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6:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Arkansas Senators Praise Farm Bill Passage

Arkansas' U.S. Senate delegation is praising the passage of a farm bill. The bill passed the Senate on Monday on a 66-27 vote. 

The five-year, half-trillion bill includes greater subsidies for rice farmers and more aid for purchasing crop insurance. 

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor said the bill offers protections to farmers in the South and retains a catfish inspection program.

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5:56 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Highway Commissioner Burkhalter To Announce Campaign

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter says he will make an announcement Tuesday that will run for a statewide office, but isn't saying which one.

There has been a lot of speculation in recent months that Burkhalter is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Sitting Governor Mike Beebe is term-limited and can not run for re-election.

Burkhalter, who is also a small business owner and entrepreneur, has close ties to Beebe, as well as former President Bill Clinton.

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3:27 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lincoln Says Effective Communication Key To Pryor Victory

Blanche Lincoln

Former Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is now a lobbyist working on issues that impact small businesses and independent contractors. Lincoln lost her Senate seat to Republican John Boozman in the 2010 election. 

In an interview with Talk Business Arkansas, Lincoln says Senator Mark Pryor will face many challenges for reelection, especially when it comes to getting his message out to voters.

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2:19 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Prosecutors File Liens On Tony Alamo Properties

Tony Alamo mug shot after he was arrested.
Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors are trying to seize more than two dozen properties held by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo's ministries so proceeds from their sale can be given to children Alamo was convicted of abusing.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge on Monday announced that his office filed court papers to seize Alamo-related properties in Fort Smith, Fouke and Texarkana.

Alamo was convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year prison sentence.

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2:11 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Look At Scholarship Programs

Arkansas lawmakers are studying the state's scholarship programs after a shortfall prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to tap into reserve funds to continue grants that help students pursue degrees in some medical fields.

Members of the House and Senate Education Committee on Monday said they planned to look at the state's 24 scholarship programs.

State higher education officials say they need an additional $5.5 million to restore about 4,800 scholarships for incoming students that will be cut because of a shortfall in its fund.

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10:58 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Another College Declines To Allow Guns On Campus

Entrance to Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.
Credit Randolph County Chamber of Commerce

Black River Technical College is joining the list of Arkansas schools that won't allow concealed guns on campus.

The school's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the new state law.

Board chairman John Jackson Jr. tells the Paragould Daily Press that the trustees had several questions about the new law and decided not to change the college's current policy banning weapons.

Black River Technical College has about 3,000 students with campuses in Pocahontas and Paragould.

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10:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Worker Electrocuted On Fayetteville Work Site

Authorities say a construction worker in Fayetteville was killed when his truck came in contact with a power line.

Authorities say the electrocution happened Sunday at the Vue Apartments work site in Fayetteville.

According to police, 44,-year-old Jess Wilson of Joplin, Mo., was suspended about 25 feet in the air while installing siding.

Authorities tell Fayetteville television station KHOG that Wilson's head touched a power line, causing the electrocution.

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6:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Mother Accused Of Tossing Baby Boy In Trash

Authorities in Jefferson County have arrested a 22-year-old mother of three after her infant son was found unharmed in a garbage bin.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Brittany Cole was arrested Sunday on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The sheriff's office says Cole's mother called 911 late Saturday after finding the baby boy in an outdoor trash bin.

Authorities say the grandmother immediately pulled the baby from the garbage bin, and paramedics determined the child wasn't hurt.

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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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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.

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