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5:45 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Former Nordex Plant To Become Railcar Repair Site

A railcar maintenance company is to locate in the former Nordex USA wind turbine plant in Jonesboro and pledges to hire up to 350 employees.

TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc. announced Thursday that it would expand the facility to accommodate its planned scope of work.

TrinityRail is a subsidiary of Trinity Industries Inc. of Dallas. The company provides an array of industrial products, including railcars, barges, storage containers and other transportation-related goods and services.

Local & Regional News
3:29 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Two Dead In Northeast Arkansas As Powerful Storms Move Through

Two people were killed by falling trees in northeast Arkansas as a powerful storm system tore through the region and knocked over trees and utility lines.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Brandon Morris said one man died when a tree fell on a van in the Lawrence County town of Black Rock on Thursday. In Jonesboro, Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson said a man died in his home when a tree fell on the structure. Names of the dead weren't released, pending relatives being notified.

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3:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Central Arkansas Police Departments Launch Apps To Keep Citizens Updated

Three police departments in central Arkansas are announcing the launch of mobile applications that citizens can download to fight crime in their communities and stay up-to-date on the latest notifications from law enforcement.

The Jacksonville, North Little Rock, and Benton Police Departments are each releasing their own app that they say will help them quickly relay pertinent crime reports and notifications of hazardous situations.

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12:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

High Court Affirms Conviction In Murder Of Univ. Of Arkansas Student

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man who fatally stabbed a University of Arkansas student in 2007.

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9:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded At Fairfield Bay

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.8 magnitude earthquake has been recorded near Fairfield Bay.

Police say there are no reports of damage or injuries - although several residents called police to ask about the temblor.

The USGS reports the earthquake was recorded at 4:19 p.m. Wednesday one mile southeast of Fairfield Bay. The area is about 55 miles north of Little Rock.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans and that damage is not likely with quakes below magnitude 4.0.  

Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Arkansas Soybean Growers Beset By Pesky Weevil

Arkansas soybean growers are facing a challenge from a pest that's new to the state -- the pea weevil.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Wednesday that the weevil appears to have come from Europe and found its way to Phillips County in eastern Arkansas.

The pest has been found so far only in several fields near Marvell - but it has also surfaced in Louisiana and Washington state.

UA system entomologist Gus Lorenz says immature weevils feed on soybean roots and mature pea weevils eat the leaves.

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Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Nordex USA Building In Jonesboro To Be Sold

A closed factory that once had the promise of employing more than 700 people in Jonesboro is to be sold.

Officials won't identify the buyer of the Nordex USA site, which made wind turbines until it shuttered last year. The sale of the $40 million plant is to become official Thursday.

Nordex attorney Anne S. Parker of Little Rock said she isn't allowed to discuss the buyer. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he was told a large, publicly traded company wants to buy the site but says he wasn't told the name.

Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Marijuana Ballot Wording

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The Arkansas attorney general's office has certified the wording of a ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

The Wednesday opinion opens the way for the measure's sponsor, Robert L. Reed, to begin gathering petition signatures in hope of placing the measure on the ballot.

According to the proposal, voters would decide whether to approve making it legal to grow and possess marijuana and all products derived from the cannabis plant.

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2:42 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Arkansas Tourism Officials Marketing The State To Motorcyclists

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The ultimate biker song could serve as a marketing campaign for a new push from state tourism officials, reports Talk Business & Politics.

In the last two years, Arkansas has begun marketing its scenic highways to motorcyclists who are far from the drifter image painted in cult classic films like “Easy Rider.” We’re not talking Hell’s Angels, says Arkansas Tourism director Joe David Rice.

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2:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Plane Reports Flap Failure, Lands Safely At Little Rock Airport

An American Eagle flight that reported an apparent mechanical problem has landed safely at Little Rock's airport.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport spokesman Shane Carter says the aircraft landed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Carter says the plane was a scheduled flight from Dallas to Little Rock with 46 people on board.

The airport activated its emergency response after the pilot reported a flap failure on the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

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