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1:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Heat Advisory In Effect For Eastern Arkansas As Temperatures Near 100

The much-delayed hot summer temperatures are finally hitting Arkansas.

The northeastern and eastern parts of the state are under a heat advisory through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts heat index values of 105 degrees to 108 degrees in that part of the state. Elsewhere in the state, afternoon temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to upper 90s, with hot and humid temperatures in the forecast throughout the weekend.

But the weather service says a cold front is expected to push into the area by Tuesday.

Local & Regional News
11:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Pine Bluff Lands $130 Million Plant To Make Wood Pellets

Wood pellets, similar to those that will be produced in plants to be built in Pine Bluff and Monticello.
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A new $130 million dollar wood pellet plant is to be built in Pine Bluff, creating 35 new jobs.

Highland Pellets announced Wednesday that groundbreaking is expected in October, with deliveries scheduled to begin in March 2016.

The facility will produce wood pellets, which can be used as an alternative fuel source.

Last month, another company announced plans for a wood pellet plant in south Arkansas. Zilkha Biomass Energy says it will build a plant in Monticello, creating 52 jobs.

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9:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Agreements End Federal Teacher Testing Fraud Case

Prosecutors say four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The U.S. attorney's office in West Tennessee said Tuesday that Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe, Mississippi; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee, Mississippi; and Nia Kimble-Harris of Memphis are four of 40 teachers who have received diversion agreements for their participation in the test fraud scheme led by Clarence Mumford.

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8:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Fayetteville Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Fayetteville City Council passed a broad anti-discrimination ordinance and created a new civil rights administrator to investigate reported abuses Wednesday.

The wide-reaching measure, sponsored by Alderman Mathew Petty protects basis of race, ethnicity, age, gender, familial status, socio-economic background, religion, sexual orientation and disability, to ensure access to employment, housing and public accommodations for city residents. The rule excludes tax-exempt churches and similar organizations.

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8:53 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Crash Wiped Out Signal That Could Hold Clues

The National Transportation Safety Board says a trackside signal that could hold clues to a fatal head-on train collision in Arkansas was damaged in the crash but that investigators still hope to recover its data.

NTSB investigator Michael Hiller said Tuesday a southbound train was told to slow down as a northbound train approached a parallel track. He said it should have been directed to stop at the next signal, but that signal was mangled during the accident.

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8:45 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Romney, McCarthy Campaigning In Arkansas

Arkansas Republicans are enlisting the help of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a string of national GOP figures visit the state ahead of the November election.

Romney on Wednesday was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson in Jonesboro. McCarthy planned to campaign with 2nd Congressional District candidate French Hill in Little Rock on Wednesday morning, and later with 4th Congressional District candidate Bruce Westerman.

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Local & Regional News
7:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

First New North Little Rock School Opens As Part Of Massive Overhaul

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood speaks with students during Tuesday's ceremony at the new Meadow Park Elementary School.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As part of an ambitious $265 million plan to completely remake the North Little Rock School District, the first new school is now open. A ceremony was held Tuesday to dedicate the rebuilt Meadow Park Elementary, with three other schools to open in December.

Students patiently waited through a series of speakers, before the ribbon-cutting and students and faculty shouting in unison "let's go to school."  It's the first new school to open in the district in 44 years.

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5:58 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

RNC Chairman Touts The Role Of Arkansas In The Fight For The Senate

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (at the podium) acknowledges Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton during a press conference at Cotton's campaign headquarters.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee is in Arkansas, promising the state will be ground zero in the battle to seize control of the U.S. Senate this fall.

Speaking to volunteers at Tom Cotton’s campaign office Tuesday, Reince Priebus said incumbent Senator Mark Pryor lied when he said people would benefit from the president’s healthcare plan.

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4:26 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NTSB: Southbound Train Told To Slow Before Fatal Crash In NE Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board says a southbound Union Pacific train was given signals to slow down and wait for an oncoming train to move onto another track moments before the two trains collided in northeast Arkansas.

Two crew members on the southbound train died in the collision Sunday near Hoxie, while two others on the northbound train were injured.

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2:33 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Proposes Renovations

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport announced a $20.5 million concourse renovation plan Tuesday. The proposal includes a modernized interior, additional gate seating with chargers for portable devices, new jet bridges and new arrival and departure monitors.

According to Ronald Mathieu, Executive Director of the Clinton National Airport, ridership was down five percent last year. He said interior improvements will be good for business.

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