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2:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Saline County To Begin Warrant Amnesty Program

The Saline County Sheriff’s Department is beginning an arrest warrant amnesty program Monday.

Anyone who has a non-violent, misdemeanor warrant in the county will be given a chance to turn themselves in and take care of the warrant without serving time in jail.

Lieutenant Scott Courtney says it’s offered as a service to people who have warrants to get them in to court and back into the system.

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Arkansas Corrections
12:48 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Parole Administrator In Dennis Case Fired

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

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Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Pilgrim's To Stop Production At Batesville Plant

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. says it will stop production at its poultry processing plant in Batesville, but officials say a deal is in the works to sell the plant to another food company.

A spokesman for Pilgrim's Pride says the company notified workers Wednesday that it would stop production in Batesville in 60 days.

Spokesman Cameron Bruett says the closure of the Batesville plant is part of the company's broader corporate strategy.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Judge Sets Hearing in Little Rock Police Shooting Case

Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A judge has scheduled an evidentiary hearing in the case of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Wednesday setting a hearing about a request to move former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings' trial outside of Pulaski County.

The hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.

Hastings' lawyer, Bill James, filed paperwork this week asking that the case be moved because he said Hastings can't receive a fair trial in Pulaski County.

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Health News
3:25 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Girl Fighting Rare Brain Infection Can Now Speak

A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who has been battling a rare and often-fatal infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba is now able to say a few words.

Kali Hardig was diagnosed last month with an infection caused by an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.

Health officials say there were 128 reported infections in the United States between 1962 and 2012.

Before Kali, doctors could only point to one known survivor in the U.S. and another in Mexico.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Rules Being Set In Place For Implementing New Voter ID Law

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday approved rules for enforcing a new law requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls. It takes effect in January.

Meanwhile Alex Reed, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, says they’re making arrangements to provide free ID cards for those who, for one reason or another, don’t have one.

A contract with a company to provide machines to make the cards was signed Tuesday.  It’s hoped they’ll be in use by the beginning of Decmeber.

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Local & Regional News
11:24 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Gun Owners Promote Open Carry With Demonstration In Fort Smith

A gun owner with his firearm holstered enters a restaurant.

Gun advocates, who want to roll back certain restrictions on firearms, plan on holding a demonstration in Fort Smith on Saturday.

Arkansas Carry is a nonprofit organization that supports gun owners, promotes the Second Amendment, and backs efforts to remove bans on the open carry of handguns in the state.

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Local & Regional News
9:51 am
Wed August 21, 2013

New Arkansas Panel On Charter Schools Meets

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell has named six staff members who will serve with him on a newly formed committee to review charter school applications.

The Charter Authorizing Panel held its first meeting Wednesday at the state Department of Education in Little Rock.

The panel was created under a bill signed into law earlier this year that changes the way Arkansas approves charter schools.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Take Up Rules For Voter ID Law

A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year.

The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The rules closely mirror the law the Republican-controlled Legislature approved in April when it overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the voter ID legislation.

Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Wed August 21, 2013

2 Convicted In Arkansas Adoption Fraud Ordered To Pay $1.2M

A former co-owner and a former employee of a closed Little Rock adoption agency have been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties to former clients and the state of Arkansas.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Pulaski County judge on Tuesday ordered the payments by former Adoption Advantage owner Donna Gail Hight and ex-employee Jacklyn Potter.

They were convicted in April of deceptive trade practices after prosecutors said prospective adoptive parents paid thousands of dollars in upfront fees for adoptions that never took place.

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