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12:34 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Sen. Boozman Back At Work After Surgery, Will Seek Re-Election In 2016

U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas was back at work in Washington Monday for the first time since having emergency heart surgery two months ago.  And with his return, the Republican said he will be seeking a second term in 2016.

“This is the first day back and I’ve been working hard with my rehab and all that stuff and I’m in good shape,” Boozman said in an interview with KUAR News.

Boozman said he’s feeling good and glad to be back.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
12:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Federal Judge Won't Toss Suit Over Mayflower Oil Spill

A federal judge has denied a request by ExxonMobil to throw out a joint federal and state lawsuit that seeks to penalize the company for a pipeline spill that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a central Arkansas neighborhood.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday issued an order saying U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sufficiently stated a case that ExxonMobil violated the law to warrant going to trial.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed Because Overcrowding

File photo of the Pulaski County Jail.
Credit pcso.org

The Pulaski County jail has reopened to all offenders after it was closed in April because of overcrowding problems.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says the jail reopened at 8 a.m. Monday.

Sheriff Doc Holladay closed the jail to nonviolent, low-level offenders on April 29 because the facility was over capacity. As of Monday morning, the jail had a population of 1,126 - which is below the facility's capacity of 1,210 inmates.

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Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Arkansas-Based Tyson Wins Bidding War For Hillshire Brands

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. of Arkansas has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer.

Both Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride had been bidding of Hillshire Brands. Tyson had previously offered $50 per share for the company. Pilgrim's Pride then raised its bid to $55 per share.

Pilgrim's Pride says it is withdrawing its offer. The offer from Tyson is worth $7.75 billion based on Hillshire's 123 million shares outstanding. Tyson values the deal at $8.55 billion, including debt.

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Arkansas Weather
7:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Flash Flood Risk Continues In Arkansas

The rain's not over yet for most of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will affect most of the state Monday, particularly in the south. Forecasters say the risk of severe weather is low, but some severe thunderstorms could develop in south Arkansas.

The weather service says damaging winds are the main threat Monday. Flash flooding is also possible in central and western Arkansas.

Forecasters say more rain is predicted Tuesday, but sunny skies are expected Wednesday. More storms are in the forecast for Friday.

Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Entergy Says 44,000 Customers Without Power

Entergy Arkansas crews prepare to assist with power restoration.
Credit Entergy Arkansas Twitter Feed

Update: About 34,000 customers are without power at 5:53 p.m. About 12,000 of those are in Pulaski County. 

Entergy Arkansas reports that the latest round of storms has left about 44,000 of its customers without power throughout the state.

Spokesman David Lewis said the company has called in several hundred extra workers to assist with restoring power. He says many of those outages are in Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
2:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Presidential Papers: Clinton Chafed At GOP Push To Abolish Commerce

A new batch of records from former President Bill Clinton's administration shows the ex-president talking about congressional Republican plans to abolish a federal agency and White House concerns about Rwanda.

The records from 1996 show Clinton unloading on GOP lawmakers who wanted to kill the Commerce Department. Clinton suggested they wanted to get rid of the department because the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown was did a better job than corporate executives who had served.

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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Four Arkansas Airports Chosen For Federal Funding To Cover Upgrades

Little Rock's Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is one of the four being awarded money for upgrades.
Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

Four Arkansas airports will share in more than $3.1 million in funding being awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration for facility upgrades and expansion projects.

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack announced the funding on Friday.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Storms Down Trees, Power Lines In Central Arkansas

Storms with strong winds and heavy rain moving across Arkansas have downed trees and power lines and caused some damage in central Arkansas.

Warning coordination meteorologist John Robinson with the National Weather Service in Little Rock says winds of 60 miles per hour have been reported with the Friday afternoon storms. He says there are reports of windows blown out of buildings in Sherwood and roof damage to a building in Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
12:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Downtown Revitalization On Minds Of Hot Springs Ralliers

Downtown Hot Springs
Credit Ken Lund / flickr.com

On the one hundredth day since Hot Springs’ historic Majestic Hotel went up in a fiery blaze, citizens of the Spa City plan to hold a rally supporting the preservation of other downtown buildings and new revitalization efforts. It's set for Saturday afternoon.

The rally comes shortly after the Hot Springs Downtown Game Plan Task Force presented recommendations to the city on Wednesday asking for new preservation and economic development policies.

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