A husband and wife in western Arkansas have pleaded guilty to charges they filed federal tax returns in the names of other people and kept refunds of $132,000 for themselves.
U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge said Wednesday that 37-year-old Owen Wheeler and 51-year-old Patricia Wheeler of Everton took advantage of a new Internal Revenue Service system that provides speedier refunds to taxpayers.
The pair is accused of using tax software to file the returns and have the refunds directly deposited into a bank account.
A report is expected to be complete in about a week and a half on what caused the rupture of an oil pipeline, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude in Mayflower.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says ExxonMobil requested an extension to PHMSA's April 2nd Corrective Action Order allowing 45 days for Exxon to complete its inspection of the pipe.
More than 120,000 people visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for a special 11-week exhibition of the works of Norman Rockwell.
The Bentonville museum says attendance for the exhibition topped visitor numbers from 12 other cities where the exhibition has already been shown, including Sacramento, Calif.; Detroit, Raleigh, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla.
General admission to Crystal Bridges is free, but the Rockwell exhibition included a $12 admission fee for adults.
The state's revenue picture is getting rosier. Finance officials say a boost in sales tax collections helped keep the revenues for Arkansas above expectations last month.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the state's net available revenue in May totaled $334.2 million. That's $2 million below the same month last year, but $8.4 million above forecast.
The state's year-to-date revenue total $4.4 billion, which is $172.4 million above forecast. Arkansas' fiscal year ends June 30.
A judge has set a trial date for a former student accused of issuing a threat against Harrisburg High School.
The 18-year-old male is to be tried on Sept. 9 for first-degree terroristic threatening. The Jonesboro Sun reports the teenager was a senior when he was arrested on Feb. 22 after allegedly threatening to "shoot up" the campus.
The defendant is being held at the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, where he is awaiting a mental evaluation that was ordered in March.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is taking steps toward redeveloping a baccalaureate program in nursing.
The university is to conduct a feasibility study and the Arkansas State Nursing Board is to conduct an on-site survey. The board would have to approve the program, as would University of Arkansas Trustees and the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.
In 2010, UAPB's nursing program was suspended, which led to the school being barred from accepting new students.