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12:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

$5,000 Reward For Information In Killing Of Bald Eagle

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A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the person or persons who killed a bald eagle in western Arkansas.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says the mature eagle was found shot to death in the Mount Magazine area of Logan County near the town of Midway with both its talons cut off.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing the eagle.

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Local & Regional News
11:23 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Arkansas Ex-Treasurer Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges

Former Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaves court Thursday morning, offering no comments to reporters.
Credit David Goins / KARK-TV

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner has pleaded not guilty to mail fraud charges that allege she misspent thousands of dollars in campaign money on personal items.

Shoffner already faces a trial Monday on federal extortion and bribery charges.

At an arraignment Thursday, she entered a plea on 10 new charges lodged by a grand jury earlier this month.

That panel alleges Shoffner spent $9,800 in campaign funds for payments on a credit card used to buy clothing and cosmetics. U.S. Magistrate Beth Deere set a trial date of March 31.

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Local & Regional News
10:20 am
Thu February 27, 2014

More than $500 Million Awarded To Alamo Abuse Victims

File photo of Tony Alamo being led away from court.

A circuit judge in Arkansas has awarded more than half a billion dollars in damages to seven women who were physically and sexually abused by Tony Alamo when they belonged to the evangelist's ministry.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that Miller County Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson entered a default judgment against Twenty First Century Holiness Tabernacle Church, an arm of Alamo Ministries, after it failed to respond to the civil suit. Johnson awarded the women a total of $525 million.

Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence on sex-related convictions.

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Local & Regional News
6:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Teen Pregnancy Rates Down In Arkansas, Still 4th In Nation

While Arkansas has the 4th highest teen birth rate in the United States, it has made significant improvements in the last couple of decades. Still, the head of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says more can be done.

Sarah Brown, CEO of the private, independent non-profit group was in Little Rock Wednesday where she spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service.  She also spoke to the Human Services Subcommittee of the Arkansas House and Senate.

In an interview with KUAR, she praised efforts in Arkansas that have lowered the percentage.

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Politics & Healthcare
6:39 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

In Fiscal Legislative Session, Discussions On Private Option Go On

Arkansas Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives again delayed a fifth vote on funding Arkansas’s private option alternative to Medicaid expansion Wednesday. It came just as the state Department of Human Services new released figures showing that 127, 051 people have been deemed eligible to receive assistance under the healthcare program, with 105,561 already covered.

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Local & Regional News
2:31 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Third And Likely Final Round Of Layoffs Begins At Acxiom

A third, and likely final, wave of layoffs at Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. began on Wednesday as the database marketer continued its push to realign its workforce to meet changing industry demands.

Acxiom indicated in November 2013 it would cut its overall labor force by March in an effort to save $20-$30 million annually.

Acxiom has been investing in new products and services geared towards more sophisticated consumer data collection and target marketing via the Internet as some of its traditional, core business silos have seen declines in revenue and profitability.

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Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mike Ross Makes Bid For Arkansas Governor Official

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross has made his bid for Arkansas governor official by filing paperwork to run for the state's top office.

Ross filed on Wednesday to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, vowing to follow the tradition of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

Beebe was first elected governor as 2006 and is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Ross is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor. Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman are seeking the Republican nomination.

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At the Symphony
1:35 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Verdi's Requiem

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi's Requiem Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock. The performance will include a 400 voice double choir and four vocal soloists. This At the Symphony focuses on Giuseppe Verdi's great work.

You can find information about this performance in the Arkansas Symphony Masterworks Series at the ASO website.

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Local & Regional News
12:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

House Committee Approves Bill To Avoid Lt. Governor Special Election

An Arkansas House committee has approved a Senate bill aimed at keeping the lieutenant governor's office open until November after the last officeholder resigned over ethics violations.

House lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for a Senate bill that would allow Gov. Mike Beebe to not call a special election for the state's second-in-command post within 10 months of the November election. Senators passed that bill unanimously last week.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Eddie Joe Williams, says a special election would cost at least $1 million.

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Local & Regional News
12:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Hiring 200 At Conway Facility

Hewlett-Packard has begun interviewing candidates for 200 positions it is working to fill at its Conway location.

HP is hiring people in software development and business analysis.

A job fair continues through Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Conway.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that the positions are in the government health care sector.

HP account executive John Herzog says the company is the largest provider of Medicaid and Medicare processing and that it administers $140 billion in benefits annually. 

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