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4:29 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Arkansas Shelter Rebate Program To Accept Applications

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Shelter Rebate Program will begin accepting applications this month.

To be eligible for the program, the agency says people have to have installed an above-ground safe room or in-ground shelter after Jan. 21, 1999.

Applicants also must own their home at the time of their application.

The Department of Emergency Management says it will reimburse people for some of the costs associated with above-ground safe rooms or in-ground shelter installation.

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4:17 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Metropolitan National Bank To Be Acquired, Recapitalized

Metropolitan National Bank is expected to be acquired by a limited liability company tied to Dallas billionaire banker, Gerald L. Ford.

According to Metropolitan’s CEO Lunsford Bridges, the privately-held Little Rock bank will change ownership after a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of its current shareholder group, Rogers Bancshares. Rogers Bancshares was the holding company for the bank under the leadership of businessman Doyle Rogers, who died in February at the age of 94.

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3:14 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Parents Plan For School Transfer Requests

Six Arkansas families will address the Board of Education on Monday to request that children be transferred out of their home school districts.

The appeals are being made by parents in the Forrest City School District, whose arguments will be heard as part of the Arkansas Public School Choice Act. The legislation, signed into law in late April, allows students to transfer out of residential school districts, but education systems may deny requests if acceptance requires a physical expansion or hiring of additional faculty.

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7:53 am
Fri July 5, 2013

2 Arkansas Brothers Get Release Prior To Meth Trial

Two brothers from Little River County accused of selling $36,000 worth of methamphetamine to an undercover agent have been given their release pending trial.

A federal judge in Texarkana on Wednesday set a variety of conditions before telling 30-year-old Kevin Baker and 28-year-old Ronnie Walton they didn't have to remain incarcerated.

The men allegedly sold the methamphetamine to an undercover drug task force agent in 2010 but weren't arrested until last month.

Local & Regional News
7:50 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Little Rock Orders Fire Watch At Apartment Complex

Little Rock officials have ordered the management at an apartment complex to provide a fire watch team following at number of fires this year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the fire watch team will consist of three hired people and three off-duty police officers. It is expected be on guard from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the Forest Place Apartments on North University Ave.

The apartment complex has seen eight fires, a number of which are suspected arsons, since Feb. 24.

Local & Regional News
7:38 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Child Drowns In Western Arkansas Swimming Pool

Authorities say a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl drowned in a swimming pool in western Arkansas.  The Southwest Times Record reports the girl drowned in a pool in Van Buren on Wednesday.  Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says the girl was  taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead after her 17-year-old brother and his 16-year-old girlfriend found her lifeless in a pool and called 911.  Brown says the teens were watching the 5-year-old at the girlfriend's grandmother's house in the Oak Grove community of Van Buren when they noticed her missing. Brown says authorities are investigating the

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4:45 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Hurt Cyclist Dies After Group Hit By Car In Arkansas

Authorities say an 18-year-old Massachusetts woman has died after she was injured when a car struck a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Merritt Levitan of Milton, Mass., was one of 13 cyclists traveling from Charleston, S.C., to Santa Monica, Calif., as part of a six-week trip organized by a Williamstown, Mass.-based company called Overland.

Overland and Arkansas State Police said Thursday that Levitan died at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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2:47 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

McDaniel Wants Judge To Dismiss Execution Lawsuit

Arkansas' attorney general wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from nine death row inmates challenging the state's new execution law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office filed paperwork Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss the prisoners' amended lawsuit.

The inmates say the new execution law is unconstitutional.

That law came about after the state Supreme Court struck the previous law down in 2012, saying that legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

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1:25 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

The first lawsuit to challenge a ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas has been filed on behalf of 11 gay couples.

63-year-old Attorney Cheryl Maples says she's been drafting her complaint for months in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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6:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Arkansas Post Site of Westernmost Revolutionary War Battle

Colbert’s Raid on the Spanish fort at Arkansas Post on April 17, 1783.
Credit nps.gov

On this Independence day it may surprise some that the effects of the Revolutionary War reached all the way to Arkansas in what was the westernmost battle of the war. It was one of two trans-Mississippi River battles. 

At the time Arkansas was a possession of the Spanish Empire, which sided with America in its war against the British. The British led by James Colbert, along with Chickasaw allies, attacked Spaniards, French settlers, and Quapaw at Arkansas Post, near the confluence of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. 

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