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5:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Online Maps To Help Arkansas Drivers Avoid Congested Roads

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

Arkansas drivers may find it easier to navigate around congested roadways as the state Highway and Transportation Department implements a new online map Idrivearkansas.com, providing motorists with real-time traffic updates. Spokesman Danny Straessle says the new program will be much needed in the future.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Attorney Convicted In Case Involving Developer

A Fayetteville attorney has been convicted of helping former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber commit bankruptcy fraud.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal court jury in Fort Smith on Monday found attorney K. Vaughn Knight guilty of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false statements and money laundering.

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Local & Regional News
3:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Tyson Foods 4Q Profit Rises On Beef, Chicken Sales

Tyson Foods says its fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 41 percent, driven by higher beef and chicken sales.

The nation's biggest meat producer also provided a fiscal 2014 revenue forecast above analysts' estimates. It anticipates fiscal 2014 revenue of about $36 billion.

Tyson earned $261 million, or 70 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 28. Last year, the Springdale company earned $185 million, or 51 cents per share.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Pulaski County Jail Overcrowded, May Have To Keep Only Most Dangerous

The Pulaski County Detention Center
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

The Pulaski County jail has become critically overcrowded, Sheriff Doc Holladay said Monday, which could result in it only being able to house the most dangerous offenders.

It comes as Arkansas has made changes to the parole system, stiffening rules for when people must be detained for violating parole.  That has greatly increased the number of violators being detained at county jails, waiting for space to become available in state prisons.

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Local & Regional News
11:16 am
Mon November 18, 2013

East Arkansas Instructor Named Teacher Of The Year

A language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School has been named the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

A surprise ceremony was held Monday in Palestine honoring Jonathan Crossley.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says Crossley stood out because of strong student test scores and his innovative teaching approach.

Crossley teaches 11th and 12th grade English and oral communication, and also serves as the drama director and literary coach at Palestine Wheatley.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Arkansas Plant

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.

Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.

Local & Regional News
6:36 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Capitol Building Being Prepared For Christmas Decorations

A worker positions lights outside the Capitol building.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An extensive cleaning is underway at the Arkansas Capitol, in advance of the holiday season.  Work is costing the state $800,000. Ornaments and lights will be ready for viewing by December 1st.

Work to string over 100,000 lights on the outside of the building began over two weeks ago, while hanging banners, bows and wreaths on the interior started just last week.

Alex Reed, with the Secretary of State’s Office, says December 7th is the official lighting ceremony, along with Little Rock’s Christmas Parade.

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Local & Regional News
6:01 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Posts Record Profits But Loses Passengers

Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

Despite being ranked America's worst airport by Travel and Leisure, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport saw revenue increase over the last year.

Passenger traffic is down from last year, but the airport is still on track to earn a record amount of net operating income. Through October 31, the airport had total net income of nearly $9 million, or about 4 percent ahead of what was collected in the same period last year.

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Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Deal To End Desegregation Payments Nearly Complete Despite Reservations

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel testifies before the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday heard details of the agreement reached between the state and central Arkansas school districts to end desegregation payments and approved the terms of the proposed settlement.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel spoke to lawmakers, calling it a “historic milestone,” and praising efforts by the legal counsels of all school districts involved.

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4:28 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Company Identified In Arkansas Chicken Blood Spill

The chief of a company whose tank truck leaked chicken blood for 20 miles on U.S. Highway 71 near Greenwood says he'll pay for car washes for motorists whose vehicles were fouled.

The Arkansas highway department on Friday said a truck owned by MKJ trucking of Springfield, Mo., leaked the animal product while hauling it to a Danville pet food plant.

Fort Smith television station KHBS reports MKJ managing partner Rick Johnson says he doesn't know how a valve on the truck opened while it was moving.

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