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Severe Weather Alert
5:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Survey Crews To Seek Twister Damage In Arkansas

Severe Weather Alert

Survey crews from the National Weather Service will fan out across Arkansas to look for signs of tornado damage. 

A number of severe thunderstorms hit the state Wednesday in Arkansas's first severe-weather outbreak of the spring.

Forecasters say it appeared some twisters touched down in north-central Arkansas; some injuries were reported.

Among the areas to be surveyed Thursday are near Botkinburg and Scotland in Van Buren County, and also Horseshoe Bend, Mount Olive and west of Mountain View.

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Affordable Care Act
9:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Arkansas 'Private Option' Vote Thought Safe, Its Appropriation Less So

The Arkansas House is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to provide private health insurance coverage with federal money for low income Arkansans. The plan's implementation hinges on a tougher vote expected Friday.

The vote to enable the expansion is expected to pass the House with the needed 51 votes. Approval is easier than allowing the expansion to be funded, which takes a budget appropriation requiring 75 votes.

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Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

AG: Oil Pipeline Gash Is 22 Feet Long

A photo of maps and other documents provided by ExxonMobil to the Arkansas Attorney General's office.
Credit Arkansas Attorney General's Office

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says investigators are beginning to go through documents related to a pipeline that ruptured nearly two weeks ago.

Late Wednesday more than 12,000 pages of subpoenaed material were delivered to his office.

McDaniel also disclosed during a press conference that the hole in the pipeline is “substantially larger than many of us initially thought,” measuring more than 22 feet long and two inches wide.

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Severe Weather
5:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Severe Weather Bulletin

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
631 PM CDT WED APR 10 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
GRANT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS...
SOUTHERN LONOKE COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
SOUTHERN PULASKI COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
SOUTHEASTERN SALINE COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Asa Hutchinson Officially Jumps Into Race For Arkansas Governor

Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says he's raised more than $350,000 in his bid for the Republican  gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas.  

Hutchinson on Wednesday said he was officially kicking off his candidacy for the state's top office now that he's completed a school safety study for the National Rifle Association.  

Hutchinson in January said he planned to seek the GOP nomination.  

Hutchinson said his campaign will report raising more than $350,000 for the first three months of the year and will have $346,000 cash on hand.  

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Pryor On Gun Control
3:50 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Pryor Supports Republican Filibuster Of Gun Control Bill, Still Opposes Gay Marriage

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas
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U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, a Democrat, says he would support a Republican planned filibuster of gun control legislation that is expected to reach the Senate floor Thursday. 

Though some of his colleagues are negotiating over several compromise bills, Pryor says the current bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee is too broad and it’s not workable. He says the filibuster might extend the process so the legislation can be shaped by more lawmakers.

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U.S. Postal Service
3:47 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Approve Of Decision To Keep Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has dropped plans to end Saturday mail delivery this summer, due to a measure passed by Congress last month that barred U.S.P.S. officials from making such a move.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says efforts to curb mail delivery from six days a week to five would have hurt rural communities in the state.

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Organization Serving Homeless
3:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Organization Serving Homeless Exceeds Its Fundraising Goal Of $3.8 Million

Credit OurHouseShelter.org

A local organization serving the homeless met its fundraising goal just a day before its deadline of Wednesday, April 10.

Our House announced $4 million has been raised for construction of a new Children Center.

It will be used for childcare centers and after school programs for kids whose parents are working.

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Severe Weather
2:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued For 39 Counties In Arkansas

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The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch until 9 p.m. Tuesday evening for 39 counties in Arkansas.

However, Meteorologist Willie Gilmore said the main threats are dangerous wind and large hail.

Gilmore said thunderstorms often occur in this time of the year.

“Typically spring time is the best chance for seeing severe weather across this part of the country,” said Gilmore.

Late April 2011 Tornado Outbreak brought destruction to several states, including Arkansas.

More than 300 people died throughout the states as a result of that.

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New Coal-fired Power Plant
6:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Dedication Planned For SWEPCO's South Arkansas Power Plant

John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant

A dedication ceremony is planned in south Arkansas for Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s new coal-fired power plant. The ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hope. 

SWEPCO initially planned to have the event at the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant, but moved the ceremony to Hope because of the threat of severe weather. The 600-megawatt coal-fired plant began commercial operations in December 2012.

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