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6:15 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Child Sought In Northern Arkansas Wooded Area

Authorities in northern Arkansas are searching for a child that was reported to have been seen walking into a wooded area in the region.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said in a news release Thursday that his office's helicopter was assisting Izard County authorities in the search for the child that witnesses reported seeing entering the woods northeast of Violet Hill on Thursday afternoon.

Neither Montgomery nor Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Magnolia Properties Get Historic Designations

Two structures in Magnolia have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Banner-News reports that the president's house at Southern Arkansas University and the Rushton Clinic in Magnolia were named to the list after consideration earlier this year by the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri June 14, 2013

World Of Weather Opposites For Arkansas Farmers

Some Arkansas farmers are still planting, even though it's the middle of June.

Agricultural economist Scott Stiles of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says even some rice is still going in the ground.

A year ago, growers had an early spring and a long stretch of mild weather, making it easy to plant early.

This year, frequent rains in east Arkansas caused delays for many row crop growers.

Stiles says the state likely won't have the 1 million acres of corn that was expected. Planting this late can lower corn yields.

Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Fri June 14, 2013

FBI Seeking Robber Dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012.

The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills. No one has been injured - but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Mayflower Oil Spill
7:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mayflower Superintendent: Exxon Has Exceeded My Expectations

On the same day that state and federal prosecutors took action against ExxonMobil regarding the oil spill in Mayflower, at least one resident of that community says he feels the response by Exxon after the spill has exceeded his expectations.

John Gray, Superintendent of the Mayflower School District, says he thinks some people have been hypercritical of the oil giant.

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Arkansas Crime
6:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

24 Named In Hot Springs Gang, Drug, Indictments

Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.

US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.

Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Conway Mayor Says He Won't Seek 6th Term In Office

Credit cityofconway.org / City of Conway, Arkansas

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell says he won't be seeking a sixth term in office.

Townsell was re-elected in 2012 and has three years left in his term. But he tells the Log Cabin Democrat that he's ready for "anything that might present itself" and that he may not finish his current term.

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Immigration
5:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Non-Profit Opens Office, Helps Immigrants

As an immigration reform bill is expected to be debated and amended in the U.S. Senate this week, a local immigrant advocacy group is settling into its own office for the summer.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center assists families who need to navigate processes like getting proper medical care or other services.  

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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.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

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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