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12:58 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Parolee At Center Of Controversy Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

A convict who remained free despite numerous parole violations has pleaded not guilty to killing an 18-year-old man in Little Rock.

Forty-seven-year-old Darrell Dennis entered the plea Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court to charges of capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the May 10 death of Forrest Abrams.

Dennis told reporters as he was being led from the courtroom that he did not kill Abrams. Prosecutors say they haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas House Majority Leader Westerman Announces Candidacy For U.S. House

Bruce Westerman

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman Tuesday formally announced he is running for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, email this statement:

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Local & Regional News
8:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas King Commission Prepares Symbolic March On Washington

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of events in the state to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

King Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough says a reenactment of that historic march during Civil Rights Movement will take place in Little Rock in an effort to promote dialogue and encourage Arkansans to end violence.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue August 13, 2013

I-40 Lane To Close In North Little Rock For Work

Arkansas highway officials say that pavement work on Interstate 40 will require crews to close a westbound lane of the highway in North Little Rock.

The work on the westbound outside lane is planned for Wednesday and Thursday at the Young Road Overpass, just east of the Crystal Hill overpass in the western side of the city.

Crews will be making repairs to a site damaged in a March 7 fatal accident in which a tractor-trailer struck the overpass support and caught fire.

Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Bass Pro To Start Hiring For Little Rock Store

Bass Pro Shops is about to start hiring for an Outdoor World store it is opening in southwest Little Rock.

The company says a job fair begins Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 21 at the Metroplex Event Center on Colonel Glenn Road near Interstate 430.

The company says it is looking for full-time and part-time workers in a variety of roles. The store will also have a Tracker Marine Boat Center.

Bass Pro says it is looking for cashiers, customer service and receiving clerks, as well as people to work in various store departments.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Gay Marriage Ballot Measure

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal the Arkansas constitution's ban on gay marriage.

McDaniel on Monday cited several problems with the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Arkansans for Equality.

The proposed amendment must be approved by the AG's office before the group can begin gathering signatures to place it on the ballot next year.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

On The Campaign Trail For Senate With Pryor And Cotton

Sen. Mark Pryor poses with workers at Remington Ammunition plant in Lonoke.
Roby Brock/ Talk Business

While Election Day is still about 15 months away, the race for Senate in Arkansas already has the tone of a match up heading into the home stretch.

Rep. Tom Cotton last week announced he is running for the Republican nomination and hit the road making campaign stops throughout the state.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is also stepping his campaign appearances as Congress is in recess.

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Arkansas Education
4:59 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

School Choice Law Leaves Parents and Board Frustrated

Upset parents turned to the Arkansas Board of Education Monday to try to get school transfer requests that were denied overturned.

The newly enacted Public School Choice Act of 2013 allows for transfers unless a district annually claims exemption due to involvement in desegregation court cases. The previous school choice act, of 1989, was overturned by a 2012 court claiming racial demographic formulas, aimed at desegregating schools, were unconstitutional.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Poultry Processor To Start Up In Arkadelphia Plant

A specialty poultry processing company says it will hire more than 170 people and invest $5.4 million at a site in Arkadelphia.

Vikon Farms announced Monday that it will operate in a former Petit Jean Poultry plant.

The company will also create jobs outside the plant by contracting with of growers from El Dorado and Union County along with a Vikon-supported hatchery in Prescott.

The Vikon Farms plant will specialize in chickens that are free-range and naturally grown.

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Local & Regional News
2:09 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arkansas Speaker Names Six To Health Exchange Panel

House Speaker Davy Carter has named three Republicans and three Democrats to a legislative panel that will oversee the insurance marketplace set up under the federal health care law.

Carter on Monday announced his appointments to the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight Committee created by the Legislature earlier this year.

The 12-member panel will study the insurance exchange set up under the federal health care law and will submit an annual report by Dec. 15 to the Legislature.

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