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Mayflower Oil Spill
11:11 am
Thu June 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney & Arkansas AG File Joint Lawsuit Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer speaking to reporters Thursday at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock.
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State and federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a joint lawsuit has been filed against the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, which spilled an estimated 5,000 barrels of raw tar sands crude in a residential neighborhood.

“The oil spill disrupted lives. This oil harmed the environment and this oil spill was in violation of both state and federal law,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

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Arkansas Politics
5:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NRA Answers Bloomberg With Pryor Radio Ad

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The National Rifle Association is buying airtime on Arkansas radio stations to defend Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against gun purchase background checks proposed by President Barack Obama.

The NRA said the ad will run Wednesday through June 25 in a number of state media markets.

The 60-second spot mentions the 2008 murder of Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney and says nothing in the legislation Pryor voted against would have prevented the killing.

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Education Board
5:42 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas State Board Of Education Elects New Officers

Former Arkansas state Sen. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville has been elected chairwoman of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Gullett was elected Wednesday and succeeds Jim Cooper as chair of the education board.

The board also elected former state Rep. Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock as vice chairman.

The two will serve one year terms that run through June 2014.

Local & Regional News
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansan Honored For Work On Behalf Of Kids With Parents In Prison

An Arkansas woman, who founded a group that advocates on behalf of children with incarcerated parents, was honored Wednesday at the White House.

Dee Ann Newell, executive director of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, was one of 12 people from around the country honored as a “Champion of Change.”

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Education
4:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas Education Officials Announce Program To Increase Higher Ed Degrees

Arkansas education officials are announcing a program they say will help with Governor Mike Beebe’s initiative to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025.

Noting "some college is better than no college," education officials say they’ll use a grant from the Kresge Foundation to put a system in place so the state’s community colleges and universities can blend student information.

The idea is that associates degrees would be awarded to students who transferred to a university from a two-year college and have amassed enough credits for a diploma.

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Local & Regional News
2:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Outline Immigration Priorities

People hold up signs at a pro-immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.

With an immigration reform bill moving forward in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says procedural votes Tuesday were just the first step in what will be a closely watched process. 

“If you look at the immigrant population in Arkansas, it’s about five percent and about 13 percent nationwide,” said Pryor. “However, we are one of the fastest growing states in terms of immigrant population. I think we’re fourth overall in the amount of growth we’re seeing in our immigrant population so this is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important to our state.”

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Local & Regional News
11:31 am
Wed June 12, 2013

VA Hospital Federal Credit Union's Former President Pleaded Guilty to Embezzlement

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The former President of the VA Hospital Federal Credit Union in Little Rock, pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of embezzlement.

Prosecutors say Karen York stole over $60,000 during the course of twelve years at the VA through a check kiting scheme and making false deposit entries.

The FBI defines check kiting as, "a scheme which artificially inflates bank account balances, in accounts that are under common control, for purposes of obtaining unauthorized use of bank funds, through the exchanging of checks between accounts.”

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Local & Regional News
7:54 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Sex Trafficking More Widespread in Arkansas Than Most Realize

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Christopher Thyer, announced that a Little Rock man, alleged to have been a pimp and trafficker, was convicted in federal court on one count of sex trafficking. 

It was a first for his district, saying "It had been there for quite some time, and the biggest reason some of these cases are coming forward is awareness." 

Thyer says awareness is on the rise, but many people don’t know that sex trafficking could be occurring in their area.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Repairs To Affect Interstates 40, 440 In Arkansas

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repair work and paving will affect traffic on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas and I-440 in North Little Rock.

The department says paving on the west end of the White River bridge on I-40 in Prairie County will require that westbound traffic be detoured from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Traffic is being detoured off I-40 at exit 202 to Briscoe and onto Arkansas 33, then US 70 before being allowed back onto the interstate at the Hazen exit - exit 193.

Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Arkansas AG OKs Wording Of Medicaid Ballot Measure

The attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot measure that would allow voters to decide whether Arkansas can use federal Medicaid dollars to offer private insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday certified the proposed referendum submitted by tea party activist Glenn Gallas on the "private option" law approved earlier this year. McDaniel's certification clears the way for supporters to start gathering the 46,880 signatures needed to place the measure on next year's ballot.

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