Concealed Carry on Campus
11:53 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

University Boards So Far Opting Out; UA, ASU To Decide Concealed Carry

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Thursday the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet and vote on whether to allow permitted faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on its campuses throughout the state.

The Arkansas State University Board is also expected to vote on the matter Thursday.

The state legislature recently passed a law that gives colleges the choice, though all schools that have voted so far have opted out of allowing concealed weapons on campus.

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Economic Development
6:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

West Memphis Gets $11M Grant For Port

West Memphis is to receive a $10.9 million grant to expand the city's port.

The grant from the U.S. Transportation Department announced Wednesday will go toward rail improvements. The work will enable the port to handle more freight.

The Transportation Department says the project will not only help the port but will spur other business activity by stimulating more trade.

The expansion is also expected to attract development in West Memphis, which will create more jobs. The expansion will dramatically expand the port's railcar capacity.

UA System
6:16 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

University Of Arkansas Opens New LR Office

The University of Arkansas is opening new office space in downtown Little Rock.

The new space, in the Metropolitan Tower, was provided by Flake & Kelley Commercial and Capitol Avenue Development Co.

The university says the office will be used by UA employees traveling to central Arkansas for university purposes. The university says the office will help UA have a greater presence in the Little Rock area, where many alumni and donors live, as well as prospective students.

Arkansas Exports
6:14 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

4 Arkansas Companies Honored For Global Trade

Gov. Mike Beebe is honoring four Arkansas companies for their leadership in exporting goods and services throughout the world.

Beebe presented the Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade during an awards luncheon Wednesday in Little Rock. Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. was honored in the agribusiness category.

Conway Machine Inc. received the award for small manufacturers. The company was created in 1972 and produces after-market parts for die cutters.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Man Sentenced In Arkansas Election Fraud Case

A man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in an election fraud case involving a former east Arkansas lawmaker has been sentenced to three years of probation, including more than seven months of home confinement.

Federal court records show that Sam Malone also was ordered this week to complete 100 hours of community service before the end of his probation.

Malone pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in September, along with former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum, Hallum's father and another man.

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Local & Regional News
4:16 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Talk Oklahoma Disaster Aid


In the wake of an Oklahoma tornado that killed over 50 people, Arkansas congressmen are weighing federal disaster relief options. Both Senators Pryor and Boozeman support a supplemental disaster assistance appropriation. But questions linger over how to fund a relief package. 

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Disaster Response
3:36 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Arkansas Chapter Of American Red Cross Are On Alert To Help Victims In Oklahoma


The Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross will be sending several disaster teams to Oklahoma after a devastating tornado caused the deaths of dozens of people and hundreds to lose their homes.

Spokeswoman Brigette Williams says the teams did not get sent earlier in the week because Arkansas was also anticipating some severe weather.

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Local & Regional News
2:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Beebe: Working Quickly To Pick New Arkansas Treasurer

Governor Mike Beebe speaking to reporters Monday.
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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said he hopes to name a replacement in the next several days for the state treasurer, who resigned over accusations she took cash bribes from a bond broker.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday he's already talked with some candidates to fill the unexpired term of Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned on Tuesday.

Shoffner, a Democrat, stepped down amid federal charges that she accepted at least $36,000 in cash in exchange for steering state business to a bond broker.

The governor would not say who he's considering for the post.

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Academic Challenge Scholarship
9:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Central Baptist College In Conway Offers Freshmen Full State Scholarship Award

Terry Kimbrow, president Central Baptist College in Conway.
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Colleges and universities across Arkansas will have to find ways to keep enrollment up, now that there will be significant cuts to state scholarship programs.

When the Arkansas Department of Higher Education didn’t get the additional $7 million it requested from the state legislature to shore up expected shortfalls, President Terry Kimbrow of Central Baptist College in Conway knew his team had to act.

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Local & Regional News
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

UA System President Recommends Schools Opt Out Of Gun Law

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System.
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The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

A spokesman on Tuesday said UA System President Donald Bobbitt will recommend that the schools continue banning concealed handguns on campus. The UA Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday.

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