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New Jobs In Arkansas
3:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Food Company Creates 80 New Jobs In Russellville, Arkansas

ConAgra Foods headquarter
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80 new, full-time jobs will be coming to Russellville when expansion of a ConAgra Foods plant is completed by June of next year.

The company made the announcement Friday, with salaries at about $16 per hour.

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Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Friday Is The Warmest Day Of 2013 So Far

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The National Weather Service says Friday was the warmest day of the year so far in central Arkansas.

The temperature reached into the 80s.

Weather officials say in previous years at this time of March, the temperature was around 63.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Entergy Arkansas Says Residential Bills To Decrease

Entergy Arkansas says a reduction in its costs for power will mean a 4.75 percent cut in the average  residential customer's utility bill.  

Entergy said in a news release Friday that it expects more nuclear generated power - which is less expensive - will be available in 2013 from Arkansas Nuclear One and Grand Gulf.  

The company says the utility bill for a residential customer currently using 1,000 kilowatt hours is $101.31 per  month. Entergy says that bill would drop to $96.50 per month under the new rate.  

Wilbur Mills Book
11:40 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Book Chronicles Career Of Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills

Wilbur Mills

Arkansas author Kay Goss has written a book about the life and legacy of former Congressman Wilbur Mills. As one of the longest serving Arkansas officials in Congress, Mills made a name for himself wielding power as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1958 to 1975. 

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Pres. Clinton For Little Rock Funding Initiative
6:18 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Clinton To Help Launch Microloan Program In Arkansas

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to help announce the launch of an initiative that expands the availability of microloans for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Little Rock area.

Clinton is slated to appear Friday afternoon at the launch of Kiva City Little Rock. The program connects small business owners to an online community where people can lend money to Arkansas businesses.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Sen. Mark Pryor To Begin Re-election Campaign With Fundraisers in LR

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Sen. Mark Pryor, the sole Democrat remaining in Arkansas' congressional delegation, is bringing in the big guns as he formally kicks off his re-election campaign this weekend.

Former President Bill Clinton is among those expected at fundraisers Saturday evening in Little Rock. 

Three events are planned.  A dinner at the Peabody Hotel, a cocktail reception at the Statehouse Convention Center and what’s being called an Arkansas Celebration, also at the Statehouse. 

Governor Mike Beebe and former Senators David Pryor and Dale Bumpers are also expected. 

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Local & Regional News
2:53 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Arkansas House Advances Charter School Law Changes

The Arkansas House has passed a bill that would change the way the state approves charter schools.

The House on Thursday voted 87-0 in favor of a bill by Republican Rep. Mark Biviano of Searcy that would designate the state Education Department and not the Board of Education as the primary authorizer of charter schools.

Biviano's proposal would require the state education commissioner to appoint a panel of his staff to review and approve charter school applications.

The Board of Education would have the power to review that panel's decisions.

Local & Regional News
1:58 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Arkansas Panel Approves Tax Cut For Farm Structures

A House panel has approved exempting chicken-breeding houses and other farm structures from  sales taxes on utilities, a cut that state finance officials say will cost about $10 million a year.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced the legislation Thursday. It's the first major tax cut approved by the panel this session.

The measure would exempt several types of agricultural structures from sales taxes on electricity, natural gas and other utilities. The proposal heads to the House for a vote as legislative leaders are negotiating a package of tax cuts.

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1:02 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Court Won't Reconsider Appeal In Arkansas Bombing Case

A federal appeals court has denied a request to reconsider the appeal of an Arkansas doctor convicted in a bombing that nearly killed the head of the state's medical board.

On Wednesday, the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a three-judge panel rejected Randeep Mann's request for a rehearing.

In December, a three-judge panel ordered a new sentencing for Mann, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 bombing at the home of Dr. Trent Pierce.

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Oaklawn Hosts Major Meet Saturday
12:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jockeys Prepare Horses For Rebel Stakes At Oaklawn

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Horse racing is well underway at Oaklawn in Hot Springs and there are only a few major events left before the racing season ends April 13th. According to Jennifer Hoyt with the racetrack, the much anticipated Rebel Stakes begins this Saturday.

“The Rebel Stakes race has a purse of $600,000 and this year there is 85 points available for horses that are looking to make the Kentucky Derby,” said Hoyt. “This is our last big prep-race for horses wanting to make the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby beyond that.”

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