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6:19 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Bid To Limit Lottery Games In Special Session And The Role of Oaklawn

State Senator Bill Sample (R-Hot Springs)
Credit slcatlanta.org

Some legislators are continuing to push to add legislation limiting the types of lottery games to the special session set to convene Monday. Earlier this year the Arkansas Lottery Commission approved adding video monitor games to bolster declining revenue and scholarship amounts despite objections from an oversight committee.

Senator Bill Sample of Hot Springs said the proposed style of lottery game exceeds what was intended when the scholarship lottery began 2009.

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4:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton To Sign Copies Of Her New Book In Little Rock

Former Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Arkansas Friday to sign copies of her latest book "Hard Choices."

The event will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Walmart Supercenter at the corner of Chenal Parkway and Cantrell Road in west Little Rock.

Walmart spokeswoman Molly Blakeman says those interested will need to get there early.

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12:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas High Court Tosses Most Contempt Fines Against Lawyer

File photo of attorney Bill James from June 2013 during the trial of Joshua Hastings.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out nine of the 10 contempt violations a judge issued to an attorney who represented a former Little Rock police officer in a manslaughter trial over the shooting death of a teenager.

Justices on Thursday reversed all but one of the violations and fines that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen levied against Bill James in last year's trial of Joshua Hastings.

Prosecutors in April dropped the felony manslaughter charge against Hastings after two previous mistrials.

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11:07 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing

Terrick Nooner
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh.

Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.

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6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Steps Toward Arkansas's Path of Curbing Carbon Emissions

John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant

State officials are considering the comments of environmentalists and representatives of utility companies for what steps to take to lower Arkansas’s carbon emission rates as directed under new federal rules. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission Wednesday held its first in a series of meetings looking at how to meet Environmental Protection Agency goals.

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3:48 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Author James Patterson Expands University Of Arkansas Scholarships

Bestselling author James Patterson has given more money for scholarships for education students at the University of Arkansas.

The university announced Wednesday that Patterson has created an additional eight teacher-education scholarships at UA. Last year, the author established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship for eight incoming freshmen planning to major in elementary education.

The additional gift from Patterson brings the total for the upcoming year to $96,000.

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3:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Arkansas GOP Leader Resigns After Hillary Clinton Comment

The Republican Party of Arkansas says a district chairman has resigned a day after he was quoted saying that Hillary Clinton "would probably get shot at the state line" if she ran for president in 2016.

GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says Johnny Rhoda resigned Wednesday as 2nd District Republican chairman.

On Tuesday, U.S. News reported that Rhoda said in an interview that he didn't believe Clinton was popular in Arkansas and that a presidential campaign wouldn't be well-received.

Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Site Work Begins For Little Rock Outlet Mall

Site work is underway for The Outlets at Little Rock, a mall set to open next summer.

Executives with real estate company New England Development toured the 30-acre site Tuesday.

Company Vice President Michael Barelli said he anticipates construction to start this August. It will be managed by local firm CDI Contractors.

Barelli said to expect a 325,000 square feet open-air outlet and 75 storefronts.

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11:21 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Commission Finds Violation For Accident At Arkansas Nuclear One

File photo of Arkansas Nuclear One
Credit entergy-nuclear.com

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says failures by Entergy Corp. led to an accident at the utility's Arkansas Nuclear One plant that killed one worker and injured eight others.

On March 31, 2013, 24-year-old Wade Walters died when a 525-ton piece of equipment fell 30 feet to the floor of the plant.

The commission said Tuesday that the collapse resulted from Entergy's failure to adequately review the assembly design and do a load test before trying to lift the turbine generator stator.

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8:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Report: Conway Suspect Not Mentally Fit For Trial

A report from an Arkansas State Hospital psychologist has found that a man accused of shooting a woman in a Conway Wal-Mart is mentally unfit to stand trial.

A judge had ordered the mental evaluation for 30-year-old Myron Terrell, who is charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting that wounded a customer at the store. Authorities say Terrell was a maintenance worker at the store and he opened fire on the woman as she stood in the checkout line.

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