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2:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Panel Recommends NLR For New Veterans' Home

The Arkansas Veterans Commission has recommended that the state's new veterans' home be built in North Little Rock.

The commission's vote Tuesday is not binding, and the final decision will be made by Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cissy Rucker.

The commission reviewed 20 site proposals from around the state before narrowing the list down to four - two in Jacksonville and one each in North Little Rock and Searcy.

Local & Regional News
11:59 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Arkansas Foresty Commission Issues Burn Ban Alerts

Credit Arkansas Forestry Commision

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has issued burn bans for 19 counties, and the entire state is at moderate risk of wildfires.

Pulaski, Faulkner, Garland, and Van Buren are among those under the ban, after more than 500 acres burned in Arkansas over the holiday weekend

"Even if folks are not under burn bans, it is a really bad time to be burning because of the low humidity and high wind," says Adriane Barnes, with the Forestry Commission."

She says the dead trees and plants leftover from the winter storms are fuel to potential fires.

 

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Local & Regional News
10:33 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Judge Makes Recommendation On SWEPCO Line

An Arkansas Public Service Commission administrative law judge has approved a utility's plan for a high-voltage transmission line through Benton and Carroll counties.

Judge Connie Griffin has recommended that Southwest Electric Power Co. construct its transmission line along Route 109, which was the northernmost option and cuts through Missouri for about 25 miles.

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10:28 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Organizers Seek Period Furniture

Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, shortly after work to restore the structure was complete in October 2012.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Organizers rehabilitating the Johnny Cash home in Dyess are looking for furnishings that will reflect the time the Cash family lived in the dwelling in the 1930s and '40s.

The first phase of the project is to open in April.

Ruth Hawkins is directing the project through Arkansas Heritage Sites and Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Cash's siblings, Joanne and Tommy, described everything they recall from the home and drew pictures from memory.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

University Of Central Arkansas Awarded NIH Grant To Study Bullying

The University of Central Arkansas has been awarded nearly $300,000 in grant money to study middle school bullying.

Three professors of the Department of Psychology and Counseling Department have been awarded the grant entitled, “Decreasing Bullying with a Self-Affirmation: A Test of the Compensation Model.”

Drs. Paul Nail, Elson Bihm, and Joan Simon’s research will test the this model. 

The two-year long, National Institutes of Health grant will, in part, fund the interviewing of children, asking them what values are important to them and their families.

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Local & Regional News
4:12 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Tyson Foods Acquires Michigan Company, Bosco's Pizza

Tyson Foods, one of the world's  largest meat-processing companies, says it's acquired the assets of Bosco's Pizza of Warren, Michigan.   Bosco's produces a variety of stuffed bread sticks and  frozen pizzas for food service and retail customers throughout the Midwest and at some national retailers.   Tyson officials say the acquisition is part of the Springdale company's plan to grow its domestic prepared foods business.   Bosco's employs about 150 people, all of whom are expected to work for Tyson.

Local & Regional News
3:50 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Pulaski County Special School District Proposes Plan To Upgrade School Buildings

The Pulaski County Special School District says it has a 200 million dollar plan to upgrade and equalize it's school buildings.

The plan includes building two new high schools and improving many more.

Part of the funding would need to come from a property tax increase, with the remaining money pulling from the final year of state desegregation aid.

The plan hinges on whether Jacksonville votes to become its own, new school district before they can move ahead.

Local & Regional News
1:02 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Hosts Annual MLK Challenge

75 kids from around Central Arkansas are volunteering their time in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts an annual “MLK Challenge”, teaching kids about the legacy of Dr. King’s service, as well as the work of many others.

The children, ages 12 to 18, volunteer with eight different sites around Little Rock, including the Dream Center and the Rice Depot.

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