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2:19 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Prosecutors File Liens On Tony Alamo Properties

Tony Alamo mug shot after he was arrested.
Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors are trying to seize more than two dozen properties held by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo's ministries so proceeds from their sale can be given to children Alamo was convicted of abusing.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge on Monday announced that his office filed court papers to seize Alamo-related properties in Fort Smith, Fouke and Texarkana.

Alamo was convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year prison sentence.

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2:11 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Look At Scholarship Programs

Arkansas lawmakers are studying the state's scholarship programs after a shortfall prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to tap into reserve funds to continue grants that help students pursue degrees in some medical fields.

Members of the House and Senate Education Committee on Monday said they planned to look at the state's 24 scholarship programs.

State higher education officials say they need an additional $5.5 million to restore about 4,800 scholarships for incoming students that will be cut because of a shortfall in its fund.

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10:58 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Another College Declines To Allow Guns On Campus

Entrance to Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.
Credit Randolph County Chamber of Commerce

Black River Technical College is joining the list of Arkansas schools that won't allow concealed guns on campus.

The school's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the new state law.

Board chairman John Jackson Jr. tells the Paragould Daily Press that the trustees had several questions about the new law and decided not to change the college's current policy banning weapons.

Black River Technical College has about 3,000 students with campuses in Pocahontas and Paragould.

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10:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Worker Electrocuted On Fayetteville Work Site

Authorities say a construction worker in Fayetteville was killed when his truck came in contact with a power line.

Authorities say the electrocution happened Sunday at the Vue Apartments work site in Fayetteville.

According to police, 44,-year-old Jess Wilson of Joplin, Mo., was suspended about 25 feet in the air while installing siding.

Authorities tell Fayetteville television station KHOG that Wilson's head touched a power line, causing the electrocution.

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6:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Mother Accused Of Tossing Baby Boy In Trash

Authorities in Jefferson County have arrested a 22-year-old mother of three after her infant son was found unharmed in a garbage bin.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Brittany Cole was arrested Sunday on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The sheriff's office says Cole's mother called 911 late Saturday after finding the baby boy in an outdoor trash bin.

Authorities say the grandmother immediately pulled the baby from the garbage bin, and paramedics determined the child wasn't hurt.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Searcy Police May Drop Anonymous Text Tip Program

Police in Searcy are considering ending a program that allows residents to text anonymous tips about crime.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that the TipSoft program that police purchased in February 2012 has generated 21 tips. The program costs the department $1,700.

Police Lt. Steve Taylor says the department may not have educated the public thoroughly about the program. And Clark says he had never heard of TipSoft before becoming the city's police chief in February 2013.

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5:42 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Community College In Hot Springs To Raise Tuition And Fees

Tuition and fees will be rising at National Park Community College in Hot Springs by $9 per credit hour.

NPCC's Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition nearly 7.5 percent - or $5 per hour - and to raise the technology fee by $3 per hour while adding a new $1 per hour activity-wellness fee.

One year's tuition and fees at NPCC will rise from $2,750 last year to $2,885 this year. Trustee Don Harrris told The Sentinel-Record that the increase is needed to offset declining enrollment.

Local & Regional News
4:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

ASU Implements iPad Requirement For Incoming Freshmen

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is requiring all incoming freshman to have iPads for class beginning this fall, officials said.

Students will be using the tablets to download e-textbooks and utilize article databases like JSTOR, LexisNexis and EBSCOhost. ASU faculty will also use services like iTunes U and iBooks Author to develop innovative, multimedia-based programs to better engage students with the learning process. 

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4:49 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Rules For Rescuers Can't Predict Storm Turns

The chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says there's no sign that a wildlife officer and the Scott County sheriff violated regulations when they tried to rescue two women during a flash flood May 31.

Game officer Joel Campora, Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women died, along with a fifth person, after the Fourche LaFave River surged after heavy rains fell near Y City.

Local & Regional News
4:46 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Tomatoes Scarce For Arkansas Pink Tomato Festival

The annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival is about to start and officials are concerned about a potential lack of tomatoes.

The festival began with the Grand Tomato Ball on Friday with the main attractions of food, music and arts and crafts scheduled for June 13-15 in the southeastern Arkansas town.

But organizers say the main attraction - tomatoes - are scarce and smaller than usual.

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