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2:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Salvation Army and Little Rock Working to Help Homeless Beat the Heat This Summer

Credit www.uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army is coordinating with the city of Little Rock’s new Homeless Day Resource Center to provide relief from the heat this summer.

The Salvation Army’s Director of Public Relations Kathy Barbier said intense heat can mean an additional challenge for those without regular access to air conditioning and water.

"We are dealing with a vulnerable population, people who don't have resources and often have other underlying health issues. It's very important to be able to have a safe place where people can go and get out of the extreme heat," said Barbier

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11:50 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Oaklawn Park Plans 58,000-Square-Foot Expansion

The Hot Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to vote this week on a 58,000-square-foot expansion of Oaklawn Park's gaming area.

Oaklawn General Manager Eric Jackson says the plan is separate from the racetrack's previous expansion, which was completed in May 2009.

Jackson tells the Sentinel-Record that Oaklawn has seen "organic growth" since the state legalized electronic gambling machines at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.

If the planning commission approves the site plan, work could begin next May.

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6:24 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Beebe To Attend Governors' Conference In Chicago

Governor Mike Beebe

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is traveling to Chicago to attend a policy conference with other Democratic governors.

Beebe on Tuesday planned to leave for the Democratic Governors Association's Regional Policy Conference.

The governor planned to return to Little Rock on Wednesday from the event, his office said. 

The conference's panels include discussions on revitalizing American manufacturing, preparing states for implementing the federal health care law and working with businesses to create jobs. 

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6:19 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Pre-trial Hearing Set For Accused Little Rock Officer

Little Rock Police

A pre-trial hearing is set for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a teenager who was suspected in a burglary.

Attorneys on Tuesday are to discuss various motions that are pending ahead of a trial that's scheduled next week for Josh Hastings. 

Hastings was fired in October after Chief Stuart Thomas concluded Hastings violated department policies related to a June 25 burglary and the Aug. 12 shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr. Hastings has pleaded not guilty.

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6:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Arkansas Senators Praise Farm Bill Passage

Arkansas' U.S. Senate delegation is praising the passage of a farm bill. The bill passed the Senate on Monday on a 66-27 vote. 

The five-year, half-trillion bill includes greater subsidies for rice farmers and more aid for purchasing crop insurance. 

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor said the bill offers protections to farmers in the South and retains a catfish inspection program.

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5:56 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Highway Commissioner Burkhalter To Announce Campaign

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter says he will make an announcement Tuesday that will run for a statewide office, but isn't saying which one.

There has been a lot of speculation in recent months that Burkhalter is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Sitting Governor Mike Beebe is term-limited and can not run for re-election.

Burkhalter, who is also a small business owner and entrepreneur, has close ties to Beebe, as well as former President Bill Clinton.

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3:27 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lincoln Says Effective Communication Key To Pryor Victory

Blanche Lincoln

Former Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is now a lobbyist working on issues that impact small businesses and independent contractors. Lincoln lost her Senate seat to Republican John Boozman in the 2010 election. 

In an interview with Talk Business Arkansas, Lincoln says Senator Mark Pryor will face many challenges for reelection, especially when it comes to getting his message out to voters.

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2:19 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Prosecutors File Liens On Tony Alamo Properties

Tony Alamo mug shot after he was arrested.
Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors are trying to seize more than two dozen properties held by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo's ministries so proceeds from their sale can be given to children Alamo was convicted of abusing.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge on Monday announced that his office filed court papers to seize Alamo-related properties in Fort Smith, Fouke and Texarkana.

Alamo was convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year prison sentence.

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2:11 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Look At Scholarship Programs

Arkansas lawmakers are studying the state's scholarship programs after a shortfall prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to tap into reserve funds to continue grants that help students pursue degrees in some medical fields.

Members of the House and Senate Education Committee on Monday said they planned to look at the state's 24 scholarship programs.

State higher education officials say they need an additional $5.5 million to restore about 4,800 scholarships for incoming students that will be cut because of a shortfall in its fund.

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10:58 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Another College Declines To Allow Guns On Campus

Entrance to Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.
Credit Randolph County Chamber of Commerce

Black River Technical College is joining the list of Arkansas schools that won't allow concealed guns on campus.

The school's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the new state law.

Board chairman John Jackson Jr. tells the Paragould Daily Press that the trustees had several questions about the new law and decided not to change the college's current policy banning weapons.

Black River Technical College has about 3,000 students with campuses in Pocahontas and Paragould.

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