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3:27 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Board Rejects Request From Inmate Convicted Of Killing Police Officer

The Arkansas Pardon and Parole Board has denied a commutation request from a man convicted of killing a Pocahontas police officer.

The board announced Thursday that it rejected the commutation request of 55-year-old Dwight Sullinger.

He's serving life in prison after being convicted of the 1991 shooting death of Officer Scotty Bennett.  Prosecutors say Sullinger shot Bennett as the officer approached Sullinger's home after Sullinger had called and asked Bennett to come to the home.

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11:52 am
Thu April 24, 2014

AG: Supreme Court Ruling On Risperdal Increases Risk For Malpractice

File photo of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
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The Arkansas Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for rehearing in a case brought by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel could threaten all pending and future litigation in the state, McDaniel said Thursday.

Earlier this month, the state’s high court tossed a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a Medicaid fraud case involving the drug Risperdal.  Thursday justices refused a request by the Attorney General to reconsider.

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9:02 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Osceola Sets Meeting On Big River Steel Bonds

The Osceola City Council has scheduled a meeting to discuss issuing $1.5 billion of economic development bonds for the Big River Steel mill.

Mayor Dickie Kennemore says the council will meet May 5 to discuss issuing $1.5 billion in Act 9 bonds for the project. Kennemore tells The Jonesboro Sun that the city would not be liable in any way for the bonds.

Under the proposal, the steel mill would be owned by the city of Osceola and leased back to Big River Steel for $1 a year.

Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Hearing Set On Proposed Norphlet-Smackover Merger

The Arkansas Board of Education is to consider the proposed consolidation of the Norphlet and Smackover school districts at its hearing next month in Little Rock.

Both schools have approved the voluntary annexation of the Norphlet district into the Smackover district. The consolidation came about because Norphlet's enrollment is declining and nearing the state minimum of 350 students.

According to the El Dorado News-Times, the proposed merger would create

Local & Regional News
5:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Hearing Set For Next Week On Arkansas Voter ID Lawsuit

File photo of a sign outside a Little Rock polling place in March notifying voters to have a photo ID ready.
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An Arkansas judge has scheduled a hearing over a request to block the enforcement of the state's voter ID law in next month's primary.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Wednesday scheduled a hearing for May 2 over the motion for a preliminary injunction against the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Arkansas Public Law Center sued the state last week over the law, saying it violates Arkansas' constitution.

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2:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Sen. John Boozman Remains Hospitalized, Recovering From Heart Surgery

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U.S. Sen. John Boozman remains hospitalized in northwest Arkansas after having emergency heart surgery Tuesday.  Additional details about his treatment were released Wednesday.

A spokesman says Boozman, 63, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Rogers by his wife Cathy after experiencing pain in his chest and shoulders. After several tests, Boozman was diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection, which involves a tear in the inner layer of a blood vessel branching off the heart, and was admitted for immediate surgery, which lasted several hours.

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1:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Arkansas Literary Festival 2014

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Upwards of 10,000 people are expected to enjoy this year’s Arkansas Literary Festival, which begins Thursday in downtown Little Rock. The event has expanded significantly since the Central Arkansas Library System took it over six years ago, said Susan Gelé.  

Gelé believes this year continues the Literary Festival’s tradition of hosting a mix of Arkansas and out-of-state authors and presenters, as well as an eclectic range of genres.

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1:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Air Force Awards Arkansas Company $3.5 Million Contract

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An electronics company in Fayetteville is being awarded a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a power module for fighter jets.

Arkansas Power Electronics International is to build a high-temperature, silicon carbide power module for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  

Lauren Kegley, business development engineer with Arkansas Power Electronics International, said the company was chosen because it specializes in advanced electronics for a variety of customers in the defense, aerospace, and electric vehicle industries.

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10:14 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Aquarium Included In Little Rock Zoo's Master Plan

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Little Rock leaders are considering a new master plan that would add an aquarium to the city's zoo.

The plan announced Tuesday calls for the Little Rock Zoo to remain within its current 36.8 acres but adds new exhibits on undeveloped land.

Under the plan, the zoo's current tropical birdhouse would be transformed into an aquarium that would double as a rental venue and auditorium. The building would have two large wall tanks - one saltwater and one freshwater.

The plan also calls for new exhibits, primarily with a water theme.

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9:02 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Engineering Team From UALR To Compete In Texas

A mechanical engineering design team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is set to compete in an international event after winning first-place among 18 teams in the Student Professional Development Conference in Lubbock, Texas.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers organized the event that was held April 4-6 at Texas Tech University.

This year's event called for the team to design a small unmanned air vehicle to carry cargo through two gates, drop a payload and return to the starting point.

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