Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Prosecutors Want Delay In Ex-LR Officer's Retrial

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors are seeking a delay in the retrial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

A ruling is pending with Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on a request to move the trial of ex-officer Josh Hastings to December.

A jury deadlocked after a June trial in which Hastings claimed he was justified in shooting 15-year-old Bobby Moore III, who was caught breaking into cars at a Little Rock apartment complex.

Hastings claims Moore tried to run him over.

Griffen set a retrial for September.

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11:52 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bill Halter Drops Out Of Race For Governor

Bill Halter
Credit Arkansas Times

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter is dropping out of the Democratic race for Arkansas governor next year. He made the announcement Monday in an email to supporters.

Spokesman Bud Jackson says the decision was made because Halter would have faced a tough challenge from former Congressman Mike Ross.

"When he first got in this race, it was only him and now we have a stronger candidate in Mike Ross who has done a better job in raising money and Bill decided he didn't want to put the party through a divisive primary and he would gracefully bow out," Jackson said.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Exxon Mobil Pipeline President Responds To Central Arkansas Concerns

A July 26, 2013 letter sent to Arkansas elected officials and representatives of Central Arkansas Water from Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. president Gary Pruessing suggests a commitment to more dialogue, but not to quick action as the pipeline company and local leaders exchange concerns in the aftermath of the Mayflower oil spill.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansas Researchers Develop New Non-GMO Soybeans


Arkansas Scientists have developed two new soybean varieties that offer high yields.

Dr. Pengyin Chen, director of the Division of Agriculture's soybean breeding program, says the new soybeans are not genetically modified and can be timed for harvest after farmers have completed harvesting their rice crop.

“[The soybeans] are bred by using conventional classical breeding techniques, know as crossbreeding,” said Chen. “Basically, you cross two non-GMO, or conventional, soybean lines or varieties to develop new lines.”  

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Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Woman Sues Over Handcuffed Son's Death in Arkansas

The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in in federal court in Jonesboro.

The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter's death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.

Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Proposal Would Have Pine Bluff Clubs Close Earlier

The Pine Bluff City Council is expected to consider a measure that would require earlier closing times for clubs.

The Pine Bluff City Council is scheduled to give final consideration to the proposed ordinance on Aug. 5.

The proposal would require all private clubs in the city to shut their doors at 1 a.m.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth says earlier closing times would cut down on the number of police calls to private clubs.

Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Fort Smith Woman Faces Embezzlement Sentence

Prosecutors say a former Fort Smith bank official who pleaded guilty to embezzlement should face more than three years in prison when she is sentenced next month.

Mary Kay Newman pleaded guilty last March to embezzlement and misapplication of funds by a bank employee.

She faces sentencing Aug. 15. The U.S. Attorney's office wants a sentence of 41 to 51 months.

The Southwest Times Record reports Newman is free pending sentencing. The 45-year-old had worked at First National Bank in Fort Smith for more than 20 years.

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansas 2013 Sales Tax Holiday Set For Aug. 3-4

This year's back-to-school sales tax holiday in Arkansas is set for the first weekend in August, allowing consumers to save on clothing and school supplies.

Purchases made on Aug. 3-4 won't be subject to the state sales tax of 6.5 percent and will also be exempt from local sales taxes.

The exemption applies to clothing and footwear priced at less than $100, clothing accessories and equipment that costs less than $50 and various school supplies.

Local & Regional News
10:15 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Teacher Fund Selling Apartments Back

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is selling back to Lindsey Properties its interest in some apartments it acquired 12 years ago.

The teacher pension fund acquired an almost-half percent interest in more than 17-hundred apartments in three Oklahoma locations.

The board of the retirement system voted to sell the units back for other reasons than a poor return on its investment. The apartments brought a seven percent return the first five years and eight percent the last seven.

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Local & Regional News
4:42 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

ExxonMobil Reconsiders, Extends Housing Assitance For Oil Spill Victims

The scene after the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit KUAR

A day after announcing it was cutting housing assistance at the end of next month for residents impacted by the Mayflower oil spill, ExxonMobil has apparently reversed course.

Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas’ second district released a statement Friday afternoon saying that after urging the oil giant to reconsider, the company now says it will continue paying for housing through the end of the year.

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