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9:39 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Have A Beatles Story? Are Ya Southern? Tales From The South Wants To Know

Arkansas-based public radio program Tales From the South wants your Beatles related stories for a special Beatles themed show.

The show is in conjunction with the Argenta Arts District's archival photography exhibit "The British Invasion: 50 Years Later." 

The deadline to submit your story to Tales From the South is 10 p.m., Sun. April 6. The Beatles-themed show will be taped Tue., April 15.

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Local & Regional News
9:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Craighead County Closely Watching Voter ID Lawsuit

Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law.

The law was passed last year over Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. It allows in-person voters who don't show identification at the time of voting until Monday after the election to present proper IDs to the election commission to have their votes counted. But it makes no mention of a similar grace period for absentee voters.

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Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

A panel discussion set in Little Rock will review how the Mayflower oil spill last year has affected that community so far, which is about 30 miles northwest of Arkansas' capital city.

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Arkansas Business Report
8:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

3/31/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week's Arkansas Business Report: The Annual Mid South Basic Economic Development Course is attracting record enrollment this year; AT&T has a new plan for wired and wireless bundles that benefits small businesses; A Birmingham developer has purchased land currently used as a soccer field in Little Rock's Riverdale area from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and plans a high-end complex including apartments.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Control for Pulaski and Helena-West Helena School Districts Continues

The Arkansas State Board of Education has voted to continue state control over two financially troubled school districts. The board on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to continue state control of the Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.

State education commissioner Tom Kimbrell said both districts still have financial-related issues that require the state's governance. Kimbrell has placed superintendents in each district and established community advisory boards to oversee the schools.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Report Shows Arkansas's Economy Improving

Credit www.arkansaseconomist.com

A report released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a  job market continuing to improve for Arkansans. The unemployment rate is improved from last month and down from 7.5 percent this time last year to 7.1 percent.

Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement said the data is showing a trend with other recent reports. 

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

ExxonMobil Exec Says Future Pegasus Pipeline Testing Could Take A Year

A year after the Mayflower oil spill, ExxonMobil executives are submitting a pipeline remediation plan to federal regulators that will include extraordinary integrity testing measures that may take more than a year to complete.

In an exclusive interview with Talk Business & Politics, vice-president for U.S. Pipeline Operations Karen Tyrone said the Pegasus pipeline will be put through inline testing, verification digs, and hydrotesting to stress the pipe beyond any weak points.

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Big Data In Arkansas
1:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry

Acxiom Corporation's headquarters in Little Rock.
Credit Adam Bartlett / flickr.com

The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.

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Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ouachita County Judge Resigns Amid Federal Bribery Charges

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly - who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges - has announced plans to resign.

Hesterly said in a letter of resignation that he will resign April 3 because of "health problems, current circumstances and other concerns."

Hesterly and contractor Harry Clemons Jr. of Bearden were charged in January with conspiring to award a federal disaster-relief grant to Clemons to clean up debris following two tornadoes in 2009 in exchange for Clemons making a contribution to Hesterly's re-election campaign.

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