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2:12 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Worker Dies After Fire at Springdale Plant

Officials say one worker is dead after a fire at a northwest Arkansas recycling plant.  

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies' plant in Springdale. The company says three workers suffered burns in the fire and all were taken to area hospitals.

The company said Thursday that one of the workers died at a hospital in Springfield, Mo. AERT President Tim Morrison says the company is providing support to families and employees during "this very difficult time."

Local & Regional News
2:08 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Arkansas Highway Chief Says Roads Face Funding Gap

Arkansas' highway chief says the state still needs an additional $200 million a year over the next decade just to maintain its roads, despite extra money coming in from a half-cent sales tax voters approved last year.

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11:04 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Drought Conditions Worsening in Arkansas

Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

Drought conditions are worsening in Arkansas as summer starts to heat up.  

New U.S. Drought Monitor data released Thursday show that severe drought has cropped up in a small section of northwest Arkansas and southwest Arkansas.

Nearly all the state is experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions.  

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Local & Regional News
10:59 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Little Rock Company To Add Up To 200 Jobs

A technology company says it will  add up to 200 jobs to its campus in west Little Rock by the end of the year. 

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Hundreds Of Kids To Fish In Downtown Little Rock

Kids line the pond in MacArthur Park.
Credit City of Little Rock Facebook page

Hundreds of children from central Arkansas are expected for Little Rock's annual fishing derby at a downtown park.

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its 28th annual Fishing Derby on Thursday at MacArthur Park that is open to children ages 6 to 15. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Young anglers are only allowed to use cane poles during the derby. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stocking the pond.

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5:51 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Arkansas Highway Officials To Talk About Tax Projects

State highway officials are updating lawmakers on the road projects that will be funded with a half-cent sales tax that took effect this month.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett is scheduled to appear Thursday before a legislative committee to talk about the new road projects.

Voters last year approved the tax, which will raise about $1.8 billion during the next decade for the state's highway needs.

Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Small Earthquakes Recorded Near Trumann In NE Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes near Trumann in northeast Arkansas.

The USGS reports a 3.2 magnitude quake struck about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday three miles southwest of Trumann - about 17 miles southeast of Jonesboro.

The second quake was a 2.4 magnitude tremor recorded about 6:10 p.m. about four miles southwest of Trumann.

Police told reporters there were no reports of damage or injury. The quakes come after a 3.9 magnitude quake and several smaller tremors were recorded in the same area in February.

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5:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Back Health Care Law Delay

Arkansas's four congressmen have voted for proposals to delay implementing two key parts of the federal health care law.

Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack on Wednesday voted for proposals that would delay the implementation of the employer and individual mandates of the federal health care law.

Griffin had introduced the bill on the employer mandate, which codified the Obama administration decision to delay for a year the requirement that businesses provide insurance or face a penalty.

Local & Regional News
5:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Discuss Farm Bill’s Future

Disagreements over provisions in the federal Farm Bill could negatively impact the agricultural sector in Arkansas, according to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Throughout the summer, Pryor says he has heard the concerns of constituents who worry that partisan gridlock will continue to hamper passage of the bill.

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Local & Regional News
4:44 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Attorneys Want Gag Order In Machete Slayings Case

A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge is expected to rule next week on a request for a gag order and to seal investigative records in the case of a man charged with using a machete to kill two Fort Smith men.

The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday that a hearing is
scheduled for Tuesday.

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