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3:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Arkansas GOP Leader Resigns After Hillary Clinton Comment

The Republican Party of Arkansas says a district chairman has resigned a day after he was quoted saying that Hillary Clinton "would probably get shot at the state line" if she ran for president in 2016.

GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says Johnny Rhoda resigned Wednesday as 2nd District Republican chairman.

On Tuesday, U.S. News reported that Rhoda said in an interview that he didn't believe Clinton was popular in Arkansas and that a presidential campaign wouldn't be well-received.

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12:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Site Work Begins For Little Rock Outlet Mall

Site work is underway for The Outlets at Little Rock, a mall set to open next summer.

Executives with real estate company New England Development toured the 30-acre site Tuesday.

Company Vice President Michael Barelli said he anticipates construction to start this August. It will be managed by local firm CDI Contractors.

Barelli said to expect a 325,000 square feet open-air outlet and 75 storefronts.

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11:21 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Commission Finds Violation For Accident At Arkansas Nuclear One

File photo of Arkansas Nuclear One
Credit entergy-nuclear.com

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says failures by Entergy Corp. led to an accident at the utility's Arkansas Nuclear One plant that killed one worker and injured eight others.

On March 31, 2013, 24-year-old Wade Walters died when a 525-ton piece of equipment fell 30 feet to the floor of the plant.

The commission said Tuesday that the collapse resulted from Entergy's failure to adequately review the assembly design and do a load test before trying to lift the turbine generator stator.

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8:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Report: Conway Suspect Not Mentally Fit For Trial

A report from an Arkansas State Hospital psychologist has found that a man accused of shooting a woman in a Conway Wal-Mart is mentally unfit to stand trial.

A judge had ordered the mental evaluation for 30-year-old Myron Terrell, who is charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting that wounded a customer at the store. Authorities say Terrell was a maintenance worker at the store and he opened fire on the woman as she stood in the checkout line.

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8:47 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Stakeholders Meeting Planned On Carbon Rules

Environmental officials and utilities plan a public meeting to discuss new federal regulations designed to reduce the nation's carbon emissions.

Under the plan announced this month by President Barack Obama, Arkansas's goal is to cut emissions by nearly 45 percent by 2030. Arkansas gets about half its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

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Local & Regional News
6:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Thousands Of Square Dancers Converge On Little Rock For Annual Convention

Contra dancing, as shown on a video on the website of the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.

Nearly 4,000 square dancers and participants are converging on Little Rock for the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.  Some are traveling from as far away as Germany, Japan, Sweden, Great Britton, the Netherlands, Australia and the Philippians.

The opening ceremony is set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Events will then take place there, at the Little Rock Marriott and Robinson Center through Saturday evening.

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6:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Burgundy Book: Business Community Optimistic, Income Flat, Luxury Sales Up

The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank
Credit federalreserveeducation.org

A federal report on economic conditions for much of Arkansas highlights optimism in the business community, unemployment levels below the national average, but stagnation in wages.

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3:22 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

UA Researcher Awarded Grant To Study Regenerating Skeletal Muscle

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year grant to a University of Arkansas biomedical engineering researcher and his research team.

The $437,248 grant announced Tuesday to Jeffrey Wolchock and his team is to be used to help design and test a biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle.

Wolchock says living cells produce proteins and gels called extracellular matrix that support cell survival and tissue strength. In severe injuries the extracellular matrix doesn't function properly and can't initiate the healing process.

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2:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Beebe Announces Plans For Special Session Of The Legislature

Gov. Mike Beebe (D) announces his call for a special session of the legislature at the Capitol.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Governor Mike Beebe announced Tuesday he has called for  a special session of the legislature to mitigate prison overcrowding and increases in public school employee health insurance premiums. Proposed changes to the health insurance plan include removing nearly 4,000 part-time workers, reducing eligibility for spouses, and re-directing over $4.5 million in insurance related tax savings from school districts discretionary funds.

Governor Beebe said what comes out of the special session still won’t resolve fundamental problems with increasing premiums.

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1:41 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Group Asks Judge To Halt Enforcement Of Arkansas Voter ID Law

A sign at the entrance to a Little Rock polling site in March notifies voters to have a photo identification ready.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A civil liberties group is asking an Arkansas judge to block the state from enforcing its voter ID law, saying more than 1,000 people were disenfranchised during last month's primary election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Tuesday to lift the stay on his ruling last month that it was unconstitutional to require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Fox had stayed his ruling, allowing the requirement to stay in place during the May 20 primary and June 10 runoff election.

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