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8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Majestic Hotel Owner Given 60 Days To Clean Up Rubble After Fire

File photo of the fire that destroyed part of the Majestic Hotel in February.
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

The owner of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has been given 60 days to clean up the rubble left over from a fire that destroyed a large part of hotel complex in February.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality sent a letter Monday to Garrison Hassenflu, who owns the corporation that owns the Majestic property. The letter also says Hassenflu must submit a plan within 10 days detailing a removal plan for the debris at the Majestic site.

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Local & Regional News
9:32 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Bill Clinton: Presidential Libraries Help Give Context To Today's Debates

Former President Bill Clinton speaking Tuesday evening at a conference on presidential historic sites.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton says libraries and other sites around the country honoring the nation's past commanders in chief give Americans the context to understand how past debates affect current political fights.

Speaking at a conference focusing on presidential historic sites, Clinton said Tuesday that teaching the public about the history surrounding former presidents' decisions helps guide them about issues facing the country now.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium

Gretchen Hall, chief executive officer of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and Jim Rice, chief operating officer, pose on the stage of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Hear the report by KUAR's Michael Hibblen.

Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall will soon be closing its doors to begin two years of renovations to modernize the facility.

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Struggling To Find Workers, Poultry Industry Calls For Immigration Reform

Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods poultry house in Washington County, Ark.

The head of the Poultry Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying that his industry is currently struggling to find workers.

Marvin Childers said that without reform, the price of food is sure to skyrocket.

“If we don't do something, we're going to drive the price of food completely out of reason for Arkansans and Americans,” said Childers. “We need employees. We need to find a way to make certain that the people that are here that we get them on some path to citizenship.”

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Local & Regional News
9:57 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Report: Arkansas Revenue Dips In May

State finance officials say an expected drop in corporate income tax collections in May pushed Arkansas' revenue below predictions and below the same month last year.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the state's net available revenue in May totaled $315.4 million. That's $18.8 million below last year and $24.7 million below forecast.

The state's revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $52.9 million above forecast.

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Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Group Wants To Help Defend 12-Week Abortion Ban

An anti-abortion group based in Texas wants to help Arkansas officials defend the state's 12-week abortion ban before a federal appeals court.

The Justice Foundation on Monday asked to file a friend of the court brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending the Arkansas law prohibiting most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The group said it wanted to file the brief on behalf of women who it said had suffered physical and psychological injuries because of their abortions.

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Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Work Begins On Restoration Of House Chamber

House Chamber of the Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Work has begun on a $1 million restoration of the Arkansas state House chamber.

Construction crews on Monday began a historic restoration project in the chamber where the 100-member House meets. The project includes restoring cracked pieces of stained glass, restoring plaster in the ceiling that has received water damage and restoring the House chamber's chandelier. A historic paint analysis has been conducted to return the chamber to its original colors.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Prosecutor Says He Won't File Charges Over UA Testimony

File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Pulaski County prosecutor says conflicting testimony from University of Arkansas officials isn't enough to warrant criminal charges under the state's perjury laws.

Prosecutor Larry Jegley reviewed testimony from a legislative hearing last fall about reported problems at the university's Division of Advancement. At the hearing, former UA spokesman John Diamond told lawmakers that school officials ordered him to "get rid" of records regarding a multimillion dollar deficit in the division.

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6:30 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

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4:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Arkansas Electric Group Knocks Obama Emissions Plan

An Arkansas electric cooperative says an Environmental Protection Agency plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will reduce utility companies' use of coal in favor of more expensive fuels.

The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation says it was disappointed by the implications of Monday's announcement by the Obama administration to cut carbon dioxide emissions from plants over the next 15 years.

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