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2:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

FBI Continues Investigation, Offers Reward in Case of Cut Power Line

The FBI is now offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading the person responsible for intentionally bringing down a power line in Cabot.

The line, located on Arkansas Highway 321, was reported Wednesday afternoon by Entergy officials. The subsequent investigation revealed the line was purposely severed with a saw or similar tool. Bolts for the 100-foot tower that held the line were also removed.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want To Drop Governor, AG In Suit

Lawyers for a group of same-sex couples seeking to overturn Arkansas' ban on gay marriage want to drop the state's governor and attorney general from a lawsuit. 

Attorneys for the couples filed a notice of dismissal Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. That notice says the plaintiffs dismiss Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel from the lawsuit. They're asking the court to issue an order making it official. 

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Judge Won't Step Down in Arkansas Police Shooting Case

Judge Wendell Griffen

A judge says he won't step down from a case involving a former Little Rock police officer accused of killing a teenager.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order on Thursday denying a number of motions, including one to disqualify him in the case of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings' attorney, Bill James, filed a motion on Monday seeking to disqualify Griffen.

James said Griffen has been outspoken against Little Rock police officers and their use of firearms on minorities, and James says that's the issue in Hastings' case.

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Local & Regional News
7:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Says He Made Mistakes On Campaign Finance Reports

File photo of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr in June.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr says he made errors on campaign finance reports that are now being questioned by a political website.

In a series of reports this week, the Democrat-leaning Blue Hog Report says Darr's campaign reports listed expenses like four season tickets to Arkansas Razorback games, expensive dinners and charges at convenience stores as fundraisers.

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Local & Regional News
4:14 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Arkansas Moves to Prevent Disease in Same Family as Mad Cow from Entering State

Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Actions are being taken by the Game and Fish Commission to stop Chronic Wasting Disease, in the same family of diseases as Mad Cow, from infecting the state’s deer and elk populations. Cases in northwestern Missouri are the closest to Arkansas.

New steps ban the transportation of live cervids and carcasses hunted in all other states. This adds to a 2003 law which only prevented importation from states with known cases.

Corey Gray, the Deer Program Coordinator with Game and Fish said Arkansas is being proactive.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Saline County To Begin Warrant Amnesty Program

The Saline County Sheriff’s Department is beginning an arrest warrant amnesty program Monday.

Anyone who has a non-violent, misdemeanor warrant in the county will be given a chance to turn themselves in and take care of the warrant without serving time in jail.

Lieutenant Scott Courtney says it’s offered as a service to people who have warrants to get them in to court and back into the system.

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Arkansas Corrections
12:48 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Parole Administrator In Dennis Case Fired

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

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Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Pilgrim's To Stop Production At Batesville Plant

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. says it will stop production at its poultry processing plant in Batesville, but officials say a deal is in the works to sell the plant to another food company.

A spokesman for Pilgrim's Pride says the company notified workers Wednesday that it would stop production in Batesville in 60 days.

Spokesman Cameron Bruett says the closure of the Batesville plant is part of the company's broader corporate strategy.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Judge Sets Hearing in Little Rock Police Shooting Case

Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A judge has scheduled an evidentiary hearing in the case of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Wednesday setting a hearing about a request to move former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings' trial outside of Pulaski County.

The hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.

Hastings' lawyer, Bill James, filed paperwork this week asking that the case be moved because he said Hastings can't receive a fair trial in Pulaski County.

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Health News
3:25 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Girl Fighting Rare Brain Infection Can Now Speak

A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who has been battling a rare and often-fatal infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba is now able to say a few words.

Kali Hardig was diagnosed last month with an infection caused by an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.

Health officials say there were 128 reported infections in the United States between 1962 and 2012.

Before Kali, doctors could only point to one known survivor in the U.S. and another in Mexico.

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