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10:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Bull Shoals Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Excessive Force Charges

The Bull Shoals police chief has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.

Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking and stomping Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest. He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.

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7:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update

Executive Director of the Health Insurance Marketplace Cheryl Smith
Credit KUAR

State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees.

The director of the Employee Benefits Division, Bob Alexander, said the state has directed districts to help part-timers find state and federally funded navigators.

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4:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pryor Campaign Edits Tornado Video After Complaint By Republican Cotton

A screen shot of the video Cotton's campaign complained about.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says it's removing portions of online campaign videos that were shot on property destroyed in a tornado after the property owner said he was misled about the use of the footage.

Doug Boydston complained Tuesday about the video featuring footage shot on the Mayflower RV property destroyed by a deadly tornado in April. He says he wasn't told it would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Cotton's campaign released a letter Boydston sent complaining about the video.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Documentary On Glen Campbell To Get Advance Screening In LR

Glen Campbell

A soon-to-be-released documentary film looking at music legend Glen Campbell will get an advance screening Thursday in Little Rock. It’s called “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” and will be shown at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater.

“Of course Glen Campbell is one of our most famous native sons and to get the opportunity to see this film ahead of audiences across America and the world is a real honor,” said Courtney Pledger, artistic director for the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.

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2:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Governor Beebe Touring Flood Damage In East Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe is touring damage caused by ongoing flooding in an east Arkansas city.

The governor plans to visit Brinkley on Tuesday afternoon and tour damage caused by the flooding, which began with torrential rains on June 29. Beebe will be joined by the Brinkley mayor to tour flooded areas.

Parts of the city remain flooded more than a week after the heavy rainfall.

Beebe's office says they're currently awaiting results from damage assessments.

Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Dies At Malvern Hospital

Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much of the past year and was being housed at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit medical facility.

Wilson says Dansby was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Monday night because of vomiting and difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Local & Regional News
10:30 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Federal Disaster Aid Sought For Arkansas Counties Impacted By Flooding

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.

Tuesday's letter seeks disaster aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has also requested a disaster designation.

The declaration request says Arkansas has suffered damage and losses to crops and pastures from flooding that began June 29.

Local & Regional News
10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Resentencing Trial Begins In Death Row Case

Jury selection is underway for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams was sentenced to die for the 1992 death of farmer Clyde Smith in Lafayette County. But the high court ordered a new sentencing in 2011, citing problems in the original sentencing in 1993.

This week's sentencing trial was moved to Miller County from Lafayette County because of pretrial publicity.

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Local & Regional News
7:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Baptist Health Breaks Ground For Conway's Second Hospital

Baptist CEO Troy Wells and Governor Mike Beebe among others breaking ground in Conway.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Baptist Health ceremonially broke ground Monday on Conway’s second hospital. Faulkner County leaders and Governor Mike Beebe joined company officials in plowing gold painted shovels into piles of soil on the 37-acre site along Interstate 40.

Baptist CEO Troy Wells says the $130 million, 96-bed hospital will help serve a growing population with a variety of needs.

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Local & Regional News
3:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Monday Marks Signature Turn-In Deadline For November Election

Credit Arkansas Times

Ballot measures raising the minimum wage and seeking to allow alcohol sales statewide met signature requirements by Monday’s deadline to be on the November general election ballot. Give Arkansas a Raise Now wants to incrementally raise the minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour. Chair Steve Copley says success now depends on turnout in November.

“The polls have shown 78% of Arkansas support us…so we think when it’s on the ballot, it will pass,” Copley says.

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