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5:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Arkansas Crop Yields: Highest And Lowest On Record

Credit National Cotton Council

Arkansas crop yields are all over the map this year, with cotton harvests at an all time low and wheat registering as the second highest on record.

Brent Griffin, a county extension agent for Prairie County, says wheat is a world wide commodity and is affected by what goes on in the overseas market. He says local factors attributed to the high yield of 59 bushels this year.

A normally very large crop for the state, only 320,000 acres of cotton were planted this year, only half of what was planted in 2012.

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4:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Bradley County Therapist Convicted Of Medicaid Fraud

A speech therapist from Bradley County has been convicted of Medicaid fraud for allegedly billing for services she didn't render.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said Tuesday that 61-year-old Karen Carraway of Warren has pleaded no contest to a Class B felony.

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen sentenced her to three years' probation plus a fine of $18,000 and restitution of $6,000.

The restitution is to be paid to the state's Medicaid program. Carraway provided speech therapy services clients younger than 21.

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2:56 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Marine From Arkansas Dies In Military Hospital in Germany

The US Department of Defense says a Marine from Gentry has died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

The department said in a news release Tuesday that 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Benjamin Tuttle died Sunday at the military hospital where he was taken following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz.

A cause of death was not release and the defense department says the death is still under investigation.

Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Baptist Health System Laying Off 170 As Hospitals Cope With Medicare Cuts

Credit baptist-health.com

Little Rock-based Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers across its statewide health care network and one industry leader says more hospitals could follow suit.

Baptist Health has hospitals, clinics and medical facilities throughout Arkansas. The health care organization is one of the state’s largest private employers with more than 7,300 workers.

In a statement provided to members of the media, Mark Lowman, Vice President, Strategic Development at Baptist Health said:

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11:33 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Little Rock Police: Stopped Vehicle Wasn't Stolen

Demonstrators gathered across from the scene of Monday police shooting in Little Rock.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkasnas TImes

Authorities say an SUV driven by a man who was fatally shot by Little Rock police wasn't actually stolen, although officers thought it may have been stolen shortly before the driver was killed.

Little Rock Police said Monday that an SUV driven by 26-year-old Deon Williams appeared to match the description of a stolen vehicle.

However, Little Rock Police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said Tuesday that the vehicle wasn't actually stolen.

Authorities say Williams fled from police and produced a gun before an officer shot and killed him.

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5:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arkansas Cotton Acreage At Longtime Low

Cotton acreage is down sharply this year in Arkansas.

Agriculture officials estimate that 320,000 acres of cotton have been planted in Arkansas this year. That's only about half as much cotton as growers planted in 2012.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports that farmers pulled back on cotton because of thin profit margins.

Producers risk losing money if the weather takes a bad turn or if pests are abundant. Also, the crop is threatened by herbicide-resistant pigweed, which can choke out cotton plants.

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5:46 am
Tue July 16, 2013

At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice

A vigil on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Monday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.

Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arkansas Rep Prepares For New Education Facility

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Credit Peter James Zielinski / Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Construction work continues on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s new education space. 

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1:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin Vigil In LR Set By Black Caucus

The Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus is organizing a vigil over the Trayvon Martin verdict.

The group says the event at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the state Capitol isn't a protest or rally. Instead, the caucus says the gathering is to encourage the end of "profiling and systemic disenfranchisement of African-American males."

Organizers ask people attending to bring flashlights and cell phones to provide a lighting effect.

Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arkansas Lottery To Fill Position Of Security Agent

File photo of Lottery Director Bishop Woosley.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

The director of Arkansas' lottery says the organization plans to fill the job of a former security official who stole and cashed nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Monday that he expects the position to be filled fairly soon but didn't specify when.

Former deputy security director Remmele Mazyck pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to wire fraud and money laundering charges.

He will be sentenced later. The lottery says Mazyck cashed more than 22,000 tickets worth about $478,000.

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