driven by 26-year-old Deon Williams appeared to match the description of a stolen vehicle.

However, Little Rock Police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said Tuesday that the vehicle wasn't actually stolen.

Authorities say Williams fled from police and produced a gun before an officer shot and killed him.

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5:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arkansas Cotton Acreage At Longtime Low

Cotton acreage is down sharply this year in Arkansas.

Agriculture officials estimate that 320,000 acres of cotton have been planted in Arkansas this year. That's only about half as much cotton as growers planted in 2012.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports that farmers pulled back on cotton because of thin profit margins.

Producers risk losing money if the weather takes a bad turn or if pests are abundant. Also, the crop is threatened by herbicide-resistant pigweed, which can choke out cotton plants.

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5:46 am
Tue July 16, 2013

At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice

A vigil on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Monday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.

Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arkansas Rep Prepares For New Education Facility

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Credit Peter James Zielinski / Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Construction work continues on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s new education space. 

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1:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin Vigil In LR Set By Black Caucus

The Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus is organizing a vigil over the Trayvon Martin verdict.

The group says the event at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the state Capitol isn't a protest or rally. Instead, the caucus says the gathering is to encourage the end of "profiling and systemic disenfranchisement of African-American males."

Organizers ask people attending to bring flashlights and cell phones to provide a lighting effect.

Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arkansas Lottery To Fill Position Of Security Agent

File photo of Lottery Director Bishop Woosley.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

The director of Arkansas' lottery says the organization plans to fill the job of a former security official who stole and cashed nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Monday that he expects the position to be filled fairly soon but didn't specify when.

Former deputy security director Remmele Mazyck pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to wire fraud and money laundering charges.

He will be sentenced later. The lottery says Mazyck cashed more than 22,000 tickets worth about $478,000.

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6:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ex-Little Rock Officer's Trial Scheduled To Start

Trial is scheduled to begin for a former Little Rock police officer charged with escorting what he thought was a shipment of marijuana across the city.

Randall Tremayn Robinson is to go on trial Monday in Little Rock. He has pleaded not guilty.

Robinson and his half brother former officer Mark Anthony Jones - allegedly drove marked patrol cars to escort vans that an undercover agent claimed were carrying marijuana that had arrived from California.

Local & Regional News
6:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Woman In SAU Horse Theft To Be Tried For Rustling

A woman already serving a prison sentence in the theft of rodeo horses from Southern Arkansas University is to be tried in a separate cattle theft case.

Trial is to begin Monday in Little River County for Wendi Cox. She is accused of stealing 15 heifers worth more than $10,000 from an East Ogden Ranch.

Prosecutors say the animals were sold at an Idabel, Okla., stockyard. The Texarkana Gazette reports Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir offered Cox a plea bargain but she rejected the deal and asked for a bench trial.

Local & Regional News
6:22 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Organizers Need Millions More For Marshals Museum

Organizers need to raise millions of dollars before breaking ground on the U.S. Marshals Museum scheduled to open in 2016 on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith.

Museum president and CEO Jim Dunn says organizers likely need more than $30 million. He says organizers have raised close to $12 million so far.

However, He says the figure doesn't include proceeds from the sale of a commemorative coin, which could produce up to $5 million.

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