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10:37 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Perryville Post Office Being Renamed In Honor Of Vietnam Prisoner Of War

Army photo of Harold George Bennett, who the Prettyville post office is being renamed for.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution renaming a Perryville post office in honor of the first American prisoner of war executed during the Vietnam War.

The House passed the measure Monday to name the facility the Harold George Bennett Post Office. The resolution was sponsored by Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and co-sponsored by the three other members of Arkansas' House delegation.

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5:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Some Farmers Replanting After Flooding, But A Gamble At This Stage

Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun

Arkansas farmers are working to salvage the current growing season, but losses in some areas are expected to be huge.

"I've seen estimates as high as over $200 million just on soybeans," said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun.  Corn and rice were also hard hit when 10 inches of rain fell in east Arkansas on June 29.  Repeated rainfall since has further complicated recovery efforts.

Calhoun says many growers are replanting, but that it's risky at this point.

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2:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday.

El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed.

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1:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Cotton Says He's Raised $2.2 Million During Quarter, Outpacing Senator Pryor

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised $2.28 million over the last three months in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, outpacing the incumbent lawmaker in their increasingly heated and expensive Senate race.

Cotton's campaign announced Monday he raised the money during the fundraising period that ended June 30. Pryor's campaign on Friday announced he had raised $1.5 million during the same period.

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12:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Study Suggests Support For Creating Conway-Little Rock Express Bus Service

Initial planning has begun to consider providing express bus service between Conway, Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The urban planning organization Metroplan recently conducted a study to determine the feasibility of providing the public transit service.

Study Director Casey Covington says community feedback shows there would be support for the idea, but there are initial, monetary challenges.

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10:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Cooler Temperatures, Stormy Weather Headed To Arkansas

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to Arkansas along with the chance for flooding in the southern part of the state.

Monday is predicted to be another hot day, but temperatures are expected to drop drastically as the front moves in. Forecasters say that starting Tuesday, high temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s with overnight lows dipping into the 50s in some places.

The cold front is predicted to bring storms, and some areas in southern Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday.

Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Search Continues For Missing Arkansas Inmate Three Weeks After Escape

Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.

But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.

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6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

UAMS Names Clinic After Delta Dental

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has announced their oral health clinic plans to begin hosting dental residents. UAMS unveiled a new name for the clinic, now to be called the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Care. Dr. William Slagle is Director at UAMS’ Center for Dental Education. He says the clinic’s new name honors a charitable pledge.

“We’re really recognizing Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation for their 2 million-dollar gift for renovation and equipment in our center for dental education,” he says.   

Local & Regional News
10:06 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Beebe Touts Forestry Commission Wildfire Program

Credit David McNew / Getty Images

The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly address:

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger acrossArkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise program.

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5:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Sign-Hanging And Island Building To Close Lanes In Little Rock

File photo of work being on the Big Rock Interchange in August 2012.
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Road crews building traffic islands and hanging signs will close lanes at Little Rock's Big Rock interchange next week.

The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that the eastbound lane of Financial Center Parkway from Hermitage Road to Interstate 630 will be closed so crews can build traffic islands amid a construction project.

Work will take place next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Next Tuesday night, a westbound lane of Interstate 630 will be closed near its intersection with Interstate 430 so crews can hang overhead signs.

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