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8:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring

Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas.

Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas.

Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000.

Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

McDaniel on Monday filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.

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Local & Regional News
6:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pryor Holds Small Lead On Cotton In High-profile U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor holds a three-point lead over his Republican rival, Congressman Tom Cotton, in the latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll.

Pryor, whose seat has been highly targeted for a Republican pick-up, leads the first-term Fourth District Congressman 45.5% to 42.5%. Only 8% are undecided.

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Local & Regional News
6:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Little Rock Leaders Promote Safety for Pedestrians

Sharon Priest with City Year members in background
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

As foot and bicycle traffic continues to increase in downtown Little Rock, officials are working to make pedestrians safer as they traverse some of the state’s busiest roadways.

Officials gathered at one of the busiest intersections in Little Rock, LaHarpe and President Clinton Avenue in the Rivermarket, to promote pedestrian safety for their month-long “Heads Up Downtown!” campaign.

Sharon Priest with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership said more activity downtown is making pedestrian safety concerns a growing priority.

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5:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

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Local & Regional News
3:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Man Charged With Murder In Prank Death Of Little Rock Teen

Prosecutors have formally charged a man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl when he fired a gun into a car full of teenagers he thought had vandalized his car.

Authorities on Friday charged 48-year-old Willie Noble with one count of first-degree murder and six felony counts of committing a terroristic act.

Police said Noble's car was spattered with eggs, mayonnaise and toilet paper on Feb. 14, and he told investigators he waited for the pranksters to return. When a carload of seven teenagers appeared about 45 minutes later, police say Noble fired.

Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks at the event

Local government officials and the Arkansas Department of Health are trying to raise awareness about issues like obesity, childhood hunger, fitness and nutrition for National Public Health Week.

On Monday, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, representatives from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and others gathered at the Big Dam Bridge to advocate for various educational initiatives.

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Local & Regional News
1:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Police Join Effort To End Texting & Driving

Law enforcement agencies across Arkansas are joining a national effort to stop texting while driving.

Arkansas State Police said Monday that the crackdown is part of a six-day national program that begins Thursday.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign combines officers watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media plan designed to inform the public about stepped-up patrols and a driver's responsibility to obey the law.

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Local & Regional News
12:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ex-Treasurer's Lawyers Continue Push For Acquittal After Jury Conviction

Martha Shoffner, leaving federal court last month in Little Rock after her convicted on 14 bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner say prosecutors failed to show Shoffner was paid with any business funds as her legal team continues pushing for her acquittal on 14 bribery and extortion charges.

Shoffner's attorneys on Monday again asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to acquit Shoffner, who was convicted last month of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.

Prosecutors last week argued that they had proven Shoffner's conduct affected interstate commerce, so the conviction should stand.

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Local & Regional News
11:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Ex-Little Rock Officer

Former Little Rock Officer Joshua Hastings in court Monday.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A judge has dismissed manslaughter charges filed against a Little Rock police officer who was set to go to trial for the third time in the shooting death of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted the prosecutors' request Monday to drop charges against Josh Hastings.

In a motion, the prosecution said it made the request "based on its good faith belief that it cannot obtain a conviction" against Hastings.

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