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Juvenile Escapee
6:10 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

DHS Looking For Arkansas Juvenile Who Left Facility

Arkansas authorities say they are looking for a 17-year-old boy who left a juvenile treatment facility in Dermott.

The Department of Human Services on Wednesday identified the youth as Brandon Metcalf. The agency says he is white; 5 feet, 6 inches tall; and weighs 130 pounds. He was last seen at the facility at about 9:20 p.m. Monday.

DHS says Metcalf was convicted of breaking or entering, aggravated assault, and being a minor in possession of a handgun. He left the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center, which is run under contract by South Arkansas Youth Services.

Medicaid Expansion
5:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Medicaid Referendum

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to ask voters to approve a new law that would use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

McDaniel's office on Tuesday rejected the wording of a proposed referendum on the "private option" that lawmakers approved this year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment. The wording of the referendum must be certified by McDaniel's office before supporters can begin gathering signatures to place it on next year's ballot.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Drive Launched To Get More Violins in Elementary Schools

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Thea Foundation, is launched the Stringed Instrument Drive.

It is aimed at collecting gently used violins and monetary donations to bring classical music back into the schools in Little Rock and North Little Rock

Paul Leopoulos, Executive Director of the Thea Foundation, says music can help children achieve academically and boost their confidence.

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Arkansas Abortion Law
5:17 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Asks Judge To Dismiss Abortion Ban Suit

The state of Arkansas is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy, arguing the new restriction is constitutional.

The attorney general's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights. The groups filed the lawsuit last month on behalf of Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic.

Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Meeting Set On Hog Farming on Buffalo River

Credit buffalonationalriver.com

A public meeting is set for Wednesday night to discuss a hog farming operation located in the Buffalo National River Watershed.  There are already some 800 animals at the C & H Hog Farm, but a permit allows the company to expand that to 6,500, which has many upset at the possibility of the operation polluting the nearby river.

The operation will be nearly three times as large as any other hog farm in the area. There are currently four other hog farms and two dairy farms in the Buffalo River Watershed.

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Buffalo National River Watershed
2:54 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Hog Farm Opens Doors To Reporters Amidst Environmental Oposition

Jason Henson, co-owner of C&H Farms, stands in a pen of sows on a recent media tour of the new farm. Its placement in the watershed of the protected Buffalo National River has many worried that runoff from the farm could contaminate the national waterway.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

As opposition continues against a newly permitted industrial swine-breeding farm now operating in the watershed of the protected Buffalo National River in Newton County, its owners have remained mostly silent until Monday when members of the media were invited for a tour.

Campbell and Henson (C&H) Hog Farms is situated along a rugged mountain bench about 20 miles southeast of downtown Jasper. From the outside its new double-barn confined feeding animal operation (CAFO) looks ordinary, inside 824 large pink sows will soon give birth.

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Local & Regional News
12:53 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Task Force Begins Looking At New Arkansas Vets' Home

A task force formed by lawmakers has begun looking at options for replacing a veterans' home in Little Rock that closed last year.

The Arkansas Veterans' Home Task Force on Tuesday held its first meeting at the state Capitol since the panel was created by the state Legislature earlier this year.

The 22-member committee is charged with coming up with recommendations for the location,  size and funding for replacing the now-closed facility.  

Local & Regional News
12:41 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

AG To Give Update On Investigation Into Oil Spill

Credit KARK News 4

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will have an announcement Tuesday at 3 pm regarding the Mayflower Oil Spill.

His office has been conducting an extensive investigation into the rupture of a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil. 

McDaniel has said the investigation is a precursor to litigation. There’s no more specifics on what he will discuss.

More than 200,000 gallons of raw crude spilled on March 29th. Since then the oil giant has had a small army of workers cleaning up the affected areas.

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Local & Regional News
6:26 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Dogs Rescued From West Arkansas Kennel

Officials in Sebastian County say some of the 65 dogs seized from an alleged puppy mill in Waldron have severe health problems. 

County Humane Society Director JoAnn Barton says the some of the dogs rescued last week need treatment for malnutrition and that some of the females have been bred too many times. They were all kept in cramped conditions.

The Southwest Times Record reports some dogs' bones were so brittle that rescuers had to be careful not to break their jaws when brushing the animals' teeth. Three dogs have died.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening

Johnny Cash

Organizers haven't set a date yet but the restoration of the Johnny Cash home in Dyess is on track to open in 2014. 

The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building. The structures should be ready for visitors in fall of next year.

The home is being renovated to look as it did when the Cash family moved to the Dyess Colony in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression.

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