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6:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Boozman Wants Long Term Fix For Student Loans

Credit Russell Powell / AP

Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says Congress should reach a bipartisan solution to lowering student loan interest rates by tying them to U.S. Treasury rates, which are now at historic lows.

After interest rates for subsidized Stafford student loans doubled last week, Congress so far has not been able to reach an agreement to keep rates low for students applying for aid for the upcoming fall semester.

Boozman says tying rates to financial markets would be a better long term solution than a temporary extension of the loan rate subsidy.

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4:26 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Arkansas Lottery Posts Nearly $90 Million For Scholarships

The Arkansas lottery generated $89.1 million for college scholarships in the fiscal year that ended June 30, but that's about 10 percent less than projected in the budget the lottery proposed the year before.

Numbers released Wednesday show that gamblers bought almost $42 million less in scratch tickets for the fiscal year.

Because of revenue shortfalls, legislators this year altered the formula for scholarship awards, giving university freshmen $2,000, with the amount rising by $1,000 annually through their senior year.

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3:27 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost Arkansas Revenues

Supporters of immigration reform efforts in the U.S. hold a rally in Washington, D.C. and urge Congress to pass legislation.
Credit Nicholas Neufeld / iStock

A recent analysis by a liberal-leaning think tank estimates that undocumented immigrants pay $72.4 million a year in state and local taxes in Arkansas.

The report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy also suggests that immigration reform would positively impact Arkansas’s economy.

The study suggests that the state could gain $16.4 million in increased revenue if undocumented immigrants currently in Arkansas are allowed to work in the country legally.

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Local & Regional News
3:07 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker Announces Bid For Attorney General

Nate Steel during the 2013 session of the Arkansas General Assembly.
Credit Brian Chilson/ Arkansas Times

State Rep. Nate Steel says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general next year.

The lawmaker from Nashville on Wednesday announced he's running for the office currently held by Democratic AG Dustin McDaniel.

The 31-year-old Steel is the first Democrat to announce he's running for the seat. McDaniel is term-limited and unable to run for re-election next year.

Steel has served in the state Legislature since 2009.

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Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

USGS Takes To The Sky To Learn More About New Madrid Seismic Zone

The area being mapped by the low-flying USGS plane.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey is taking to the sky this week with a low-flying airplane that will map the subsurface of the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The plane will collect aeromagnetic data in parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.

The flights are part of a larger USGS study to pinpoint and map undiscovered faults in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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Local & Regional News
12:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Arkansas AG: Current Death Penalty System Is Broken

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the current death penalty system is broken.

Speaking to the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association in Fort Smith on Wednesday, McDaniel pointed to legal challenges and a shortage of drugs used in executions as problems with the death penalty and said it is time to discuss the punishment's future.

The attorney general says he continues to support the death penalty but said he has no reason to believe that any of the state's condemned prisoners will be executed while he is in office.

Local & Regional News
12:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

UPDATE: ExxonMobil Blames Original Manufacturing Defect For Pipeline Break

Crews cleaning up the Mayflower neighborhood in April, a week after the spill.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

ExxonMobil released a statement late Wednesday afternoon saying an independent assessment has found that "original manufacturing defects" were to blame for the March oil pipeline rupture in Mayflower.

An estimated 150,000 gallons of tar sands were spilled in the residential neighborhood.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Backers Line Up For Deepening Arkansas River

The Arkansas River in Little Rock, as seen from a streetcar.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Economic Development officials in Arkansas and Oklahoma are endorsing a proposal to deepen the shipping channel in the Arkansas River by three feet.

Officials said this week that deepening the river from nine feet to 12 feet will enable barges to carry 40 percent more cargo.

The Southwest Times Record reports that some sections of the river are less than nine feet deep in parts of Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Delay In Civil Case Over Alamo Ministry Properties

Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

A U.S. magistrate has indefinitely postponed a hearing in a lawsuit over ownership claims to properties associated with Tony Alamo Ministries members.

The properties include the church building, a gym building, a warehouse, a restaurant parking lot, a restaurant and a home in Fort Smith.

Alamo was convicted on federal charges that he transported young girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year prison sentence.

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5:46 am
Wed July 10, 2013

State Hospital Worker Fired For Hitting Patient

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a worker at the State Hospital has been fired for hitting a patient with a closed fist.

The hospital on Tuesday dismissed the worker for failing to follow proper guidelines.

Officials say the worker was hit by a patient last Wednesday. The worker responded by punching the patient, who needed a trip to the hospital for stitches.

DHS didn't name the worker because he can still file an appeal. The employee was placed on administrative leave the day of the incident, pending the outcome of an investigation.

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