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1:26 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Little Rock Airport Adds Additional Service to Orlando

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Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is offering non-stop flights to Orlando starting Thursday. 

Nevada based Allegiant Airlines says they intend to offer the flight throughout most of the year. 

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11:09 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Marshals Museum Plans 2016 Opening In Fort Smith

Officials say a fall 2016 opening is planned for the $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

The museum's board of directors said Tuesday that groundbreaking for the museum will be held Sept. 24, 2014.

The Southwest Times Record reports the groundbreaking will coincide with the release of a commemorative coin marking the 225th anniversary of the Marshals Service.

Officials say they've raised $11.7 million so far for the museum, and expect to receive another $4 million to $5 million from sales of the commemorative coin.

Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Arkansas Husband, Wife Plead In Tax Refund Scheme

A husband and wife in western Arkansas have pleaded guilty to charges they filed federal tax returns in the names of other people and kept refunds of $132,000 for themselves.

U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge said Wednesday that 37-year-old Owen Wheeler and 51-year-old Patricia Wheeler of Everton took advantage of a new Internal Revenue Service system that provides speedier refunds to taxpayers.

The pair is accused of using tax software to file the returns and have the refunds directly deposited into a bank account.

Local & Regional News
6:09 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Mayflower Investigation Extension and Disputes Over Lake Bed Testing

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A report is expected to be complete in about a week and a half on what caused the rupture of an oil pipeline, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude in Mayflower.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says ExxonMobil requested an extension to PHMSA's April 2nd Corrective Action Order allowing 45 days for Exxon to complete its inspection of the pipe.

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5:53 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Legislators To Get Arkansas Lottery Update

The legislative committee that oversees the Arkansas lottery is to get an update on scholarship awards and on the lottery's finances.

The Lottery Oversight Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley is to describe the lottery's financial picture.

Interim Higher Education Department Director Shane Broadway is to update legislators on lottery-funded scholarship awards, of which students are presently being notified.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Little Rock School District To Host Job Fair

The largest school district in Arkansas is preparing to hold a teacher job fair. The Little Rock School District is looking for teachers in a wide variety of subjects.

The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hall of Industry on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds next to Barton Coliseum on Roosevelt Road.

The district says principals and administrators will interview prospective candidates for positions.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Wed June 5, 2013

More Than 120K Visitors Pack Arkansas Rockwell Exhibition

A Norman Rockwell self portrait.

More than 120,000 people visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for a special 11-week exhibition of the works of Norman Rockwell.

The Bentonville museum says attendance for the exhibition topped visitor numbers from 12 other cities where the exhibition has already been shown, including Sacramento, Calif.; Detroit, Raleigh, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla.

General admission to Crystal Bridges is free, but the Rockwell exhibition included a $12 admission fee for adults.

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5:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Sales Tax Collections Boost Arkansas Revenue In May

The state's revenue picture is getting rosier. Finance officials say a boost in sales tax collections helped keep the revenues for Arkansas above expectations last month.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the state's net available revenue in May totaled $334.2 million. That's $2 million below the same month last year, but $8.4 million above forecast.

The state's year-to-date revenue total $4.4 billion, which is $172.4 million above forecast. Arkansas' fiscal year ends June 30.

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5:37 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Trial Date Set For Student In Arkansas School Threat

A judge has set a trial date for a former student accused of issuing a threat against Harrisburg High School.

The 18-year-old male is to be tried on Sept. 9 for first-degree terroristic threatening. The Jonesboro Sun reports the teenager was a senior when he was arrested on Feb. 22 after allegedly threatening to "shoot up" the campus.

The defendant is being held at the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, where he is awaiting a mental evaluation that was ordered in March.

Local & Regional News
5:16 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

"Jazz In The Park" Begins This Week

History Pavilion
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Jazz enthusiasts, and people just looking for something to do, can check out the new “Jazz in the Park” series starting this Wednesday at 5:30 in the evening.

The weekly music event will take place at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Dianna Long, Director of River Market Operations, says many different types of jazz will be featured.

"It is a really good opportunity for somebody that thinks they might like jazz...and its for jazz lovers too, we encourage everybody to come and try it," said Long. 

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