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5:35 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Darr To Announce Whether He'll Seek House Seat

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is announcing whether he'll seek the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Darr on Monday planned a campaign announcement in Huntington on Monday night.

Darr said last week he was likely to run for the 4th Congressional District now that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Darr was elected to the state's No. 2 constitutional office in 2010. Earlier this year, he ruled out running for governor and Senate.

Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Faulkner County Burglars Hit Homes During Funerals

Authorities in Faulkner County say it appears local burglars have been reading the obituaries and breaking into homes while the owners are away a funerals.

A woman's home in Conway was burglarized on Wednesday while she was attending her husband's funeral. Authorities say at least two other similar burglaries have occurred.

Wednesday's victim, Debra Storment, told Little Rock television station KATV that she wants people to be aware of the danger.

Fine Art & Tourism
6:11 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Crystal Bridges About To Log 1 Millionth Visitor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville hasn't been open even two years but the northwest Arkansas hot spot is about to welcome its 1 millionth visitor.

When it opened on Nov. 11, 2011, museum organizers expected between 150,000 and 300,000 visitors per year. The first year brought in 650,000 patrons, lured in part by free admission to the museum's regular collection.

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
5:40 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

8-13-13 Ballet

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Local & Regional News
10:23 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Governor Touts Manufacturing Expansion In Radio Address

Governor Mike Beebe's radio address:


"I've participated in lots of job announcements as Governor. The ones that seem to generate the most buzz and excitement are those that welcome a new business to Arkansas. I certainly understand that feeling. When a new company announces that it will invest in our State, it's a sign of approval and confidence from another part of the country or the world. These are indications of the continued growth of Arkansas's positive business reputation that we like to see.

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Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Faulkner Co. Man Runs But Can't Hide From Latest Conviction

The moral of this story is the moment when the jury says, “Guilty” is not a good time to lose track of the defendant.


Twenty-four year old Rolandis Chatmon already had three previous felony convictions and a record of bad behavior in prison.


So, when a Faulkner County Circuit Court jury came back with a guilty verdict on three new counts of aggravated armed robbery and one theft-of-property charge, he knew the penalty would be bad.


So, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports, he ran.

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Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Four Men Charged With With The Armed Robbery Of Seven Restaurants And One Store

A joint investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and local police force arrested four Arkansans charged with robbing eight local restaurants and one store.

Two of the men have previous criminal records, and over $8,000 was stolen during the crimes. US Attorney Christopher Thyer says solving cases can be more effective when state and local entities work together. 

"All four defendants are currently in custody. During these robberies suspects were aggresive...lives were put in danger" said Thyer.

Local & Regional News
4:38 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Governor Beebe Names Nathaniel Smith State Health Director

Gov. Mike Beebe has named Nathaniel Smith as director and state health officer for the Arkansas Department of Health.

Beebe on Friday announced that he was naming Smith permanently to the position. Smith has been serving as interim director since February, when Paul Halverson left the post to take a job in Indiana. Halverson had served as director since 2005.

Beebe said in a news release that Smith had proven himself to be a steady and knowledgeable leader since taking over the post on an interim basis.

Local & Regional News
4:08 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Arkansas Health Care Plan Discussed in Washington D.C.

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson
Credit healthy.arkansas.gov

Arkansas’s plan to expand health care coverage was at the center of a panel discussion in Washington DC Friday.

Arkansas’s approach toward implementing the Affordable Care Act by bypassing expanding Medicaid and instead providing premium subsidies for private plans is unique in the nation.

Dr. Joseph Thompson, Arkansas’s Surgeon General, said during the hearing, which was broadcasted by C-SPAN, that the state’s compromise approach was driven by a divided political climate.

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Maumelle Watershed
2:49 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Central Arkansas Water Hires Consultant To Assess Pipeline's Risk To Lake Maumelle

A consultant has been hired by Central Arkansas Water to assess possible vulnerabilities in the Maumelle Watershed caused by ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline.

Tectonic Engineering and Surveying Consultants was awarded a 160 thousand dollar contract to evaluate the consequences of the physical damage to the pipeline, which crosses through the watershed. The third party consultants are necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of the water supply. Central Arkansas Water Protection Manager John Tynan says the assessment will provide information still needed regarding the pipeline.

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