Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Ark., on March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil was shut off after it ruptured March 29, causing an evacuation of 22 homes.
Governor Beebe has named Charles Robinson as his appointment to fill the office of State Treasurer. The office was vacated last week when Martha Shoffner resigned amidst federal charges of extortion.
The 66 year old Robinson, of North Little Rock, received his MBA from the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
More than 350 people and about 40 watercraft are to take part in a fire boat training exercise set for DeGray Lake.
Departments from Arkansas and Texas are signed up for the Saturday event. The Arkansas Forestry Commission organizes the sessions with other agencies to put fire crews through different emergency scenarios, including evacuating victims by air and water.
The training is designed to challenge boat crews with situations based on actual emergencies. One scenario is based on what crews had to handle during Hurricane Katrina.
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is scheduling a series of public meetings throughout the month of June that will allow Arkansans to ask questions and make comments on updating the Arkansas Water Plan.
Edward Swaim with the Commission says the plan is about identifying what the state's water resources are, what the water needs are, and where programs or policies need to be implemented to best manage water resources.
Swaim says this is the second of four rounds of public meetings.
A seventh grader from LISA Academy in Little Rock is the sole contestant from Arkansas in the National Spelling Bee taking place this week. Chythanya Murali is competing in the nation's most prominent spelling stage, covered by ESPN. Murali's coach and LISA Academy's High School assistant principal Judith Knieling says Murali's natural curiosity enables her to succeed.