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3:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Arkansas Senators Support Changes to Food Stamp Enrollment

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is close to invoking cloture on the $100 billion a year Farm Bill. Both of Arkansas’ Senators, Republican John Boozeman and Democrat Mark Pryor, are supporting the bill. 

It addresses issues of farm subsidies and crop insurance. It also addresses nutrition assistance.

Pryor said about 85% of the bill is directed toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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3:08 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Warns Of Telephone Scam

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is issuing a warning about scammers posing as vendors of medical-alert equipment and monitoring services who he says are targeting older residents.

McDaniel said Wednesday that his office has received several complaints in recent weeks about telephone calls from what is allegedly a legitimate medical alert company.

He says the caller uses high-pressure sales tactics and false warnings about the intended victim's need for the equipment and services.

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3:04 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Judge Sets Hearing Date In Conway Officer Death

A judge has set a July hearing for a man charged in the death of a Conway police officer who was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic.

Circuit Judge Charles E. Clawson Jr. scheduled a July 23 hearing for 31-year-old Barry Strickland, who is charged with battery and driving while intoxicated.

Strickland is accused in the Feb. 1 death of Officer William McGary, who was struck at night on Dave Ward Drive.

Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Lottery Projects $500K Less In Arkansas Scholarships

The Arkansas lottery is projecting that it will bring in less money for scholarships in the coming fiscal year.

Lottery director Bishop Woosley said before a Wednesday legislative hearing that officials are projecting $89.5 million for scholarships for fiscal year 2014.

That's about $500,000 less than the budget for this fiscal year.

Woosley says he made a conservative estimate based on sales drops last summer that hurt 2013 revenues.

Woosley says last summer's drought and long streak of hot weather drove down ticket sales.

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1:26 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Little Rock Airport Adds Additional Service to Orlando

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Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is offering non-stop flights to Orlando starting Thursday. 

Nevada based Allegiant Airlines says they intend to offer the flight throughout most of the year. 

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11:09 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Marshals Museum Plans 2016 Opening In Fort Smith

Officials say a fall 2016 opening is planned for the $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

The museum's board of directors said Tuesday that groundbreaking for the museum will be held Sept. 24, 2014.

The Southwest Times Record reports the groundbreaking will coincide with the release of a commemorative coin marking the 225th anniversary of the Marshals Service.

Officials say they've raised $11.7 million so far for the museum, and expect to receive another $4 million to $5 million from sales of the commemorative coin.

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10:52 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Arkansas Husband, Wife Plead In Tax Refund Scheme

A husband and wife in western Arkansas have pleaded guilty to charges they filed federal tax returns in the names of other people and kept refunds of $132,000 for themselves.

U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge said Wednesday that 37-year-old Owen Wheeler and 51-year-old Patricia Wheeler of Everton took advantage of a new Internal Revenue Service system that provides speedier refunds to taxpayers.

The pair is accused of using tax software to file the returns and have the refunds directly deposited into a bank account.

Local & Regional News
6:09 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Mayflower Investigation Extension and Disputes Over Lake Bed Testing

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A report is expected to be complete in about a week and a half on what caused the rupture of an oil pipeline, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude in Mayflower.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says ExxonMobil requested an extension to PHMSA's April 2nd Corrective Action Order allowing 45 days for Exxon to complete its inspection of the pipe.

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5:53 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Legislators To Get Arkansas Lottery Update

The legislative committee that oversees the Arkansas lottery is to get an update on scholarship awards and on the lottery's finances.

The Lottery Oversight Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley is to describe the lottery's financial picture.

Interim Higher Education Department Director Shane Broadway is to update legislators on lottery-funded scholarship awards, of which students are presently being notified.

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5:49 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Little Rock School District To Host Job Fair

The largest school district in Arkansas is preparing to hold a teacher job fair. The Little Rock School District is looking for teachers in a wide variety of subjects.

The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hall of Industry on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds next to Barton Coliseum on Roosevelt Road.

The district says principals and administrators will interview prospective candidates for positions.

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