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7:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

$4M Expansion Underway At Van Buren Plant

A food service company that has been in western Arkansas for 70 years is embarking on a $4 million expansion at a Van Buren facility.

Tankersley Foodservice Inc. is adding cold storage and dock space to the site at the Van Buren Industrial Park.

The company says the project also includes expansion and improvement to customer service offices.

The Southwest Times Record reports the growth is expected to add up to 30 jobs.

Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Jury Selection To Start In Trial Of Former Little Rock Officer

Josh Hastings mug shot after he was arrested in the shooting of a burglary suspect.
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Jury selection is to begin in the trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of a teen burglary suspect.

The sides are to start questioning prospective jurors at 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Former officer Josh Hastings is accused in the 2011 death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Hastings was fired and charged after investigators said evidence from the scene didn't match his account of events.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 am
Mon June 17, 2013

1,200 Teachers To Converge On Hot Springs

More than 1,200 Arkansas teachers are expected in Hot Springs for a technology symposium.

The Hot Springs Technology Institute runs Monday through Thursday at Hot Springs High School.

The event is marking its 20th anniversary. Organizers say about 350 teachers are to attend workshops on Monday and Tuesday, with the rest coming in for the Wednesday and Thursday events.

The Sentinel-Record reports more than 200 sessions will be available for educators at the conference.

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4:24 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Oaklawn, Planning Commission Work On Expansion

City planners in Hot Springs have imposed a set of conditions on Oaklawn Park's planned expansion of its casino-style gambling operation.

The thoroughbred race track wants to expand its number of tables and machines by about 50 percent.

The city's Planning Commission has stipulated that all changes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic have to be approved by the state highway department. Those permits have to be in place before work starts.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Officer Hit By Truck In Texarkana Disturbance Dies

A service will be held Wednesday for a Texas police officer who died after being hit by a truck during a disturbance at a park.

Texarkana police say a suspect was being held Sunday over the death of Officer William Sprague.

Sprague was hurt early Friday responding to a call of about fights that broke out as about 100 people were at Grady T. Wallace Park. Police later arrested a man on a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant. The charge could be upgraded due to Saturday's death of Sprague.

Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Ross, Burkhalter Endorse Each Other, Vow Jobs Plan

Credit arkansashighways.com

Roby Brock of Talk Business covered a joint press conference with Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross (D) and John Burkhalter (D) a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross and Lt. Governor candidate John Burkhalter mutually endorsed each other and promised to work jointly to create more jobs in Arkansas if elected.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Three Small Earthquakes Recorded In Central Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey reports three small earthquakes have been recorded between Greenbrier and Clinton in central Arkansas in recent days.

The USGS says a 2.5 magnitude quake recorded Friday came after quakes of magnitude 2.0 and 2.8 were recorded on Thursday.  No injuries or damage are reported.

The three earthquakes were centered about 45 to 50 miles north of Little Rock.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage doesn't generally occur with earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

Local & Regional News
3:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival To Take Place After Shortage Scare

In South Arkansas, the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival will indeed take place this weekend.

The festival honors the pink tomato, Arkansas’s official fruit and vegetable, in a week long celebration complete with live music, games, and contests.

Arkansas tomato fans had a scare when the tomatoes were said to be in short supply just weeks before the festival.

Low temperatures in April stunted the progress of the tomatoes.

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Local & Regional News
2:52 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Wynne Band Director Accused Of Indecency

The director of the Wynne High School band has been arrested on suspicion of sexual indecency with a child.

Nicholas Wayne Wooster appeared in court Thursday for a probable cause hearing.

The 35-year-old was released after District Judge Joe Boeckman set bond at $1,000.

According to The Jonesboro Sun, Wynne Police Detective Mike Smith said Wooster admitted kissing a teenage girl and exposing himself to her at school.

Smith said Wooster also asked the girl a number of inappropriate questions.

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Garland County Deputy Arrested On Prostitution Charge

Mug shot of Neil Parliment.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

Federal authorities say a Garland County deputy sheriff has been arrested on a prostitution-related charge.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge and FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Coleman announced Friday that Deputy Neil Parliment was arrested Thursday night on a charge of enticing an individual to engage in prostitution.

Online jail records show Parliment is being held without bond in the Union County Jail in El Dorado.

Prosecutors accuse Parliment of bringing a prostitute from Memphis, Tenn., to Hot Springs to have sex for money.

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