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8:27 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lane Closures Could Create Holiday Delays On Arkansas Highways

Arkansas highway officials are warning drivers that they could face construction zones and possible delays this week as more people travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says lane closures along Interstate 40 in Russellville and Forrest City will be in place for the holiday.

There are also lane closures on Interstate 55 in Mississippi County at Osceola, on Interstate 530 at East End, on Interstate 540 at Fort Smith and on U.S. 67 at Bald Knob.

Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Little Rock Zoo Hatches 2nd African Penguin Chick

A photo of Bugsy after hatching on Oct. 24.
Credit Stephanie Hollister / Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has a new baby penguin.   An announcement Tuesday said that an African penguin named Bugsy hatched on Oct. 24 and is growing strong.

The zoo says Bugsy is the second African penguin chick it's hatched. The first chick, Gilligan, hatched last year and can be seen at the zoo's penguin habitat. Both Gilligan and Bugsy were hatched at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for the African penguin.

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Local & Regional News
1:26 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Preparing To House Homeles As Temperatures Dip Into Mid-20s

With temperatures dipping into the mid-20s in Little Rock on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, The Salvation Army is preparing for a larger than normal group seeking shelter.

The organization has a 69-bed shelter located at 1111 West Markham that will be open, as conditions can be very dangerous for someone who has to sleep outside.

Salvation Army Spokeswoman Kathy Barbeire says the shelter accepts people on a first come, first serve basis.

She says there are people who sleep in a homeless camp a few blocks away from the shelter. They try to help those people as well.

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Local & Regional News
1:21 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Blytheville Mayor's Ex-Assistant Accused Of Theft

A former executive assistant to the Blytheville mayor is facing a charge of defrauding the city.

The Blytheville Courier News reports that Felisha Bell was arraigned Tuesday on theft of property and forgery charges.

An affidavit says Bell created a false invoice for $4,777 to repair her brother's vehicle after it was allegedly damaged by potholes in city streets.

The document says Bell used the mayor's signature stamp, then forged another employee's name on the check to cash it and keep the money.

Local & Regional News
1:18 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Razorbacks Cutting Back Football Games In Little Rock

A 2011 Arkansas Razorbacks game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Credit University of Arkansas

Arkansas' football program will pay Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium $400,000 in each of the next three years and drop the number of games it plays in the capital city.

As part of a deal approved by the stadium's commission Tuesday, the Razorbacks will play one game in Little Rock through the 2018 season.

Next year's game will be a Southeastern Conference game against Georgia, and at least one game in the next four years must also be against an SEC opponent.

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Thanksgiving Special Programming
8:48 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Special Programming on KUAR

StoryCorps' StoryBooth located in Foley Square, downtown Manhattan.
Credit Courtesy of StoryCorps

KUAR will air special programming on Thanksgiving Day from 2-4 p.m.

Ties the Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special will air 2-3 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. It looks back on the last decade of the program that celebrates everyday people on public radio.

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Local & Regional News
8:41 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Rosanne Cash Reflects As Opening Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Nears

Rosanne Cash poses alongside cousin Jackie Cash in front of an exhibit at the Old State House Museum.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

As final work is being completed to open Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas as a museum, his daughter Rosanne Cash came to Little Rock over the weekend for a sold out show and to be honored for her work in helping to restore the small house.

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Local & Regional News
7:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Simmons Bank Closes On Metropolitan Acquisition

Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. says it has closed on its $53.6 million acquisition of Metropolitan National Bank.

Simmons First said Monday that Metropolitan's operations will be merged into Simmons.

Simmons says the acquisition will give it greater presence in central and northwest Arkansas. New markets for the bank include Benton, Bryant, Cabot and Maumelle.

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Economic Development
2:57 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Arkansas Leaders: New Initiative Shows State Can Handle Major Industrial Projects

Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, announces the new initiative alongside Governor Mike Beebe.

Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission are announcing an initiative they say will show that Arkansas has the capability for rapid expansion and large-scale industrial development.

It's being called the "Advance Arkansas Site" initiative and state leaders say it will better position the state to compete for projects requiring large acreage.

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Local & Regional News
11:35 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Forecasters Say Ice Will Be Brief, Some Roads Slick

Forecasters say a narrow band of Arkansas will see some freezing rain through early Monday afternoon before temperatures rise and end the threat.

The Storm Prediction Center predicted the worst to be along Interstate 30 in southwestern Arkansas and then points north of there, to about a line from Fort Smith to Batesville.

The far northern edge of the heaviest precipitation will like be sleet. The freezing precipitation could also extend to the Texas-Arkansas border, and clip a portion of southeastern Oklahoma, but change over to just a cold rain as temperatures rise.

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