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3:18 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

ExxonMobil Puts $125,000 in a Tornado Recovery Fund

Exxon Mobil Vice President of Operations Karen Tyrone
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Community Foundation on Thursday joined a growing list of organizations and government agencies  attempting to aid the recovery effort after last week’s tornado damage. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

From their office in Conway the non-profit’s President Heather Larkin announced plans to distribute grants to a myriad of organizations with the intent of supporting intermediate and long-term rebuilding.

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3:11 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Helena Ex-Officer's Drug Conviction Upheld

A former Helena-West Helena police lieutenant has lost an appeal of her convictions related to a federal drug trafficking and corruption investigation.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday turned away Marlene Kalb's arguments that there was insufficient evidence to convict her. Kalb was among dozens of people indicted as part of "Operation Delta Blues" in 2011.

Prosecutors accused police of protecting drug shipments moving through east Arkansas. Four other former law officers entered guilty pleas to various charges.

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12:10 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The EPA Adds Union County Site To Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added a former oil refinery site in Union County to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.

The EPA says the MacMillan Ring-Free Oil site is near a residential neighborhood and a school in Norphlet. It was used as a crude-oil refinery and as a maker of lubrication and asphalt products from 1929 to 1987. The site has been abandoned since 2007.

Local & Regional News
11:45 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Arkansas Seeks To Uphold Sentence In 1995 Slaying

The Arkansas Supreme Court is to decide whether to toss a sentence of life in prison without parole for a man who was apparently 17 years old when he played a role in a 1995 murder in West Memphis.

The court heard arguments Thursday in which a lawyer for Ulonzo Gordon said a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocks Gordon from serving his full sentence because he was a juvenile at the time of the slaying.

During trial, prosecutors had a document showing Gordon was 18, but attorney Jeff Rosenzweig says Gordon's birth certificate shows he was 17.

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7:59 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Republican Primary Governor: Curtis Coleman

Curtis Coleman at KUAR
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

This discussion with Curtis Coleman is the final installment of KUAR's interviews with gubernatorial candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries. It's part of our ongoing series of interviews with candidates in select contested primaries.

Previoulsy KUAR spoke with Coleman's GOP opponent for the gubernatorial nomination Asa Hutchinson.

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5:53 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Arkansas State Senator Taking Job With UA System

Sen. Johnny Key

A state lawmaker who had sought a job as the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's lobbyist has taken a similar position with the university system.

The UA system announced Wednesday that state Sen. Johnny Key has been named the system's associate vice president for university relations. A spokesman said Key will be paid $130,000 in the new post. His start date was being negotiated but would follow the conclusion of his service in the state Senate.

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4:46 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Mother Of 1st District Congressman Rick Crawford Passes Away

Ruth Anne Crawford, the mother of Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, has died from a pneumonia-like infection. She was 72.

Crawford spokesman Jonah Shumate said Wednesday the congressman's mother passed away on Tuesday morning. The congressman returned to Arkansas Tuesday after learning about her death, Shumate said.

Ruth Anne Crawford lived in Kennett, Missouri and a funeral was scheduled Friday at McDaniel Chapel, according to the McDaniel Funeral Home. In addition to the congressman, she's survived by her husband Don and two other sons.

Local & Regional News
3:53 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

FEMA Opens Center To Aid Arkansas Tornado Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a disaster recovery center to assist Arkansans affected by last month's severe storms.

The agency announced the center will open Thursday in the hard-hit town of Mayflower. It will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Recovery specialists from across the state, FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the IRS, the American Red Cross and other agencies will be at the center to answer questions.

Local & Regional News
3:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Finance Officials Say Projections Avoided Pitfall of Other States

Department of Finance and Administration Deputy Director Tim Leathers (2012)
Credit Arkansas Times

State finance officials told legislators Wednesday trends in revenue collections and economic forecasts do not warrant any adjustment in the Official Revenue Forecast for fiscal years 2014 or 2015.

Department of Finance and Administration Deputy Director Tim Leathers said one reason adjustments aren’t necessary is because Arkansas, unlike some other states, successfully anticipated the impact of federal tax changes by reducing related revenue projections.

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2:03 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

President Gets Firsthand Look At Tornado Damage In Vilonia

A father and two children wait to be greeted by President Obama as he toured a devastated Vilonia neighborhood.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

Hear President Obama's remarks after touring tornado damage in Vilonia.

By air and by foot, President Barack Obama got a look Wednesday at communities in Arkansas that were devastated by last week's deadly tornadoes.

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