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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A military vehicle assembly plant Arkansas had hoped to lure with an $87 million incentive package is going to another state.

The U.S. Army on Tuesday announced that it is awarding the contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. The contract is valued at $6.75 billion.

Lockheed Martin was among three companies competing for the project, which it intended to build at its Camden facility in southern Arkansas.

Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed University of Arkansas judicial ethics professor Howard Brill as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court Tuesday.

Brill has taught law for 40 years and served as a special justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. He said his judicial philosophy is one of restraint and adherence to the law.

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Anticipation is building with an announcement expected soon about where the next generation of military combat vehicle will be built.

Last week, Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director Mike Preston revealed that the U.S. Department of Defense has told him the award of the highly-coveted Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will be announced on one of the next three Fridays – Aug. 28, Sept. 4, or Sept. 11.

Leslie Rutledge Attorney General
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Monday announced that she, along with 48 other State Attorneys General, have reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that Amgen unlawfully promoted biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel.

Under the terms of the Consent Judgment, Arkansas will receive $959,758.24 from the settlement. Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia by stimulating bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis.

Tom Cotton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton says an agreement with Iran aimed at dismantling its nuclear program is instead putting the world on the path to a "second nuclear age."

The freshman senator from Arkansas on Tuesday criticized the agreement struck by the U.S., Iran, and five world powers to dismantle most of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief. Cotton said he believes there's still a chance for Congress to block the deal scheduled for a vote next month, even though supporters see momentum growing on their side in the Senate.

 Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is naming his pick to replace the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, who's resigning at the end of the month because of health problems.

The Republican governor plans to name his appointment Tuesday for the remainder of outgoing Chief Justice Jim Hannah's term. Hannah, whose term expires at the end of next year, announced earlier this month he was stepping down to focus on his health.

Searcy Police chief jeremy clark
KARK-TV 4/ ArkansasMatters.com

Former Searcy Police Chief Jeremy Clark has pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a narcotic painkiller.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer says Clark pleaded guilty Monday to possession of hydrocodone and was sentenced to one year probation. Clark must also undergo drug counseling and random drug tests, pay a $1,000 fine and surrender his law enforcement certification and never again work as a law enforcement officer.

Clark said he obtained the narcotic in August 2014 from at least one person who was not authorized to distribute the drug.

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who resigned from his post on Friday, issued a statement today to address speculation on his potential political future.

Eldridge, a Democrat, has been rumored to be considering a challenge to U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, who is up for re-election in 2016.

Conner’s statement, issued Monday afternoon reads:

ADEQ Clean Power Plan ADEQ Director Becky Keogh and APSC Chairman Ted Thomas
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Public Service Commission and Department of Environmental Quality say they’re working on a plan to abide by a final federal rule on reducing carbon emissions at the state’s power plants. They say its “less stringent” than a previously proposed rule.

Boon Tan World Trade Center of Arkansas
Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

This year Congress voted to grant the executive branch fast-track authority to negotiate a flurry of international free trade agreements, most notably a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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