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2:29 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Power Transmission Company To Create 50 New Jobs In Little Rock

MISO company officials (left), Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Governor Beebe and Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable joined MISO president and CEO John Bear in announcing that the power transmission company would be bringing up to 50 high paying jobs to the city in the next 12 to 18 months.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A power transmission company says it will locate a regional hub in Little Rock, a move that company officials say will bring between 30 and 50 high paying jobs to the state in the near future.

Governor Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined state economic development officials as well as representatives from Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator, or MISO, at the state Capitol to announce the new jobs.

MISO handles power transmitted on the nation’s electric grid and Beebe said the mostly-high tech jobs would pay an average of $85,000 a year.

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Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Group Asks To Intervene In Arkansas Abortion Case

An anti-abortion counseling organization in Arkansas is asking to intervene in the federal case over a state law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.  

Attorneys for Concepts of Truth, Inc. asked a federal judge to intervene as a defendant in the lawsuit challenging the new abortion restriction.

The Wynne-based organization provides counseling to pregnant women who are considering having an abortion and says it operates a national call center to counsel women who have had the procedure.  

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Local & Regional News
1:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Arkansas Officials Didn't Know About Fugitive's Health

Arkansas prison officials say they didn't know a 63-year-old fugitive was sick when they sought his return from Michigan.  

But Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's not the agency's role to make judgments about whether Lester Stiggers should be brought back to the Arkansas prison system he fled in 1970.  

Arkansas this year asked Michigan to return Stiggers.

Michigan is considering it, even though the state previously refused similar requests.  

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Local & Regional News
1:55 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Traffic Diverted On I-40 After Multi-Vehicle Crash

Arkansas State Police say one person was killed and two were injured in a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas.

State police say the crash involved five tractor-trailers and one passenger minivan.

The crash was reported Wednesday morning in the eastbound lane of Interstate 40 at the 199 mile marker near Hazen.  

State police say the crash happened in the I-40 construction zone. Traffic is being diverted onto U.S. 70 at Hazen and Biscoe as crews work to remove the wrecked vehicles from the roadway.

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Local & Regional News
5:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

North Little Rock Assistant Superintendent Heads To Dollarway

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell has chosen the North Little Rock School District's assistant superintendent to lead the Dollarway School District in Jefferson County. 

Education officials say Bobby Acklin will take over as head of the Dollarway district starting July 1. Acklin will replace Frank Anthony who came out of retirement last June to lead the district.

Acklin has served in the North Little Rock School District since 1989. He has experience as a classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. 

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Local & Regional News
5:23 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Garland County Man Sentenced In Hotel Copper Theft

A man accused of stealing copper from a vacant hotel in downtown Hot Springs has been sentenced to three years in prison. 

Authorities say the theft was from the Majestic Hotel on Park Avenue, just above the city's busy Bathhouse Row.

The Sentinel-Record reports Richard Dewayne Clift pleaded guilty Monday to felony counts of commercial burglary and theft of scrap material.

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Local & Regional News
4:52 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Arkansas Agency Takes Look At Waste Tire Facilities

Arkansas regulators are considering permits for sites that process and collect waste tires. The state Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. May 16 to discuss drafts of new general permits for the facilities.

The event is open to the public. The ADEQ has invited operators of waste tire collection centers and processing facilities to attend. The agency has also asked consulting engineers, and regional solid waste district representatives to offer their perspectives.

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Local & Regional News
8:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Juvenile Who Left Treatment Center Back In Custody

Arkansas authorities say a 17-year-old boy who left a juvenile treatment facility in Dermott has been found and is back in custody.  

The Department of Human Services said the teenager was found Tuesday afternoon in Russellville. No other information was provided.  

DHS says the boy was convicted of breaking or entering, aggravated assault, and being a minor in possession of a handgun.

He left the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center, which is run under contract by South Arkansas Youth Services.  

Russellville is about 190 miles northwest of Dermott.

Local & Regional News
6:41 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas AG: Health Issues A Concern After Oil Spill

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaking to reporters Tuesday in his office.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's concerned about the lingering health implications from the Mayflower oil spill.

It has been about five weeks since the Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude, but McDaniel says people near the site are still feeling the effects.

“As we met with residents and groups that represent them, like Remember Mayflower, I heard time and time again about their health, especially the health of their children,” McDaniel said at an afternoon news conference.

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Prison Escapee
6:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Wants Escaped Killer Returned From Mich.

An Arkansas prison official says a convicted killer who escaped to Michigan 43 years ago should be returned despite his living a crime-free life since.

Lester Stiggers escaped Arkansas in 1970 and fled to Michigan where he was one of two black men that then-Gov. William Milliken gave asylum after they claimed unfair treatment in the South.

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