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5:46 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day

Families of fallen firefighters were seated on the ampitheater.
Kezia Nanda

Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

The ceremony included the marching of colors by bagpipers, drums and honor guard, the unveiling of the statue, reading of the 1958 A. W. "Smokey" Linn's Firefighter’s Prayer, the ringing of bells for each fallen firefighter and the laying of a rose on top of memorial wall for each name.  

Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Sat March 22, 2014

State Senator 1 of 5 Finalists For UA Lobbyist Job

Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home is one of five finalists for a lobbyist position for the University of Arkansas.

UA spokesman Steve Voorhies told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Key and the others were interviewed by a search committee.

The other finalists are Washington, D.C.-based Mac Campbell; Seattle-area higher education consultant Allison Rosenberg; Little Rock advertising executive Denver Peacock; and Randy Massanelli, the state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

The job carries the title of vice chancellor for governmental relations.

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5:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

3/21/14: Talk Business & Politics Update

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3:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prominent Legislators Weigh Private Option Compromises

Incoming Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia speaks to reporters after the Political Animals Club meeting in Little Rock.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

At the Governor’s Mansion Friday four of the state’s more prominent legislators recalled and analyzed, for the Political Animals Club, some of the dilemmas over amending the private option in order to gain enough votes for it to pass this last fiscal session.

They were in agreement their peers exhibited remarkable civility and capacity for solutions but some compromises stuck out. Senator Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock spoke critically about an amendment removing funding for non-emergency transportation.

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

UAMS Students Hosting Free Health Screening For Men

Credit healthon12th.uams.edu

A free wellness event offering men’s health related services, like blood pressure checks, glucose, cholesterol, dental and testosterone screenings, is scheduled for Saturday.

The UAMS student-led clinic, the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, is hosting the event.

Rachel Stamp-Siegfried, a student of the UAMS College of Medicine, said this is the first time that they are holding the event, which is titled “March Man-ness.”

The idea, she said, started with five students in November.

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Local & Regional News
12:18 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal After Conviction On Federal Charges

Martha Shoffner leaving federal court last week after being convicted of bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.

In a court filing Friday, Shoffner's lawyers said no government witness offered proof that interstate commerce was impacted "by robbery or extortion" and that no money changed hands in return for "official acts" by Shoffner.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Judge Orders Alamo To Pay Seven Abused Women $525 Million

File photo of Tony Alamo being escorted into the courthouse in Texarkana.

An Arkansas judge has awarded another $525 million to seven women abused by Tony Alamo after no one showed up to defend the evangelist.

Miller County Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson entered a default judgment against Alamo awarding an identical amount to the sum the Twenty First Century Holiness Tabernacle Church was ordered last month to pay in actual and punitive damages. The church is affiliated with Alamo Ministries.

Alamo was convicted in 2009 of taking young girls across state lines for sex. He's serving a 175-year prison sentence.

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Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Jonesboro School Shooter Loses U.S. Supreme Court Appeal

One of two people convicted in the 1998 Jonesboro school shootings has been turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court in an appeal of drug and gun convictions out of Fayetteville.

Mitchell Johnson was arrested during a 2007 traffic stop for illegally using a controlled substance and possessing a firearm.

In 2008, he was sentenced to four years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Johnson, now 29, began serving the federal sentence in December 2011 after being paroled from state prison on separate theft and drug charges.

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Local & Regional News
12:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Amnesty Period for Arkansas Parole Absconders Nears a Close

Pulaski County Jail

There is a little over a week remaining for parole absconders to take advantage of an amnesty period in Arkansas. Reforms to the system have created stricter penalties for those failing to report to probation officers after a repeat absconder was charged with committing a murder last year.

The Department of Community Correction is now working to address the cases of 2,000 people. Deputy Director Dina Tyler said there are typically two reasons for people to abscond.

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Local & Regional News
12:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Jacksonville To Vote On School District Separation

Jacksonville residents will be able to vote on whether they want to detach from the Pulaski County School District.

The Arkansas Education Board on Thursday unanimously approved a measure promoted by several Jacksonville groups to establish a separate school district in the city.

A settlement of a lawsuit that will end special desegregation to the Pulaski County, Little Rock and North Little Rock school districts contains a provision that allows Jacksonville form an independent district.

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