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8:36 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Skeleton Identified As Woman Missing Since Jumping From Red River Bridge

Louisiana authorities say a skeleton found in a Red River sandbar has been positively identified as a 42-year-old Ashdown woman who has been missing since February.

The Texarkana Gazette reports the remains are those of Janice Northcross, who fell into the river near Fulton to avoid a tractor-trailer that was skidding toward her on an icy Interstate 30 bridge.

Sheriff Steve Prator and Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, made the announcement Thursday.

Arkansas Lottery
7:51 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Proposed Study Of Arkansas Lottery Practices To Go Before Legislative Council

Camelot Global Services executives Richard Wheeler and Sam De Phillippo speak to the Lottery Oversight Committee Thursday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A proposal to hire an outside consulting firm to evaluate the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is to go before the Arkansas Legislative Council Friday. Lawmakers are concerned that lottery revenue has been declining for the last couple of years and have been pushing for the assessment.

Executives with Camelot Global Services, which lawmakers are considering hiring without taking bids from other companies, spoke Thursday before the lottery's legislative oversight committee.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Senate Candidate Cotton Defends Farm Bill Vote In New TV Ad

Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton is defending his vote against the farm bill in a new television ad, pushing back on an issue where Democrats are trying to cast him as out of touch with rural Arkansas.

In the 30-second spot unveiled Thursday, Cotton cites his objection to the food stamps funding that was included in the legislation he voted against in January. Cotton is a freshman congressman challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. Cotton was the only member of the state's congressional delegation to vote against the farm bill.

Local & Regional News
4:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Arkansas Tech University Approves Online Master's Program

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has approved an online master's degree in business.

The board approved the program during its monthly meeting Thursday in Russellville. The Master of Science in Business Administration is to be offered 100 percent online beginning in the summer of 2015.

ATU began offering course work for the MSBA degree during the fall 2013 semester.

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Local & Regional News
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Convicted Killer Surrenders Three Months After Escaping Pine Bluff Unit

Timothy Buffington
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

A convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison turned himself in to authorities Thursday after about three months on the run.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says inmate Timothy Buffington went to a home in western Arkansas on Thursday and asked the resident to call Booneville police so he could surrender.

Authorities had been searching an area in Logan and Sebastian counties after someone spotted Buffington and called law enforcement.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Missouri Firm Submits Lowest Bid For Broadway Bridge Project

The current Broadway Bridge

A Missouri construction company has submitted the lowest bid to replace a bridge over the Arkansas River to Little Rock.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports if state highway officials accept the $98.4 million bid by Massman Construction Co., the bridge should be out of commission for no more than six months.

Massman Construction Co. said in its bid documents that it expects the project to take about 2 1/2 years to complete.

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Local & Regional News
8:23 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Arkansas' 4 House Members Back Plan On Rebel Aid

All four members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation have voted in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria.
 
The House passed the measure on a 273-156 vote on Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to take up the request Thursday.
 
 Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack were among 159 Republicans who voted in favor of the president's plan. The measure also had the backing of 114 Democrats in the House.
 

Local & Regional News
5:50 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hutchinson Talks About Disability Rights & Crosses On ASU Football Helmets

Gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson (R) speaks to an audience member after the Political Animals Club.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

One day after 21 disability-rights advocates were arrested outside of Asa Hutchinson’s locked Little Rock office the GOP’s gubernatorial hopeful is still uncertain on the push for more home-based disability care.

Speaking Wednesday at the Governor’s Mansion after a meeting of the Political Animals Club Hutchinson said he supports providing choices but did not say if he supports the Community First Choice Option that allows Medicaid funds to be spent on home-based care rather than institutionalized care.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

City Leader Says Maumelle Is Ready For Its Own School District

After Jacksonville voters decided Tuesday to separate from the Pulaski County School district to create their own, a candidate in Maumelle wants to do the same. Mayoral candidate Preston Lewis says about 58 percent of the city’s children attend public schools and says that number would be higher if Maumelle had its own school board.

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Local & Regional News
11:42 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Aircraft Interior Firm To Locate Facility In Arkansas, Create 75 Jobs

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer says it's spending $2.5 million to locate a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.

Beaudet Aviation announced Wednesday that the new facility located adjacent to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport will supply Dassault Falcon Jet with completion work for its Falcon models. Beaudet Aviation is a subsidiary of JCB Aero.

Dassault Falcon broke ground earlier this month on a $60 million expansion of its private jet finishing plant.

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