Local & Regional News
12:06 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Former Ark. Treasurer to Appear in Court June 27

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is due in court later this month over charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments.

Federal officials on Friday scheduled Shoffner's plea and arraignment hearing over the accusations. A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted on 14 counts of extortion and bribery charges.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Warning Issued For Lake Hamilton Due To Debris

Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders is warning boaters be extremely cautious on Lake Hamilton because of debris that's the result of recent severe weather.

Sanders says a large amount of debris such as trees, logs, brush and silt are already in the lake and more is being washed toward the lake. He says the next several days could be particularly dangerous and urges caution for the next several weeks.

Sanders says the debris is not only on the surface but that some is floating from 3 inches to a foot-and-a-half under water and is not visible.

Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Fri June 7, 2013

UAMS Honors New Physician Assistants

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is sending off its first class from its new physician assistant program.

The medical school is holding a 3 p.m. ceremony Friday in which the 26 students will get their white coats.

By receiving the white coats, students will mark their entry into being health care professionals.

Physician assistants conduct physical exams, order tests and diagnose medical conditions. They also write prescriptions and manage acute illness and chronic disease under a supervising physician.

Local & Regional News
5:36 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Texarkana Man Gets 24 Years For Drug Conspiracy

An Arkansas man accused of having a role in a crack cocaine distribution ring is to serve 24 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 31-year-old Jamondo Lewis of Texarkana was one of 66 defendants charged in a 190-count indictment handed up in 2011.

Lewis faced six charges and pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to distribute about 10 ounces of crack cocaine. Lewis was on federal supervised release for a drug trafficking conviction when he was arrested.

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Local & Regional News
5:32 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Trial Set For 6 Defendants In Arkansas Drug Case

A federal judge has set a trial date for a half-dozen defendants charged with being part of a Mexican drug cartel.

The suspects are to be tried on Feb. 24. They are among 16 people accused of being connected to Idalia Ramos Rangel, who is accused of being a high-ranking cartel member.

Authorities are still looking for Rangel, who is named in the indictment. The trial date was set in a Thursday order.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
6:25 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

ExxonMobil Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Spill

Credit (Jacob Slaton/Reuters/Landov)

Attorneys for ExxonMobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill.

ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.

A lawsuit by Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn and Ellen Burgess asks for unspecified damages because of diminished value to their property and nuisance.

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Arkansas Abortion Laws
6:22 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Judge: Group Can't Intervene In Arkansas Abortion Case

A federal judge says an anti-abortion counseling group can't help defend an Arkansas law that bans the procedure 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Thursday denied the request by Concepts of Truth to intervene in the lawsuit over Arkansas' law that bans most abortions at 12 weeks. Wright has blocked the law's enforcement while it's being challenged in court.

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Severe Weather
6:20 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Officer

Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a wildlife officer who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.

Beebe said Thursday that flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer Joel Campora of Waldron.

Campora died with Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods. Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday to honor Carpenter.

Campora is survived by his wife and two children.

Local & Regional News
2:59 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Rogers Attorney Charged In Case Against Developer

A federal grand jury has indicted a Rogers attorney in connection with a federal fraud case against a former Fayetteville developer.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge said Thursday that a federal grand jury indicted 38-year-old David Fisher of Rogers for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a case involving former developer Brandon Barber and two others.

Prosecutors say Fisher and the others made false statements to a bank in order to obtain loans worth more than the property put up as collateral for the loans.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Fisher.

Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Ginger Beebe Helps Kick Off Summer Meals Program

First lady Ginger Beebe.

Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe says more attention is needed on programs that provide free meals to children in Arkansas who might otherwise go hungry.

Beebe made the comment Thursday at the Dream Center in Little Rock as she helped kick off a summer meals program for children.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Beebe called for getting word out so that families will know there is a place where their children will be fed.

The U.S. Agriculture Department offers free summer meals to children 18 and under.

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