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12:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Torrential Rainfall Expected In Arkansas Wednesday And Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting torrential rainfall across Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday.

A slow moving cold front will move into the western part of the state Wednesday afternoon and rain will begin to develop. It will become widespread overnight.

Heavy rain will continue throughout the day Thursday and should taper off by late Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark says the moisture that is currently in place will interact with the cold front and cause the potential for flash flooding.

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12:21 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Hill, Reynolds Announce Congressional Bids

A Little Rock banking executive and a retired Army colonel from Conway say they're running for the central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin.

Delta Trust & Banking Corp. Founder French Hill and retired Col. Conrad Reynolds announced Tuesday they're seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District next year.

They're the first Republican candidates to announce since Griffin said last week he wouldn't seek a third term.

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9:01 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Corn Harvest Done, Rain On Way In Arkansas

Sorghum Plants
Credit uark.edu

Federal agriculture officials say Arkansas' corn harvest is complete while harvesting of sorghum and rice is almost done.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 98 percent of the sorghum harvest is complete, along with 92 percent of the rice harvest.

According to the statistics service, 100 percent of cotton bolls have opened and 54 percent are harvested. The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas says the cotton crop is a full week behind the typical pace.

Soybeans are 60 percent harvested.

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8:57 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Appeals Court Denies Request To Delay Desegregation Trial

A federal appeals court has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. A federal judge on Oct. 22 had rejected the district's request to delay the trial.

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5:45 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Arkansas Canner Allens Wants To Reorganize Its Debt

Arkansas-based Allens Inc. has filed paperwork seeking to reorganize its debt under federal bankruptcy laws and announced plans to sell its frozen vegetables business.

Arkansas Business reported Monday that Allens listed debts of between $100 million and $500 million.

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3:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Little Rock Airport Ranked Worst In The Nation

Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

A monthly travel magazine ranks Little Rock’s airport as the worst in the nation.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport was among 67 domestic airports that travelers ranked on six categories. On its website, Travel + Leisure magazine said:

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2:10 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Sued Over Personal Cell Phone Number

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr

A lawyer and blogger is suing Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr for withholding his personal cell phone number from an open records request.

Matt Campbell on Monday filed a complaint in Pulaski County Circuit Court that accused the Republican lieutenant governor of violating the state's Freedom of Information Act by redacting the number from records released by his office. Campbell runs the Democratic-leaning Blue Hog Report website.

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1:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Forecasters Predict 'Torrential Rain' For Arkansas

The National Weather Service says severe storms are possible this week in Arkansas along with periods of "torrential rain."

Forecasters say significant rainfall is likely Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front moves through the state.

The weather service doesn't expect an outbreak of severe weather in Arkansas, but forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of rain are likely.

The weather service says the rain is expected to move east by the afternoon or early evening of Halloween. Forecasters predict sunny skies with highs in the low 70s on Friday.

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12:15 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

10 Year Prison Sentence For Teacher Who Repeatedly Contacted Victim

Kelly O'Rourke mug shot.
Credit Pualski County Sheriff's Office

Former Mount St. Mary Academy teacher and volleyball coach Kelly O'Rourke, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for repeatedly contacting the victim.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Judge Barry Sims said he was coming down hard on the teacher for willfully disregarding the court’s no-contact order after pleading guilty in the case.

Last month O’Rourke pleaded guilty to violating the terms of her original sentence and read a statement in court apologizing for her actions.

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8:26 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Arkansas Program Set For Managing Emergency Responders

 The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is to host more than 150 participants for a program on managing emergency responders who come in from out-of-state during a disaster.

The Thursday event in Conway will focus on testing the agency's ability to assign, track and monitor out-of-state emergency responders.

Members of local, state and federal agencies are to act in roles of help arriving from other states during the exercise.

The ADEM will practice signing in, briefing and deploying the workers acting as though they are from outside Arkansas.

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