Exxon Mobil is demolishing two homes in Mayflower that have oil trapped beneath their foundations after the March oil spill.
Company spokesman Aaron Stryk calls it an effective and efficient way to ensure any remaining oil is removed.
Stryk says the overall work process on the two home sites will take closer to two weeks because all debris must be removed, contaminated soil will be excavated and replaced with clean soil, and then the two lots will be graded and sodded.
The former owners of the two houses sold them to Exxon as part of a compensation plan.
Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.
From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack Wrenn oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.
The gun-rights group Arkansas Carry continued to force the issue of openly carrying firearms in Jonesboro Sunday. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman walked with the group and has this report.
They walked down Main Street with handguns openly holstered on their hips contending a law in effect since August allows for the open carrying of firearms. Scott Vaughn, an organizer of the event, made their purpose clear at the outset.
“Basically, most everybody’s probably right handed so we’ll walk on the west side of Main Street so that our guns are able to be seen.”
A firearms law passed earlier this year opened the door for a myriad of interpretations on whether or not it is legal to openly carry firearms in the state. The open carry advocacy group Arkansas Carry is taking their interpretation to the streets this Sunday.
In what will be their third march the group plans to openly carry firearms in the city of Jonesboro. Nicholas Stehle, with Arkansas Carry, said they’ve had to consider the opinions of law enforcement.
Last week, House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) and Senate President Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville) charged the heads of the legislative education and insurance committees to come up with a framework for a solution to the public school employee insurance crisis by Friday, Oct. 4. The deadline has been met.
A memo circulating among Arkansas lawmakers Friday outlines a number of short-term and long-term fixes to the troubled insurance fund, which is facing a $54 million deficit and looming 50% rate hikes to teachers and public school employees.