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2:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Arkansas Law Requires Drivers Move Over For Expanded List of Vehicles

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

A new law is taking effect Friday requiring drivers to move over if they spot Highway Department vehicles, utility trucks, and tow trucks on the side of the road. The law adds to the familiar list of emergency vehicles like police cars.

It asks motorists to move over to the farthest possible lane, this requirement makes Arkansas’s law one of the toughest in the nation. Only three other states require that.

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Local & Regional News
12:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Jonesboro Asks that Police-Car Shooting Suit Be Dismissed

Lawyers for a northeast Arkansas city are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from the mother of a young man who authorities say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the backseat of a police car.

Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers last month.

Attorneys for the city and police filed a response to the lawsuit in federal court on Thursday.

Mayflower Oil Spill
12:24 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

ExxonMobil Official: Pipeline That Ruptured Could Be Retired

File photo of Karen Tyrone, vice-president of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, speaking with reporters in April.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A vice president at ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. says it's possible that a 65-year-old pipe that leaked oil into a Mayflower neighborhood could be taken out of service.

Karen Tyrone told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story published Thursday that it is too early to say for sure whether the pipeline will be closed, but she said it is one thing being considered.

The line carries heavy Canadian crude from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast.

A seam ripped in late March, spilling 210,000 gallons in Mayflower.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Pegasus Pipeline Pre-Spill Documents Made Public

More documents related to ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline are now public. Arkansas's Second District Congressman Tim Griffin released inspection reports on the pipeline obtained from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Two of the documents date from 2010 and one was compiled just weeks before the pipeline break which spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower.

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Gun Control
8:02 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Arkansas Pastors To Urge Expanded Background Checks

A group of Arkansas pastors is calling on U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor to reconsider their opposition to expanded background checks for firearms sales.

Six pastors planned to urge Boozman and Pryor at a news conference in North Little Rock to reconsider the measure they opposed in April. Boozman is a first-term Republican who was elected in 2010. Pryor is a two-term Democrat seeking re-election next year.

The pastors will speak at New Beginnings New Birth Ministry in North Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Group Falls Short In Health Law Repeal Effort

A group pushing to repeal an insurance expansion approved by Arkansas lawmakers earlier this year says it won't have enough signatures to put the proposal before voters in 2014.

The head of Arkansans Against Big Government said Wednesday that his group won't have the 46,880 signatures needed to place a referendum before voters on the plan to use Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for low-income workers.

Lawmakers approved the "private option" as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.

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Local & Regional News
5:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Rep. Tom Cotton Spending A Week In Israel

File photo of Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas is spending the week in Israel after announcing a bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cooler Weather Slowing Arkansas Rice Development

Credit Mickey Liaw / Flickr.com

Arkansas agriculture officials say the cool weather this summer is slowing development of the rice crop and will delay the harvest.

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Board Tells Clarksville Superintendent He Can't Arm Teachers and Staff

Dr. David Hopkins, Superintendent
Credit csdar.org

A license to allow some teachers and staff in the Clarksville School District to carry concealed handguns and work as armed guards was suspended Wednesday. The vote by the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies came in the wake of an opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that using the licensing law to arm staff violates state law.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New Arkansas Police Cars Have Fewer Markings To Avoid Detection

One of the new State Police patrol cars.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

The Arkansas State Police are deploying a new fleet of patrol cars that officials say will help keep highways safer.

The cars do not have roof-mounted flashing blue lights and are marked with the State Police seal only on the passenger side.

Major J. R. Hankins is commander of the Highway Patrol Division’s western region. He says the modern vehicles come in different colors and have been designed to blend in with ordinary traffic. 

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