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11:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Steel Firm Picks Osceola For $20 Million Plant, 45 New Jobs

The Material Works Ltd. announced Tuesday it will build an advanced flat rolled toll processing center adjacent to the new Big River Steel mill in Osceola, Arkansas.

Construction will begin in second quarter 2015 with the facility expected to be fully operational to coincide with Big River Steel’s opening in 2016. TMW will invest approximately $20 million in the new facility where 45 new jobs will be created.

Great River Economic Development official Clif Chitwood said Tuesday that Osceola and Mississippi County have been busy in recent years due to persistence.

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Local & Regional News
5:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Arkansas Wildlife Federation Opposes Ballot Issue 1

Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Credit www.arkansaswildlifefederation.org/ / AWF

One of Arkansas’s most established conservation organizations, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, announced Tuesday it is opposed to Ballot Initiative #1. If passed by voters the constitutional amendment would require rules and regulations issued by state agencies to be approved by the state legislature.

Ellen McNulty, the President of the Arkansas Wildlife Foundation, said politicizing state agencies is a bad idea.

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Local & Regional News
1:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Senator Pryor Gets Endorsement From American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association officially announced its support of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor Tuesday.

The group is an advocacy organization for the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses, which includes promoting legislation in favor of federal funding of nurse education and training.

Margo Bushmiaer delivered the endorsement on behalf of the political action committee affiliated with the ANA during a Tuesday press conference.

“His authorization of Title VIII programs addressed each aspect of the nursing shortage,” Bushmiaer explained.

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Local & Regional News
1:02 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Ex-Developer Gets 65 Months In Federal Prison For Concealing Assets

A federal judge has sentenced a former northwest Arkansas developer to more than five years in prison. Brandon Barber was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Fort Smith after pleading guilty last year to bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

Federal prosecutors had accused Barber of concealing his assets and income after he filed for bankruptcy, as well as defrauding banks for loans to finance real estate projects.

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Local & Regional News
9:31 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Broadway Bridge Closure And Replacement Tentatively Set For 2016

The Broadway Bridge

A Missouri company selected to replace a central Arkansas bridge says a six-month closure is tentatively set to begin in May 2016.

Last month, Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri, won the single largest contract ever awarded by the Highway Commission to work on the Broadway Bridge. It crosses the Arkansas River and connects downtown North Little Rock with downtown Little Rock. The project is estimated to cost $98.4 million.

According to the contractor's preliminary project schedule, the new bridge is set to open in November 2016.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Control Of Arkansas's Legislature Is Likely To Come Down To A Handful Of Races

John Adams and Jim Sorvillo Greet Each Other At Guillermo's
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

With all the talk of the Senate and Governor’s races in Arkansas it’s easy to overlook the 38 contested races for the state House of Representatives. Republicans hold a slim majority in the Arkansas House, in fact it’s the narrowest in the nation. One race in Little Rock, like the other 37, could become the deciding vote in the state legislature.

Jim Sorvillo has been stopping for coffee at Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds in his state House district in west Little Rock for several years now.

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Lt. Governor's Race
7:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

With Few Explicit Job Duties, Lt. Gov. Candidates Campaign On Job Creation

Arkansas's lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate, casts tie-breaking votes and stands ready to serve as governor should the need arise.
Credit Arkansas.gov

The future of Arkansas’s lieutenant governor’s office is unclear. After Mark Darr resigned the post amid charges of ethics violations earlier this year some called to abolish the office altogether.

Despite talk of its demise, three men are running to fill the seat. U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin, a former federal prosecutor and republican national committee staffer, is the Republican candidate. 

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Arkansas Minimum Wage
4:58 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike To Stay On November Ballot

Gloria Smith canvasses to get out the vote.
Credit PBS NewsHour

Arkansas' highest court says the November ballot can include a proposal to gradually increase the state's minimum wage.

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling on Monday rejects a challenge by a Little Rock businessman who wanted to block a ballot question that asks voters to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 gradually by 2017.

Arkansas is one of the few states with a minimum wage below the federal level of $7.25 an hour.

Democrats had pushed for the issue to be on the ballot.

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Warm October Begins To Chill

The National Weather Service says October will likely be one of the warmest in recent years in Arkansas, although the end of the month is forecast to become cooler. A cold front is expected to move through the state on Tuesday and put an end to unseasonably warm temperatures throughout much of the state.

During the weekend, many areas reported temperatures in the mid to upper 80s - well above the typical readings of the upper 60s to mid-70s. The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says this October will likely end up being the warmest since 2007.

Arkansas Election 2014
4:25 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

VIDEO: John Brummett Talks Race For Governor, New TB&P Role

John Brummett speaking Sunday with Roby Brock on Talk Business & Politics.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette political columnist John Brummett was a guest on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, which aired Sunday at 9 a.m. on KATV, Channel 7 and Monday nights at 6:06 p.m. on KUAR-FM 89.1.

Brummett, who will become a regular contributor to Talk Business & Politics, said the latest poll results released by TB&P and Hendrix College, will require a near-Herculean effort by Democrats to overcome Republican advantages in the Senate and Governor’s races.

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