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4:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas Congressman Deletes 'Violent Rhetoric' Tweet

A Republican congressman from Arkansas posted, then deleted, a tweet criticizing President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers for "violent rhetoric" during a U.S. Capitol lockdown following a shooting. U.S.

Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday tweeted from his personal account "Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi" after a shooting was reported outside the Capitol. Griffin's tweet included the hashtag disgusting.

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4:11 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacts Little Rock Air Force Base

Three hundred and fifty Little Rock Air Force Base civilians are on furlough due to the government shutdown that began October 1st.

The shutdown is due to Congress’ failure to pass a continuing resolution or appropriations bill. Asa result, all personnel paid by appropriated funds are on furlough, except for the minimum number necessary to carry out duties that are essential to national security and safety.

Colonel Patrick J. Rhatigan, Commander of the 19th Airlift Wing said the furlough has had a major impact on the Air Force’s operations.

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2:44 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tempartures May Dip to 40s in Arkansas

Credit www.weather.gov / NWS

Temperatures in Arkansas are expected to make a noticeable drop over the weekend. The National Weather Service’s Marty Trexler said it’ll come as scattered severe storms and a cold front move in.

“Normally this time of year we do actually get right around 80 degrees as our high and morning lows in the 60s. So, about five degrees below normal or seven degrees below normal on highs and the low temperatures if we get down to the 50s that’s below normal. Monday morning why might see some in the 40s,” said Trexler.

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7:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas 188th Fighter Wing Delays Anniversary Celebration

The 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith, Ark., welcomed its transition from F-16s to A-10s April 14. Federal, state and local elected officials along joined unit members to say farwell to the F-16 (foreground) and hello to the A-10 (background).
Credit Master Sgt. Bob Oldham / U.S. Air Force

The 60th anniversary celebration of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

The celebration for current and former 188th members was set for Saturday, but officials decided to postpone the event until Nov. 2 because of the shutdown. 

Maj. Heath Allen tells the Southwest Times Record that it wasn't feasible to hold the event because of furloughs caused by the shutdown.

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5:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Crews To Change Parking Signage In River Market

The River Market District in downtown Little Rock.
Credit inarkansas.com

Little Rock officials say there won't be any parking tickets written for the 2-hour or pay-and-display areas in the River Market District as crews change signage there.

However, the city says parking meter violations in other areas of Little Rock still will be enforced. 

The city is in the process of installing a pay-and-display parking system in the River Market.

Parking enforcement workers in the River Market District will show drivers how to use the new payment system during the rest of the week.

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5:46 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Greers Ferry Dam To Mark 50th Anniversary

Greers Ferry Dam
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

Former President Bill Clinton is to top the list of speakers at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Greers Ferry Dam.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and is expected to draw a large crowd. The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce says an overflow parking lot will be opened at 9:30 a.m.

It's been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy stood at the dam and praised the programs of President Franklin Roosevelt as a way of bringing prosperity to the nation.

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6:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Marijuana Legalization Measure

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana in the state.

McDaniel on Wednesday cited several problems with the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Marjorie LeClair of Shirley.

McDaniel must certify the proposed amendment before supporters can begin gathering the 78,133 signatures needed to place it on next year's ballot.

The proposal calls for repealing all state laws related to the cannabis plant.

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3:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What Does The Government Shutdown Mean For University Research?

Researchers at the University of Arkansas say that, at least in the near term, their research can continue as usual despite a federal government shutdown.

Jim Rankin, vice provost for research and economic development at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, explains that while the research they do relies heavily on federal funding, the money is already there.

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3:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Arkansas Revenue Up In September

Arkansas finance officials say higher than expected income and sales tax collections pushed the state's revenue higher in September.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Wednesday that the state's net available revenue last month totaled $522.8 million, which is $28.2 million above the same month last year and $16.3 million above forecast.

Arkansas' revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $29.7 million higher than forecast.

The department said the September revenue was boosted by gains in all major categories of tax collections.

Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Thousands of Arkansas Residents Confirm Private Option Enrollment

More than 55,000 Arkansans have opted to enroll in new healthcare covered under the private option law, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

The agency, which contacted more than 132,000 eligible households in September, will begin sending out letters this week that explain the enrollment process. Reports also indicate a total of 2,539 children were deemed uninsured and automatically enrolled in ARKids First.

The number of positive responses quashed initial uncertainty, according to DHS Communications Director Amy Webb.

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