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12:26 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Report: Arkansas Revenue Below Forecast In November

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue in November didn't meet last year's figures or their predictions for this year.

The Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday that the state's net available general revenue last month totaled $349.7 million. That's just under $1 million less than the same month last year and $8.4 million below forecast.

The state's revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $29.4 million above forecast.

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11:06 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Winter Storm Watch Issued In Advance Of Wintry Weather

File photo of sleet in Little Rock last year.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The National Weather Service Tuesday issued a winter storm watch for parts of northern, western and central Arkansas. It will be in effect Thursday afternoon through Friday.

A strong cold front will move into the region late Wednesday, bringing much cooler air. An advisory says it will stall out, with several upper level weather disturbances bringing widespread precipitation.

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11:01 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Wal-Mart Heiress Alice Walton Has Drunken Driving Arrest Expunged

Alice Walton mug shot from October 2011.
Credit Texas Highway Patrol

Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, has had her record wiped clean of a drunken driving arrest in Texas. The case was set for an expungement hearing on Monday in Parker County, Texas.

Walton was arrested in October 2011 by a Texas Highway Patrol trooper but formal charges were never filed.

The two-year statute of limitations has expired and officials say the trooper who arrested her was suspended and not available to testify.

Assistant Prosecutor Fred Barker said in October that he expected the expungement request would be granted.

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6:20 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

North Little Rock 'Innovation Hub' Gets $250K Grant

A new facility in North Little Rock whose goal is to provide technological and educational resources for entrepreneurs in Central Arkansas has been awarded a grant by the Delta Regional Authority.

The grant of 251,105 dollars will go towards developing facilities and help the Arkansas Regional Innovation hub become fully operational by next year, says Warwick Sabin, the executive director. He says the hub will include spaces for people to work on their business ideas as well as classrooms where people can learn things like computer programming

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3:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Arkansas GOP Official Sues Gov. Beebe Over Public Records

Gov. Mike Beebe

The executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas is suing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe over a public records request.

Megan Tollett's attorneys filed a lawsuit on Monday in Pulaski County after Tollett didn't get records she requested from Beebe's office under the Freedom of Information Act.

The lawsuit says Tollett requested documents this year that the governor's office received from people seeking appointments to state boards or commissions.

But the lawsuit says the governor's office said the documents fall under an exemption from the public records law.

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12:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Arkansas Finance Officials Release Revenue Forecast

Arkansas finance officials are releasing the general revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year ahead of next year's legislative session.

The Legislature convenes in February for a session devoted to the state's budget.

On Monday, the Department of Finance and Administration released its official general revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year, along with an update for the current fiscal year.

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8:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Investment Firm And Arkansas' Top Securities Regulator At Odds

Heath Abshure, left, and the Little Rock headquarters of Stephens Inc.
Credit Arkansas Business

Arkansas’ largest investment firm and the state’s top securities regulator are firing accusations back and forth alleging ethics violations.

Stephens Inc. is accusing Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure of illegally steering more than $170,000 to his "favorite charities" and of retaliating when Stephens refused to make a similar donation while negotiating a recent settlement.

Arkansas Business has exclusive details in this week’s issue:

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7:12 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Wintry Weather, Chilly Temps Predicted In Arkansas

File photo of snow in Little Rock in December 2012.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The National Weather Service says colder temperatures and wintry precipitation is possible this week in Arkansas.

Forecasters say a cold front is expected to move through the state Wednesday and stall out in the southern part of Arkansas. The weather service says heavy rainfall is possible Thursday into Friday before transitioning to a wintry mix.

The weather service says more wintry weather is possible Saturday. Northwest Arkansas is expected to see snow, with a wintry mix expected in other areas of the state.

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5:38 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Delta Regional Authority To Announce Investment

Delta Regional Authority officials are to join with local officials in southeastern Arkansas to announce a $175,000 investment to provide for training of healthcare professionals in the region.

The announcement is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Lake Country Club in Pickens, just south of Dumas. The investment is intended to help employees at the Delta Technological/Education Center in Dumas receive training that will allow them to train healthcare workers.

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5:36 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Arkansas Doctors To Perform 26 Free Surgeries

On Dec. 7, a group of surgeons will perform a marathon day of surgery at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, replacing hips and knees for more than two dozen patients who have no insurance and can't afford the procedures.

Everything and everyone involved in the process - from the surgeons and nurses to the artificial joints - comes free of cost to the patients, many of whom have been suffering from debilitating pain for decades.

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