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11:07 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing

Terrick Nooner
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh.

Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.

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6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Steps Toward Arkansas's Path of Curbing Carbon Emissions

John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant

State officials are considering the comments of environmentalists and representatives of utility companies for what steps to take to lower Arkansas’s carbon emission rates as directed under new federal rules. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission Wednesday held its first in a series of meetings looking at how to meet Environmental Protection Agency goals.

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3:48 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Author James Patterson Expands University Of Arkansas Scholarships

Bestselling author James Patterson has given more money for scholarships for education students at the University of Arkansas.

The university announced Wednesday that Patterson has created an additional eight teacher-education scholarships at UA. Last year, the author established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship for eight incoming freshmen planning to major in elementary education.

The additional gift from Patterson brings the total for the upcoming year to $96,000.

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3:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Arkansas GOP Leader Resigns After Hillary Clinton Comment

The Republican Party of Arkansas says a district chairman has resigned a day after he was quoted saying that Hillary Clinton "would probably get shot at the state line" if she ran for president in 2016.

GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says Johnny Rhoda resigned Wednesday as 2nd District Republican chairman.

On Tuesday, U.S. News reported that Rhoda said in an interview that he didn't believe Clinton was popular in Arkansas and that a presidential campaign wouldn't be well-received.

Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Site Work Begins For Little Rock Outlet Mall

Site work is underway for The Outlets at Little Rock, a mall set to open next summer.

Executives with real estate company New England Development toured the 30-acre site Tuesday.

Company Vice President Michael Barelli said he anticipates construction to start this August. It will be managed by local firm CDI Contractors.

Barelli said to expect a 325,000 square feet open-air outlet and 75 storefronts.

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11:21 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Commission Finds Violation For Accident At Arkansas Nuclear One

File photo of Arkansas Nuclear One
Credit entergy-nuclear.com

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says failures by Entergy Corp. led to an accident at the utility's Arkansas Nuclear One plant that killed one worker and injured eight others.

On March 31, 2013, 24-year-old Wade Walters died when a 525-ton piece of equipment fell 30 feet to the floor of the plant.

The commission said Tuesday that the collapse resulted from Entergy's failure to adequately review the assembly design and do a load test before trying to lift the turbine generator stator.

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8:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Report: Conway Suspect Not Mentally Fit For Trial

A report from an Arkansas State Hospital psychologist has found that a man accused of shooting a woman in a Conway Wal-Mart is mentally unfit to stand trial.

A judge had ordered the mental evaluation for 30-year-old Myron Terrell, who is charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting that wounded a customer at the store. Authorities say Terrell was a maintenance worker at the store and he opened fire on the woman as she stood in the checkout line.

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8:47 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Stakeholders Meeting Planned On Carbon Rules

Environmental officials and utilities plan a public meeting to discuss new federal regulations designed to reduce the nation's carbon emissions.

Under the plan announced this month by President Barack Obama, Arkansas's goal is to cut emissions by nearly 45 percent by 2030. Arkansas gets about half its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

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6:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Thousands Of Square Dancers Converge On Little Rock For Annual Convention

Contra dancing, as shown on a video on the website of the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.

Nearly 4,000 square dancers and participants are converging on Little Rock for the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.  Some are traveling from as far away as Germany, Japan, Sweden, Great Britton, the Netherlands, Australia and the Philippians.

The opening ceremony is set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Events will then take place there, at the Little Rock Marriott and Robinson Center through Saturday evening.

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6:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Burgundy Book: Business Community Optimistic, Income Flat, Luxury Sales Up

The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank
Credit federalreserveeducation.org

A federal report on economic conditions for much of Arkansas highlights optimism in the business community, unemployment levels below the national average, but stagnation in wages.

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