Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Sales Tax Collections Boost Arkansas Revenue In May

The state's revenue picture is getting rosier. Finance officials say a boost in sales tax collections helped keep the revenues for Arkansas above expectations last month.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the state's net available revenue in May totaled $334.2 million. That's $2 million below the same month last year, but $8.4 million above forecast.

The state's year-to-date revenue total $4.4 billion, which is $172.4 million above forecast. Arkansas' fiscal year ends June 30.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Trial Date Set For Student In Arkansas School Threat

A judge has set a trial date for a former student accused of issuing a threat against Harrisburg High School.

The 18-year-old male is to be tried on Sept. 9 for first-degree terroristic threatening. The Jonesboro Sun reports the teenager was a senior when he was arrested on Feb. 22 after allegedly threatening to "shoot up" the campus.

The defendant is being held at the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, where he is awaiting a mental evaluation that was ordered in March.

Local & Regional News
5:16 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

"Jazz In The Park" Begins This Week

History Pavilion
Credit River Market Info

Jazz enthusiasts, and people just looking for something to do, can check out the new “Jazz in the Park” series starting this Wednesday at 5:30 in the evening.

The weekly music event will take place at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Dianna Long, Director of River Market Operations, says many different types of jazz will be featured.

"It is a really good opportunity for somebody that thinks they might like jazz...and its for jazz lovers too, we encourage everybody to come and try it," said Long. 

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Higher Education
4:23 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

UAPB Studying Nursing Baccalaureate Program

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is taking steps toward redeveloping a baccalaureate program in nursing.

The university is to conduct a feasibility study and the Arkansas State Nursing Board is to conduct an on-site survey. The board would have to approve the program, as would University of Arkansas Trustees and the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.

In 2010, UAPB's nursing program was suspended, which led to the school being barred from accepting new students.

Severe Weather
4:06 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Gov. Beebe: Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Sheriff

Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a sheriff who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.

Beebe said Tuesday that flags will be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter of Waldron.

Carpenter died alongside Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Joel Campora on Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods.

Carpenter was 41. He is survived by a wife and four children.

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Affordable Care Act
3:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

4 Insurance Companies Interested In Arkansas Exchange

Credit / Arkansas Insurance Department

Four insurance companies have told Arkansas officials they plan to participate in the marketplace that will be created under the federal health care law.

The Arkansas Insurance Department on Tuesday announced that the companies sent letters of intent to participate in the insurance exchange.

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Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Order Filed Removing Arkansas Sheriff From Office

A circuit judge has filed an order removing Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell from office after the Arkansas Supreme Court found Cassell was ineligible for the post.

The order from Circuit Judge David Clinger says Cassell should be removed immediately from office. Two weeks ago, the high court found that Cassell's 1979 conviction for possessing stolen hens made him ineligible to serve.

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Buffalo National River
8:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Searchers Find Missing Man's Body In Buffalo River

Credit / Wikipedia

Authorities have recovered the body of a Texas man who died while swimming in the Buffalo National River over the weekend.

Authorities say 27-year-old Stephen Carney of Austin had been missing since Friday afternoon when he dove off a 25-foot bluff into the river and never surfaced.

Officials with Newton County Search and Rescue say Carney's friends began looking for him immediately but high waters slowed the effort. The water was above normal levels and somewhat muddy.

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Local & Regional News
8:54 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hearing Delayed For Former UCA Administrator

A judge has delayed a pretrial hearing for a former University of Central Arkansas administrator charged with commercial burglary.

Former UCA Chief of Staff Jack Gillean was due in court Monday, but a judge delayed the hearing until June 10.

Gillean is accused of giving keys to a former student who allegedly used the keys to break into offices and steal tests from instructors.

Last month, a judge approved a request to move Gillean's trial from Faulkner County to Van Buren County because of pretrial publicity.

Minority Health
8:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Anti-Smoking Program Uses Soccer To Target Latinos

A minority health initiative is using soccer as part of a promotion that encourages Hispanic men to quit smoking.

The program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Monday that is launching a public education initiative aimed at Latinos.

The effort encourages Hispanic men to kick the habit and includes a sweepstakes prize of a trip for four to see a soccer game in Dallas.

The initiative uses slogans that urge Latino smokers to quit because its best for the smoker and his family.