Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.
US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell says he won't be seeking a sixth term in office.
Townsell was re-elected in 2012 and has three years left in his term. But he tells the Log Cabin Democrat that he's ready for "anything that might present itself" and that he may not finish his current term.
State and federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a joint lawsuit has been filed against the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, which spilled an estimated 5,000 barrels of raw tar sands crude in a residential neighborhood.
“The oil spill disrupted lives. This oil harmed the environment and this oil spill was in violation of both state and federal law,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Arkansas education officials are announcing a program they say will help with Governor Mike Beebe’s initiative to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025.
Noting "some college is better than no college," education officials say they’ll use a grant from the Kresge Foundation to put a system in place so the state’s community colleges and universities can blend student information.
The idea is that associates degrees would be awarded to students who transferred to a university from a two-year college and have amassed enough credits for a diploma.
With an immigration reform bill moving forward in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says procedural votes Tuesday were just the first step in what will be a closely watched process.
“If you look at the immigrant population in Arkansas, it’s about five percent and about 13 percent nationwide,” said Pryor. “However, we are one of the fastest growing states in terms of immigrant population. I think we’re fourth overall in the amount of growth we’re seeing in our immigrant population so this is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important to our state.”
The former President of the VA Hospital Federal Credit Union in Little Rock, pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of embezzlement.
Prosecutors say Karen York stole over $60,000 during the course of twelve years at the VA through a check kiting scheme and making false deposit entries.
The FBI defines check kiting as, "a scheme which artificially inflates bank account balances, in accounts that are under common control, for purposes of obtaining unauthorized use of bank funds, through the exchanging of checks between accounts.”