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6:27 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Flood Damages Arkansas 28 In Scott County; Road Closed

Credit arkansashighways.com

State highway officials have closed Arkansas 28 in Scott County because floodwaters from the Fourche La Fave River undermined approaches to several bridges and other structures.

Heavy rains overnight pushed the river out of its banks. Spokesman Danny Straessle of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says Arkansas 28 has been closed from Parks to the Yell County line.

Straessle said fast-moving water washed out several sections of the highway near bridges and other structures.

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Local & Regional News
5:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Body Found On UALR Campus, No Foul Play Suspected

Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

A body was found on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus Friday morning. 

A student walking to class discovered the body, described as an "18 year old, white male”, in Coleman Creek, across from the Fine Arts Building. The Little Rock Police Department is conducting further investigations.  

Sergeant Cassandra Davis says that "no foul play is suspected" and that the police department is unsure if the body was "washed into the creek" by the previous night's storm. 

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Judge Rejects Guilty Plea From Ex-Arkansas treasurer

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer speaking with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner and prosecutors had agreed on terms of a plea deal, but Friday afternoon it was rejected by a federal judge.

“There were questions that I wasn’t comfortable with,” Shoffner told reporters as she left the courthouse in Little Rock.

Judge Leon Holmes questioned her during the hearing, asking if she understood the terms of the plea. She said “Yes.”

He also asked if Shoffner had taken the payments from a bond broker as alleged by prosecutors. She said “Yes, but it was offered. I didn’t demand it.”

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Camp For High Schoolers
4:10 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Basketball Camp For Students From Small Towns

Credit we believe basketball camp

A free four day basketball camp for students from small towns is beginning on Monday.

We Believe Basketball Camp is for junior and senior high school students from DeValls Bluff, Hazen, and Biscoe to learn basketball skills as well as spend time with working people who came from small towns.

Camp director, JP Arnold, said the camp is for students who can’t afford going to a summer camp.

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Students
3:46 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Start Of Summer Break For Most Central Arkansas Students

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Today is the last day of school for most students in Central Arkansas.

As students are out for the summer, officials are asking drivers to be on the lookout for students who may be walking, biking or skateboarding.

Deborah Roush is with the Pulaski County Special School District.

“The Pulaski County School District has had two students in the last three weeks involved in hit-and-run accidents. They’ve been pedestrians. And we really want to make sure that all of our kids are safe over the summer,” said Roush.

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Severe Weather
9:28 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Police: 'Confirmed Fatalities' In Arkansas Floods

Arkansas State Police say there are "confirmed fatalities" in western Arkansas where a county sheriff and game warden went missing in floodwaters overnight.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler would not say how many deaths were confirmed from the flooding or whether they involve the missing sheriff and warden.

Sadler says the pair went missing while checking on a home in the Y City area where floodwaters had risen.

A dispatcher with the Scott County Sheriff's Office says flooding is widespread and water rescues are underway in the county.

Severe Weather
9:14 am
Fri May 31, 2013

More Heavy Storms On Tap For The Midwest

Authorities say a driver died when strong winds knocked a tree onto his car in rural Arkansas as thunder storms and several tornadoes swept through the Midwest.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the man was killed late Thursday in Tull, 30 miles southwest of Little Rock.

The National Weather Service says up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Thursday, injuring nine people and damaging several structures.

More bad weather is on tap for Friday.

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Severe Weather
6:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

9 Hurt In Arkansas Storm; Widespread Panic Delayed

At least nine people were injured when storms hit western Arkansas, including seven people hurt when tornadoes struck in Clark and Montgomery counties.

State emergency officials attributed seven injuries Thursday to tornadoes and two to a lightning strike. State emergency spokesman Tommy Jackson said four people were hurt near Oden in Montgomery County and three were hurt in Clark County. Damage was reported to homes, trees and power lines.

Two adults suffered serious injuries near Rogers in a lightning strike, according to Jackson.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Arkansas AG: Judge Orders Travel Agent To Pay $4 Million

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a judge ordered a travel agent to pay more than $4 million in penalties and restitution after he allegedly took money without providing a promised trip to Hawaii for two Arkansas marching bands.

McDaniel's office said Thursday that a Pulaski County judge ordered Ope Saaga to pay more than $400,000 in restitution and $3.86 million in civil penalties.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
3:56 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Group Of Arkansas Residents Sue Exxon After Oil Spill

Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after a pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower.

Attorneys for a number of residents and property owners filed the lawsuit in Faulkner County on Tuesday seeking damages after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29 and spilled the oil in Mayflower.

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