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7:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Outages Persist But Down Significantly from Wednesday

National Weather Service Logo
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About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state. Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported.

At its peak, Entergy had more than 40,000 customers without power.

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5:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Severe Thunderstorms Cause Widespread Outages In Arkansas

A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity. There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northwest counties, with forecasters saying storms were capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph, destructive hail and deadly lightning.

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4:46 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Waste Removal Plan For Majestic Hotel Site Under Review

Hot Springs' Majestic Hotel Feb. 27
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

A plan to clean up and remove hazardous waste at the site of the former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is under review by officials at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Possible asbestos, an unused fuel storage tank and a pile of debris have not left the former site of the hotel’s “Yellow Building”, which burned to the ground on February 27th .

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4:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

UPDATE: LR Air Force Base Reopens After Scare Prompts Lockdown

A spokeswoman for the Little Rock Air Force Base says the grounds have been reopened after being put on lockdown earlier today because of a suspicious individual.  

Authorities aren't offering any additional details about what prompted the scare or how it was resolved.  Gates reopened 4:08 p.m., after being closed at 11:45.

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4:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Federal Disaster Declarations Made For 10 Arkansas Counties

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.

Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to flood conditions in Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, St. Francis, White and Woodruff counties.

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10:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Minimum Wage Proposal Needs At Least 15,000 More Signatures

Steve Copley, chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now, which is pushing to raise the state's minimum wage.
Credit AETN

Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday released the number of signatures the petitions needed for Give Arkansas a Raise Now to win a spot on the ballot.

Martin's office on Friday told the group it needed more signatures, but did not yet have an exact figure.

The group has been given until Aug. 18 to submit additional petitions.

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5:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Planned US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Gets Commemorative Coin

Rendering of U.S. Marshals Museum
Credit usmarshalsmuseum.com

Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman along with Representative Steve Womack are scheduled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Marshals Service 225th anniversary commemorative coin designs today at the Justice Department in Washington.

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5:13 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Secretary Of State Responds To Complaint About Alcohol Deadline

Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Tuesday said officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties.

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1:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference

Active Shooter Simulator
Credit KUAR

The 10th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety.

The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.

He says some educators are also taking interest.

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1:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Writer Mara Leveritt Gets 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize

Mara Leveritt (right) in 2012 alongside Jason Baldwin, whose legal case Leverit has written extensively about.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Arkansas writer Mara Leveritt is the recipient of the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize.

The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. Past winners of the Porter Prize include Donald Harington, Morris Arnold and Kevin Brockmeier.

The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state's most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection.

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