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5:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Arkansas AG: School Must Name Teachers In Gun Program

Arkansas' attorney general says a school district that trained teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus must name the participants in the program.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Monday said that the Clarksville School District was wrong to withhold the names of more than 20 teachers and staff that it had trained to work as volunteer security guards who would carry concealed handguns during the school day.

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Senate Race 2014
5:19 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Arkansas Democrats Launch Site Against Senate Challenger

Credit meettomcotton.com

Arkansas Democrats are welcoming Tom Cotton to the Senate race with a website blasting the freshman Republican lawmaker as "reckless."

The Democratic Party of Arkansas on Monday launched a new site - www.meettomcotton.com - that targets the Republican congressman. Cotton is expected to announce Tuesday that he's running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor next year.

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Local & Regional News
3:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Delta Region Awarded Grant To Improve Healthcare

The Delta Region has been awarded $6.2 million to fund projects to promote healthy living in the workplace.

The Delta Regional Authority and Health Resources Services Administration awarded the funds through their Delta States Rural Development Grant Program to multiple counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Authority Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill says a healthy workforce is vital to the strength of the Delta Region.

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Local & Regional News
3:04 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Mayflower Residents Hope To Keep Spill Suit Alive

File photo of homes in the neighborhood where oil spilled on April 7, 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Mayflower residents pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. and a subsidiary want a federal court to let the lawsuit continue. ExxonMobil filed papers last month asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

The company and its pipeline subsidiary say some plaintiffs cannot claim their property suffered a diminished value after a March oil spill along the Pegasus pipeline.

In a court filing Monday, plaintiff Ellen Burgess and others claimed it would be premature for the court to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Local & Regional News
3:02 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Task Force Mulls Considerations for New Veterans Home

The Little Rock Veterans Home that closed last November.
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A 22 member legislative task force is crafting recommendations for a new Arkansas Veterans Home to replace one that closed down in Little Rock last November due to disrepair. Four cities were named as possible sites: Fort Smith, Russellville, Jacksonville and Benton. Little Rock was not on the list.

The group met at the Capitol Monday to review criteria such as size, location, and funding. Several members brought up assisting veterans who might not fall under existing funding structures. 

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Farmers: More Storms May Damage Arkansas Crops

Heavy rain in Arkansas over the last three weeks has improved drought conditions and provided necessary irrigation for crops in dry pastures.

However, agricultural experts are concerned that if thunderstorms continue fields could become oversaturated. Hank Chaney works with the Faulkner County Extension Service.

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Local & Regional News
7:49 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Arkansas Organizations Urged To Join Summer Feeding Program For Children

According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting nutritious meals in the summer.

Though the summer will soon come to a close, efforts are ramping up to encourage local organizations to join the Summer Food Service Program.

Kevin Concannon is the undersecretary for USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.

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Local & Regional News
7:41 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Jonesboro Council To Vote On Unilever Expansion

The Jonesboro City Council is considering a plan this week to authorize up to $41 million in revenue bonds to help Unilever complete an expansion at its plant, which makes hair-care products.

The council is set to vote Tuesday night on the plan. Unilever announced the expansion in 2011, shortly after the company acquired Alberto Culver.

Unilever has said the company has already hired many of the 125 new employees it planned to add with the expansion.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the city will have no financial obligation but will own the facility.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Meeting Set On Arkansas Veterans Home

A legislative task force is scheduled to meet to discuss the location of a proposed home for Arkansas veterans.

The group is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.

The panel is to make recommendations on the size, location, design and funding for a new facility.

The 22-member group is looking to replace a Little Rock home that state officials closed because of deteriorating conditions.

Legislators earlier set aside $7.5 million from the state surplus to help pay for the new facility.

Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Freight Company Expanding At Fort Smith

A facility that moves freight between big rigs and train cars is expanding in Fort Smith.

Ozark Transmodal Inc. spending $1.5 million to add 60,000 square feet of floor space to its center on Fourth Street.

The Southwest Times Record reports that Ozark Transit and it sister company, Arkansas and Missouri Railroad, moves freight from truck to rail and from rail to truck.

The firms have locations in Fort Smith and Springdale. The company says the new space will mainly be used for shipping rolls of paper.

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