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Arkansas Gubernatorial Race 2014
5:31 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Beebe Endorses Ross For Governor

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has endorsed fellow Democrat Mike Ross in the race to succeed Beebe as governor.

Beebe on Saturday endorsed Ross' 2014 gubernatorial bid.

Ross became the only announced Democratic candidate for governor last month after former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter dropped out of the race for the party's nomination. Ross represented Arkansas' 4th Congressional District for 12 years and announced he was running for governor in April.

Beebe is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

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Correctional Facilities
5:26 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

3 Escape From Faulkner County Jail In Conway

Faulkner County authorities are searching for three inmates who have escaped from the county jail.  

Sheriff Andy Shock told reporters that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson, 27-year-old Joel Vermillion Jr. and 41-year-old Stacy Ray Wilson escaped shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday through a fence in the jail's recreation yard. Shock said the three then stole a car from a business near the jail and fled.  

The sheriff's office website shows that Wilson was being held on burglary and drug charges and that Jackson and Vermillion were being held on drug charges. 

 

 

Local & Regional News
10:10 am
Sat August 17, 2013

State Credited With Improvement On Human Trafficking

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Arkansas has made progress on positive strides against human trafficking in the Natural State during the past year, according to a recent report by a global organization that aims to eliminate the worldwide problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. 

In its 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, the Polaris Report ranked Arkansas in the top tier of states that have passed significant laws to combat human trafficking.

Arkansas was also recognized as one of the four most improved states, according to the report.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Governor Beebe Declares 6 Arkansas Counties Disaster Areas

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared six counties disaster areas following recent floods and storms in north Arkansas.

Beebe on Friday declared Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton counties state disaster areas due to damage caused by severe storms and flooding over the past week.

The governor's office says teams of federal, state and local officials will begin formal assessment work on Monday.

They will determine whether Arkansas may qualify for federal disaster assistance when those assessments are complete.

Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Beebe Calls for Inspections and Possibility of Legislation for Hog Farm on Buffalo River

Buffalo National River
Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

The newly built C&H Hog Farm near the Buffalo River may be getting additional water quality inspections. Governor Mike Beebe says he wants to use $250,000 of surplus money to have the University of Arkansas monitor potential waste run-off from the farm.

The operation is the first Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in the state. In his weekly radio address, Beebe said the unique designation of a national river requires extra protections.

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Local & Regional News
4:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Plans For The Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Credit Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Organizers are making plans for this year’s Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. The performances will be at the Main Library in Little Rock, the First Security Amphitheater, and various River Market Pavilions on September 27th and 28th.

Susan Gele is a spokeswoman for the Central Arkansas Library System. She says the festival includes some of last year’s performers, as well as many new acts.

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Local & Regional News
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Ross Criticizes GOP Rivals' Tax Cut Plans

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing his Republican rivals for the state's top office, accusing them of pushing for tax cuts without explaining to voters how they'd pay for them.

Ross on Friday told members of the Political Animals Club that he'd support targeted tax cuts that would help create jobs if the state was running a surplus.

He said the Republican gubernatorial hopefuls aren't explaining what taxes they'd raise or services they'd cut to pay for the reductions they're calling for.

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Local & Regional News
11:46 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Ethics Panel Fines Senator $8K For Violations

Sen. Paul Bookout

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has fined a former president of the state Senate $8,000 and found that he violated four campaign laws.

The commission on Friday voted unanimously to fine Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro $2,000 each for violating four state ethics laws.

The commission ruled that Bookout failed to itemize spending by his re-election campaign last year and violated state laws prohibiting the use of campaign funds for personal expenses.

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Johnny Cash House
10:23 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Concert To Raise Money For Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

Johnny Cash's boyhood home in October 2012 in Dyess, Arkansas.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

On Saturday, Vince Gill will headline the 3rd annual Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Cash's siblings Tommy and Joanne Cash, the Gatlin Brothers and others will also be performing.

Proceeds will go toward the restoration of Cash’s boyhood home in the east Arkansas town of Dyess. The town's administration building and an old movie theater will also be restored to tell the history of the Dyess Colony, which was created during the Great Depression as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's new deal.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
8:29 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Agencies Considering Fish Testing After Oil Spill

File photo of workers in a marsh near Lake Conway in April.
Credit Joint Command

Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.

The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.

After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.

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