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10:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Cooler Temperatures, Stormy Weather Headed To Arkansas

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to Arkansas along with the chance for flooding in the southern part of the state.

Monday is predicted to be another hot day, but temperatures are expected to drop drastically as the front moves in. Forecasters say that starting Tuesday, high temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s with overnight lows dipping into the 50s in some places.

The cold front is predicted to bring storms, and some areas in southern Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday.

Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Search Continues For Missing Arkansas Inmate

Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.

But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

UAMS Names Clinic After Delta Dental

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has announced their oral health clinic plans to begin hosting dental residents. UAMS unveiled a new name for the clinic, now to be called the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Care. Dr. William Slagle is Director at UAMS’ Center for Dental Education. He says the clinic’s new name honors a charitable pledge.

“We’re really recognizing Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation for their 2 million-dollar gift for renovation and equipment in our center for dental education,” he says.   

Local & Regional News
10:06 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Beebe Touts Forestry Commission Wildfire Program

Credit David McNew / Getty Images

The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly address:

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger acrossArkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise program.

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Local & Regional News
5:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Sign-Hanging And Island Building To Close Lanes In Little Rock

File photo of work being on the Big Rock Interchange in August 2012.
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Road crews building traffic islands and hanging signs will close lanes at Little Rock's Big Rock interchange next week.

The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that the eastbound lane of Financial Center Parkway from Hermitage Road to Interstate 630 will be closed so crews can build traffic islands amid a construction project.

Work will take place next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Next Tuesday night, a westbound lane of Interstate 630 will be closed near its intersection with Interstate 430 so crews can hang overhead signs.

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Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

All Four Gubernatorial Candidates Debate in Hot Springs

In a rare example of inclusivity all four of the candidates for governor debated together Friday. Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party candidate Joshua Drake, Democrat Mike Ross, and Republican Asa Hutchinson all participated in a debate hosted by the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs.

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Local & Regional News
2:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Arkansas AG Candidates Debate Federal Overreach, Sentencing

Claims of an overreaching federal government through laws like the Affordable Care Act brought the candidates for Arkansas Attorney General to differ over what legal stances the state should adopt in response to Washington.

Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel and Libertarian candidate Aaron Cash squared off in a debate on Friday, moderated by the Arkansas Press Association.

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Statewide Races
2:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lt. Governor Candidates Debate Policy Influence, Role's Effectiveness

The lead candidates for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor are emphasizing job creation and economic development in their hoped-for roles as policy advocates in the legislature. Their third party challenger, meanwhile, says the office grossly overestimates its own worth and use of taxpayer dollars.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Opening Arguments Set In Arkansas Inmate's Trial

Opening arguments are set in a resentencing trial for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned more than two years ago by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams Jr. was convicted in Lafayette County for the 1992 killing of farmer Clyde Smith. But in December 2011, the state's highest court ordered that Williams be resentenced, citing problems with his original sentencing in 1993.

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Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Beebe and Local Officials Point to Progress of Tornado Recovery, Need For Federal Aid

Destroyed House With Pinnacle Mountain In Background
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

One neighborhood to the south of Mayflower is nearing the end of a clean-up phase after being struck by April’s tornados. Governor Mike Beebe and local leaders were on hand Thursday to tour the area. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports on the recovery effort and its politics.

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