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4:16 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Talk Oklahoma Disaster Aid

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In the wake of an Oklahoma tornado that killed over 50 people, Arkansas congressmen are weighing federal disaster relief options. Both Senators Pryor and Boozeman support a supplemental disaster assistance appropriation. But questions linger over how to fund a relief package. 

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Disaster Response
3:36 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Arkansas Chapter Of American Red Cross Are On Alert To Help Victims In Oklahoma

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The Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross will be sending several disaster teams to Oklahoma after a devastating tornado caused the deaths of dozens of people and hundreds to lose their homes.

Spokeswoman Brigette Williams says the teams did not get sent earlier in the week because Arkansas was also anticipating some severe weather.

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Local & Regional News
2:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Beebe: Working Quickly To Pick New Arkansas Treasurer

Governor Mike Beebe speaking to reporters Monday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said he hopes to name a replacement in the next several days for the state treasurer, who resigned over accusations she took cash bribes from a bond broker.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday he's already talked with some candidates to fill the unexpired term of Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned on Tuesday.

Shoffner, a Democrat, stepped down amid federal charges that she accepted at least $36,000 in cash in exchange for steering state business to a bond broker.

The governor would not say who he's considering for the post.

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Academic Challenge Scholarship
9:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Central Baptist College In Conway Offers Freshmen Full State Scholarship Award

Terry Kimbrow, president Central Baptist College in Conway.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Colleges and universities across Arkansas will have to find ways to keep enrollment up, now that there will be significant cuts to state scholarship programs.

When the Arkansas Department of Higher Education didn’t get the additional $7 million it requested from the state legislature to shore up expected shortfalls, President Terry Kimbrow of Central Baptist College in Conway knew his team had to act.

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Local & Regional News
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

UA System President Recommends Schools Opt Out Of Gun Law

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System.
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The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

A spokesman on Tuesday said UA System President Donald Bobbitt will recommend that the schools continue banning concealed handguns on campus. The UA Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday.

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Local & Regional News
6:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Former Arkansas Youth Coach To Be Sentenced For Sex Charge

Walter Richard Roberts is led from Texarkana’s federal building Tuesday afternoon by Texarkana, Ark., police detectives and federal marshals.
Credit Evan Lewis / The Texarkana Gazette

Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who pleaded guilty to molesting young players.

Prosecutors are limited in the sentence they can pursue for 60-year-old Walter Richard Roberts of Texarkana, Arkansas because he pleaded guilty to alleged offenses that occurred in 1992.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Walmart Pledges $1M For Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

Walmart says it is pledging $1 million for the recovery from the tornado that devastated Moore. 

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company said Tuesday that it will make donations of cash and materials equal to $1 million.

Walmart is also sending truckloads of food, water and other basic items to serve as immediate aid.

The world's largest retailer says no customers or employees were injured in its two stores in Moore. But the company says some workers' homes were destroyed and that it is still checking on the needs of its employees.

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Local & Regional News
6:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Arkansas Man Gets 12 Years For Striking Missouri Joggers

Vincent Anderson
Credit The Southeast Missourian

An Arkansas man who admitted driving into a group of joggers in southeast Missouri has been given a 12-year prison term.

The Southeast Missourian reports 19-year-old Vincent Anderson, of Little Rock, was sentenced Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court.

Anderson pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, admitting he drove directly at the joggers in downtown Cape Girardeau last Oct. 28 in a stolen car.

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Treasurer Resigns
5:19 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Arkansas Treasurer Resigns Amid Charges She Took Cash

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Arkansas' state treasurer has resigned after federal prosecutors accused her of taking cash payments from a broker who handled a large amount of the state's investment portfolio.

Democrat Martha Shoffner resigned effective Tuesday from the office she has held since 2007 and was re-elected to in 2010. She was barred by term limits from seeking re-election next year.

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Famous Arkansans
4:47 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Author Dedicates Book About Famous Arkansans For School-Aged Children

Credit Steven Teske

A book dedicated for school-aged children just came out earlier this spring.

Natural State Notables features 21 people from Arkansas who became famous.

They include U.S. president Bill Clinton, Walmart creator Sam Walton, as well as a woman who saved Arkansas Children’s Hospital from closing during the Great Depression.

Author Steven Teske said he was inspired to write something for kids.

“We really need a book for children that tells them about people in Arkansas. Something that a 4th grade levels. Something that can be used in classrooms.”

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