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7:57 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas AG McDaniel To Speak At United Nations Hearing

AG Dustin McDaniel (D)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is to take part in a United Nations hearing in Geneva to review the United States' efforts to implement an international treaty to eliminate racial discrimination. McDaniel will join a U.S. delegation in speaking to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday.

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6:52 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Alma Passes Sales Tax Measure For Improvements

Voters in a western Arkansas city have decided to renew a 1 percent sales tax for capital improvements expected to cost more than $12 million.

The Southwest Times Record reports Alma voters on Tuesday approved seven separate projects paid for by the tax. Those projects include fire and police department upgrades and improvements to streets and parks.

The renewal will keep the city's sales tax rate at 9.5 percent and is estimated to sunset in 2024. About 450 of Alma's nearly 2,200 registered voters cast ballots. Each of the projects passed with more than 250 votes.

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6:58 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

State Legislators Pass Resolution Against Proposed EPA Restrictions

State lawmakers are opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules to reduce CO2 emissions in Arkansas 44 percent by 2030. 

On Tuesday, the Arkansas Senate and House committees on Insurance and Commerce passed a resolution against the plan.

Duane Highley, President and CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, told lawmakers the new regulations would mean replacing coal energy. He said that would lead to an increase electricity rates and could drive away industry. 

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Report Finds Arkansas With Low Rate For Cycling And Walking To Work

A bicyclist in Little Rock.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A new report says central Arkansas has one of the lowest rates in the country for people who walk or ride a bicycle to work.

Metroplan released its 2014 Demographic Review and Outlook Tuesday, analyzing demographic and workforce trends. The full report can be viewed here

Jonathan Lupton, research planner for Metroplan, says only 1.3 percent of commuters pedal or walk to their jobs.

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Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Former President Clinton To Headline Event For Arkansas Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock in June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to Arkansas to raise money for the state Democratic Party.

A fundraiser is planned for Friday at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Clinton will headline the $250-per-person event and will be joined by Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco.

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3:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

New Greene County Jail Set To Open, Housing 500 Inmates

The Greene County judge says an Arkansas sheriff has received the keys to a new jail facility.

The Paragould Daily Press reports the new 75,000-square-foot jail is set to house nearly 500 inmates. It's located right behind the existing jail expected to be renovated for administrative purposes. Greene County Judge Jerry Shipman says sheriff Dan Langston received the keys Monday morning.

Langston says authorities will start transferring inmates a few at a time next week. He says officers will need to sweep the facility to check for leftover construction material.

Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Attorney General Candidate Nate Steel Distinguishes Himself From Opponents

Democratic Attorney General Nominee State Rep. Nate Steel (Nashville)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Democratic nominee for Arkansas attorney general Nate Steel took steps to distinguish himself from his Republican opponent Tuesday at the Political Animals Club in Little Rock. Steel said unlike his closest competitor Leslie Rutledge he will not focus on lawsuits against the EPA and federal government but instead on issues related to crime.

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2:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Study: Hot Springs Visitors Spent $523 Million In 2013

A study by a tourism research company shows visitors to Hot Springs spent more than $520 million last year.

The Sentinel-Record reports senior vice president Michael Erdman of Longwoods International presented the company's report Monday at the Hot Springs Convention Center. About 4.9 million trips were taken to Hot Springs in 2013. That includes 2 million overnight trips and 2.9 million day trips.

Erdman says overnight visitors spent money in lodging and food, while daytime tourists use money for shopping.

Local & Regional News
7:41 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Nucor Steel Files Another Objection to Big River Steel in NE Arkansas

Hearing On Big River Steel In State Senate Chamber 2013
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Nucor Steel has filed a lawsuit in federal court that attempts to block a competitor from opening a mill in Mississippi County.

Nucor sued Big River Steel on Monday in Jonesboro. Big River is planning a $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola that would employ more than 500 workers.

Nucor accuses Big River of violating the federal Clean Air Act in the lawsuit. Nucor operates two steel mills outside of Blytheville and says pollutants from the Big River mill would negatively affect its workers productivity.

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6:40 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Lake Ouachita Fish Consumption Advisory, High Mercury Levels

The Arkansas Department of Health has issued issuing a fish consumption advisory for bass taken from Lake Ouachita. The advisory comes after fish collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and tested by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality were found to contain levels of mercury that could be a health risk to humans.

The advisory warns that women of childbearing age; pregnant women; breastfeeding women and children younger than 7 should not eat largemouth or white bass that are 13 inches or longer or striped bass that are 25 inches or longer.

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