Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Report: Rural Manufacturing Continues To Decline In Arkansas

Efforts to stimulate economic investment in rural communities across Arkansas are outlined in a new report by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Dr. Wayne Miller, an extension economist, says the Rural Profile of Arkansas 2013 report shows how many manufacturing jobs in small towns have been shipped overseas to South America and Asia in recent years.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
4:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

ExxonMobil Seeks To Reassure Officials About Safety Of Pipeline

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company executives Karen Tyrone, vice-president, and Johnita Jones, pipeline risk and integrity manager, speak to reporters Monday at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Representatives of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company are working to reassure state legislators and officials about the safety of the Pegasus pipeline.

It follows the March rupture of the pipeline in Mayflower, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil.

Monday, Karen Tyrone, vice-president of the company, was among executives at the Capitol, meeting with state lawmakers, local officials and representatives of Central Arkansas Water.

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Arkansas River & Infrastructure
3:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Little Rock River Bridges Clear State Inspection

The state highway department says two bridges across the Arkansas River that were struck by loose barges over the weekend have passed another inspection.

Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Randy Ort says inspections Monday confirmed earlier assessments that there was no structural damage to the bridge supports.

An inspector checked the Interstate 30 bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Push for Reading and Volunteers in a Critical Year

AR Kids Read Director Charlie Conklin with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A partnership of businesses and church groups, called AR Kids Read, is seeking 600 people to volunteer one hour a week to tutor third graders who are reading below proficiency in central Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Rep. Cotton: Keep Health Care In Spending Debate

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he thinks the federal health overhaul should be a part of the negotiations over the budget this fall but is stopping short of saying he'll vote against any spending bills that don't defund the law.

Cotton, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas, said Monday he believed the budget talks provide a chance to delay or defund the 2010 law.

Some Republican lawmakers have said they'll vote against any spending bills that fund the law, a move that members of both parties have said could trigger a government shutdown.

Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art
2:44 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Crystal Bridges To Display Newly Acquired Edward Hopper Artwork

"Blackwell's Island" by modernist Edward Hopper.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to soon display a newly acquired painting of a New York scene by modernist Edward Hopper.

The museum in Bentonville on Monday didn't disclose a purchase a price but said it recently acquired the work from a private collection.

Crystal Bridges says the work should be on exhibit by mid-September in its Early 20th Century Art Gallery.

The painting is titled Blackwell's Island and depicts what's now known as Roosevelt Island, which is off Manhattan in the East River.

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Local & Regional News
9:37 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Arkansas Nursing Homes Receive A Failing Grade In National Survey

Elderly residents wait in the hallway of a nursing home.

A new national report card by a nonprofit nursing home resident advocacy group gives failing marks to elder care facilities in Arkansas.

Families for Better Care, a Florida-based group; scored, ranked, and graded states on eight different federal quality measures ranging from staffing shortages to the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.

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Local & Regional News
7:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hot Temps Predicted After Mild Arkansas Summer

The National Weather Service says Arkansas will wrap up August with hot temperatures after a relatively mild summer.

Forecasters say temperatures will likely approach 100 degrees this week with an even higher heat index in all areas of the state except the Ozarks.

Temperatures have only reached triple digits a handful of times this summer. At the same time last year, Fort Smith had had three dozen days with temperatures at 100 degrees or hotter.

Local & Regional News
7:52 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Pryor, Boozman Plan Stops Around Arkansas

Arkansas' two U.S. senators are touring the Natural State during the Senate's summer recess.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans a weeklong agriculture tour, beginning Monday in the western part of the state.

Boozman plans to visit a lumber company in Russellville, a tree farm in Dover and the National Wildlife Refuge in Dardanelle. He will finish the day by attending the Perry County Farm Bureau meeting in Perryville.

Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Engine Trouble Prompts Emergency Landing In Little Rock

Officials say no one was injured when an American Airlines flight en route from North Carolina to Dallas made an emergency landing in Little Rock because of engine trouble.

Officials say the American Airlines MD-80 was en route to Dallas from Charlotte Sunday when one of the engines went out and the pilot decided to land in Little Rock.

Shane Carter, a spokesman for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, says emergency crews were on hand but the plane landed safely.