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12:50 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Sen. John McCain To Speak At Clinton School Friday

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Sen. John McCain is scheduled to speak this week at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of  Public Service.

The Republican from Arizona plans to discuss current affairs in the United States and abroad in his address Friday night in Little Rock.

McCain was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. He is serving his fifth term in the U.S.  Senate.

McCain won the Republican nomination for president in 2008 and lost to President Barack Obama in the general election.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Democratic Governor Candidate Bill Halter Rolls Out ‘Arkansas Promise’

Bill Halter discussing his proposal Sunday night.
Credit Talk Business Arkansas

Bill Halter, the only declared Democratic candidate for Arkansas Governor, previewed his first major policy plan of the 2014 campaign on Talk Business Arkansas Sunday night.

Halter will advocate for “The Arkansas Promise,” a college scholarship program that will provide full tuition for any Arkansas student who maintains a 2.5 grade point average and attends college in state. The scholarship match would equal tuition costs at the highest four-year public university in Arkansas.

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Arkansas Unemployment At 7.2%
10:08 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Unemployment Up In Arkansas

Arkansas Unemployment at 7.2 percent in January.

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services report a slight increase in the state’s unemployment rate. Department spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says unemployment in Arkansas was up by one tenth of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in December to 7.2 percent in January. 

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LR Police Drug Trial
8:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Trial Postponed For 2 Former LR Police Officers

LRPD Vehicle

A federal judge has granted a request to postpone the trial of two former Little Rock police officers facing drug-related charges.

Court records show that half-brothers Mark Anthony Jones and Randall Tremayn Robinson are now slated to go on trial July 15. Jones and Robinson were previously scheduled to go on trial this week.

Prosecutors say the men drove marked patrol cars while protecting controlled drug deliveries. They have both pleaded not guilty to drug-related charges. Robinson resigned from the police department and Jones was fired. 

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Clinton For Pryor
8:46 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Clinton Supports Pryor Re-election Bid

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton says U.S. Senator Mark Pryor's fight for a third term is gaining national prominence because it's a test of whether lawmakers who care more about their constituents than party loyalty can win in an increasingly divided political environment.

Clinton headlined a Saturday fundraiser for Pryor, helping the Democratic senator from Arkansas raise $1 million in his bid for a third term next year. Pryor doesn't have an announced Republican opponent, but has already faced a flood of advertisements from Republican groups who believe he's vulnerable. 

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Ross Run For Governor?
8:36 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ross Looking At Arkansas Governor's Race

Mike Ross

 

Former U.S. Representative Mike Ross says he's considering seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas next year.

Ross told The Associated Press on Saturday that he's taking another look at running for the state's top office after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, dropped out of the race earlier this year.

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Arkansas Raw Milk Bill Fails Before House Panel

A proposal to allow Arkansas dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk has failed to clear a House  committee.

The House Agriculture Committee on Friday voted 9-8 against the bill, which would have permitted the sale of "raw" goat and cow milk at the farm where it was produced.

Farmers would have been allowed to sell up to 500 gallons per month on average.  

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New Jobs In Arkansas
3:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Food Company Creates 80 New Jobs In Russellville, Arkansas

ConAgra Foods headquarter
Credit conagrafoods.com

80 new, full-time jobs will be coming to Russellville when expansion of a ConAgra Foods plant is completed by June of next year.

The company made the announcement Friday, with salaries at about $16 per hour.

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Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Friday Is The Warmest Day Of 2013 So Far

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The National Weather Service says Friday was the warmest day of the year so far in central Arkansas.

The temperature reached into the 80s.

Weather officials say in previous years at this time of March, the temperature was around 63.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Entergy Arkansas Says Residential Bills To Decrease

Entergy Arkansas says a reduction in its costs for power will mean a 4.75 percent cut in the average  residential customer's utility bill.  

Entergy said in a news release Friday that it expects more nuclear generated power - which is less expensive - will be available in 2013 from Arkansas Nuclear One and Grand Gulf.  

The company says the utility bill for a residential customer currently using 1,000 kilowatt hours is $101.31 per  month. Entergy says that bill would drop to $96.50 per month under the new rate.  

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