Public Hearings
4:00 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Officials Want Public To Give Opinions On How To Best Allocate $26 Million Funds

In the upcoming fiscal year, Arkansas will receive about $26 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Officials with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission say they want public’s opinions on how to best allocate the funds.

Spokesman Scott Harding says they are holding public hearings.

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Oil Spill
9:56 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Faulkner Co. Judge: "It Could Have Been Worse"

Crude oil oozing out of the ground Friday in residential Mayflower
Credit KARK News 4

Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says Friday's rupture of an oil company pipeline in a residential area of Mayflower near Lake Conway could have been much worse than it was.

Workers have stopped the flow of oil out of the pipeline in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, and Dodson says he believes the leaked crude is mostly contained. No one was injured, though about 50 homes had to be evacuated.

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4:54 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Oil Spilling into Lake Conway, Neighborhood Evacuated

Murky waters on the edge of Lake Conway following today's pipeline rupture.
Credit KLRT/ Fox 16 Facebook Page

A crude oil pipeline ruptured this afternoon near Mayflower, causing oil to spill into Lake Conway.

Haz-Mat crews are on the scene near Mayflower in Faulkner County.

Brandon Morris with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says Exxon owns the pipeline.

Morris says the Haz-Mat crews are evaluating the situation, and will likely call on the Department of Environmental Quality to do an assessment of the lake and the surrounding area.

There’s no word yet on how much oil spilled or what caused the pipeline to burst.

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Arkansas Pets
1:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Take Your Dogs To Little Rock's New Unleashed Dog Park

Credit MacArthur Unleashed Dog Park's Facebook Page

Starting Saturday, Little Rock will have a second dog park.  

MacArthur Unleashed Dog Park, located between 9th Street and Interstate 630, will hold its grand opening Saturday, March 30, at 12:40 p.m., rain or shine.

Leland Couch, with the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department, said the park has various fun features that both small and large dogs will enjoy.

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State Unemployment Rate
10:33 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Stays At 7.2 Percent In February

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that the unemployment rate in the state remained unchanged during the month of February. 

Agency Spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says labor statistics show unemployment held steady at 7.2 percent , while the national jobless rate dropped from 7.9 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February.

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News About Public Radio
9:03 am
Fri March 29, 2013

The New York Times: NPR To End ‘Talk Of The Nation’

Neal Conan of NPR's Talk of the Nation

NPR is ending the 21-year-old call-in radio show “Talk of the Nation” and encouraging local stations to replace it with an expanded version of “Here and Now,” an afternoon newscast that is produced in Boston.

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Police Investigation
6:44 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Jonesboro Police Find Counterfeit Check Operation

Jonesboro Police

Police in Jonesboro say a tip from Lepanto police led officers to a suspected counterfeit check operation.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says the tip led local and federal authorities to search a home on the city's west side on Thursday where they found evidence of counterfeiting and arrested one person. The person's name has not been released.

Waterworth says officers also found evidence of identity fraud in the home. He says the U.S. Secret Service and a state identity theft task force joined Jonesboro police in the investigation. 

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Gun Regulations
6:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Beebe Signs Measure That Removes Governor's Power To Regulate Guns

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe has signed legislation that removes the governor's emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster. 

The bill signed by Beebe yesterday removes the governor's authority during a disaster or emergency to suspend or limit the sale, distribution and transportation of firearms.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample says the governor had never exercised the power and didn't see a compelling reason to stop the Legislature's effort to remove it.  

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Local & Regional News
6:59 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas House, Senate Leaders Back Steel Mill Plan

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say they support a $125 million financing package that's been  proposed to help build a steel mill in northeast Arkansas.  

House Speaker Davy Carter told reporters Thursday that he supports the legislation intended to lure the $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill proposed to Osceola. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux later said he'll also vote for the legislation. 

House and Senate committees plan next week to take up the legislation for the mill that is expected to employ 525 people.

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Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas Senate Panel OKs Medicaid Inspector General

A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would create an inspector general to investigate fraud and abuse in Arkansas' Medicaid program.  

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday endorsed the proposal by Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock that would authorize the governor to appoint an inspector general for the joint federal-state program.

The inspector general would report directly to the governor's office.  

Sanders' proposal now heads to the full Senate for a vote.  

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