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12:52 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Mitt Romney Casts Arkansas Senate Race As Way To Fight Obama

Republican senate candidate Tom Cotton and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak to reporters Thursday in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says unseating incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is critical to the future of the nation.

Speaking to reporters in North Little Rock after headlining two fundraisers for Republican candidate Tom Cotton, he didn’t talk much about the candidates, but said it’s about the balance of power.

"This will make a difference. This could well be the race that determines who will have the majority in the Senate," Romney said.

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9:41 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Arkansas Train Crash

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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9:39 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Jonesboro Paper Says Police Chief Bullied Reporter

The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied one of the newspaper's reporters into quitting by making derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

In a story published Tuesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with the Sun's ability to conduct its business.

Yates did not return a call from The Associated Press, but told the newspaper he was exercising his free speech rights.

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8:47 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Little Rock Port Authority Opens Resource Center

The Arkansas River Resource Center
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The construction of a new 2.1 million dollar Arkansas River Resource Center is heralding future economic development opportunities for the Port of Little Rock, according to city and federal officials. As KUAR’s Chris Hickey reports, the center’s presence is just one piece of a site that has become an economic engine for Central Arkansas.

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5:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Amid Falling Revenues, Arkansas Lottery To Close Regional Claim Centers

The Arkansas lottery is to close three regional claim centers in a move that will make an extra $381,000 available for college scholarships. Six jobs will be lost.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to close the centers. Each of the centers employs two people.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley says the workers would be able to seek other employment within the agency.

A center in Springdale will close Oct. 1, and centers in Camden and Jonesboro will close Nov. 30. Each closure is set for when the centers' leases expire.

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5:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Fatal Arkansas Train Crash

NTSB Investigator Mike Flanigon removes the event recorder from one of the locomotives involved in Sunday's crash.
Credit NTSB

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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4:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Pryor Highlights His Cancer Fight To Explain Support For 'Obamacare'

An image from Sen. Mark Pryor's new campaign ad, explaining his support for the national healthcare law.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.

The Democrat, who is in a tough re-election battle, fought a clear-cell sarcoma discovered after an ankle injury. He had five weeks of chemotherapy and a 13-hour surgery.

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3:16 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader Lends Voice In Arkansas Congressional Races

Pipe Intended For Keystone XL In Little Rock
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

A slate of national Republican figures continues to campaign this week on behalf of Arkansas GOP candidates. Speaking in Little Rock Wednesday recently promoted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) lent support to 2nd Congressional nominee French Hill amid a field of pipe sitting idle, awaiting a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.  

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3:01 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

High Temperatures Reach Arkansas

Hot temperatures have hit central Arkansas after a record cool July. Central and Eastern Arkansas have temperatures in the high 90's with heat indexes above 100 degrees.  According to Charles Dalton of the National Weather Service, these temperatures are not out of the ordinary for August.

“We’ve got really strong upper level high pressure building across the central gulf states including Arkansas. So, we’ve had an a-typical summertime weather pattern stretching back the past couple of weeks and it’s just kind of swapped to a more normal pattern,” said Dalton.

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1:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Arkansas Archaeologists Get Repatriation Grant For Native Americans

The Arkansas Archaeological Society has received a $63,000 grant to document and return human remains and cultural objects to their native people.

The grant announced Wednesday was among $1.5 million awarded nationwide by the National Park Service under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The grants were awarded to museums, Indian tribes and Alaska native villages.

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