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Arkansas Wildlife
6:47 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Bat Disease Causing Fungus Found In State Park

Bat with White Nose Syndrome
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The latest discovery of a fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome in bats has some Arkansas wildlife officials worried about the potential harm to local bat populations.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed Monday that a sample of the fungus was found in a cave at Devil's Den State Park in Washington County, but officials say no bats in the area have shown symptoms of the disease. It's the second instance of the fungus showing up in Arkansas after samples were found at a privately owned cave in Baxter County.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Restoration Of Dome Underway At Arkansas Capitol

Credit Arkansas Business

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says restoration of the state Capitol's interior dome is underway.

Martin announced the beginning of the project on Monday. He says a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council is funding the restoration.

Martin's office says work on the project will continue through the fall.

The dome's interior will be repainted to be as historically accurate as possible, dating back to the Capitol's original construction.

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Local & Regional News
3:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansans Say Pope's Remarks Do Not Equal Acceptance of Homosexuality

Saint Edward's Catholic Church in downtown Little Rock.
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Pope Francis has generated some buzz because of comments on gays in the Catholic Church after his week long trip to Brazil. Francis said gays, including clergy, should be forgiven and integrated into society.

He said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Dr. John Sanders, Chair of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, says the comments are less about theology and more about tone.

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Local & Regional News
2:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Ex-Arkansas Deputy Pleads Guilty In Prostitution Case

Federal prosecutors say a former Garland County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a prostitution-related charge.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Prosecutors Want Delay In Ex-LR Officer's Retrial

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors are seeking a delay in the retrial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

A ruling is pending with Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on a request to move the trial of ex-officer Josh Hastings to December.

A jury deadlocked after a June trial in which Hastings claimed he was justified in shooting 15-year-old Bobby Moore III, who was caught breaking into cars at a Little Rock apartment complex.

Hastings claims Moore tried to run him over.

Griffen set a retrial for September.

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Politics
11:52 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bill Halter Drops Out Of Race For Governor

Bill Halter
Credit Arkansas Times

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter is dropping out of the Democratic race for Arkansas governor next year. He made the announcement Monday in an email to supporters.

Spokesman Bud Jackson says the decision was made because Halter would have faced a tough challenge from former Congressman Mike Ross.

"When he first got in this race, it was only him and now we have a stronger candidate in Mike Ross who has done a better job in raising money and Bill decided he didn't want to put the party through a divisive primary and he would gracefully bow out," Jackson said.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Exxon Mobil Pipeline President Responds To Central Arkansas Concerns

A July 26, 2013 letter sent to Arkansas elected officials and representatives of Central Arkansas Water from Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. president Gary Pruessing suggests a commitment to more dialogue, but not to quick action as the pipeline company and local leaders exchange concerns in the aftermath of the Mayflower oil spill.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansas Researchers Develop New Non-GMO Soybeans

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Arkansas Scientists have developed two new soybean varieties that offer high yields.

Dr. Pengyin Chen, director of the Division of Agriculture's soybean breeding program, says the new soybeans are not genetically modified and can be timed for harvest after farmers have completed harvesting their rice crop.

“[The soybeans] are bred by using conventional classical breeding techniques, know as crossbreeding,” said Chen. “Basically, you cross two non-GMO, or conventional, soybean lines or varieties to develop new lines.”  

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Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Woman Sues Over Handcuffed Son's Death in Arkansas

The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in in federal court in Jonesboro.

The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter's death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.

Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Proposal Would Have Pine Bluff Clubs Close Earlier

The Pine Bluff City Council is expected to consider a measure that would require earlier closing times for clubs.

The Pine Bluff City Council is scheduled to give final consideration to the proposed ordinance on Aug. 5.

The proposal would require all private clubs in the city to shut their doors at 1 a.m.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth says earlier closing times would cut down on the number of police calls to private clubs.

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