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2:59 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Rogers Attorney Charged In Case Against Developer

A federal grand jury has indicted a Rogers attorney in connection with a federal fraud case against a former Fayetteville developer.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge said Thursday that a federal grand jury indicted 38-year-old David Fisher of Rogers for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a case involving former developer Brandon Barber and two others.

Prosecutors say Fisher and the others made false statements to a bank in order to obtain loans worth more than the property put up as collateral for the loans.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Fisher.

Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Ginger Beebe Helps Kick Off Summer Meals Program

First lady Ginger Beebe.
Credit ArkansasFirstLady.com

Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe says more attention is needed on programs that provide free meals to children in Arkansas who might otherwise go hungry.

Beebe made the comment Thursday at the Dream Center in Little Rock as she helped kick off a summer meals program for children.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Beebe called for getting word out so that families will know there is a place where their children will be fed.

The U.S. Agriculture Department offers free summer meals to children 18 and under.

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Federal Changes Could Transform The Way Arkansas Medicare Patients Receive Services

A private nonprofit organization that advocates for the improvement of health care in Arkansas is expressing great concern over proposed changes that could have an effect on Medicare patients. 

Ray Hanley is president and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Hanley says his organization has done Medicare quality improvement work for 30 years, but an initiative by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS) could negatively impact Medicare recipients and the Foundation’s 190 employees who work statewide. 

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Governor Names 1st Medicaid Inspector General

The director of the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has been tapped to serve as Arkansas' first Medicaid inspector general.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday named Deputy Attorney General Jay Shue to the inspector general position.

Lawmakers created the position this year to oversee an independent office aimed at preventing waste, fraud and abuse in the $5 billion program.

Shue has directed the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the attorney general's office since 2007.

Local & Regional News
7:23 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Puppets Provide Laughs In “Avenue Q” At The Arkansas Rep

Leah Monzillo and Ethan Paulini as Nicky
John David Pittman Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Comedy is often the vehicle that inspires people to have crucial conversations about important issues.

Through the month of June, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is relying on the humor and outspokenness of foul-mouthed puppets to bolster dialogue about racism, sexuality, and almost every aspect of the human experience.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame Announces 17 Grants

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that that it's awarding $50,000 in grants that will be shared among 17 nonprofit groups and agencies across the state.

The grants are administered by the Arkansas Community Foundation and are intended to support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small businesses and economic development.

The Hall of Fame says the grants will be awarded Thursday night during a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New Program For Locks Along Arkansas River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District has started a new program for recreational boaters on 11 of the 13 Arkansas locks along the Arkansas River.

The Corps says all but the Trimble Lock near Fort Smith and the Ozark Lock at Ozark are closed to recreational boaters from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday - with the exception of federal holidays.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Bridge Over I-30 In Little Rock Damaged, Closed

For safety reasons, Arkansas highway officials have closed an overpass that crosses Interstate 30 in Little Rock.

The highway department said Wednesday that a truck hauling a backhoe hit support beams of the Stanton Road bridge over the highway and damaged supports that hold up the structure.

Officials say traffic on I-30 is not affected but the overpass will remain closed until the damage can be assessed and repaired.

The bridge was built in 1960 and about 3,300 vehicles travel it daily.

Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts 6 In Arkansas For Armed Robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted six defendants that prosecutors say are responsible for 7 percent of the armed robberies in the Little Rock metropolitan area last year.

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer on Wednesday announced the 27-count indictment against the crew, which he says is responsible for a string of armed robberies of fast food restaurants, gas stations and other businesses in the central Arkansas area during the past year.

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Local & Regional News
7:13 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Funeral Set For Wildlife Officer Killed In Floods

Funeral services have been scheduled for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer who died while trying to help rescue two women from rising floodwaters.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens said in a Wednesday news release that services for Wildlife Officer 1st Class Joel Campora will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Waldron High School football field. Stephens says Game and Fish Commission commissioners plan to attend the service.

Campora died alongside Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save the women from flash floods.

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