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2:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Governor Beebe Adds Lottery To Special Session Agenda

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says next week's special legislative session will also include a proposal to prohibit the lottery from adding monitor games such as keno.

Beebe on Friday added the effort to restrict the games to his proclamation calling lawmakers back to the Capitol for the special session. Beebe earlier this week called the special session, set to begin Monday, to focus on a looming hike in teacher health insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

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2:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Large Crowd Lines Up For Hillary Clinton Book Signing In Little Rock

Hillary Clinton greets the crowd at her book signing at a Little Rock Walmart.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Hillary Clinton is in Little Rock, signing copies of her newest book, "Hard Choices."

Fans of the former secretary of state arrived as early as 3:30 a.m. Friday to wait in line at a Little Rock Wal-Mart for a chance to meet Clinton. Hundreds of people were in line when Clinton arrived midday, about 45 minutes past the scheduled start time.

Clinton's stop in Little Rock is one of a handful she's making to promote her memoir, which is about her four years at the State Department under President Barack Obama.

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12:15 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Health Agency Warns Of Fake Restaurant Inspectors

The Arkansas Department of Health says it's received several reports of people posing as fraudulent restaurant inspectors.

The health department says some restaurants have received phone calls from entities claiming to be state inspectors who want to schedule restaurant inspections. In some cases, restaurants were asked to call a certain telephone number.

Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Fri June 27, 2014

CHI St. Vincent Announces Layoffs In Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent says it will cut 157 positions system-wide after its acquisition of a hospital and clinic in Hot Springs.

The company announced Thursday that the job reductions include 91 layoffs, with the remainder of cuts occurring by leaving vacant jobs unfilled. The company acquired the 282-bed Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs in April.

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6:35 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Democratic Leader Keith Ingram Presses Arkansas Election Authorities To Do Better

State Senate Majority Leader Keith Ingram (D-W. Memphis)
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State Senate Minority Leader Keith Ingram pressured election officials Thursday to resolve an imbalance in how counties performed in the first statewide test of 2013’s voter ID. The Democrat from West Memphis said he wants to see a more robust effort to coordinate best practices between counties but has so far mostly seen inaction.

“With 1,000 Arkansas voters that were disenfranchised in the primary and the possibility of up to 5,000 being disenfranchised that is troubling to me and I would think it would be troubling to the Secretary of State’s office,” said Ingram.

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6:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Whirlpool Given Extension For Testing Devices Around Fort Smith Plant

File photo of the neighborhood surrounding the Whirlpool plant that closed in 2012.
Credit Arkansas Times

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.

The Times Record reports that Whirlpool asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for 60 additional days because access to perform the monitoring had not been granted by some property owners.

ADEQ Hazardous Waste Division Chief Tammie Hynum told Whirlpool that it should document and submit all efforts it has made to secure access.

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6:19 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Bid To Limit Lottery Games In Special Session And The Role of Oaklawn

State Senator Bill Sample (R-Hot Springs)
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Some legislators are continuing to push to add legislation limiting the types of lottery games to the special session set to convene Monday. Earlier this year the Arkansas Lottery Commission approved adding video monitor games to bolster declining revenue and scholarship amounts despite objections from an oversight committee.

Senator Bill Sample of Hot Springs said the proposed style of lottery game exceeds what was intended when the scholarship lottery began 2009.

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4:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton To Sign Copies Of Her New Book In Little Rock

Former Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Arkansas Friday to sign copies of her latest book "Hard Choices."

The event will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Walmart Supercenter at the corner of Chenal Parkway and Cantrell Road in west Little Rock.

Walmart spokeswoman Molly Blakeman says those interested will need to get there early.

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12:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas High Court Tosses Most Contempt Fines Against Lawyer

File photo of attorney Bill James from June 2013 during the trial of Joshua Hastings.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out nine of the 10 contempt violations a judge issued to an attorney who represented a former Little Rock police officer in a manslaughter trial over the shooting death of a teenager.

Justices on Thursday reversed all but one of the violations and fines that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen levied against Bill James in last year's trial of Joshua Hastings.

Prosecutors in April dropped the felony manslaughter charge against Hastings after two previous mistrials.

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11:07 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing

Terrick Nooner
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh.

Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.

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