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7:42 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Memorial Set For Women Killed In Arkansas Flood

A public memorial service is planned for Friday for two women killed in flash flooding in Scott County last month.

The memorial for 65-year-old Vivian Sue Reimer and 61-year-old Kay Shearn is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron.

The women died May 31 when flash flooding swept through the Y City area.

Three others died in the flooding, including the county sheriff and an Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officer.

Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Gun Control Group To Hold Rally In Little Rock

A gun control group is holding a rally in Little Rock to urge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to take another look at a measure expanding background checks for firearm sales.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is holding the rally Friday at Allsopp Park.

The event comes as the group is airing ads in Arkansas criticizing Pryor for voting against the background checks measure.

Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Child Sought In Northern Arkansas Wooded Area

Authorities in northern Arkansas are searching for a child that was reported to have been seen walking into a wooded area in the region.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said in a news release Thursday that his office's helicopter was assisting Izard County authorities in the search for the child that witnesses reported seeing entering the woods northeast of Violet Hill on Thursday afternoon.

Neither Montgomery nor Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Magnolia Properties Get Historic Designations

Two structures in Magnolia have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Banner-News reports that the president's house at Southern Arkansas University and the Rushton Clinic in Magnolia were named to the list after consideration earlier this year by the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri June 14, 2013

World Of Weather Opposites For Arkansas Farmers

Some Arkansas farmers are still planting, even though it's the middle of June.

Agricultural economist Scott Stiles of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says even some rice is still going in the ground.

A year ago, growers had an early spring and a long stretch of mild weather, making it easy to plant early.

This year, frequent rains in east Arkansas caused delays for many row crop growers.

Stiles says the state likely won't have the 1 million acres of corn that was expected. Planting this late can lower corn yields.

Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Fri June 14, 2013

FBI Seeking Robber Dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012.

The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills. No one has been injured - but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Mayflower Oil Spill
7:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mayflower Superintendent: Exxon Has Exceeded My Expectations

On the same day that state and federal prosecutors took action against ExxonMobil regarding the oil spill in Mayflower, at least one resident of that community says he feels the response by Exxon after the spill has exceeded his expectations.

John Gray, Superintendent of the Mayflower School District, says he thinks some people have been hypercritical of the oil giant.

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Arkansas Crime
6:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

24 Named In Hot Springs Gang, Drug, Indictments

Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.

US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.

Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Conway Mayor Says He Won't Seek 6th Term In Office

Credit cityofconway.org / City of Conway, Arkansas

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell says he won't be seeking a sixth term in office.

Townsell was re-elected in 2012 and has three years left in his term. But he tells the Log Cabin Democrat that he's ready for "anything that might present itself" and that he may not finish his current term.

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Immigration
5:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Non-Profit Opens Office, Helps Immigrants

As an immigration reform bill is expected to be debated and amended in the U.S. Senate this week, a local immigrant advocacy group is settling into its own office for the summer.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center assists families who need to navigate processes like getting proper medical care or other services.  

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