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3:23 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Motion to Lift Stay in Arkansas Oil Spill Suit Gets Approval

A judge has granted federal prosecutors' request to end a delay in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in central Arkansas. U.S. District Judge James Moody on Monday granted prosecutors' request to lift a stay in the case.

Moody granted their request to delay proceedings earlier this month because of the partial government shutdown.

Prosecutors said in previous court filings that most attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.

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2:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Arkansas State Fair Draws 445,000 Over 10 days

The Arkansas State Fair says 445,314 people went through the gates during the 10-day run of the event.

Fair director Ralph Shoptaw said Monday that the fair, which wrapped up on Sunday, drew 45,996 people on the last day at the Little Rock grounds.

That left the fair about 2,000 patrons shy of last year's attendance of 447,680. Shoptaw said the 445,314 total was still better than six of the previous 10 Arkansas State Fairs.

The fair features livestock competitions, carnival rides and food prepared in an array of styles.

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8:26 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Congressman Tim Griffin Won't Run For Third Term

Rep. Tim Griffin and his family

Congressman Tim Griffin made a surprise announcement Monday that he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Republican from Arkansas’ 2nd district says he wants to spend more time with his family.

“It’s something that my wife and I have been talking about, praying about, for the last five, six, seven months and decided to finish my second term of course, but to not seek a third term,” Griffin said in an interview with KUAR.

He wants to spend more time with wife and children, Griffin said.

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6:17 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Oklahoma Teen Finds 3.85-Carat Gem At Arkansas Park

God's Jewel Diamond
Credit Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

A 14-year-old girl from Oklahoma City has unearthed a 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Tana Clymer discovered the canary gem Saturday at the park, which is the only diamond-producing site in the United States open to the public. 

Tana says she'd been digging in the dirt for about two hours when she discovered the gem on the surface of the search field.

The yellow diamond is teardrop-shaped and about the size of a jellybean. Tana named the diamond "God's Jewel."

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5:48 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Arkansas Teen Treated For Eastern Equine Encephalitis

A 13-year-old Arkansas boy is being treated for what is believed to be a rare case of Eastern equine encephalitis.

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4:25 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Send Teacher Insurance Fix To Governor

Gov. Mike Beebe

 Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a package of bills aimed at reducing health insurance rate increases for thousands of teachers next year and laying groundwork to overhaul that insurance program.

The House and Senate approved the bills shortly after midnight, wrapping up a marathon special session that began Thursday afternoon to address the premium increases. The measures now head to Governor Mike Beebe, who plans to sign them into law as soon as Monday.

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5:31 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Clear Most Hurdles of Special Session

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are on the verge of wrapping up a special session to avoid rising insurance premiums for public school employees.  Lawmakers are to return at 12:01 am Saturday to give a final approval to a number of bills. Arkansas Law forbids the House and Senate from voting on identical bills on the same day.

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2:59 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

20th Annual Race For The Cure

  Over 36-thousand people are expected to take part in the 20th annual Race for the Cure Saturday morning, in downtown Little Rock.

Those interested can still register beginning at 6:00 AM tomorrow, with the first race starting at 7:30.

The event raises money for breast cancer screenings, research and awareness. Mike Gavigan, Chairman for Race for the Cure, says perspective is important.

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2:52 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame To Honor Six Inductees

Last year's honorees.
Credit Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation is honoring six inductees in its 21st annual ceremony.

The event will be held at the State House Convention Center Saturday with over 900 people are expected to attend.

Inductees included a professional athlete, recording artist, and engineer.

Chairman of the foundation, Charles Stewart says donations and proceeds go to other non profits in Arkansas, "working to improve education, youth development, health and wellness  in black and other underserved communities."

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2:35 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Property Tax Bill Stalls Before Arkansas Lawmakers

A plan to allow Arkansas to retain excess property tax revenue from a handful of school districts has stalled before a House panel. Supporters say the move effectively kills the proposal for this week's special session.

The House Education Committee rejected an effort Friday to bring the proposal up for a vote after it was tabled earlier in the day.

The Senate sponsor of an identical bill said he wouldn't bring it before that chamber due to the House objections.

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