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7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

UA System President Recommends Schools Opt Out Of Gun Law

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System.
Credit Jacob Slaton / Clinton School Photography

The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

A spokesman on Tuesday said UA System President Donald Bobbitt will recommend that the schools continue banning concealed handguns on campus. The UA Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday.

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Local & Regional News
6:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Former Arkansas Youth Coach To Be Sentenced For Sex Charge

Walter Richard Roberts is led from Texarkana’s federal building Tuesday afternoon by Texarkana, Ark., police detectives and federal marshals.
Credit Evan Lewis / The Texarkana Gazette

Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who pleaded guilty to molesting young players.

Prosecutors are limited in the sentence they can pursue for 60-year-old Walter Richard Roberts of Texarkana, Arkansas because he pleaded guilty to alleged offenses that occurred in 1992.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Walmart Pledges $1M For Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

Walmart says it is pledging $1 million for the recovery from the tornado that devastated Moore. 

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company said Tuesday that it will make donations of cash and materials equal to $1 million.

Walmart is also sending truckloads of food, water and other basic items to serve as immediate aid.

The world's largest retailer says no customers or employees were injured in its two stores in Moore. But the company says some workers' homes were destroyed and that it is still checking on the needs of its employees.

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Local & Regional News
6:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Arkansas Man Gets 12 Years For Striking Missouri Joggers

Vincent Anderson
Credit The Southeast Missourian

An Arkansas man who admitted driving into a group of joggers in southeast Missouri has been given a 12-year prison term.

The Southeast Missourian reports 19-year-old Vincent Anderson, of Little Rock, was sentenced Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court.

Anderson pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, admitting he drove directly at the joggers in downtown Cape Girardeau last Oct. 28 in a stolen car.

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Treasurer Resigns
5:19 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Arkansas Treasurer Resigns Amid Charges She Took Cash

Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

Arkansas' state treasurer has resigned after federal prosecutors accused her of taking cash payments from a broker who handled a large amount of the state's investment portfolio.

Democrat Martha Shoffner resigned effective Tuesday from the office she has held since 2007 and was re-elected to in 2010. She was barred by term limits from seeking re-election next year.

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Famous Arkansans
4:47 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Author Dedicates Book About Famous Arkansans For School-Aged Children

Credit Steven Teske

A book dedicated for school-aged children just came out earlier this spring.

Natural State Notables features 21 people from Arkansas who became famous.

They include U.S. president Bill Clinton, Walmart creator Sam Walton, as well as a woman who saved Arkansas Children’s Hospital from closing during the Great Depression.

Author Steven Teske said he was inspired to write something for kids.

“We really need a book for children that tells them about people in Arkansas. Something that a 4th grade levels. Something that can be used in classrooms.”

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Local & Regional News
10:25 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Arkansas GOP House Leader Calls For Shoffner's Removal

Arkansas State Treasurer Martha Shoffner answers questions during a meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee at the State Capitol on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

The top Republican in the Arkansas House is calling on the governor to begin the process to remove state Treasurer Martha Shoffner over federal charges she accepted cash from an investment broker.

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman on Tuesday asked Gov. Mike Beebe to convene lawmakers to remove Shoffner, a day after she appeared in court on federal extortion charges.

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Local & Regional News
10:19 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Remington Plans $32 Million Expansion In Lonoke

Remington Arms Company's ammunition plant in Lonoke.

Remington Arms Company LLC says it will spend $32 million to expand the company's ammunition plant in Lonoke. 

Remington says the expansion will include the construction of a new building. Work is expected to begin later this year and finish up by next spring.

Remington's Lonoke plant manager Jim Grahlmann says the expansion will help Remington meet a growing global demand for ammunition.

The Remington plant in Lonoke designs and makes ammunition products. It opened in 1969.

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Local & Regional News
10:13 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Arkansas Teen Killed By Flying Storm Debris

Arkansas State Police

Authorities say a teenager was killed in northwest Arkansas on Monday night when storm debris crashed into his car. 

Arkansas State Police say 19-year-old Austin Deere of Prairie Grove died at about 7:30 p.m. Monday while driving on U.S. 412 in Springdale.

A preliminary report says a street sign that was uprooted by high winds landed on top of Deere's car. Deere was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County coroner.

The Storm Prediction Center says a wind gust of 69 mph was recorded in Springdale at the same time as the accident.

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Local & Regional News
6:43 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Storms Hit Much Of Arkansas

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of Arkansas on Monday evening, and rain and storms are forecast to last through much of Tuesday. 

Forecasters say the main threat Tuesday will shift to damaging winds and heavy rain, though isolated tornadoes are possible. Parts of west-central Arkansas could get between 4 and 5 inches of rain.

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