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6:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Clinton To Defend Health Care Law With Arkansas Speech

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton is returning to his home state to defend the federal health care overhaul as a key part of the 2010 overhaul nears implementation.

Clinton is scheduled Wednesday to speak about the law at his presidential library in downtown Little Rock. 

His speech comes less than one month before the public can start signing up for the health care exchanges, which will be crucial to the law's success or failure.

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6:03 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Razorbacks Set Aside T-shirt Gun After Man Injured

Razorback Stadium

The University of Arkansas says it won't use a T-shirt launcher at War Memorial Stadium this weekend after a marketing intern was injured at last weekend's game.

The school said Tuesday a pneumatic launcher was lying on the artificial turf when it discharged Saturday. 

An intern was treated at a hospital and released. A loud explosion rang from the southeastern corner of Razorback Stadium during the first quarter of Saturday's game with Louisiana-Lafayette.

Medical personnel were seen later responding to an injured person who was taken away on a stretcher.

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5:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Fort Smith To Open Urban Deer Hunt Season

Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Fort Smith is joining the list of cities that allow properly licensed hunters to kill deer within the city limits. 

A special bow-hunting season opens Saturday at Chaffee Crossing and ends Jan. 31.

To qualify for the hunt, archers are required to pass the International Bowhunter Education course, have insurance and pass a shooting proficiency test.

City leaders say as many as 100 people could hunt during the five-month season.

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5:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Arkansas AG Reaches Settlement With Nevada-based Firm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas has reached a settlement with a Nevada telecommunications company accused of continuing to bill consumers after they had cancelled their long-distance telephone services.

McDaniel filed suit against Consumer Telcom, Inc., in 2010, alleging the company charged for "bundled" services that many Arkansans were unaware they had purchased.

In the settlement, the company agreed to make clear what type of services they are receiving and provide explicit instructions on how to cancel them.

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1:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Arkansas Public Service Commission Extends Transmission Line Hearing

The Arkansas Public Service Commission is allowing further information to be presented by both sides of a dispute, concerning a transmission line in the northern part of the state.

Southwestern Electric Power Company has construction plans for a 60 mile line in Benton and Carroll Counties. Doug Stowe, a Save the Ozarks board member, says the utility companies saw the previous hearing as a meeting to determine which route would be used.  He says the opposition saw things differently. 

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11:39 am
Tue September 3, 2013

100 Year Anniversary of Hot Springs Fire

Credit Visit Hot Springs

Hot Springs is commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the largest urban fire in the state’s history, Wednesday afternoon. Visit Hot Springs, the city's tourism agency, invites the public to the site of the fire, a parking lot behind Summit Arena, at 3:30 PM for a plaque placement followed by a history presentation.

The fire started on September 5th and within 12 hours destroyed 60 city blocks and 700 residences.  Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, says the town is the number one tourism destination in the state because of the hard work that was done to repair it.

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11:35 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Saline County Sheriff Reverses Course On Retirement

The sheriff in Saline County, who was convicted of public drunkenness, has changed his mind about retiring.

Sheriff Bruce Pennington said last week he would retire Oct. 1. Now he says he wants to serve out his term and leave office in 2015.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pennington delivered a letter to a county official on Monday that set forth his intentions.

The Saline County Quorum Court has called a special meeting for 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the sheriff's change of heart.

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5:53 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Midwest, Plains Economic Index Rose In August

Mid-America Business Conditions Index

An economic index compiled from a survey of business leaders in Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states rose slightly last month, the first increase since March.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 53.8 in August, compared with 53.5 in July.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the results point to growth for the final quarter of this year but at about half the rate of the first quarter.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100.

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5:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Study To Look At Medical School At Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University

A healthcare consulting firm will conduct a feasibility study of an osteopathic medical school at Arkansas State University. 

The school says Tripp Umbach has been selected to conduct the study. It will begin examining the practicality and financial impact of an osteopathic medical school at Arkansas State in September. 

The Delta Regional Authority invested $25,000 for the study.

The Board of Trustees will use the study to help them make a decision on whether or not to authorize the program.

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5:42 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Harvest Of Arkansas Early-Planted Rice Getting Started

Rice fields in Arkansas.
Credit Mickey Liaw / Flickr.com

Arkansas rice growers who were able to get their crop planted early have begun to harvest.

Agriculture officials say that early yield numbers look strong, with 200 bushels-per-acre being common.

Many growers got a late start planting and some fields have yet to head. But some producers have drained their fields a little early. 

Extension service experts say that carries some risk because the high temperatures will dry the fields quickly and can stress the plants. 

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