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4:24 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Oaklawn, Planning Commission Work On Expansion

City planners in Hot Springs have imposed a set of conditions on Oaklawn Park's planned expansion of its casino-style gambling operation.

The thoroughbred race track wants to expand its number of tables and machines by about 50 percent.

The city's Planning Commission has stipulated that all changes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic have to be approved by the state highway department. Those permits have to be in place before work starts.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Officer Hit By Truck In Texarkana Disturbance Dies

A service will be held Wednesday for a Texas police officer who died after being hit by a truck during a disturbance at a park.

Texarkana police say a suspect was being held Sunday over the death of Officer William Sprague.

Sprague was hurt early Friday responding to a call of about fights that broke out as about 100 people were at Grady T. Wallace Park. Police later arrested a man on a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant. The charge could be upgraded due to Saturday's death of Sprague.

Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Ross, Burkhalter Endorse Each Other, Vow Jobs Plan

Credit arkansashighways.com

Roby Brock of Talk Business covered a joint press conference with Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross (D) and John Burkhalter (D) a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross and Lt. Governor candidate John Burkhalter mutually endorsed each other and promised to work jointly to create more jobs in Arkansas if elected.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Three Small Earthquakes Recorded In Central Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey reports three small earthquakes have been recorded between Greenbrier and Clinton in central Arkansas in recent days.

The USGS says a 2.5 magnitude quake recorded Friday came after quakes of magnitude 2.0 and 2.8 were recorded on Thursday.  No injuries or damage are reported.

The three earthquakes were centered about 45 to 50 miles north of Little Rock.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage doesn't generally occur with earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

Local & Regional News
3:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival To Take Place After Shortage Scare

In South Arkansas, the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival will indeed take place this weekend.

The festival honors the pink tomato, Arkansas’s official fruit and vegetable, in a week long celebration complete with live music, games, and contests.

Arkansas tomato fans had a scare when the tomatoes were said to be in short supply just weeks before the festival.

Low temperatures in April stunted the progress of the tomatoes.

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Local & Regional News
2:52 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Wynne Band Director Accused Of Indecency

The director of the Wynne High School band has been arrested on suspicion of sexual indecency with a child.

Nicholas Wayne Wooster appeared in court Thursday for a probable cause hearing.

The 35-year-old was released after District Judge Joe Boeckman set bond at $1,000.

According to The Jonesboro Sun, Wynne Police Detective Mike Smith said Wooster admitted kissing a teenage girl and exposing himself to her at school.

Smith said Wooster also asked the girl a number of inappropriate questions.

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Garland County Deputy Arrested On Prostitution Charge

Mug shot of Neil Parliment.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

Federal authorities say a Garland County deputy sheriff has been arrested on a prostitution-related charge.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge and FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Coleman announced Friday that Deputy Neil Parliment was arrested Thursday night on a charge of enticing an individual to engage in prostitution.

Online jail records show Parliment is being held without bond in the Union County Jail in El Dorado.

Prosecutors accuse Parliment of bringing a prostitute from Memphis, Tenn., to Hot Springs to have sex for money.

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Local & Regional News
11:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Community College In Harrison Opts Out Of Gun Law

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees has decided to opt out of a state law that would allow faculty and staff members to carry concealed handguns on campus.

The community college in Harrison is the latest school to opt out of the law passed this year by the Legislature.

The Harrison Daily Times reports that Northark's board decided Thursday on a 4-1 vote to not allow the weapons.

The new law says faculty and staff with concealed-carry permits can bring the weapons on campus, unless the school specifically opts out of the law.

Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Entergy Arkansas Sending Crews To Virginia To Restore Power

Crews from Entergy Arkansas are heading to Virginia to help restore electricity knocked out during this week's storms.

Entergy Arkansas is sending 87 employees to Virginia, including 50 linemen. The utility says Dominion Virginia Power requested assistance from Entergy.

At its peak, severe storms with high winds and hail knocked out power to 285,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers.

As of Friday morning, that number had dropped to 95,000 outages, with most in the Richmond and southeastern Virginia regions.

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Local & Regional News
7:42 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Memorial Set For Women Killed In Arkansas Flood

A public memorial service is planned for Friday for two women killed in flash flooding in Scott County last month.

The memorial for 65-year-old Vivian Sue Reimer and 61-year-old Kay Shearn is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron.

The women died May 31 when flash flooding swept through the Y City area.

Three others died in the flooding, including the county sheriff and an Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officer.

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