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3:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Arkansas GOP Official Sues Gov. Beebe Over Public Records

Gov. Mike Beebe

The executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas is suing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe over a public records request.

Megan Tollett's attorneys filed a lawsuit on Monday in Pulaski County after Tollett didn't get records she requested from Beebe's office under the Freedom of Information Act.

The lawsuit says Tollett requested documents this year that the governor's office received from people seeking appointments to state boards or commissions.

But the lawsuit says the governor's office said the documents fall under an exemption from the public records law.

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12:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Arkansas Finance Officials Release Revenue Forecast

Arkansas finance officials are releasing the general revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year ahead of next year's legislative session.

The Legislature convenes in February for a session devoted to the state's budget.

On Monday, the Department of Finance and Administration released its official general revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year, along with an update for the current fiscal year.

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8:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Investment Firm And Arkansas' Top Securities Regulator At Odds

Heath Abshure, left, and the Little Rock headquarters of Stephens Inc.
Credit Arkansas Business

Arkansas’ largest investment firm and the state’s top securities regulator are firing accusations back and forth alleging ethics violations.

Stephens Inc. is accusing Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure of illegally steering more than $170,000 to his "favorite charities" and of retaliating when Stephens refused to make a similar donation while negotiating a recent settlement.

Arkansas Business has exclusive details in this week’s issue:

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7:12 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Wintry Weather, Chilly Temps Predicted In Arkansas

File photo of snow in Little Rock in December 2012.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The National Weather Service says colder temperatures and wintry precipitation is possible this week in Arkansas.

Forecasters say a cold front is expected to move through the state Wednesday and stall out in the southern part of Arkansas. The weather service says heavy rainfall is possible Thursday into Friday before transitioning to a wintry mix.

The weather service says more wintry weather is possible Saturday. Northwest Arkansas is expected to see snow, with a wintry mix expected in other areas of the state.

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5:38 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Delta Regional Authority To Announce Investment

Delta Regional Authority officials are to join with local officials in southeastern Arkansas to announce a $175,000 investment to provide for training of healthcare professionals in the region.

The announcement is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Lake Country Club in Pickens, just south of Dumas. The investment is intended to help employees at the Delta Technological/Education Center in Dumas receive training that will allow them to train healthcare workers.

Local & Regional News
5:36 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Arkansas Doctors To Perform 26 Free Surgeries

On Dec. 7, a group of surgeons will perform a marathon day of surgery at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, replacing hips and knees for more than two dozen patients who have no insurance and can't afford the procedures.

Everything and everyone involved in the process - from the surgeons and nurses to the artificial joints - comes free of cost to the patients, many of whom have been suffering from debilitating pain for decades.

Local & Regional News
5:33 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Petition To Recall Texarkana Director Is Dropped

An effort to recall one of four Texarkana city directors has been dropped while petitions to recall the other three directors remain.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Sunday that a petition to recall Director Sue Johnson filed by Miller County Emergency Management Director Larry Pritchett was dropped by Pritchett.

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Local & Regional News
10:49 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Getting The Word Out About Desegregation Settlement Before Hearing

Parties involved in the long-running desegregation lawsuit – who have agreed to a settlement – are now working to get the word out and give the public a chance to weigh in. It comes in advance of next month’s “fairness hearing,” where federal U.S. District Judge Price Marshall will listen to any objections.

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8:16 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Analysis: Is It 'If' Or 'When' Razorbacks Leave Little Rock?

Credit Univ. of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas' decision to further reduce the number of football games it plays at Little Rock should come as no surprise; the road toward last week's announcement started being paved before Interstate 540 was paved in the 1990s. The question now is whether, or when, central Arkansas will lose the games altogether.

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6:01 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

ExxonMobil: Eight Months and 17 Lawsuits Later

Mayflower Oil Spill Lake Conway
Credit Joint Command

Lawsuits and allegations of safety violations are mounting against ExxonMobil over the rupture of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower. 

Over eight months have passed since the Pegasus Pipeline ruptured and there are at least 17 lawsuits filed against Exxon or its subsidiaries in state and federal courts.

Earlier this month the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration alleged nine "probable" violations of safety regulations related to the spill.

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