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5:38 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Walmart Launches "Arkansas' Own" To Promote Products Made In The State

Yarnell Ice Cream given for free at the kickoff
Kezia Nanda

The world's largest retailer, Walmart, is emphasizing products that are created, processed and produced in Arkansas.

Local companies and lawmakers joined in the launching Monday to highlight thousands of Arkansas-made items on the store's shelves.

The program called "Arkansas’ Own" will help customers easily find and buy things from the state.

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Local & Regional News
4:45 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Body Of Young Woman Found In Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department says the body of a young woman has been found in the Black River but her name is not yet known.

The sheriff's office said Saturday evening that the body would be sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy and identification.

There was no immediate indication whether the body is that of 14-year-old Sidney Nicole Randall.

She has been missing since early March after her stepfather was found dead along a Lawrence County road. Officials say Cornell committed suicide.

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Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

State Treasurer Martha Shoffer To Have Hearing On Extortion Charges

A mug shot of Martha Shoffner after she was arrested Saturday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to go before a federal judge Monday, after being arrested over the weekend on charges of extortion.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell says agents arrested Shoffner Saturday at her home in Newport.

The Democrat serving her second term has been under scrutiny because of how her office has handled state investments.

Legislative auditors say that in 2011, 11 bonds were sold from the state’s investment portfolio before they had matured, resulting in a net loss of more than $434,000 worth of earnings.

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Local & Regional News
1:01 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Most Arkansas Schools Opting Out Of Campus Gun Law

So far, no Arkansas colleges or universities are permitting faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

A law approved in the just-completed legislative session allows higher education institutions to decide whether to allow the weapons.

At least nine colleges and universities have voted to opt out of the new law.

Trustees for the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are scheduled to vote Thursday on allowing guns.

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Native Americans Research Center
5:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Art Collection Exhibits Stereotypes Of Native Americans

Credit Sequoyah National Research Center

A research center collecting writings and art of Native Americans hopes Arkansans will be more aware of racial issues.

Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR had just received a $20,000 grant to preserve Herschfelder-Molin Collection which depicts stereotypes of Native Americans.

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Treasurer Arrested
8:35 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Arkansas Treasurer Arrested For Extortion By FBI

Ark. Treasurer Martha Shoffner was booked into the Pulaski County Detention Center at 4:29 p.m. Saturday on charges of extortion. She is scheduled for a federal court hearing Monday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner has been arrested for extortion by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being held in Pulaski County Jail.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell said Shoffner was arrested Saturday at her home in Newport and is scheduled for a federal court hearing Monday. Brunell said Shoffner was arrested on charges of "extortion under color of official right." Brunell said she would have more details Monday.

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Arkansas Cooks
5:10 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Loblolly Creamery in Little Rock

Electronic Citation
5:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Electronic Traffic Tickets Can Take Effect In Arkansas

Arkansas Law Enforcement officials are working on a program to issue traffic citations electronically.

They say if it goes into effect, it could speed up the process and enhance the safety of police officers.

Spokesman Bill Sadler with the State Police says this is beneficial.

"The officer is not spending as much time along the side of the road. We all know from experience that the longer you're on the side of the road with a violator, the chances of something going wrong increases with the amount of time," said Sadler.

Arkansas Politics
9:51 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislators Say So Long, Carter Says Some Other Time

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter said the state should loosen its term limit restrictions for state legislators and consider open primary elections as ways to better represent its populous.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

State lawmakers met briefly this morning to formally adjourn the legislature, making for a quiet end to an otherwise action packed legislative session.

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Local & Regional News
4:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Downtown Little Rock Amphitheater Renovations Are Complete

Credit Rivermarket Info

After nearly a year of renovation work, Little Rock’s Amphitheater is back in business.

Formerly known as the Riverfest Amphitheater, and now the First Security Amphitheater, the venue hosts many events throughout the year, including next week’s Riverfest and the summer series Movies in the Park. 

DeAnna Korte, Executive Director of Riverfest, says the repair effort was a collaboration.

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