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Arkansas River & Infrastructure
3:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Little Rock River Bridges Clear State Inspection

The state highway department says two bridges across the Arkansas River that were struck by loose barges over the weekend have passed another inspection.

Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Randy Ort says inspections Monday confirmed earlier assessments that there was no structural damage to the bridge supports.

An inspector checked the Interstate 30 bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Push for Reading and Volunteers in a Critical Year

AR Kids Read Director Charlie Conklin with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A partnership of businesses and church groups, called AR Kids Read, is seeking 600 people to volunteer one hour a week to tutor third graders who are reading below proficiency in central Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Rep. Cotton: Keep Health Care In Spending Debate

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he thinks the federal health overhaul should be a part of the negotiations over the budget this fall but is stopping short of saying he'll vote against any spending bills that don't defund the law.

Cotton, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas, said Monday he believed the budget talks provide a chance to delay or defund the 2010 law.

Some Republican lawmakers have said they'll vote against any spending bills that fund the law, a move that members of both parties have said could trigger a government shutdown.

Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art
2:44 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Crystal Bridges To Display Newly Acquired Edward Hopper Artwork

"Blackwell's Island" by modernist Edward Hopper.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to soon display a newly acquired painting of a New York scene by modernist Edward Hopper.

The museum in Bentonville on Monday didn't disclose a purchase a price but said it recently acquired the work from a private collection.

Crystal Bridges says the work should be on exhibit by mid-September in its Early 20th Century Art Gallery.

The painting is titled Blackwell's Island and depicts what's now known as Roosevelt Island, which is off Manhattan in the East River.

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Local & Regional News
9:37 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Arkansas Nursing Homes Receive A Failing Grade In National Survey

Elderly residents wait in the hallway of a nursing home.

A new national report card by a nonprofit nursing home resident advocacy group gives failing marks to elder care facilities in Arkansas.

Families for Better Care, a Florida-based group; scored, ranked, and graded states on eight different federal quality measures ranging from staffing shortages to the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.

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Local & Regional News
7:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hot Temps Predicted After Mild Arkansas Summer

The National Weather Service says Arkansas will wrap up August with hot temperatures after a relatively mild summer.

Forecasters say temperatures will likely approach 100 degrees this week with an even higher heat index in all areas of the state except the Ozarks.

Temperatures have only reached triple digits a handful of times this summer. At the same time last year, Fort Smith had had three dozen days with temperatures at 100 degrees or hotter.

Local & Regional News
7:52 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Pryor, Boozman Plan Stops Around Arkansas

Arkansas' two U.S. senators are touring the Natural State during the Senate's summer recess.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans a weeklong agriculture tour, beginning Monday in the western part of the state.

Boozman plans to visit a lumber company in Russellville, a tree farm in Dover and the National Wildlife Refuge in Dardanelle. He will finish the day by attending the Perry County Farm Bureau meeting in Perryville.

Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Engine Trouble Prompts Emergency Landing In Little Rock

Officials say no one was injured when an American Airlines flight en route from North Carolina to Dallas made an emergency landing in Little Rock because of engine trouble.

Officials say the American Airlines MD-80 was en route to Dallas from Charlotte Sunday when one of the engines went out and the pilot decided to land in Little Rock.

Shane Carter, a spokesman for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, says emergency crews were on hand but the plane landed safely.

Local & Regional News
5:19 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Engine Trouble Prompts Emergency Landing In LR

(AP) - Officials say no one was injured when an American Airlines flight en route from North Carolina to Dallas made an emergency landing in Little Rock because of engine trouble.

Officials say the American Airlines MD-80 was en route to Dallas from Charlotte Sunday when one of the engines went out and the pilot decided to land in Little Rock.

Shane Carter, a spokesman for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, says emergency crews were on hand but the plane landed safely.

Local & Regional News
10:24 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Harrison Mulls Paying For Online Reputation Rehab

The north Arkansas town of Harrison has long been associated with the Ku Klux Klan, creating an image that city leaders say is just not true.

News articles about Harrison’s inglorious past and proximity to the home of national Knights of the K-K-K Director Thom Robb trend toward the top of internet searches of information about the Boone County town.

Robb lives in nearby Zinc Arkansas but for years used a Harrison post office box.

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