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9:18 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Entergy Arkansas Sends Crews South To Help In Ice

Entergy Arkansas has sent around four dozen linemen and other workers to Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to help the region deal with a winter storm.

Snow and ice fell across parts of the South on Tuesday and more cold weather is expected Wednesday.

Brady Aldy, the vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas, said the winter weather could be the most challenging in Louisiana in years. Last month, crews from Louisiana traveled to Arkansas to help the state deal with an ice storm.

Local & Regional News
7:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Arkansas Delegation Pans Obama Speech To Nation

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address by members of Arkansas' congressional delegation:

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

"Overall, I'm disappointed with the President's State of the Union address because he was heavy on rhetoric, but light on specifics about how we can move our country forward.

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Local & Regional News
4:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Newly Elected Republican State Senator Sworn In

Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

Newly elected state Senator John Cooper was sworn in Tuesday at the Arkansas State Capitol.  

The Republican comes into office after a special election was held earlier this month to replace former senator Paul Bookout, a Democrat, who resigned for ethical violations.

In an interview with KUAR, Sen. Cooper said he does not have a specific agend,a but will be supporting “conservative causes.”

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Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

FBI Agents Search North Little Rock Photo Archive Company

FBI agents conduct an investigation Tuesday at the John Rogers Archive in North Little Rock. The FBI also visited Rogers' home in North Little Rock.
Credit Mark Friedman / Arkansas Business

It’s not immediately clear why, but federal agents Tuesday executed search warrants at a North Little Rock company that has become well known for licensing and digitizing the photo collections of notable newspapers around the country. They were also at the expansive home of John Rogers, owner of Rogers Photo Archive.

Reporters were kept across from the locations, as boxes were removed and loaded into vehicles.

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Arkansas Governor Defends Private Option Savings Figure

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says his proposal to boost funding for the state's prison system will be threatened if lawmakers halt a compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

Beebe told members of the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association on Tuesday that the new money he's proposed to build new prison beds and reimburse county jails for housing state inmates could be at risk if the private option isn't renewed during next month's legislative session.

Local & Regional News
3:29 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Pet Owners Are Encouraged To Keep Animals Inside As Temperatures Drop

A puppy at the Little Rock Animal Village.
Maggie Carroll/ KUAR News

As temperatures continue to change drastically from day to day, people are bundling up to fight the cold. But what about their pets? 

Leaving pets outside in this weather is considered abuse and under city ordinance owners can be taken to court and charged with animal cruelty. Tracy Roark is asking pet owners to keep animals indoors.

"Pets should be part of your family, and you should treat them as part of your family. They have feelings, and they have a heart. When it is cold like this bring them in," said Roark.

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12:52 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Arkansas Unemplyment Rate Ticks Down Slightly In December

The end of 2013 saw a drop in the unemployment rate in Arkansas. The state Department of Workforce Services released numbers showing the unemployment rate dropped one tenth of a percentage point in December, to 7.4 percent. Over the same period, the national rate dropped to 6.7 percent from 7.0 percent. The total civilian labor force rose by 2,600, according to the report.

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Local & Regional News
10:07 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Light Snow, Chilly Temperatures Impacting Arkansas

Light snow accumulated on a windshield in Little Rock from Tuesday's flurries.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Light snow is falling in parts of Arkansas as cold temperatures settle over the state.

The National Weather Service says a dusting of snow occured Tuesday in many areas, with the brunt of the wintry weather hitting south of the state.

Roads are clear throughout Arkansas, except for snow in some areas between Mena and Fort Smith.

An unusual winter system carrying snow and ice is expected to hit coastal areas this week, including Pensacola, Fla., New Orleans and Savannah, Ga.

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Local & Regional News
6:34 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Arkansas State Senator To Be Sworn In Tuesday

John Cooper

A new state senator from northeast Arkansas chosen in a special election earlier this month is being sworn in to his seat.

Republican John Cooper was scheduled to be sworn in to the state Senate at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Cooper was elected to the state Senate seat that was vacated by former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout.

Bookout resigned last year after he was fined by the state Ethics Commission for spending thousands from his campaign on personal items.

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Arkansas Forestry Commission Warns Of High Wildfire Danger

Red counties are those with burn bans in place, as of 2 pm Monday
Credit Arkansas Forestry Commission

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says brisk winds and low humidity have combined to create a high wildfire danger across the state.

Winds exceeding 10 mph are forecast for most counties Monday. Humidity levels will also be below 40 percent, which makes grass, shrubs and trees even more combustible than they already are.

The commission says the wildfire danger is forecast to continue through the week.

Burn bans are currently active in 49 Arkansas counties, and state foresters advise against any outdoor burning to reduce the wildfire threat.

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