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9:41 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Simmons First Wins Auction For Metropolitan National Bank

Arkansas will lose one of its iconic bank names after a bankruptcy auction concluded on Monday. Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. has won the bidding war for Little Rock-based Metropolitan National Bank, according to Talk Business Arkansas sources and confirmed by Simmons First.

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Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Arkansas Asks That Pipeline Lawsuit Stay Alive

Mayflower Oil Spill

Arkansas' attorney general has filed papers in federal court saying a lawsuit against the operator a pipeline that soiled the town of Mayflower should be allowed to proceed. 

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying state and federal officials who complained about pollution failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted.

Thousands of barrels of oil spilled near Lake Conway in late March.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Benton Officers Allowed To Work After Driver Dies

Benton, Arkansas Police Department

Benton police say two officers who shot a suspect dead during a chase have been allowed to return to duty.

The officers were working with a narcotics unit July 30 and had attempted to pull over 29-year-old Clifford Jones but he sped away on Interstate 30.

A statement from the Benton Police Department said Jones started to shoot at officers after they placed a device in the road to deflate his tires.

The officers returned fire and Jones later veered off the highway and came to rest against a concrete barrier. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Womack: Opposed To Military Action Against Syria

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack says he's voting against military action in Syria.

The two-term congressman from northwest Arkansas announced Monday that he's opposed to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against Syria, which U.S officials say killed more than 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons last month. 

Womack had previously said he was leaning against the request. Womack on Monday said he had heard from constituents who don't support intervention, and said he didn't believe it was in the nation's interest.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers: Action Needed On Teacher Insurance

Arkansas lawmakers say a short term fix is needed to address the spiraling cost in teacher health insurance before a hike in premiums takes effect in January.

Members of a legislative panel discussing the premium increase on Monday said they believe lawmakers may be need to return to the Capitol for a special session to provide additional funding to the insurance program.

A state board last month voted to increase insurance premiums for most teacher plans by about 50 percent beginning Jan. 1 to help close a $50 million gap in funding.

Obama On Syria
2:34 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

KUAR To Carry Live Coverage Of Obama's Speech Tuesday Night

President Obama during a news conference last week.

KUAR will offer live, anchored coverage of President Obama’s address to the nation Tuesday night when he will make his case for military action against Syria.

Coverage will begin at 8 p.m.

Saying he will continue to "make the best case" in the coming days for taking military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, President Obama has announced that he will speak to the American people Tuesday about why he's come to that conclusion.

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Local & Regional News
12:52 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Groups Try To Improve Arkansas Nursing Homes Through Evaluation And Training

LtoR: . Julie Kettlewell and Betty Bennett discuss some of the progress being made to improve nursing home care.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Officials with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care are touting efforts underway to improve nursing homes in the state.

Through the nonprofit’s Arkansas Innovative Performance Program, teams of experts are providing on-site assistance to Medicaid-qualified nursing homes and additional training for employees certain facilities.

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Ethics Investigation
11:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Letter: Arkansas Ethics Panel Investigating Darr

The Arkansas Ethics Commission says it's looking into a complaint that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr spent hundreds of dollars from his campaign at restaurants, gas stations and retail stores and illegally classified them as fundraising expenses.

The commission said in a letter to lawyer and blogger Matt Campbell that an investigation had begun into his complaint against the Republican lieutenant governor over his campaign finance reports.

The letter, dated Friday, says the panel is looking into whether Darr violated several ethics laws.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Bridge Repairs Mean Lane Closure In Little Rock

Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect a continued lane closure on Highway 10 in Little Rock.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repairs on the roadway will require the westbound outside lane of Cantrell Road to be closed on the railroad bridge located just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock.

The closures will be in place Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Little Rock Zoo Mourns 62-Year-Old Elephant's Loss

The Little Rock Zoo is mourning the death of a 62-year-old elephant named Jewell.

The zoo says in a statement that Jewell was euthanized Sunday after she was found lying on her side on the ground and struggling to get up. The elephant was unable to lift herself up and zoo staff worked quickly to lift Jewell to her feet using a large crane and harness.

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