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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Searcy Police May Drop Anonymous Text Tip Program

Police in Searcy are considering ending a program that allows residents to text anonymous tips about crime.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that the TipSoft program that police purchased in February 2012 has generated 21 tips. The program costs the department $1,700.

Police Lt. Steve Taylor says the department may not have educated the public thoroughly about the program. And Clark says he had never heard of TipSoft before becoming the city's police chief in February 2013.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Community College In Hot Springs To Raise Tuition And Fees

Tuition and fees will be rising at National Park Community College in Hot Springs by $9 per credit hour.

NPCC's Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition nearly 7.5 percent - or $5 per hour - and to raise the technology fee by $3 per hour while adding a new $1 per hour activity-wellness fee.

One year's tuition and fees at NPCC will rise from $2,750 last year to $2,885 this year. Trustee Don Harrris told The Sentinel-Record that the increase is needed to offset declining enrollment.

Local & Regional News
4:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

ASU Implements iPad Requirement For Incoming Freshmen

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is requiring all incoming freshman to have iPads for class beginning this fall, officials said.

Students will be using the tablets to download e-textbooks and utilize article databases like JSTOR, LexisNexis and EBSCOhost. ASU faculty will also use services like iTunes U and iBooks Author to develop innovative, multimedia-based programs to better engage students with the learning process. 

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Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Rules For Rescuers Can't Predict Storm Turns

The chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says there's no sign that a wildlife officer and the Scott County sheriff violated regulations when they tried to rescue two women during a flash flood May 31.

Game officer Joel Campora, Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women died, along with a fifth person, after the Fourche LaFave River surged after heavy rains fell near Y City.

Local & Regional News
4:46 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Tomatoes Scarce For Arkansas Pink Tomato Festival

The annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival is about to start and officials are concerned about a potential lack of tomatoes.

The festival began with the Grand Tomato Ball on Friday with the main attractions of food, music and arts and crafts scheduled for June 13-15 in the southeastern Arkansas town.

But organizers say the main attraction - tomatoes - are scarce and smaller than usual.

Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Man Wounded By Officer In Shooting At Lono

Hot Spring County authorities say a man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot by a deputy sheriff.

Authorities told KATV that the deputy was one of several officers investigating reports of a man with a gun outside a small store in Lono about 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say the man raised a weapon toward one of the deputies and was shot by another deputy.

The man was flown to a Hot Springs hospital where he was listed in stable condition Sunday. The names of the deputy and the man have not been released.

Not Necessarily Nashville
8:09 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Amy Garland Plays New Songs Live On Not Necessarily Nashville

Flap Jones, Nick Devlin and Amy Garland in the KUAR studio during Not Necessarily Nashville, Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

In advance of a CD release party later that evening, Amy Garland joined Flap Jones live on Not Necessarily Nashville to play a few songs and talk about her music.  Also joining Amy at KUAR to play guitar was Nick Devlin .

The new CD Hang A Light came out this month, and its release was marked with a performance at the Whitewater Tavern in Little Rock.

You can listen to excerpts of that week's program above.

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Highway Closures
6:13 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Late-Night Painting Will Close I-430, I-630 Ramps

Credit arkansashighways.com / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

Highway crews will close a pair of ramps at a busy intersection in west Little Rock that is undergoing major changes.

Ramps from northbound Interstate 430 onto Financial Center Parkway and Chenal Parkway will close overnight beginning Sunday night. Overnight closures will be in place until Friday morning.

At the same time, the ramp from eastbound I-630 onto northbound I-430 will be closed.

Workers are painting new flyover bridges being added to the Big Rock Interchange.

Traffic will be diverted to the Shackleford Road exit just south of the construction zone.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Lawyer Nominated For Judge Job In Western Arkansas

A Fayetteville lawyer has been nominated for U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas.

Sen. Mark Pryor said Friday that President Barack Obama nominated Timothy Brooks for the position.

Pryor's office says Brooks is a partner with Taylor Law Partners, LLP in Fayetteville. Brooks has spent his entire 24-year legal career with the firm, becoming a partner in 1993.

Arkansas Politics
5:56 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Michigan Governor To Speak At Arkansas Dems Dinner

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
Credit Wikimedia / wikipedia.com

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the guest speaker for the Arkansas Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner this month.

The state Democratic Party announced Friday that Granholm will speak at the June 15 event.

The dinner will be at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

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