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5:10 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Two Jump From Bridge During Snow-Gridlock

Arkansas State Police say two people jumped into the Little Red River around 2 a.m. Saturday to avoid being hit during an accident and that one remains missing.

Spokesman Bill Sadler said troopers and emergency workers were searching downstream from an icy Interstate 30 bridge near Fulton in southwest Arkansas. He said three people were outside of their vehicles after an earlier crash and that a cargo truck jack-knifed and slid toward them.

Two people jumped into the water but only one was immediately recovered.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

The Farm Bill, Winter Weather, and Propane

Gov. Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Winter storms are revealing a degree of vulnerability facing some of Arkansas's farms. Changes and support structures in the long-contested farm bill signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama may have a big impact in Arkansas where one in six jobs is tied to the state's largest industry – agriculture.

In his weekly radio address Governor Mike Beebe talked about some of the major challenges facing farmers in Arkansas.

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Talk Business Arkansas
5:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

2/7/14: Friday News Update

On this weeks update: Big honors for Arkansas business leaders; The governor continues his campaign for the private option; Mike Ross proposes a major overhaul to the state's income tax structure.

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Martha Shoffner To Make Feb. 27 Court Appearance On New Charges

File photo of Martha Shoffner and her attorney leaving a court hearing in June 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

  Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is to make a court appearance later this month to answer a new indictment that charges her with improper spending from her campaign account.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that Shoffner is to appear before a magistrate judge on Feb. 27.

Shoffner is scheduled for trial next month on charges she accepted cash payments from a broker to whom she steered state investments.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Arkansas House Speaker: No Vote On Lifting Fundraising Rule

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says a proposal to suspend a ban on fundraising during this year's legislative session will not go before representatives next week.

Carter on Friday said he didn't plan on convening the House for a caucus to consider allowing members to raise campaign money during the fiscal session. The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended suspending the ban.

The House and Senate are set to convene Monday for a session focused primarily on the state's budget.

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Local & Regional News
1:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Schools In Central Arkansas Dismiss Early Due To Weather

The Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special school districts are dismissing classes early because of snow in the forecast for the afternoon.

The Little Rock School District will dismiss elementary schools at 1:15 p.m. and secondary schools at 2:30 p.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District says it will let out all students one hour before their regular dismissal times.

North Little Rock elementary schools will dismiss at noon. Middle schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. High schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

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Local & Regional News
6:52 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner Faces New Charges

Martha Shoffner (D)
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned last year after an FBI investigation alleged she had been accepting bribes, was presented with new charges late Thursday afternoon. A federal grand jury is charging Shoffner with ten counts of mail fraud related to the misuse of campaign funds. 

These latest allegations are in addition to six counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion, and seven counts of receiving bribes - contained in pie boxes.

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Local & Regional News
5:48 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe Declares Emergency Because Of Wintry Weather

Gov. Mike Beebe says damage to private and public property during this week's winter weather was bad enough to qualify as an emergency.

The governor issued a proclamation Thursday suspending some purchasing laws so state agencies can aid local governments impacted by ice and snow that has fallen since the weekend. Arkansas' governors have power to issue emergency executive orders when warranted.

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Local & Regional News
3:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Helena To Undergo Economic Development

A store in downtown Helena
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Thursday marks the kick-off for the Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, Arkansas.

Southern Bancorp and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are partnering to revitalize downtown Helena by matching investments to eligible commercial or residential development projects up to $100,000.

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