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2:58 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Arkansas Nonprofit Participates in Regional Food Challenge

The Delta Grassroots Caucus has announced a collaboration with regional organizations to ensure needy families are fed during the holiday season.

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Local & Regional News
1:42 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Arkansas Auditor Wants To Return FBI Letter To Family

The state auditor's office wants to return a letter to the family of a late Arkansas woman who apparently wrote to former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover about having her purse examined for fingerprints.

Jordan Foster is a special projects coordinator at the auditor's office. He says a reply letter bearing Hoover's name ended up in the auditor's unclaimed property vault after it was found in Ethel Merchant's abandoned safe deposit box.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Suspect Charged With Shooting SWAT Officer Makes Initial Appearance

Mark Dodson
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

An initial court appearance was made Wednesday morning by a man charged with shooting a Jacksonville Police officer during a drug raid last week.

53-year-old Mark Dodson went before a judge via a video hookup from the Pulaski County Jail. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports bond was set at a quarter of a million dollars.

A SWAT team was entering his home Friday when Dodson allegedly opened fire, striking one officer in the arm.

Dodson has been charged with seven counts of attempt to commit capital murder and a single charge of first degree battery.

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Local & Regional News
8:27 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lane Closures Could Create Holiday Delays On Arkansas Highways

Arkansas highway officials are warning drivers that they could face construction zones and possible delays this week as more people travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says lane closures along Interstate 40 in Russellville and Forrest City will be in place for the holiday.

There are also lane closures on Interstate 55 in Mississippi County at Osceola, on Interstate 530 at East End, on Interstate 540 at Fort Smith and on U.S. 67 at Bald Knob.

Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Little Rock Zoo Hatches 2nd African Penguin Chick

A photo of Bugsy after hatching on Oct. 24.
Credit Stephanie Hollister / Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has a new baby penguin.   An announcement Tuesday said that an African penguin named Bugsy hatched on Oct. 24 and is growing strong.

The zoo says Bugsy is the second African penguin chick it's hatched. The first chick, Gilligan, hatched last year and can be seen at the zoo's penguin habitat. Both Gilligan and Bugsy were hatched at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for the African penguin.

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Local & Regional News
1:26 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Preparing To House Homeles As Temperatures Dip Into Mid-20s

With temperatures dipping into the mid-20s in Little Rock on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, The Salvation Army is preparing for a larger than normal group seeking shelter.

The organization has a 69-bed shelter located at 1111 West Markham that will be open, as conditions can be very dangerous for someone who has to sleep outside.

Salvation Army Spokeswoman Kathy Barbeire says the shelter accepts people on a first come, first serve basis.

She says there are people who sleep in a homeless camp a few blocks away from the shelter. They try to help those people as well.

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Local & Regional News
1:21 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Blytheville Mayor's Ex-Assistant Accused Of Theft

A former executive assistant to the Blytheville mayor is facing a charge of defrauding the city.

The Blytheville Courier News reports that Felisha Bell was arraigned Tuesday on theft of property and forgery charges.

An affidavit says Bell created a false invoice for $4,777 to repair her brother's vehicle after it was allegedly damaged by potholes in city streets.

The document says Bell used the mayor's signature stamp, then forged another employee's name on the check to cash it and keep the money.

Local & Regional News
1:18 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Razorbacks Cutting Back Football Games In Little Rock

A 2011 Arkansas Razorbacks game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Credit University of Arkansas

Arkansas' football program will pay Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium $400,000 in each of the next three years and drop the number of games it plays in the capital city.

As part of a deal approved by the stadium's commission Tuesday, the Razorbacks will play one game in Little Rock through the 2018 season.

Next year's game will be a Southeastern Conference game against Georgia, and at least one game in the next four years must also be against an SEC opponent.

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Thanksgiving Special Programming
8:48 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Special Programming on KUAR

StoryCorps' StoryBooth located in Foley Square, downtown Manhattan.
Credit Courtesy of StoryCorps

KUAR will air special programming on Thanksgiving Day from 2-4 p.m.

Ties the Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special will air 2-3 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. It looks back on the last decade of the program that celebrates everyday people on public radio.

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Local & Regional News
8:41 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Rosanne Cash Reflects As Opening Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Nears

Rosanne Cash poses alongside cousin Jackie Cash in front of an exhibit at the Old State House Museum.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

As final work is being completed to open Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas as a museum, his daughter Rosanne Cash came to Little Rock over the weekend for a sold out show and to be honored for her work in helping to restore the small house.

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