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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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5:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Storm Victims In Three Arkansas Counties Eligible For Aid

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says residents in three Arkansas counties who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that began in late June can apply for state aid.

Beebe's office announced Tuesday that $300,000 was being released from the Governor's Disaster Fund to provide assistance to storm victims.

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3:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Search Continues For Arkansas Man And Infant Son

Search crews resumed their efforts on Tuesday to find a man and his infant son reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.

Brian Floyd, 31, and Harper Floyd, 10 months old, have been missing since Friday. The truck they were in was found Monday near Blue Mountain Lake.

Brian Floyd's wife, Brooke, was found along a remote road Friday, "cut and scarred up as if she had been in a wooded area," Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey told the Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith.

Local & Regional News
3:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Back To School Sales Tax Holiday Taking Place This Weekend

Arkansas is hosting its annual back to school sales tax holiday this weekend.

State and local taxes won’t be charged on Saturday and Sunday for clothing that is less than $100 per item and school-related merchandise. A complete list of items and exceptions can be found here.

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10:58 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Bull Shoals Police Chief Wants Retrial Moved To Harrison

The attorney for the Bull Shoals police chief accused of using excessive force against a domestic violence suspect last year wants his retrial moved from Fayetteville back to Harrison.

A federal jury in Harrison earlier this month found Daniel Sutterfield not guilty on charges of conspiracy and filing a false report, but deadlocked on a charge that he used excessive force.

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10:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

NCAA Concussion Lawsuit Includes Arkansas Plaintiffs

  Former college athletes in Arkansas are among the plaintiffs involved in a class-action lawsuit over head injuries.

According to a federal court filing in Chicago, the NCAA agreed Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain injuries. Players can use the results later as grounds for suing for damages.

The NCAA also agreed to implement a policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who receive blows to the head.

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10:50 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Police Say Man Posed As Officer To Lure Kids Into Car

Arkansas police have arrested a man they say tried to coax children into his car by claiming to be a police officer.

The Jonesboro Sun reports 18-year-old Landon Shawn Morris has been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and criminal impersonation.

Court documents indicate city police responded July 22 to two reports of Morris asking children to get into his red Pontiac Grand Am.

Police say that Morris admitted during an interview to contacting the children and posing as a police officer. Morris tells police he was attracted to the kids.

Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Look At Gaza From Part Of Little Rock's Islamic Community

Muhammed al-Muhadi at the Little Rock Islamic Center
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel. KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence.

I spoke with Tamer Alsebai, Muhammed al-Muhadi, and Waddah Maskoun shortly after afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

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4:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Arkansas Drug Director Announces Retirement

Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener is retiring after more than seven years in the post.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office announced Monday that Flener is retiring effective Thursday and Steve Varady will serve as director for the rest of the year. Varady has been the program manager in Flener's office since 2009.

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3:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Coalition Looks Towards Long-Term Tornado Relief

Victims of the tornado in Vilonia wait for President Obama to come by on May 7, 2014.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

Three months after a tornado ripped through parts of central Arkansas, a coalition is looking towards long-term recovery. For those in Vilonia and Mayflower, that means getting life back to normal. But the degree of destruction has made even having places to coordinate recovery a challenge.

Nathan Kilbourne is pastor at Vilonia Methodist Church, which was destroyed.  

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