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3:19 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Coleman: Rival Asa Hutchinson's Tax Cut Plan 'Short-Sighted'

File photo of Curtis Coleman speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Curtis Coleman is criticizing rival Asa Hutchinson's proposal to phase out Arkansas' income tax as "short-sighted," and says a broader look at the state's tax structure is needed.

Coleman told members of the Political Animals Club on Thursday that cutting the income tax isn't enough to make Arkansas competitive with surrounding states.

Coleman said he thinks cutting the state's corporate income tax and eliminating its capital gains tax are also necessary.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Arkansas Lottery Sued Over Stolen Tickets

A class action lawsuit by two Pulaski County residents claims the Arkansas Lottery misrepresented the number of prizes being awarded during a time period when a former lottery official was being investigated for allegedly stealing thousands of tickets.

Former security official Remmele Mazyck pleaded guilty last month in federal court to stealing nearly a half million dollars worth of promotional tickets, which he activated, then claimed the winning ones.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Flooding in NWA Destroys Bridges and Requires Rescues

Most of the damage was in Benton County.
Credit encyclopediaofarkansas.net

Some areas in north Arkansas lost residences, bridges, and electricity as a result of heavy rains and flooding Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Much of the damage is limited to Benton County where the County Judge has declared it a disaster area.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Information Officer Tommy Jackson said multiple rescue efforts were needed.

“Those were around residences. There were some swift water, some successful swift water rescues, pulled off during the night and early morning in north Arkansas,” said Jackson.

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Local & Regional News
1:20 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Remington Breaks Ground On Ark. Plant Expansion

Remington Arms Company has broken ground on a $32 million expansion of its ammunition plant in Arkansas that company officials say will add between 50 and 100 new employees.
 
Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and company officials were on hand Thursday to mark the beginning of the expansion project, which is expected to be completed in June 2014. The plant currently employs about 1,300 workers.
 

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Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Pipeline Defects Account For 12 Test Failures

Manufacturing defects accounting for the Mayflower pipeline rupture have also been named the cause of 12 seam failures that occurred during pressure tests prior to the pipeline's 2006 re-opening, reports show.

The Pegasus pipeline, constructed in 1948, was closed in 2002 to undergo construction for flow reversal. But according to recent documents issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), seam ruptures were spotted in several states during hydrotesting that took place before the pipeline's 2006 re-opening.

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Local & Regional News
11:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New Art Exhibit At The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: "Shades Of Greatness"

One of the works of art featured in the exhibit.
Credit Mosaic Templar Cultural center

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating the opening of the new art exhibit, “Shades of Greatness”, this Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

The traveling exhibit has over 30 original pieces of art inspired by the history of the Negro League. Both national and regional artists will be featured. Quantia Fletcher, the Assistant Director of the center says this exhibit is special to Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
11:05 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Nuclear Unit Back Online After March Accident

Arkansas Nuclear One

Arkansas Nuclear One says it's returned to service one of its nuclear units that's been offline since an accident in March that killed a worker.

Entergy says Unit 1 needed "extensive restoration efforts" after the accident that killed worker Wade Walters.

He died when a crane failed, causing a piece of heavy equipment to fall on him. The accident happened in a non-nuclear area of the plant.

The company says Unit 1 was reconnected to the grid late Wednesday night.

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Manufacturing
8:18 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Remington To Break Ground On Arkansas Plant Expansion

Boxes of Ammunition
Credit Judd McCullum / flickr.com

Remington Arms Company is breaking ground on a $32 million expansion of its ammunition plant in Arkansas.

Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and other officials were expected to be on hand Thursday for the expansion of the ammunition plant in Lonoke. Remington announced in May it would expand the facility, which was established in 1969.

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Local & Regional News
6:41 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

In Police Shooting Trial, Judge To Question Jurors

Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

The judge in the manslaughter case of a former Little Rock police officer says black potential jurors were improperly excluded from a case that ended in a mistrial.

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen signed an order Wednesday saying that he will do most of the questioning of prospective jurors when Josh Hastings is put on trial again next month.

Griffen said in his order that he should have called the defense to account for striking people of color from the jury pool, resulting in an all-white jury.

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Local & Regional News
4:18 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

American Cancer Society Starts Decades Long Study in Central Arkansas

Credit www.cancer.org

The American Cancer Society is enrolling participants in Central Arkansas for a decades long study this week. This is the third major undertaking since the 1960s.

Greg Broy, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, said one focus is on changing lifestyles.

“We understand people are sitting more in their jobs, people are more obese in their lives, and their diets have changed. What about people’s lifestyles, their diet, what they’re doing, may cause cancer?” said Broy.

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