Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Order Filed Removing Arkansas Sheriff From Office

A circuit judge has filed an order removing Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell from office after the Arkansas Supreme Court found Cassell was ineligible for the post.

The order from Circuit Judge David Clinger says Cassell should be removed immediately from office. Two weeks ago, the high court found that Cassell's 1979 conviction for possessing stolen hens made him ineligible to serve.

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Buffalo National River
8:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Searchers Find Missing Man's Body In Buffalo River

Credit / Wikipedia

Authorities have recovered the body of a Texas man who died while swimming in the Buffalo National River over the weekend.

Authorities say 27-year-old Stephen Carney of Austin had been missing since Friday afternoon when he dove off a 25-foot bluff into the river and never surfaced.

Officials with Newton County Search and Rescue say Carney's friends began looking for him immediately but high waters slowed the effort. The water was above normal levels and somewhat muddy.

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Local & Regional News
8:54 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hearing Delayed For Former UCA Administrator

A judge has delayed a pretrial hearing for a former University of Central Arkansas administrator charged with commercial burglary.

Former UCA Chief of Staff Jack Gillean was due in court Monday, but a judge delayed the hearing until June 10.

Gillean is accused of giving keys to a former student who allegedly used the keys to break into offices and steal tests from instructors.

Last month, a judge approved a request to move Gillean's trial from Faulkner County to Van Buren County because of pretrial publicity.

Minority Health
8:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Anti-Smoking Program Uses Soccer To Target Latinos

A minority health initiative is using soccer as part of a promotion that encourages Hispanic men to quit smoking.

The program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Monday that is launching a public education initiative aimed at Latinos.

The effort encourages Hispanic men to kick the habit and includes a sweepstakes prize of a trip for four to see a soccer game in Dallas.

The initiative uses slogans that urge Latino smokers to quit because its best for the smoker and his family.

Environmental Regulations
8:43 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Meeting Set On New Arkansas Environmental Laws

Credit / Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Legislators passed new air pollution control regulations and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is to hold a meeting on how to implement the new law.

The agency is to conduct a hearing at 1 p.m. Friday at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock. The meeting is open to the public but officials have specifically invited parties that will be affected by the new law, along with environmental groups.

At issue is the emission of certain types of pollutants.

ADEQ staff will give a presentation on how the agency plans to begin adapting to the new regulations.

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Local & Regional News
6:38 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Funeral Services Set For KATV's Dale Nicholson

Dale Nicholson

Funeral services have been set for former Little Rock television station KATV general manager Dale Nicholson.

Visitation is set for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Roller Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist at 723 Center St. in Little Rock.

KATV posted the times of the services and noted that the viewing and the church service are open to the public.

Nicholson died Saturday at his Little Rock home. He was 74.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Arkansas DHS Names Behavioral Health Services Director

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has named a new director for its Behavioral Health Services Division.

The agency on Monday named Joy Figarsky to the post.

DHS said in a news release that Figarsky has nearly 30 years of experience in the field.

The Behavioral Health Services Division handles treatment for 110,000 people per year.

The division's services include mental health, substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

The division also operates the Arkansas State Hospital and the Arkansas Health Center in Benton.

New Technology
3:53 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Game Changer Of Education And Economic Development

Kezia Nanda


A brand new tool for research and economic development was unveiled on Monday at UALR.

The Emerging Analytics Center includes 35 screens with more than 50 million pixels offering high definition graphics for 3D applications.  Connected with a 3D floor projector, it allows the ability to “touch” the data and robotic “telepresence” equipment.

Governor Mike Beebe said, "It's kind of over my head from the standpoint of the technology of it. What's exciting is it's the only one in the world, apparently."

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Hollywood & Arkansas
3:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Exhibit To Feature Arkansans In The Movies

Little Rock native "Bronco Billy" Anderson dances amid gunfire in The Great Train Robbery.

A new exhibit focusing on the lives of Arkansas-born entertainers who went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood will soon open at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

Lights! Camera! Arkansas! will review the careers of movie stars and directors who all had their origin in the state. Jo Ellen Mack, the museum’s curator, says recent stars and filmmakers like Mary Steenburgen, Lisa Blount and Jeff Nichols will be featured, as will entertainers from the silent movie era.

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Local & Regional News
12:39 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Draft of Voter ID Laws Released

Mark Martin

Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) issued a draft of proposed rules for implementing the Voter ID law approved by the Arkansas State Legislature. The draft contains numerous forms of acceptable documentation needed to verify voter eligibility.

During the General Assembly officials said the law mandating a photo ID to vote could effect between 2 and 9 percent of voters and could cost $300,000.

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