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11:21 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Salvation Army In Need Of Donations To Feed Hungry

Credit SalvationArmy.org

The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas says it is in need of new food supplies due to the increasing numbers of families in need during the summer months.

The organization, which provides aid in Pulaski, Faulkner and neighboring counties, served balanced meals nearly 200 families in June. But dwindling resources have resulted in more encouragement to donate, with the Salvation Army pushing private groups and churches to hold drives and functions.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
9:28 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Long Awaited Pegasus Pipeline Metallurgical Report Made Public

A forensic metallurgical report of Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus Pipeline has been made public. The 243-page report by the Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory was commissioned by the oil company and details how manufacturing defects and other stresses during the pipeline’s service contributed to a 22-foot long rupture.

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Local & Regional News
8:25 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Jacksonville Library Exhibiting Ancient Artifacts

An exhibit featuring prehistoric Native American artifacts unearthed near Jacksonville are on display at the Esther Dewitt Nixon Library in Jacksonville.

The Central Arkansas Library System says the artifacts were dug over a 30-year-period by Jacksonville resident Mike Wilson on land he owns along Bayou Meto.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Wilson's finds include stone dart and arrow points, a variety of stone implements and drills, and hammering and grinding tools made from stream cobbles.

Local & Regional News
8:19 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Arkansas Experts Seek Quick End To China Chicken Ban

Poultry experts hope China will quickly lift restrictions put in place after nine Arkansas chickens were exposed to a strain of avian flu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Arkansas' congressional delegation that China had stopped importing Arkansas chicken parts. Nine birds in Scott County were exposed to a non-pathogenic strain of avian flu during floods in June.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

NW Arkansas Developer Brandon Barber Pleads Guilty

Brandon Barber mug shot.

Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber has pleaded guilty to money laundering and bankruptcy fraud.

Barber on Wednesday changed his plea from not guilty during a hearing in Fort Smith.

In 2009, Barber declared bankruptcy and listed $47 million in debt.

Federal prosecutors accused Barber and four co-defendants of a scheme involving a number of northwest Arkansas real estate transactions.

Fort Smith television station KHBS reports Barber pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering and one count of bankruptcy fraud.

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Local & Regional News
2:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Boozman Offers Advice To Pryor And Cotton In 2014 Senate Race

U.S. Senator John Boozman
Credit Russell Powell / AP

Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman was in the U.S. House of Representatives when he decided to challenge sitting U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat.

Boozman won that election in 2010 and he now has some suggestions for Arkansas Republican Representative Tom Cotton and Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor as both men prepare to faceoff in 2014.

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Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

AP: Tom Cotton To Announce For Senate Next Week

File photo of Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

A source tells the Associated Press that Congressman Tom Cotton will announce next week that he's challenging Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Cotton scheduled an event with supporters next Tuesday in his hometown of Dardanelle.

A person who's spoken with Cotton says the freshman congressman intends to enter the race against Pryor, a two-term incumbent who faces re-election next year.

The person who spoke to The AP was not authorized to speak publicly about the planned announcement and spoke on a condition of anonymity.

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Local & Regional News
6:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Judge Won't Delay Ex-Officer's Little Rock Trial

A judge in Pulaski County has refused a request from prosecutors to delay the upcoming manslaughter trial for a former Little Rock officer accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Tuesday denying the request for a delay in the retrial of ex-officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings is set to go on trial in September after a jury deadlocked in June. He's charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Cost Of Solar Energy In Arkansas

Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

The South is starting to use more solar energy to power businesses and households. Texas led a 2012 spike in purchases of solar energy by ordering over 12 percent of the country's solar wattage, something until recently, almost exclusively done by the east and west coasts. 

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Fort Smith Police Search For Cemetery Vandals

Police in Fort Smith are searching for vandals who have damaged more than 30 headstones at a cemetery.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs says the vandalism began July 25 and that headstones have been knocked over, damaged or destroyed at Calvary Cemetery on the city's west side. Grubbs says police have made no arrests and have no suspects.

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