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Mayflower Oil Spill
4:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What Does the Mayflower Oil Spill Mean For Central Arkansas’ Drinking Water?

Major pipelines of Arkansas.
Credit Arkansas Geological Commission

Many residents in central Arkansas have been concerned after hearing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announce there is oil in Lake Conway as a result of the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture in Mayflower.

One of the many questions this raises is, “What does this mean for our drinking water supply?” 

John Tynan is Watershed Protection Manager with Central Arkansas Water, which provides drinking water for about 400,000 people in area.

“We have two sources of [water] supply: Lake Maumelle and Lake Winona. Lake Conway, which is

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New Jobs In Arkansas
3:59 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

500 New Jobs In Fort Smith, Arkansas Starting July

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Fort Smith’s Regional Chamber of Commerce says hundreds of new jobs will be created in the city.

In July, a new Health Management Regional Service Center will employ 500 people and generate more than $21 million in gross annual compensation.

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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Pryor Among 4 Senate Dems Silent On Gay Marriage

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Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is in a shrinking group of Democratic senators who haven't announced their support for gay marriage.

Two freshman Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said Friday that they support gay marriage.

So far, 49 Democrats, two independents and two Republicans have announced their support for gay marriage.

There are now only four Democrats in the Senate who have not expressed support for gay marriage: Pryor, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia.

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Local & Regional News
2:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Arkansas House Panel OKs License Plate Readers Rules

An Arkansas House panel has approved legislation to regulate the use of devices that photograph license plates.

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to pass a bill that would restrict who can use license plate readers and limit how long data captured by license plate readers could be kept.

The Associated Press reported last month that Little Rock police have a license plate reader, but don't have a policy for how long the department keeps the data.

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Local & Regional News
2:13 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Arkansas House Panel Backs Beebe's Grocery Tax Cut

Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to conditionally reduce the state's grocery tax has won approval from an Arkansas House committee.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted on Friday to pass the measure, which would reduce the grocery tax only if the state's desegregation settlement payments or bond obligations decrease by $35 million over a six-month period.

If those conditions are met, the grocery tax would be reduced from 1.5 percent to 0.125 percent.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Arkansas Senator: Not Enough Support For Tuition Bill

An Arkansas lawmaker says there isn't enough support in the state Senate yet to pass a proposal to extend cheaper in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the United States illegally.

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock said Friday that she will bring the proposal before the Senate Education Committee if she finds enough support in the whole Senate.

But she's doesn't have much time left as an April 19 deadline to end the legislative session approaches.

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Reactor Restart Could Take Weeks At Arkansas Plant

Entergy Corp. says it will take several weeks to restart a reactor at Arkansas Nuclear One after it was knocked offline during an industrial accident that killed one worker.

Unit 2 has been offline since Sunday's accident that killed 24-year-old Wade Walters, who died when a 550-ton piece of equipment fell on top of him.

The accident, which injured eight other workers, happened in an area away from the plant's reactors.

The nuclear plant's two reactors are now in stable shutdown condition.

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Local & Regional News
2:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Arkansas Senate Approves 'Private Option' Proposal

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The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to use federal funds to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income workers, an idea that's being touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment.

By a 24-9 vote, the Senate on Friday approved the "private option" proposal that Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe and Republican legislative leaders have said is preferable to the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.

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Arkansas Red Cross's Fundraising
1:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

You Can Be A Hero Today With The American Red Cross In Arkansas

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You don’t need a cape to be a hero.

Friday, April 5, is the Red Cross Hero Day.

The American Red Cross said anyone who donates or raises $1,000 during a campaign is a hero.

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Oil Spill Claims
5:55 am
Fri April 5, 2013

About 140 Claims Made Since Arkansas Oil Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill

Officials say about 140 claims have been made since an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas last week.

The Pegasus pipeline ruptured last Friday in a neighborhood in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Oil spilled onto lawns and roadways and approached nearby Lake Conway. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area. 

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