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2:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawmaker: Open Meeting On Deficit Needed For Sake of University of Arkansas and Legislature

Rep. Terry Rice (R)
Credit Arkansas House of Representatives

The co-chairman of the state legislature's Joint Performance Review Committee says he hopes a meeting tomorrow in Little Rock will provide transparency and open discussion. The matter at hand is finding out more details about what led to a multi-million dollar deficit in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's fund-raising division.

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12:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season

Tractor harvesting grain sorghum.

Some corn and sorghum producers in Arkansas are deeply concerned about how changing weather patterns could impact crop yields.

On Tuesday and Thursday, farmers are expected to meet with other agricultural officials in Jonesboro and Dumas to review water regulations, discuss crop insurance, and get an early assessment of how growers can market their goods in 2014.

Jason Kelley is an extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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11:32 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Wife Arrested In Arkansas Ranger's Fatal Shooting

Pamela Digman
Credit PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Authorities say the wife of the chief ranger for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has been arrested for the ranger's shooting death.

An arrest report from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says Pamela Dianne Digman, 55, was arrested for first-degree murder in Sunday's shooting death of Jerry Digman at a home on Arkansas 300.

Pamela Digman said she shot her husband during a fight. She is being held without bond. The arrest report says Jerry Digman was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was dead at the scene.

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8:37 am
Mon January 6, 2014

University Of Arkansas Finances Face More Scrutiny

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Credit flickr.com / Alfred Carrillo

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville officials are expected to testify before a legislative committee this week to answer additional questions about the university's fundraising practices.

Late last year, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee reviewed state audit findings that showed a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the Division of University Advancement. 

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6:13 am
Mon January 6, 2014

ASU Red Wolves Win GoDaddy Bowl

ASU Field
Credit flickr / Jimmy Emerson

Arkansas State won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter.

It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile. A13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining helped lift the red wolves of Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl last night. 

Arkansas State lost coach Bryan Harsin to Boise State in December. He's the latest in a string of three ASU coaches, who have left the program for a more high-profile job.

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6:06 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First TV Ad for Arkansas Governor's Race: Beebe Voices Support for Ross

Mike Ross (D)

The first television ad for the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest began airing Sunday. It features an endorsement by Governor Mike Beebe (D).

“No one is more independent than Mike so please join me in supporting Mike Ross for Governor,” Beebe said in the ad.

Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas suggested Beebe's appearance in the ad is a good thing for Ross.

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6:09 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Freezing Temperatures and Snow Likely for Arkansas

Credit www.weather.gov / NWS

Another round of wintry weather is on its way toward much of the state with freezing temperatures and rain, sleet, and snow likely Sunday afternoon. Marty Trexler with the National Weather Service said accumulation won't be significant in the central part of the state.

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4:31 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Governor Mike Beebe Reflects on Dangers to Public Confidence in Government

Governor Mike Beebe (D)

Reflections on Arkansans' perception of government and electoral politics were a major component of Governor Mike Beebe's radio address this week. Beebe's statements come in what he calls his last year in politics. He cautioned insincere and divisive rhetoric is harming the relationship between citizens and government.

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6:05 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arkansas Democrats Plan Impeachment if Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Doesn't Resign

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving the Arkansas Ethics Commission hearing in December.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Calls for Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr to resign are turning to plans for impeachment. House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, told Arkansas News Bureau Friday steps would be taken to "at least try" to move for impeachment if Darr is still in office when the fiscal session begins February 10th.

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3:46 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arkansas AG Approves Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour by 2017.

The proposal by the group Give Arkansas a Raise Now got the nod Friday and can begin gathering voter signatures. Organizers want to get the measure on the November ballot.

The initiated act would raise the current minimum wage of $6.25 per hour to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015.

One year later, it would go up 50 cents to $8 per hour and would top out on Jan. 1, 2017, at $8.50 per hour.

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