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12:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

High Court Affirms Conviction In Murder Of Univ. Of Arkansas Student

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man who fatally stabbed a University of Arkansas student in 2007.

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9:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded At Fairfield Bay

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.8 magnitude earthquake has been recorded near Fairfield Bay.

Police say there are no reports of damage or injuries - although several residents called police to ask about the temblor.

The USGS reports the earthquake was recorded at 4:19 p.m. Wednesday one mile southeast of Fairfield Bay. The area is about 55 miles north of Little Rock.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans and that damage is not likely with quakes below magnitude 4.0.  

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9:07 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Arkansas Soybean Growers Beset By Pesky Weevil

Arkansas soybean growers are facing a challenge from a pest that's new to the state -- the pea weevil.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Wednesday that the weevil appears to have come from Europe and found its way to Phillips County in eastern Arkansas.

The pest has been found so far only in several fields near Marvell - but it has also surfaced in Louisiana and Washington state.

UA system entomologist Gus Lorenz says immature weevils feed on soybean roots and mature pea weevils eat the leaves.

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5:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Nordex USA Building In Jonesboro To Be Sold

A closed factory that once had the promise of employing more than 700 people in Jonesboro is to be sold.

Officials won't identify the buyer of the Nordex USA site, which made wind turbines until it shuttered last year. The sale of the $40 million plant is to become official Thursday.

Nordex attorney Anne S. Parker of Little Rock said she isn't allowed to discuss the buyer. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he was told a large, publicly traded company wants to buy the site but says he wasn't told the name.

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3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Marijuana Ballot Wording

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The Arkansas attorney general's office has certified the wording of a ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

The Wednesday opinion opens the way for the measure's sponsor, Robert L. Reed, to begin gathering petition signatures in hope of placing the measure on the ballot.

According to the proposal, voters would decide whether to approve making it legal to grow and possess marijuana and all products derived from the cannabis plant.

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2:42 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Arkansas Tourism Officials Marketing The State To Motorcyclists

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The ultimate biker song could serve as a marketing campaign for a new push from state tourism officials, reports Talk Business & Politics.

In the last two years, Arkansas has begun marketing its scenic highways to motorcyclists who are far from the drifter image painted in cult classic films like “Easy Rider.” We’re not talking Hell’s Angels, says Arkansas Tourism director Joe David Rice.

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2:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Plane Reports Flap Failure, Lands Safely At Little Rock Airport

An American Eagle flight that reported an apparent mechanical problem has landed safely at Little Rock's airport.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport spokesman Shane Carter says the aircraft landed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Carter says the plane was a scheduled flight from Dallas to Little Rock with 46 people on board.

The airport activated its emergency response after the pilot reported a flap failure on the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

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8:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Turnout Light As Early Voting Begins For Runoff Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site during last month's primary election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Election officials say turnout is light around the state as early voting begins for a primary runoff highlighted by an increasingly bitter fight for the Republican attorney general nomination.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 3,708 voters had cast a ballot by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the June 10 primary runoff. Martin's office has predicted only 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in the runoff.

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8:47 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Rutledge Outraises Sterling In Arkansas Attorney General's Race

David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge pose for a photo before a debate at KUAR.
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Leslie Rutledge is reporting raising more than twice the amount rival David Sterling has in the final days of their bid for the Republican attorney general nomination. But she's reporting having far less in the bank ahead of next weeks' runoff election.

Rutledge on Tuesday reported raising nearly $59,000 between May 21 and May 31, compared to the $24,750 Sterling reported during the same period. The two Little Rock lawyers are facing off in the June 10 Republican primary runoff for Arkansas attorney general.

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8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Majestic Hotel Owner Given 60 Days To Clean Up Rubble After Fire

File photo of the fire that destroyed part of the Majestic Hotel in February.
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The owner of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has been given 60 days to clean up the rubble left over from a fire that destroyed a large part of hotel complex in February.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality sent a letter Monday to Garrison Hassenflu, who owns the corporation that owns the Majestic property. The letter also says Hassenflu must submit a plan within 10 days detailing a removal plan for the debris at the Majestic site.

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