Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is reconsidering an 8-lane option in its proposed widening of Interstate 30 through Little Rock and North Little Rock.

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KATV, Channel 7 News

A storm system moving through Arkansas Tuesday caused scattered damage throughout the state and cut electricity to many homes and businesses.

The accountant for a former state senator who pleaded guilty to mail fraud earlier this year needs more time to determine who has been paid back in the aftermath of the case, the former state senator’s attorney said in a court filing Monday.

Attorney Bill Stanley of Jonesboro, who represents former state Sen. Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, asked for a continuance in the case until the work is done. The case is before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Miller, with the Eastern District of Arkansas.

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Wal-Mart Stores posted fiscal third quarter net income of $3.304 billion, below the $3.711 billion in the same period of 2015, but better than what was expected by equity analysts who cover the retailer. And while the closely watched metric of same-store sales moved in the right direction for Wal-Mart, the company is predicting “relatively flat” sales growth for the year.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

Attorneys for a man charged with killing a central Arkansas real estate agent have asked to suppress statements he made to investigators.

Arron Lewis is charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of Beverly Carter. He was in court for a hearing Monday.

Defense attorneys say Lewis didn't waive his right to an attorney and want statements he made to investigators suppressed, including a recording in which Lewis plays a voice memo of Carter telling her husband she's OK and not to call police.

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Delaware State Police

A Delaware man who was extradited to Arkansas over the weekend to face a murder charge will be held at the Jackson County Jail in Newport without bail.

68-year-old James Leon Clay of Georgetown, Delaware, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1967 shooting death of 27-year-old James Ricks of North Little Rock.

Clay appeared in Newport District Court for a bail hearing on Monday after an eight-month extradition process. He is scheduled to be arraigned before Jackson County Circuit Judge Harold Erwin in Newport on Dec. 17.

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Arkansas Times

Town hall participants questioned the need for the 10-lane I-30 Crossing across the Arkansas River at the Clinton Presidential Center Monday, while some offered their support for the project.

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Little Rock city leaders will hear details Tuesday night of a proposed $60 million improvement plan for the Arkansas Arts Center. The facility, which recently committed to remaining in Little Rock after speculation about a move to North Little Rock, is exploring options for making expansions and improvements.

Mayor Mark Stodola supports the plan being presented to the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission because he says the Arts Center could lose accreditation without renovations to its theater and the rest of the facilities.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

The man charged with killing a central Arkansas real estate agent is in court for a hearing less than two months before his case is to go to trial.

Arron Lewis is charged with capital murder and kidnapping for last year's killing of Beverly Carter. He's appearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday as lawyers argue motions ahead of the scheduled Jan. 12 trial.

Lewis' attorneys have made several requests, including to suppress messages found on a phone and to keep Lewis' wife from testifying against him.

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department plans to hold another public involvement meeting to display the latest plans for its estimated 600 million dollar Interstate 30 Crossing project. The meeting will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. A notice sent by the AHTD to local media outlets says the meeting will be in “a town hall format, where the public can offer comments and ask questions about the proposed project.”