The CEO of Wal-Mart’s domestic operations is stepping down. The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that Bill Simon will resign August 8th. He's being replaced by Greg Foran, who is head of the company’s Asia division.
As Arkansas Business reporter Lance Turner explains, after four years in the position, Simon leaves behind a mixed record.
The Pulaski County Jail reopened Thursday. It had been closed to all but the most violent offenders since July 1 because it was at its capacity of 1,210 inmates.
Sheriff Doc Holladay said legislation passed in a special session this month opening up 600 more beds statewide for $6.3 million has helped ease the situation.
“We’ve been able to do this for large because of the agreement we’ve reached with the state to begin taking inmates out of our facility, state inmates who were backlogged in our county jail,” said Sheriff Holladay.
About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state. Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday.
Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported.
At its peak, Entergy had more than 40,000 customers without power.
A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity. There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms.
Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northwest counties, with forecasters saying storms were capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph, destructive hail and deadly lightning.
A plan to clean up and remove hazardous waste at the site of the former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is under review by officials at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Possible asbestos, an unused fuel storage tank and a pile of debris have not left the former site of the hotel’s “Yellow Building”, which burned to the ground on February 27th .
Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.
Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman along with Representative Steve Womack are scheduled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Marshals Service 225th anniversary commemorative coin designs today at the Justice Department in Washington.
Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure.
A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Tuesday said officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties.