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2:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Boozman Offers Advice To Pryor And Cotton In 2014 Senate Race

U.S. Senator John Boozman
Credit Russell Powell / AP

Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman was in the U.S. House of Representatives when he decided to challenge sitting U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat.

Boozman won that election in 2010 and he now has some suggestions for Arkansas Republican Representative Tom Cotton and Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor as both men prepare to faceoff in 2014.

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1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

AP: Tom Cotton To Announce For Senate Next Week

File photo of Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

A source tells the Associated Press that Congressman Tom Cotton will announce next week that he's challenging Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Cotton scheduled an event with supporters next Tuesday in his hometown of Dardanelle.

A person who's spoken with Cotton says the freshman congressman intends to enter the race against Pryor, a two-term incumbent who faces re-election next year.

The person who spoke to The AP was not authorized to speak publicly about the planned announcement and spoke on a condition of anonymity.

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6:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Judge Won't Delay Ex-Officer's Little Rock Trial

A judge in Pulaski County has refused a request from prosecutors to delay the upcoming manslaughter trial for a former Little Rock officer accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Tuesday denying the request for a delay in the retrial of ex-officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings is set to go on trial in September after a jury deadlocked in June. He's charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Cost Of Solar Energy In Arkansas

Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

The South is starting to use more solar energy to power businesses and households. Texas led a 2012 spike in purchases of solar energy by ordering over 12 percent of the country's solar wattage, something until recently, almost exclusively done by the east and west coasts. 

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Fort Smith Police Search For Cemetery Vandals

Police in Fort Smith are searching for vandals who have damaged more than 30 headstones at a cemetery.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs says the vandalism began July 25 and that headstones have been knocked over, damaged or destroyed at Calvary Cemetery on the city's west side. Grubbs says police have made no arrests and have no suspects.

Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Lane Of Road In Maumelle To Close For Construction

Arkansas highway officials say the construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian path will mean a lane closure on Highway 100 in Maumelle.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says the eastbound, outside lane of Highway 100 will be closed from Arnold Palmer Drive to Crystal Hill Road.

The closure will begin Wednesday and will continue weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., weather permitting.

The lane closure is expected to last for about four months.

Employment
6:12 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Entergy To Lay Off 165 Arkansas Workers

Entergy says it will be laying off about 800 workers in several states, including about 165 workers in Arkansas. Entergy currently employs about 3,000 workers in the state.

Entergy Arkansas Spokeswoman Sally Graham says some of those layoffs will occur at their Arkansas Nuclear One plant in Russellville and all the local layoffs will be made by the end of the year.

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Local & Regional News
5:41 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Meeting To Discuss Native American Artifacts Found At Location For Steel Mill

Grant Tennille speaking Tuesday in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Economic Development Director Grant Tennille, the state archeologist and other officials will be meeting Wednesday with representatives of the Quapaw Tribe.

They’re hoping to reach an agreement about preserving Native American artifacts, discovered near where the proposed Big River Steel mill is to be built in Osceola.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

USDA Says China Stopping Imports Of Arkansas Fowl

Federal agriculture officials have told members of Arkansas' congressional delegation that China has stopped imports of the state's poultry products.

Sen. Mark Pryor decried Tuesday's decision, saying an "isolated incident" led to the ban. Pryor didn't say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.

Pryor said Arkansas poultry products are "safe, healthy and nutritious" and that his family would continue to eat them.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Argenta Innovation Center Announced To Help Entrepreneurs

Barry Hyde, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub/ Argenta Innovation Center Capital Campaign Committee chair, speaks at Tuesday's announcement.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Following the trend of other successful local business incubators across the state, North Little Rock will be the new home to the latest entrepreneurial hub, the Argenta Innovation Center.

The center, which has raised $2.5 million from private sources, will be the first phase of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, which will house three inter-connected ventures that will work together to provide education, training, prototyping and startup and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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