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5:56 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Walton Family Gives $2 Million To U.S. Marshals Museum In Arkansas

Computer-generated image of the U.S. Marshals Museum entrance.
Credit http://www.usmarshalsmuseum.com/

The U.S. Marshals Museum planned for Fort Smith has received a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

The $50 million museum plans to break ground Sept. 24, 2014 - the 225th anniversary of when President George Washington established the marshals.

A commemorative coin honoring marshals will also go on sale then, too. Organizers said last month they expect coin sales to bring in $5 million.

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Local & Regional News
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Special Prosecutor Sought To Review Lawmaker's Case

A prosecutor in northeast Arkansas is calling for a special prosecutor to review an ethics panel's findings about a Democratic state senator.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday fined Sen. Paul Bookout $8,000 and reprimanded him after finding out that he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on women's clothing, a home theater and other personal items last year.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington on Monday called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the commission's findings and determine whether there should be a criminal investigation.

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Local & Regional News
1:31 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Republican Tommy Moll Enters Race For Arkansas' 4th District

A Hot Springs businessman has joined the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas' 4th District.

Tommy Moll announced Monday he is running as a Republican and wants to focus on jobs and the economy in his campaign.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman have already announced they're seeking the GOP nomination for the seat.

Janis Percefull, a community college instructor from Hot Springs, is the only announced Democratic candidate for the 4th District.

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Local & Regional News
12:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Up To 7.4 Percent

There has been a slight increase in the state’s unemployment rate, according to officials with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. The jobless rate for July was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent. 

Bernadette Coleman is the Bureau of Labor Statistics manager with the department. She says the small hike is partially due to seasonal factors.

"The summer has something to do with it. One thing I particularly think about is the school situation, because schools are still out in July… so the summertime does make a difference,” said Coleman.

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Local & Regional News
12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

McDaniel & Griffin Guests On NPR's Diane Rehm Show Discussing Mayflower Oil Spill

File photo of McDaniel touring the site of the oil spill in April, just a few days after the rupture occurred.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more legal action will be coming from the state concerning the oil spill in Mayflower.

Monday McDaniel and Congressman Tim Griffin were guests on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show discussing pipeline safety.  You can listen to the full hour at this link.  McDaniel's segment begins about 13 minutes into the program.  Griffin calls in toward the end of the show.

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Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Arkansas Red Cross: New School Year Means Parents Should Update Emergency Contacts

As students head back to school in central Arkansas, Red Cross officials in the state are reminding parents and guardians to update all emergency contact information.

Brigette Williams with the Arkansas Red Cross says families must have a plan of action so that children and teachers know what to do if there is an urgent situation in the middle of the school day.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Faulkner Sheriff 'Disappointed' In Sentence For Ex-opponent

Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock says he wanted his former election opponent to get a stiffer sentence for creating a false birth certificate.

On Friday, 47-year-old Harold Allen Smith of Greenbrier was sentenced to a month in federal prison followed by a year of supervised release.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that Shock says he's content to accept the judge's decision but says he's "disappointed" in the sentence.

Smith was accused of faking a birth certificate to make it appear that Shock had fathered a child in Texas.

Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Federal Committee Hearing On Rural, Urban Communications To Meet In Cabot

A member of the Federal Communications Commission is to discuss school Internet connectivity in a central Arkansas talk.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the FCC is to speak at the Cabot Public Schools administration building on Monday.

Rosenworcel is to highlight the need for affordable Internet access in classrooms. She is to appear with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is being challenged in a re-election bid by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. 

Local & Regional News
5:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Art Galleries On The Move In Hot Springs

A number of artists in Hot Springs are updating their spaces or moving to new venues.

Artist's Workshop Gallery plans to move their exhibited artworks in mid-September from 810 Central Ave. to the Sumpter-Little building at 610 Central Ave.

The new building has three ground-floor suites and space upstairs. Artist Jim Reimer told the Sentinel-Record that the move will put the gallery in range of more downtown foot traffic.

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Arkansas Gubernatorial Race 2014
5:31 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Beebe Endorses Ross For Governor

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has endorsed fellow Democrat Mike Ross in the race to succeed Beebe as governor.

Beebe on Saturday endorsed Ross' 2014 gubernatorial bid.

Ross became the only announced Democratic candidate for governor last month after former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter dropped out of the race for the party's nomination. Ross represented Arkansas' 4th Congressional District for 12 years and announced he was running for governor in April.

Beebe is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

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