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Arkansas Business Report
9:32 am
Mon February 17, 2014

2/17/14: Arkansas Business Report

The markets were closed, Mon., Feb. 17 for the President's Day holiday.

Local & Regional News
4:53 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Beebe on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month Governor Mike Beebe delved into the 1964 Civil Rights Act, passed 50 years ago, in his weekly radio address. The governor cited the words of Robert F. Kennedy but also suggested the latent power of regular folk, especially the young, to be of critical importance in movements for equality.

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Local & Regional News
4:11 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Lawsuit Blames Natural Gas Wells for Earthquakes in Arkansas

Fourteen families in central Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in connection with a series of earthquakes in Faulkner County.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday the lawsuit is against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Operating Inc. and Billiton Petroleum LLC,

The suit alleges natural-gas disposal wells resulted in thousands of earthquakes in Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the earthquakes damaged the plaintiff's homes and caused the market value for the houses to decline.

Local & Regional News
5:16 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Arkansas Looking to Attract European Manufacturers

AEDC Dir. Grant Tennille
Credit arkansasedc.com

State officials are looking into persuading industries based in Europe to move to Arkansas. Both the aerospace and firearms sectors are of particular importance.

At a recent meeting of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission the announcement was made a team of officials will travel overseas to attend the world's largest air show in the hopes of attracting more aerospace developments in Arkansas.

AEDC Director Grant Tennille said attending will help Arkansas compete with other states.

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Local & Regional News
1:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Judge Orders Separate Trial On New Shoffner Counts

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A federal judge has ordered a separate trial for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges she spent thousands from her re-election campaign on personal items such as clothing and cosmetics.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes on Friday granted Shoffner's request to be tried separately on the 10 counts of mail fraud she faces over the campaign cash.

A federal grand jury earlier this month indicted Shoffner on the charges, adding them to charges filed last year accusing her of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.

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Local & Regional News
1:37 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Arkansas Judge Grants Request To Block Executions

A judge in Arkansas has granted a request by death row inmates to block any executions until the Legislature changes the state's law governing how inmates are put to death.

Judge Wendell Griffen said Friday that the law failed to define procedures and training for correction department staff who would administer lethal injections. Also, Griffen ruled that the current law gives too much latitude to the correction department director, who would have to choose the type of barbiturate to be used in executions.

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Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

May Trial Set In Forrest City Bicyclist's Death

A judge has scheduled a May trial date for a Forrest City man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a bicyclist.

First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes issued an order Thursday scheduling a May 5 trial date for Majed Attahrawi.

Prosecutors charged Attahrawi with first-degree murder for the June 30 death of 59-year-old James Holland. Prosecutors alleged he intentionally ran over Holland with his cargo van after Holland allegedly tried to shoplift from Attahrawi's store. Police say Holland died after he was pinned between the cargo van and a telephone pole.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Mayor: Osceola Lands Another New Manufacturer, Creates 75 Jobs

Officials in Osceola say a new manufacturer will build a $33 million facility and create 75 jobs in the Mississippi County town.

Mayor Dickie Kennemore says Blue Oak Resources will start building its facility next month in Osceola. The company, based in Burlingame, Calif., removes precious metals from electronics that are being recycled.

Kennemore says the new facility will be built on a 30-acre plot near the American Greetings factory in Osceola.

Arkansas General Assembly
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Private Option Amendments Advance In Legislature

The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Changes to the Private Option are making their way through the Arkansas legislature.  On Thursday, the Joint Budget Committee approved new language in the program’s fiscal bill.  It involves the state seeking federal approval for establishing Health Savings Accounts, increasing the number of adults who must share health costs and tweaking how much non-emergency transportation will be provided to people enrolled in the private option. At the meeting, State Representative John Burris said there would be a hard deadline for attaining approval.

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Local & Regional News
2:55 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Governor Beebe's Thoughts on Changes to Arkansas's Private Option

Gov. Beebe at County Judge Winter Meeting
Credit Jacob Kauffman

After several changes to the private option passed out of committee Thursday the question is whether or not amendments will bring in enough supporters to re-authorize funds for the law.

Speaking with KUAR in North Little Rock after the Winter Meeting of the County Judges Association Governor Mike Beebe (D) said he could go along with the changes.

“They wouldn’t have been my first choice, no. But as a part of the compromise I supported those. We worked on them and got them in a posture where we thought it was okay,” said Beebe.

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