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12:26 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock

David Pryor (right) watches Patrick Hays (left) address supporters in a North Little Rock coffee shop.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A familiar face in Arkansas politics – former Governor and Senator David Pryor – is out on the campaign trail in support of his son Senator Mark Pryor’s reelection bid against Republican Tom Cotton.

At a campaign event in a North Little Rock coffee shop Tuesday morning the elder Pryor argued the influence of special interest money is unparalleled compared to when he held office.

“We’d never heard of some of these very, very influential wealthy, wealthy interest groups that try to implant their own philosophy in legislation. They did not exist at that time,” said Pryor.

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11:33 am
Tue July 15, 2014

More Clinton White House Records To Be Released Through LR Library

The National Archives says it plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on Friday, part of a months-long disbursement of White House records.

About 20,000 pages of records from Clinton's two terms have been released since February. The papers are being closely monitored by media organizations and historians as former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton considers a second presidential campaign.

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10:47 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Lawyers Say Man Sentenced To Death Is Mentally Ill

Mug shot of Frank Williams Jr.
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

Lawyers for a man who was sentenced to death for an Arkansas murder more than 20 years ago argue their client has a mental disability.

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10:37 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Perryville Post Office Being Renamed In Honor Of Vietnam Prisoner Of War

Army photo of Harold George Bennett, who the Prettyville post office is being renamed for.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution renaming a Perryville post office in honor of the first American prisoner of war executed during the Vietnam War.

The House passed the measure Monday to name the facility the Harold George Bennett Post Office. The resolution was sponsored by Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and co-sponsored by the three other members of Arkansas' House delegation.

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5:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Some Farmers Replanting After Flooding, But A Gamble At This Stage

Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun

Arkansas farmers are working to salvage the current growing season, but losses in some areas are expected to be huge.

"I've seen estimates as high as over $200 million just on soybeans," said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun.  Corn and rice were also hard hit when 10 inches of rain fell in east Arkansas on June 29.  Repeated rainfall since has further complicated recovery efforts.

Calhoun says many growers are replanting, but that it's risky at this point.

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2:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday.

El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed.

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1:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Cotton Says He's Raised $2.2 Million During Quarter, Outpacing Senator Pryor

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised $2.28 million over the last three months in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, outpacing the incumbent lawmaker in their increasingly heated and expensive Senate race.

Cotton's campaign announced Monday he raised the money during the fundraising period that ended June 30. Pryor's campaign on Friday announced he had raised $1.5 million during the same period.

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12:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Study Suggests Support For Creating Conway-Little Rock Express Bus Service

Initial planning has begun to consider providing express bus service between Conway, Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The urban planning organization Metroplan recently conducted a study to determine the feasibility of providing the public transit service.

Study Director Casey Covington says community feedback shows there would be support for the idea, but there are initial, monetary challenges.

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10:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Cooler Temperatures, Stormy Weather Headed To Arkansas

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to Arkansas along with the chance for flooding in the southern part of the state.

Monday is predicted to be another hot day, but temperatures are expected to drop drastically as the front moves in. Forecasters say that starting Tuesday, high temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s with overnight lows dipping into the 50s in some places.

The cold front is predicted to bring storms, and some areas in southern Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday.

Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Search Continues For Missing Arkansas Inmate Three Weeks After Escape

Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.

But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.

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