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6:02 am
Fri June 14, 2013

FBI Seeking Robber Dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012.

The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills. No one has been injured - but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Mayflower Oil Spill
7:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mayflower Superintendent: Exxon Has Exceeded My Expectations

On the same day that state and federal prosecutors took action against ExxonMobil regarding the oil spill in Mayflower, at least one resident of that community says he feels the response by Exxon after the spill has exceeded his expectations.

John Gray, Superintendent of the Mayflower School District, says he thinks some people have been hypercritical of the oil giant.

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Arkansas Crime
6:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

24 Named In Hot Springs Gang, Drug, Indictments

Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.

US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.

Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Conway Mayor Says He Won't Seek 6th Term In Office

Credit cityofconway.org / City of Conway, Arkansas

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell says he won't be seeking a sixth term in office.

Townsell was re-elected in 2012 and has three years left in his term. But he tells the Log Cabin Democrat that he's ready for "anything that might present itself" and that he may not finish his current term.

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Immigration
5:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Non-Profit Opens Office, Helps Immigrants

As an immigration reform bill is expected to be debated and amended in the U.S. Senate this week, a local immigrant advocacy group is settling into its own office for the summer.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center assists families who need to navigate processes like getting proper medical care or other services.  

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Mayflower Oil Spill
11:11 am
Thu June 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney & Arkansas AG File Joint Lawsuit Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer speaking to reporters Thursday at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

State and federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a joint lawsuit has been filed against the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, which spilled an estimated 5,000 barrels of raw tar sands crude in a residential neighborhood.

“The oil spill disrupted lives. This oil harmed the environment and this oil spill was in violation of both state and federal law,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

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Arkansas Politics
5:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NRA Answers Bloomberg With Pryor Radio Ad

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The National Rifle Association is buying airtime on Arkansas radio stations to defend Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against gun purchase background checks proposed by President Barack Obama.

The NRA said the ad will run Wednesday through June 25 in a number of state media markets.

The 60-second spot mentions the 2008 murder of Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney and says nothing in the legislation Pryor voted against would have prevented the killing.

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Education Board
5:42 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas State Board Of Education Elects New Officers

Former Arkansas state Sen. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville has been elected chairwoman of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Gullett was elected Wednesday and succeeds Jim Cooper as chair of the education board.

The board also elected former state Rep. Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock as vice chairman.

The two will serve one year terms that run through June 2014.

Local & Regional News
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansan Honored For Work On Behalf Of Kids With Parents In Prison

An Arkansas woman, who founded a group that advocates on behalf of children with incarcerated parents, was honored Wednesday at the White House.

Dee Ann Newell, executive director of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, was one of 12 people from around the country honored as a “Champion of Change.”

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Education
4:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas Education Officials Announce Program To Increase Higher Ed Degrees

Arkansas education officials are announcing a program they say will help with Governor Mike Beebe’s initiative to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025.

Noting "some college is better than no college," education officials say they’ll use a grant from the Kresge Foundation to put a system in place so the state’s community colleges and universities can blend student information.

The idea is that associates degrees would be awarded to students who transferred to a university from a two-year college and have amassed enough credits for a diploma.

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