Highway Closures
6:13 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Late-Night Painting Will Close I-430, I-630 Ramps

Credit / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

Highway crews will close a pair of ramps at a busy intersection in west Little Rock that is undergoing major changes.

Ramps from northbound Interstate 430 onto Financial Center Parkway and Chenal Parkway will close overnight beginning Sunday night. Overnight closures will be in place until Friday morning.

At the same time, the ramp from eastbound I-630 onto northbound I-430 will be closed.

Workers are painting new flyover bridges being added to the Big Rock Interchange.

Traffic will be diverted to the Shackleford Road exit just south of the construction zone.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Lawyer Nominated For Judge Job In Western Arkansas

A Fayetteville lawyer has been nominated for U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas.

Sen. Mark Pryor said Friday that President Barack Obama nominated Timothy Brooks for the position.

Pryor's office says Brooks is a partner with Taylor Law Partners, LLP in Fayetteville. Brooks has spent his entire 24-year legal career with the firm, becoming a partner in 1993.

Arkansas Politics
5:56 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Michigan Governor To Speak At Arkansas Dems Dinner

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the guest speaker for the Arkansas Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner this month.

The state Democratic Party announced Friday that Granholm will speak at the June 15 event.

The dinner will be at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Post Office Renamed The "Sidney 'Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office Building"

New sign for the downtown Post Office location.
Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

Downtown Little Rock’s Post Office became the “Sidney Sid Sanders McMath Post Office Building”  Friday, in honor of the 34th governor of the state. 

Lawmakers, church leaders, family, and friends packed the 2nd floor of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History to remember and honor Governor Sid McMath.

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Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Medical Board Cites Doctor for Prescriptions

The Arkansas Medical Board on Thursday reprimanded Dr. Lee Nayles after he told the panel the prescriptions were written by a physician assistant who no longer works for him.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports board members found that Nayles was responsible because the physician assistant was supervised by Nayles.

Nayles' contract as medical director at the Little Rock Veterans Home wasn't renewed last year after inspections found patient care violations.

Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Woman Fights Off Abduction Attempt Outside Mall

Police in Jonesboro say a woman fought off an attempt to kidnap her in a mall parking lot and that a suspect has been arrested.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth told reporters that the 29-year-old woman was returning to her car behind the mall on Thursday when a man grabbed her and tried to force her into a van. Waterworth says the woman broke free from the man and ran - but he caught her before she was able to escape a second time and run back into The Mall at Turtle Creek.

Local & Regional News
12:10 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Armed Man Robs Little Rock Grocery Store

Authorities in central Arkansas are looking for a man armed with a revolver who robbed a Kroger grocery store.

Local & Regional News
12:06 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Former Ark. Treasurer to Appear in Court June 27

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is due in court later this month over charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments.

Federal officials on Friday scheduled Shoffner's plea and arraignment hearing over the accusations. A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted on 14 counts of extortion and bribery charges.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Warning Issued For Lake Hamilton Due To Debris

Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders is warning boaters be extremely cautious on Lake Hamilton because of debris that's the result of recent severe weather.

Sanders says a large amount of debris such as trees, logs, brush and silt are already in the lake and more is being washed toward the lake. He says the next several days could be particularly dangerous and urges caution for the next several weeks.

Sanders says the debris is not only on the surface but that some is floating from 3 inches to a foot-and-a-half under water and is not visible.

Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Fri June 7, 2013

UAMS Honors New Physician Assistants

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is sending off its first class from its new physician assistant program.

The medical school is holding a 3 p.m. ceremony Friday in which the 26 students will get their white coats.

By receiving the white coats, students will mark their entry into being health care professionals.

Physician assistants conduct physical exams, order tests and diagnose medical conditions. They also write prescriptions and manage acute illness and chronic disease under a supervising physician.