Local & Regional News
3:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Arkansas Ranked Second in Nation For Police Officer Deaths

 Arkansas is now ranked number two in the country for police officer fatalities, according to a report released Thursday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The mid-year report, a joint venture with the nonprofit Concerns of Police Survivors, shows that six Arkansas officers have been killed in the line of duty since January 2013. Traffic accidents, drownings and work-related illnesses all contributed to the deaths.

National statistics also indicate a nine-percent increase from 2012, with 51 officers dead as of June 30.

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Local & Regional News
1:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Legislative Committee Wants More Information About Parolee

Mug shot of Darrell Dennis.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A legislative committee has approved a proposal to seek a court order for information about the case of a parolee charged with murder in Little Rock.

The Joint Performance Review Committee on Thursday noted that the Department of Community Correction says the law doesn't allow it to hand over the full file on Darrell Dennis and his arrests.

Dennis was arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 and is charged in the May shooting death of a Fayetteville teenager.

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Local & Regional News
12:55 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

18 Percent Of Arkansas Now Ranked In Moderate Drought

Drought conditions are returning to Arkansas as hot, dry weather settles into the state.

Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 18 percent of the state is now in a moderate drought and more than 75 percent of the state is considered abnormally dry.

A week ago, only 13 percent of the state was considered abnormally dry, with the rest of the state reporting no drought conditions at all.

Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Garland County To Digitize Historical Photographs

The Garland County Historical Society has lined up grant money so it can create digital copies of photographs that tell the story of Hot Springs and the county.

The Oaklawn Foundation is giving $10,000, which is on top of $27,500 pledged in January by Umetco Minerals Corp. to create the digital archive.

A storm last August gave the project greater urgency after a tree crashed into the historical society's building on Quapaw Avenue.

Local & Regional News
8:10 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Commission Approves Controls At SWEPCO Power Plant

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved the installation of additional environmental controls at the Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry.

Wednesday's decision comes in response to a request by Southwestern Electric Power Co.

SWEPCO and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation each own 50 percent of the coal-fueled plant in northwestern Arkansas.

SWEPCO says it expects construction to begin in January, pending approval of environmental permits.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
8:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

ExxonMobil: Original Manufacturing Defects To Blame For Pipeline Break

Residents captured images like this immediately after the ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured on March 29.
Credit KUAR

ExxonMobil says an analysis by an independent lab concludes that original manufacturing defects caused the rupture of a pipeline on March 29.

An estimated 150,000 gallons of tar sands flowed through a residential neighborhood in Mayflower after the break in the 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline.

Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory inspected the damaged section, which was removed from the ground, exposing a 22 foot gash.

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Economic Development Incentives
6:55 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Economic Development Director Says HP Will Return Some Of Incentives Package

Grant Tennille
Credit Mike Pirnique/ Arkansas Business

State Economic Development officials say Hewlett Packard no longer fulfills a benchmark that allows them to receive the same incentives established when its Conway facility opened in 2010.

Grant Tennille, director of the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, told KUAR News that after laying off 500 employees, HP no longer has the 1,000 workers at its service center which was a requirement for the computer company to receive its full-incentive package from the state.

He said the state will work with HP to determine how much money needs to be returned.

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Arkansas Senator
6:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Boozman Wants Long Term Fix For Student Loans

Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says Congress should reach a bipartisan solution to lowering student loan interest rates by tying them to U.S. Treasury rates, which are now at historic lows.

After interest rates for subsidized Stafford student loans doubled last week, Congress so far has not been able to reach an agreement to keep rates low for students applying for aid for the upcoming fall semester.

Boozman says tying rates to financial markets would be a better long term solution than a temporary extension of the loan rate subsidy.

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Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Arkansas Lottery Posts Nearly $90 Million For Scholarships

The Arkansas lottery generated $89.1 million for college scholarships in the fiscal year that ended June 30, but that's about 10 percent less than projected in the budget the lottery proposed the year before.

Numbers released Wednesday show that gamblers bought almost $42 million less in scratch tickets for the fiscal year.

Because of revenue shortfalls, legislators this year altered the formula for scholarship awards, giving university freshmen $2,000, with the amount rising by $1,000 annually through their senior year.

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Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost Arkansas Revenues

Supporters of immigration reform efforts in the U.S. hold a rally in Washington, D.C. and urge Congress to pass legislation.
Credit Nicholas Neufeld / iStock

A recent analysis by a liberal-leaning think tank estimates that undocumented immigrants pay $72.4 million a year in state and local taxes in Arkansas.

The report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy also suggests that immigration reform would positively impact Arkansas’s economy.

The study suggests that the state could gain $16.4 million in increased revenue if undocumented immigrants currently in Arkansas are allowed to work in the country legally.

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