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9:04 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Downpour Causes Flooding In Western Arkansas

No injuries or deaths have been reported after more than a half-foot of rain inundated western Arkansas in a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service says Mena received 5.68 inches of rain in a four-hour period Thursday with a daily total of more than 7 inches. The weather service says the relentless downpour caused creeks and streams to overflow and flooding over roads.

Several people had to be rescued from the high waters, and flash flood emergencies were issued until the rainfall ended Thursday night.

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5:10 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Lawmakers Want Another Cost Estimate Of Private Option

Arkansas Sen. Bryan King (left) and Rep. Joe Farrer speak at a press conference Thursday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A group of Arkansas legislators who have opposed the private option say they’ll ask a legislative committee next month to authorize another analysis of the financial impact of the program.

Republican state Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest says he’s concerned that the program, which uses federal Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low income Arkansans, is on track to cost the state significantly more than had been projected.

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4:40 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Air Force Captain Charged With Child Pornography

The U.S. attorney's office says a captain at Little Rock Air Force Base has been indicted on counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 30-year-old Shane Padilla of Jacksonville was indicted Wednesday after being arrested in April.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer says Padilla was ordered to have no contact with minors. He also had to surrender his passport and pilot's license pending his trial.

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3:18 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

ExxonMobil Puts $125,000 in a Tornado Recovery Fund

Exxon Mobil Vice President of Operations Karen Tyrone
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Community Foundation on Thursday joined a growing list of organizations and government agencies  attempting to aid the recovery effort after last week’s tornado damage. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

From their office in Conway the non-profit’s President Heather Larkin announced plans to distribute grants to a myriad of organizations with the intent of supporting intermediate and long-term rebuilding.

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3:11 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Helena Ex-Officer's Drug Conviction Upheld

A former Helena-West Helena police lieutenant has lost an appeal of her convictions related to a federal drug trafficking and corruption investigation.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday turned away Marlene Kalb's arguments that there was insufficient evidence to convict her. Kalb was among dozens of people indicted as part of "Operation Delta Blues" in 2011.

Prosecutors accused police of protecting drug shipments moving through east Arkansas. Four other former law officers entered guilty pleas to various charges.

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12:10 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The EPA Adds Union County Site To Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added a former oil refinery site in Union County to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.

The EPA says the MacMillan Ring-Free Oil site is near a residential neighborhood and a school in Norphlet. It was used as a crude-oil refinery and as a maker of lubrication and asphalt products from 1929 to 1987. The site has been abandoned since 2007.

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11:45 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Arkansas Seeks To Uphold Sentence In 1995 Slaying

The Arkansas Supreme Court is to decide whether to toss a sentence of life in prison without parole for a man who was apparently 17 years old when he played a role in a 1995 murder in West Memphis.

The court heard arguments Thursday in which a lawyer for Ulonzo Gordon said a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocks Gordon from serving his full sentence because he was a juvenile at the time of the slaying.

During trial, prosecutors had a document showing Gordon was 18, but attorney Jeff Rosenzweig says Gordon's birth certificate shows he was 17.

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7:59 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Republican Primary Governor: Curtis Coleman

Curtis Coleman at KUAR
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

This discussion with Curtis Coleman is the final installment of KUAR's interviews with gubernatorial candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries. It's part of our ongoing series of interviews with candidates in select contested primaries.

Previoulsy KUAR spoke with Coleman's GOP opponent for the gubernatorial nomination Asa Hutchinson.

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5:53 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Arkansas State Senator Taking Job With UA System

Sen. Johnny Key

A state lawmaker who had sought a job as the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's lobbyist has taken a similar position with the university system.

The UA system announced Wednesday that state Sen. Johnny Key has been named the system's associate vice president for university relations. A spokesman said Key will be paid $130,000 in the new post. His start date was being negotiated but would follow the conclusion of his service in the state Senate.

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4:46 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Mother Of 1st District Congressman Rick Crawford Passes Away

Ruth Anne Crawford, the mother of Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, has died from a pneumonia-like infection. She was 72.

Crawford spokesman Jonah Shumate said Wednesday the congressman's mother passed away on Tuesday morning. The congressman returned to Arkansas Tuesday after learning about her death, Shumate said.

Ruth Anne Crawford lived in Kennett, Missouri and a funeral was scheduled Friday at McDaniel Chapel, according to the McDaniel Funeral Home. In addition to the congressman, she's survived by her husband Don and two other sons.

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