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5:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Beebe Calls for Inspections and Possibility of Legislation for Hog Farm on Buffalo River

Buffalo National River
Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

The newly built C&H Hog Farm near the Buffalo River may be getting additional water quality inspections. Governor Mike Beebe says he wants to use $250,000 of surplus money to have the University of Arkansas monitor potential waste run-off from the farm.

The operation is the first Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in the state. In his weekly radio address, Beebe said the unique designation of a national river requires extra protections.

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4:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Plans For The Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Credit Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Organizers are making plans for this year’s Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. The performances will be at the Main Library in Little Rock, the First Security Amphitheater, and various River Market Pavilions on September 27th and 28th.

Susan Gele is a spokeswoman for the Central Arkansas Library System. She says the festival includes some of last year’s performers, as well as many new acts.

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Local & Regional News
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Ross Criticizes GOP Rivals' Tax Cut Plans

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing his Republican rivals for the state's top office, accusing them of pushing for tax cuts without explaining to voters how they'd pay for them.

Ross on Friday told members of the Political Animals Club that he'd support targeted tax cuts that would help create jobs if the state was running a surplus.

He said the Republican gubernatorial hopefuls aren't explaining what taxes they'd raise or services they'd cut to pay for the reductions they're calling for.

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Local & Regional News
11:46 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Ethics Panel Fines Senator $8K For Violations

Sen. Paul Bookout

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has fined a former president of the state Senate $8,000 and found that he violated four campaign laws.

The commission on Friday voted unanimously to fine Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro $2,000 each for violating four state ethics laws.

The commission ruled that Bookout failed to itemize spending by his re-election campaign last year and violated state laws prohibiting the use of campaign funds for personal expenses.

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Johnny Cash House
10:23 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Concert To Raise Money For Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

Johnny Cash's boyhood home in October 2012 in Dyess, Arkansas.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

On Saturday, Vince Gill will headline the 3rd annual Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Cash's siblings Tommy and Joanne Cash, the Gatlin Brothers and others will also be performing.

Proceeds will go toward the restoration of Cash’s boyhood home in the east Arkansas town of Dyess. The town's administration building and an old movie theater will also be restored to tell the history of the Dyess Colony, which was created during the Great Depression as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's new deal.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
8:29 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Agencies Considering Fish Testing After Oil Spill

File photo of workers in a marsh near Lake Conway in April.
Credit Joint Command

Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.

The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.

After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Ross To Speak To Political Animals Club

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is speaking to the Political Animals Club about his bid for Arkansas governor.

Ross on Friday was scheduled to speak to the group at a breakfast meeting at the Little Rock Club.

The speech is the third in a series of breakfasts the group is having with gubernatorial candidates.

Ross became the sole Democratic candidate for governor last month when former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter dropped his bid for the party's nomination. Ross announced he was running for governor in April.

Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Officials Identify Preferred Route In Conway

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says it has identified a preferred alternative for a new connection from Interstate 40 to Highway 25 in northwestern Conway.

Highway officials say the preferred route is about 1.1 miles long and will cost about $5.5 million to build, compared to 1.3 miles and $6.5 million for another option.

Officials say the preferred route will also relocate fewer residents than the other option.

The State Highway and Transportation Department will share costs for the new roadway with the city of Conway and Faulkner County.

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Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Wal-Mart Warns Of Challenging Retail Environment, Reduces Forecast

Sales grew and so did profits, but Bentonville-based Wal-Mart had a rocky quarter as same-store sales struggled and the retail giant warned of a challenging environment.

The company posted total quarterly revenues of $116.95 billion compared to $114.28 billion one year ago. Net income rose to $4.07 billion, or $1.24 per diluted share, versus $4.02 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in last year’s comparable period. Wall Street estimates were looking for Wal-Mart to record $1.25 per diluted share.

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Local & Regional News
2:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Arkansas Law Requires Drivers Move Over For Expanded List of Vehicles

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

A new law is taking effect Friday requiring drivers to move over if they spot Highway Department vehicles, utility trucks, and tow trucks on the side of the road. The law adds to the familiar list of emergency vehicles like police cars.

It asks motorists to move over to the farthest possible lane, this requirement makes Arkansas’s law one of the toughest in the nation. Only three other states require that.

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