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5:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Wood Pellet Manufacturer Locates In Monticello

Monticello will soon be the site of a facility specializing in the production of a dense, water resistant wood pellet, marketed as an alternative to coal fuel. The Houston, Texas-based Zilkha Biomass Energy will locate the first facility of its kind in the state, choosing an area known for its timber production and densely forested lands. The company says it will employ 52 people and invest 90 million dollars in the area, according to a news release.

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5:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas Officials Ask Judge To Keep Marriage Ban In Place

Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's gay marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to deny the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas State Police Lieutenant Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

Mug shot of Sedrick Reed

A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Sedrick Reed was accused of taking drugs from state police's evidence room and selling them to a dealer.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug charge in exchange for having four more charges being dismissed.

Reed acknowledges that in 2006 he sold marijuana that had been seized from a traffic stop. He also said that between 2011 and 2013, he took cocaine and heroin from the evidence room. Before his arrest, Reed supervised the room.

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12:28 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Family Council Pushes Back Against Study On LGBT Arkansans

Arkansas Family Council
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One of the state’s largest conservative Christian advocacy groups Arkansas Family Council is pushing back against survey results reporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents experience a high level of discrimination.

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8:40 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Aluminum Company Moving 500 Jobs Out Of Rogers

A company that makes aluminum wheels for cars and other vehicles says it will shut down its manufacturing plant in Rogers, eliminating 500 jobs.

Superior Industries International Inc. announced Wednesday that it expects to cease operations at the Rogers plant by the end of this year. Work done at the plant will be shifted to other Superior facilities in Fayetteville and in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Local & Regional News
7:47 am
Wed July 30, 2014

UAMS Opens West Little Rock Neighborhood Clinic

UAMS campus
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has opened a new neighborhood clinic in west Little Rock. 

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6:44 am
Wed July 30, 2014

150 Person Arkansas Town Keeps Post Office

U.S. Postal Service

A tiny Arkansas town has learned it can keep its post office. KAIT-TV reports the United States Postal Service told residents of Sedgwick on Tuesday night that the town's post office will continue to operate with reduced hours.

The town of about 150 people is located 15 miles northwest of Jonesboro. The office's 33 customers were surveyed a month ago about the fate of the post office. Only 10 of the residents responded. Those who did overwhelmingly wanted to keep it operational.

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6:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Little Rock Police Begin Encrypting Radio Communications, Prompts Concerns

The Little Rock Police Department has begun encrypting its radio frequencies to limit criminals’ access to information about the activity of officers. The encryption process is expected to be completed by Friday.

“There are those in society who use police frequencies to monitor police presence in an area and use that information to victimize citizens of the city,” the department said in a press release on Monday.

“In some instances they monitor calls to see if a call is being dispatched to the location where they are committing a crime,” it said.

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6:21 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Authorities Find Bodies Of Missing Arkansas Man And Infant

Brian and Harper Floyd

  Arkansas officials say search crews have discovered the bodies of a man and his infant son who were reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.

Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey says the body of 10-month-old Harper Floyd was discovered by search crews around 1:30 p.m. The body of the father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd, was discovered about an hour later.

Gilkey said the bodies of both have been transported to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsies.

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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Poll Suggests U.S. Senate Race A Dead Heat Between Pryor & Cotton

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely Arkansas voters shows Republican Congressman Tom Cotton with a 44-42% lead over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

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