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3:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.

Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.  Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.

“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.  "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."

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2:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Reward Offered In Death Of Endangered Birds In Arkansas

A nesting least tern pair in the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A reward is being offered for information on the deaths of several Interior least terns found on a small island in the Arkansas River.

Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations.

The endangered birds are found anywhere along the Arkansas River, from the Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River.Their main nesting area is a section of the river from Clarksville downstream to Pine Bluff.

A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths.

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1:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

UALR & UCA Ink Deal For Five Year Men's Basketball Series

The University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have reached an agreement to play each other in men's basketball in each of the next five seasons.

The schools announced the agreement Wednesday.

The teams will play each other at Little Rock during the 2014-2015 season, then twice a year in Conway and Little Rock over the next four seasons.

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11:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission

Gov. Mike Beebe (second from the left) listens as new Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner Andrew Parker speaks during Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Mike Beebe has named a former liaison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to serve a seven year term on the panel.

At the announcement Wednesday at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, Beebe said Andrew Parker has an ideal background for becoming a commissioner.

"A love for the outdoors, an understanding that hunting and fishing in Arkansas is a major past time, a major educational experience, a major family experience, a major economic engine and a corollary with the tourism that is so important for our state," Beebe said.

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10:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Bull Shoals Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Excessive Force Charges

The Bull Shoals police chief has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.

Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking and stomping Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest. He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.

Local & Regional News
7:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update

Executive Director of the Health Insurance Marketplace Cheryl Smith
Credit KUAR

State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees.

The director of the Employee Benefits Division, Bob Alexander, said the state has directed districts to help part-timers find state and federally funded navigators.

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4:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pryor Campaign Edits Tornado Video After Complaint By Republican Cotton

A screen shot of the video Cotton's campaign complained about.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says it's removing portions of online campaign videos that were shot on property destroyed in a tornado after the property owner said he was misled about the use of the footage.

Doug Boydston complained Tuesday about the video featuring footage shot on the Mayflower RV property destroyed by a deadly tornado in April. He says he wasn't told it would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Cotton's campaign released a letter Boydston sent complaining about the video.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Documentary On Glen Campbell To Get Advance Screening In LR

Glen Campbell

A soon-to-be-released documentary film looking at music legend Glen Campbell will get an advance screening Thursday in Little Rock. It’s called “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” and will be shown at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater.

“Of course Glen Campbell is one of our most famous native sons and to get the opportunity to see this film ahead of audiences across America and the world is a real honor,” said Courtney Pledger, artistic director for the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.

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2:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Governor Beebe Touring Flood Damage In East Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe is touring damage caused by ongoing flooding in an east Arkansas city.

The governor plans to visit Brinkley on Tuesday afternoon and tour damage caused by the flooding, which began with torrential rains on June 29. Beebe will be joined by the Brinkley mayor to tour flooded areas.

Parts of the city remain flooded more than a week after the heavy rainfall.

Beebe's office says they're currently awaiting results from damage assessments.

Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Dies At Malvern Hospital

Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much of the past year and was being housed at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit medical facility.

Wilson says Dansby was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Monday night because of vomiting and difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday.

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