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4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Arkansas Air Force Base Lockdown Blamed On Mistaken Identity

Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual on the base.

Officials on Thursday said the 6,100-acre base was locked down after they received a report that a suspicious individual tried to forcibly gain access to a base building.

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10:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Wal-Mart CEO Of Domestic Operations To Resign Next Month

Outgoing Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon speaking at last month's shareholders meeting in Bentonville.
Credit Wal-Mart

The CEO of Wal-Mart’s domestic operations is stepping down. The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that Bill Simon will resign August 8th.  He's being replaced by Greg Foran, who is head of the company’s Asia division.

As Arkansas Business reporter Lance Turner explains, after four years in the position, Simon leaves behind a mixed record.

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9:07 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Pulaski County Jail Reopens Once Again After Being At Capacity

The Pulaski County Jail
Credit pcso.org

The Pulaski County Jail reopened Thursday. It had been closed to all but the most violent offenders since July 1 because it was at its capacity of 1,210 inmates.

Sheriff Doc Holladay said legislation passed in a special session this month opening up 600 more beds statewide for $6.3 million has helped ease the situation.

“We’ve been able to do this for large because of the agreement we’ve reached with the state to begin taking inmates out of our facility, state inmates who were backlogged in our county jail,” said Sheriff Holladay.

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7:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Outages Persist But Down Significantly from Wednesday

National Weather Service Logo
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About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state. Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported.

At its peak, Entergy had more than 40,000 customers without power.

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5:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Severe Thunderstorms Cause Widespread Outages In Arkansas

A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity. There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northwest counties, with forecasters saying storms were capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph, destructive hail and deadly lightning.

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4:46 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Waste Removal Plan For Majestic Hotel Site Under Review

Hot Springs' Majestic Hotel Feb. 27
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

A plan to clean up and remove hazardous waste at the site of the former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is under review by officials at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Possible asbestos, an unused fuel storage tank and a pile of debris have not left the former site of the hotel’s “Yellow Building”, which burned to the ground on February 27th .

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4:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

UPDATE: LR Air Force Base Reopens After Scare Prompts Lockdown

A spokeswoman for the Little Rock Air Force Base says the grounds have been reopened after being put on lockdown earlier today because of a suspicious individual.  

Authorities aren't offering any additional details about what prompted the scare or how it was resolved.  Gates reopened 4:08 p.m., after being closed at 11:45.

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4:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Federal Disaster Declarations Made For 10 Arkansas Counties

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.

Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to flood conditions in Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, St. Francis, White and Woodruff counties.

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10:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Minimum Wage Proposal Needs At Least 15,000 More Signatures

Steve Copley, chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now, which is pushing to raise the state's minimum wage.
Credit AETN

Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday released the number of signatures the petitions needed for Give Arkansas a Raise Now to win a spot on the ballot.

Martin's office on Friday told the group it needed more signatures, but did not yet have an exact figure.

The group has been given until Aug. 18 to submit additional petitions.

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5:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Planned US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Gets Commemorative Coin

Rendering of U.S. Marshals Museum
Credit usmarshalsmuseum.com

Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman along with Representative Steve Womack are scheduled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Marshals Service 225th anniversary commemorative coin designs today at the Justice Department in Washington.

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