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Fracking and Drinking Water
6:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Study: Fracking Hasn't Polluted Arkansas Water

A natural gas drilling rig.
Credit Daniel Foster / flickr.com

A new study says natural gas drilling, or fracking, hasn't contaminated drinking water wells in Arkansas but researchers say the geology there is more of a natural barrier to pollution than in other areas where drilling takes place.

Duke University professor Avner Vengosh says the team "didn't see any contamination" in an area of heavy drilling in north-central Arkansas. Members of the U.S. Geological Survey were also part of the study examining 127 drinking water wells for evidence of pollution from methane gas or chemicals.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Rep. Griffin Ready To Ask Tough Questions Of IRS Official

Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas will be among lawmakers with key questions Friday for the top Internal Revenue Service official who resigned this week amid a scandal over heightened scrutiny of conservative groups.

Former acting Commissioner Steven Miller is to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee. Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock, is a member of the committee.

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Local & Regional News
4:51 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Leases Land

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has signed a 99-year lease for nearly 19,000 acres on the Maumelle River Wildlife Management Area.

The commission signed the $1 million lease Thursday with Central Arkansas Water.

The lease includes 9,861 acres of terrestrial habitat and the 9,000 acre Lake Maumelle.

The area is known for its hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Team Honored For Delisting Of Arkansas Snail

The Magazine Mountain shagreen, which was removed from the endangered list this week.
Credit Earthsky.org

The team that helped remove an Arkansas snail from the federal endangered species list is being honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as 2012 National Recovery Champions.

The Magazine Mountain shagreen was removed from the endangered list earlier this week after first being listed as threatened 1989.

The small snail is found only on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
12:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Court Hearing Set for New Abortion Ban

Credit www.are.uscourts.gov

A court hearing is set for Friday over a twelve week abortion ban passed earlier in the year by the Arkansas General Assembly. Without an injunction  the law could come into effect as early as August 15th.

The Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, representing two doctors from Little Rock Family Planning Services, is seeking a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright.

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Harding University Opts Out Of Concealed-Carry Law

Harding University has opted out of a state law that allows faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on campus.

Harding spokesman David Crouch says the private school already has a no-weapons policy in place in campus. He says the school's board of trustees voted to continue that long-standing policy and not allow any weapons on campus.

Crouch tells The Daily Citizen that the policy is in effect for Harding's campuses in Searcy, North Little Rock, Rogers and Memphis, Tenn.

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Local & Regional News
9:48 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Camden Fisherman Drowns In Ouachita River

Authorities have recovered the body of a Camden man who drowned in the Ouachita River this week. 

Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood says 47-year-old Robert Bates was fishing with a friend Tuesday morning near the Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. power plant.

Norwood tells the Camden News that the men were having mechanical problems with their boat, and Bates fell in the water as the watercraft was being towed.

Local & Regional News
9:45 am
Thu May 16, 2013

State Agency Warns Arkansas Taxpayers Of Email Scam

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is warning state taxpayers of an email scam that seeks personal information.

The department says the sender of the email claims that the recipient's tax return is being reviewed by Arkansas Revenue Services and asks the person to click on a link to learn more about the complaint.

DFA says there is no state agency called Arkansas Revenue Services and that the DFA does not send out unsolicited emails.

Local & Regional News
6:53 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Update Constituents On Farm Bill, IRS Probe

Efforts to overhaul the federal farm bill are finally gaining traction on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas voted to help get the bill out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

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State Scholarship Cuts
7:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Arkansas Higher Ed To Cut $5 Million From Scholarship Fund

Credit adhe.edu / Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway says expected cuts to state scholarship programs will affect students applying for those awards for this coming school year and beyond.

He says during the recent legislative session the Department didn’t get a requested additional $7 million to shore up estimated shortfalls, but did get $2 million to save the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships. That scholarship goes to 300 high-achieving students.

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