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8:50 am
Tue July 23, 2013

White Co. Sheriff's Office Investigating Dead Dogs

The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of four dead dogs found dumped in a ditch along a county road.

Chief Deputy Phillip Miller told The Daily Citizen that investigators have tried to question Kensett Animal Control Officer George Edwards about the case - but that Edwards would not make a statement without first consulting with a lawyer.

Edwards declined comment when contacted by the newspaper. Investigators say the cause of the dogs' deaths could not be determined.

District Courts
6:55 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Little Rock District Courts To Increase Access To Records With New Software

The Little Rock District Court is getting a new electronic case management system that will aid in the court's functions.

Robert Rubow with the Administrative Office of the Courts says the Supreme Court has provided electronic case management across the state since 2006 and Little Rock will now become part of the system. He says the new program will allow easier access to court records.

"Their data is not just accessible from within the courthouse, it's available from anywhere in the state," Rubow said.

He says the program is also expected to save money.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Central Arkansas Library System Adds Digital Magazines

Zinio is the new system that will bring digital magazines to CALS.

The Central Arkansas Library System says it will begin to offer digital versions of around 60 magazines next month.

Susan Gele with CALS explains that the online service will work with a log-in using a library card number.

She says digital magazines offered will include Newsweek, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, and Dwell.  

The service will be available beginning August 5.

Gele says the library system will begin scaling back on the number of printed copies of magazines.

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Local & Regional News
4:57 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Report Says About Growth, Employment, And Housing in Central Arkansas

The regional planning agency Metroplan is releasing its 2013 report on demographics and employment in Central Arkansas.

Research planner Jonathan Lupton notes population estimates show the region is still growing on trend - a little faster than the state and national average.

The report shows the region’s fastest growth is in Faulkner and Saline Counties, fed mainly by in-migration rather than natural increase. 

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Local & Regional News
3:23 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Anti-Hunger Advocates Concerned By Possible Food Stamp Cuts

Officials with hunger relief organizations in Arkansas and across the country have expressed concerns about recent efforts to remove food stamp provisions from federal Farm Bill legislation.

Though the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that included funding for nutrition assistance, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that eliminated monetary support for the food stamp program.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Griffin Proposes Tax Relief After Arkansas Oil Spill

Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

An Arkansas congressman is proposing tax relief for people affected by the oil spill in Mayflower this year.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Monday that people affected the oil spill deserve to be compensated, and he says they shouldn't have to pay more taxes because of that compensation.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower.

The spill damaged properties and led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Little Rock Developer Who Pleaded Guilty Seeks Leniency

Attorneys representing a Little Rock developer who pleaded guilty to mail fraud are asking a federal judge for leniency in sentencing.

Attorneys for Roger Stephen Clary, who goes by Steve, filed a motion seeking a sentence of one day in prison or home detention.

Clary pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud after prosecutors accused him of misusing about $1.6 million of a $4.5 million loan from Bank of America Leasing Corporation.

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Local & Regional News
8:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Heavy Rainfall Predicted For Northern Arkansas

The National Weather Service says some parts of Arkansas could see heavy rainfall this week while other areas of the state will bake in temperatures approaching triple digits.

Forecasters say parts of northern Arkansas will see isolated storms and thunderstorms on Monday.

The weather service says total rainfall for the week could exceed 3 inches. Isolated storms could become severe, with strong winds the biggest concern.

Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot

Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.

Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.

Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Many Arkansas Counties Haven't Applied For Civil War Marker

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission says nearly half of Arkansas' counties have yet to apply for a marker to note the county's history in the US Civil War.

The commission hopes to place a marker in all 75 of the state's counties to tell of a Civil War event in that county. But officials say 34 counties have neither a marker in place nor an application asking for approval of one.

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