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1:54 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Riverfest Recap

Credit flickr.com

This year's Riverfest celebration did not break any attendance records, but preliminary estimates put attendance at a four year high. Over 250,000 people lined the riverfront over three days. Festival goers also got a look at a newly renovated Riverfront Amphitheater. Festival Chairwoman Jody Veit-Edrington says she doesn't believe the rain Sunday hurt turnout.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Arkansas Family Remembers Loved One Who Died in Combat

Jim Reeves walks behind a column of soldiers in North Little Rock
Jacob Kauffman

In observance of Memorial Day an organization called Carry the Load trekked over two thousand miles from West Point to Dallas over twenty seven days.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman met up with Arkansas sponsor, and sister of a soldier killed in action, Emily Reeves along a twenty mile path winding through Central Arkansas.

Jacob Kauffman: The fifty or so people marching through Arkansas in honor of the nation's military, police, and fire departments weren't greeted with the friendliest of skies.

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Local & Regional News
4:27 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out To Mourn Arkansas Teen Found Dead

Hundreds of family and friends turned out at the Walnut Ridge basketball gym for funeral services for a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the Black River nearly a month after she disappeared.

Services were held Saturday for Sydney Randall.

Sidney disappeared March 10 and police say her now-dead stepfather - John Cornell - is the primary suspect in her disappearance. Police say Cornell was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound the day after Sidney was reported missing.

A cause of the girl's death has not been released.  

Local & Regional News
9:00 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Governor Beebe's Weekly Radio Address Focuses On Veterans

Credit Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Governor Mike Beebe asks Arkansans this Memorial Day weekend, to remember those that have died in service to our country.

In his weekly radio address, the governor acknowledges the problems with veteran health care in this country.

He says the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs, led by Colonel Cissy Rucker, is working to improve the care and services offered to veterans.

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Local & Regional News
4:27 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

More Small Earthquakes Reported In Central Arkansas

The US Geological Survey has recorded several small earthquakes in the Morrilton area  about 50 miles west of Little Rock.  The USGS reports that nine earthquakes ranging in  magnitude from 1.5 to 2.4 between shortly before 10:30 p.m.  Friday and 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the area northeast of  Morrilton.   Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are  generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that  damage is not a common until an earthquake is above  magnitude 4.0.

Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

New Workshop Exposes Children To Food Crafts

The Central Arkansas Library System's Children’s Library is hosting the Home Grown workshop Saturday to promote healthy living for children and families.

The Clinton School sponsored event aims to engage kids with cooks, farmers, and other experts, and expose them to new skills and information.  

One of the event planners, Britney Sink, says the workshop is important as some kids haven’t been exposed to cooking or gardening. 

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Environment
2:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Dozens Of Earthquakes In Arkansas This Week

Several earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.7 to 2.9 have hit Arkansas earlier in recent days.

Scott Ausbrooks with the state Geological Survey says even though no damage has been reported, they have prompted a lot of 911 calls.

“Basically it has been a very busy week. This week alone we’ve had earthquakes happening in three different areas of the state,” said Ausbrooks.

Dozens occurred near Strawberry, the Clinton and Morrilton areas.

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Local & Regional News
2:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Group of Fort Smith residents sue Whirlpool

Homes near the former Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith.
Credit Brian Chilson/ Arkansas Times

Three lawsuits filed in Sebastian County this week target the Whirlpool Corp., which operated a plant at Fort Smith until a year ago.

Homeowners and landlords are worried about a chemical used at the plant between the 1960s and the 1980s.

The state and Whirlpool reached an agreement on remediation efforts in 2001, but Whirlpool this year asked for a ban on new wells near the site.

The plaintiffs are seeking funds to restore their property and also punitive damages.

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Local & Regional News
1:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Gun Control Group Hits Senator Pryor With TV Ad

A group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is out with a new TV ad today which steps up their criticism of Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for his vote against the failed Manchin-Toomey gun background check bill.

The latest ad features Angela Bradford-Barnes, who was the chief financial officer of the Democratic Party of Arkansas from 2007 to 2012 – a period when then-DPA chairman Bill Gwatney was killed in a random act of gun violence.

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Local & Regional News
7:58 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Judge Denies Bid To Delay Alamo Property Hearing

Tony Alamo

A federal magistrate has denied a bid by a follower of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to delay the sale of six Fort Smith properties to settle a court ruling.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant refused to delay a May 30 hearing to determine which properties might be sold.

Bryant ruled last month the properties could be sold to partially satisfy a $30 million judgment Alamo owes two men raised in Alamo's group. In 2009, Alamo was convicted of taking sexually abusing five underage girls and is serving 175 years in prison.

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