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12:18 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Trial Delayed For Arkansas Parolee Charged With Murder

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

The murder trial of an eight-time parole absconder is being delayed until April.

Darrell Dennis is charged with capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.

He was arrested less than 30 hours after being released from the Pulaski County jail where he was being held on an absconder warrant.

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11:34 am
Tue January 7, 2014

SEC: Arkansas Woman And Stepson Headed Ponzi Scheme

Federal prosecutors in North Carolina say an Arkansas woman and her stepson have reached an unspecified plea agreement on charges they helped operate an Internet Ponzi scheme with a North Carolina man.

The Times Record reports that 45-year-old Dawn Wright-Olivares and 31-year-old Daniel Olivares - both of Clarksville - are due in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 5 for a plea hearing.

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that the scheme took more than $850 million from more than 1 million investors worldwide during 2011 and 2012.

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Tue January 7, 2014

New Administrator At Fayetteville Veterans Home

A former nursing home owner is the new administrator of the Fayetteville Veterans Home.

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs say Kriss Schaffer has been hired to replace Sarah Robinson.

Robinson was fired in November after a resident escaped the home. The veterans home was also cited four times in 2013 by the Office of Long Term Care - including once for neglect in the death of a patient and another time for the broken arm of a patient.

Local & Regional News
6:24 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Say Fix Needed For Ballot Measures

Arkansas Capitol

Arkansas legislators have asked the attorney general and secretary of state's offices to work together to clear the way for three measures they referred to appear on the November ballot after a new law left uncertain how the proposed amendments should be prepared.

A joint House and Senate committee on Monday asked the two offices to come up with a way to prepare the "popular name" for three proposed constitutional amendments the Legislature referred to voters last year. 

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

December Winter Storm Brings Disaster Declaration

The state Department of Emergency Management says 13 Arkansas counties are included in a federal disaster declaration requested following a winter storm in early December.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it will make public assistance grants available to communities for emergency work to repair or replace facilities that were damaged in the storm.

Counties included in the order are Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren.

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Economy & Society
4:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Recovery Still Slow In Central Arkansas, Says Study

Central Arkansas is still struggling to recover from the great recession, but encouraging trends show possible future growth in some industries. That’s according to a recent report by Metroplan. It shows that in 2013, population growth outpaced job growth in the Little Rock metro area, pointing to a slow recovery. Furthermore, the study found that young adults in central Arkansas are increasingly opting to live in urban, densely populated locales.

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News About Public Radio
3:25 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Vote Now! 'Tales from the South' Up For Best Storytelling Show on Stitcher

If you're a fan of Tales from the South, you can support the show with your vote!

It's up for Best Storytelling Show in the finals of The Stitcher Awards against the likes of Snap Judgment, This American Life, StoryCorps and The Moth.

Stitcher is an on-demand internet radio service that focuses on news and information radio and podcasts.

Voting closes on January 13. 

Way to go, Tales from the South!

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawmaker: Open Meeting On Deficit Needed For Sake of University of Arkansas and Legislature

Rep. Terry Rice (R)
Credit Arkansas House of Representatives

The co-chairman of the state legislature's Joint Performance Review Committee says he hopes a meeting tomorrow in Little Rock will provide transparency and open discussion. The matter at hand is finding out more details about what led to a multi-million dollar deficit in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's fund-raising division.

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Local & Regional News
12:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season

Tractor harvesting grain sorghum.

Some corn and sorghum producers in Arkansas are deeply concerned about how changing weather patterns could impact crop yields.

On Tuesday and Thursday, farmers are expected to meet with other agricultural officials in Jonesboro and Dumas to review water regulations, discuss crop insurance, and get an early assessment of how growers can market their goods in 2014.

Jason Kelley is an extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Local & Regional News
11:32 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Wife Arrested In Arkansas Ranger's Fatal Shooting

Pamela Digman
Credit PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Authorities say the wife of the chief ranger for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has been arrested for the ranger's shooting death.

An arrest report from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says Pamela Dianne Digman, 55, was arrested for first-degree murder in Sunday's shooting death of Jerry Digman at a home on Arkansas 300.

Pamela Digman said she shot her husband during a fight. She is being held without bond. The arrest report says Jerry Digman was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was dead at the scene.

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