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5:32 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Trial Set For 6 Defendants In Arkansas Drug Case

A federal judge has set a trial date for a half-dozen defendants charged with being part of a Mexican drug cartel.

The suspects are to be tried on Feb. 24. They are among 16 people accused of being connected to Idalia Ramos Rangel, who is accused of being a high-ranking cartel member.

Authorities are still looking for Rangel, who is named in the indictment. The trial date was set in a Thursday order.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
6:25 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

ExxonMobil Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Spill

Credit npr.org (Jacob Slaton/Reuters/Landov)

Attorneys for ExxonMobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill.

ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.

A lawsuit by Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn and Ellen Burgess asks for unspecified damages because of diminished value to their property and nuisance.

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Arkansas Abortion Laws
6:22 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Judge: Group Can't Intervene In Arkansas Abortion Case

A federal judge says an anti-abortion counseling group can't help defend an Arkansas law that bans the procedure 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Thursday denied the request by Concepts of Truth to intervene in the lawsuit over Arkansas' law that bans most abortions at 12 weeks. Wright has blocked the law's enforcement while it's being challenged in court.

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Severe Weather
6:20 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Officer

Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a wildlife officer who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.

Beebe said Thursday that flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer Joel Campora of Waldron.

Campora died with Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods. Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday to honor Carpenter.

Campora is survived by his wife and two children.

Local & Regional News
2:59 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Rogers Attorney Charged In Case Against Developer

A federal grand jury has indicted a Rogers attorney in connection with a federal fraud case against a former Fayetteville developer.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge said Thursday that a federal grand jury indicted 38-year-old David Fisher of Rogers for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a case involving former developer Brandon Barber and two others.

Prosecutors say Fisher and the others made false statements to a bank in order to obtain loans worth more than the property put up as collateral for the loans.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Fisher.

Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Ginger Beebe Helps Kick Off Summer Meals Program

First lady Ginger Beebe.
Credit ArkansasFirstLady.com

Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe says more attention is needed on programs that provide free meals to children in Arkansas who might otherwise go hungry.

Beebe made the comment Thursday at the Dream Center in Little Rock as she helped kick off a summer meals program for children.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Beebe called for getting word out so that families will know there is a place where their children will be fed.

The U.S. Agriculture Department offers free summer meals to children 18 and under.

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Federal Changes Could Transform The Way Arkansas Medicare Patients Receive Services

A private nonprofit organization that advocates for the improvement of health care in Arkansas is expressing great concern over proposed changes that could have an effect on Medicare patients. 

Ray Hanley is president and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Hanley says his organization has done Medicare quality improvement work for 30 years, but an initiative by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS) could negatively impact Medicare recipients and the Foundation’s 190 employees who work statewide. 

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Governor Names 1st Medicaid Inspector General

The director of the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has been tapped to serve as Arkansas' first Medicaid inspector general.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday named Deputy Attorney General Jay Shue to the inspector general position.

Lawmakers created the position this year to oversee an independent office aimed at preventing waste, fraud and abuse in the $5 billion program.

Shue has directed the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the attorney general's office since 2007.

Local & Regional News
7:23 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Puppets Provide Laughs In “Avenue Q” At The Arkansas Rep

Leah Monzillo and Ethan Paulini as Nicky
John David Pittman Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Comedy is often the vehicle that inspires people to have crucial conversations about important issues.

Through the month of June, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is relying on the humor and outspokenness of foul-mouthed puppets to bolster dialogue about racism, sexuality, and almost every aspect of the human experience.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame Announces 17 Grants

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that that it's awarding $50,000 in grants that will be shared among 17 nonprofit groups and agencies across the state.

The grants are administered by the Arkansas Community Foundation and are intended to support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small businesses and economic development.

The Hall of Fame says the grants will be awarded Thursday night during a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

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