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2:57 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Arkansas Leaders: New Initiative Shows State Can Handle Major Industrial Projects

Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, announces the new initiative alongside Governor Mike Beebe.

Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission are announcing an initiative they say will show that Arkansas has the capability for rapid expansion and large-scale industrial development.

It's being called the "Advance Arkansas Site" initiative and state leaders say it will better position the state to compete for projects requiring large acreage.

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Local & Regional News
11:35 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Forecasters Say Ice Will Be Brief, Some Roads Slick

Forecasters say a narrow band of Arkansas will see some freezing rain through early Monday afternoon before temperatures rise and end the threat.

The Storm Prediction Center predicted the worst to be along Interstate 30 in southwestern Arkansas and then points north of there, to about a line from Fort Smith to Batesville.

The far northern edge of the heaviest precipitation will like be sleet. The freezing precipitation could also extend to the Texas-Arkansas border, and clip a portion of southeastern Oklahoma, but change over to just a cold rain as temperatures rise.

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9:29 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Wal-Mart Stores CEO Steps Down; McMillon Named Successor

Wal-Mart Stores CEO and President Mike Duke is stepping down from those posts. The world's biggest retailer named Doug McMillon as his successor.

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Local & Regional News
8:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Arkansas Man Accused Of Plotting To Kill Ex-Employee

Authorities have arrested a northeast Arkansas man on suspicion of criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder after the man allegedly "pocket dialed" the would-be victim as he described the plot.

But an attorney for Larry Barnett argues that the alleged victim had "an ax to grind" against Barnett, who's lived and worked in Jonesboro for more than 30 years.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that District Judge Curt Huckaby found sufficient evidence Monday for the case to proceed against Barnett.

Local & Regional News
7:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Much Of Arkansas Under Winter Storm Warning

A winter storm warning remains in place for parts of southwest Arkansas as a storm system makes its way through the state.

The National Weather Service says a mix of sleet and freezing rain is possible Monday for western parts of the state, including the Hope, Mena and Texarkana areas. Forecasters say ice accumulations of one-tenth of an inch are possible in the areas.

Much of the state is under a winter weather advisory, with sleet expected in many areas. Forecasters say the precipitation should transition to mostly rain before tapering off by mid-afternoon Monday.

Local & Regional News
6:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid Inspector General Launches Website

After the Arkansas Legislature passed a law earlier this year creating a new office of the Medicaid Inspector General, the agency has been setting up it independent operations and has recently created

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Local & Regional News
9:10 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Fairness Hearing Set On Pilot Flying J Settlement

Parties in a $70 million truck-stop rebate scandal linked to a company owned by the governor of Tennessee and his brother, who owns the Cleveland Browns, are to gather in court Monday for a federal court hearing that could end in approval of a settlement.

About 50 customers of Nashville-based Pilot Flying J opted out of the proposed settlement and have filed their own lawsuits. But the bulk of the 6,000 companies due rebates, plus interest, under the proposal have signed on to the deal.

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Local & Regional News
4:17 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates

Both the Libertarian Party of Arkansas and the Green Party have already submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot for the 2014 elections. On Saturday the Green Party announced a candidate for governor and US senate.

Hot Springs attorney Josh Drake is running for governor while Huntsville resident Mark Swaney is running for US senate.

The party's public relations officer Rebekah Kennedy identified climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the infringement of civil liberties as key issues in both candidates' campaigns.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Company To Hire 50, Spend $6.7 Million On Malvern Plant

A company in Malvern says it is planning to spend $6.7 million and add 50 workers to open a new fiberboard plant. Prime-Line Inc. manufactures medium- and light-density fiberboard, moulding and millwork.

In its Friday announcement, the company said it has been turning down customers and needs the new plant to meet demand.

Prime-Line's president and CEO, Brian Feeney, says the plant will move from its location at Jones Mill Industrial Park to a site in Malvern.

Local & Regional News
6:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Creeps Up In October

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in October.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the increase mirrored a similar jump in the national unemployment rate.

The agency says five sectors added jobs last month, with the biggest gain coming in trade, transportation and utilities with the bulk of the increase coming from retail trade jobs.

Education and health services rose by 1,700 jobs, while the government sector increased by 2,900 jobs - mostly in public school employment.

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