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Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Arkansas Woman Becomes The Oldest Person in the Country

Using newly analyzed Census records, researchers have confirmed that a south Arkansas woman is now the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world. Gertrude Weaver is celebrating her 116th birthday Friday at her Camden nursing home.

At the festivities this week, the Gerontology Research Group named Weaver the oldest living American, supplanting 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.

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Local & Regional News
9:20 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Intern Program Nears Conclusion

The George Washington Carver Research Program is nearing an end at the University of Arkansas. The eight-week summer program concludes next week when interns present their research to the university community.

The Carver program is a recruitment initiative that identifies and provides internship opportunities to superior undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges.

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Local & Regional News
12:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Child Dies, Three Injured, When Car Was Struck By A Train

A child died and three other people were injured when a car was struck by a train in Sweet Home.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says a Union Pacific train hit the car shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday as the car was driving onto Arkansas 365.

Officials say the collision sent the car more than a quarter-mile down the track and into a remote, wooded area that couldn't be easily accessed by vehicle.

The child, whose age was unclear, died at the scene.

Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Arkansas AG Issues Tips About Vehicle Recalls

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office is providing residents more information about vehicle recalls.

To determine whether a vehicle's been recalled, McDaniel says motorists can visit the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration website, www.safercar.gov . There, consumers can search NHTSA's database by year, make and model for information about recalls, investigations and complaints.

The database also includes information about recalls of child restraints, tires and other equipment.

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Local & Regional News
2:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Senator Pryor Accuses Republican Challenger Cotton Of Attacking His Faith

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for an interview where Cotton said the Democratic lawmaker thinks that "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings."

In response, Cotton commended Pryor on Wednesday as a "man of faith."

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Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Five Insurance Plans To Be Offered In 2015 Arkansas Marketplace

The Arkansas Insurance Department says five insurance companies have signed up to offer policies through the state's federally arranged marketplace during 2015.

The companies are Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Celtic Insurance Co., National Blue Cross Blue Shield Multi-State, QCH Health Plan Inc. and QualChoice Life and Health Insurance Co. Inc.

The Insurance Department said Wednesday that each plan must still be reviewed to determine whether they adequately meet the needs of would-be policy holders.

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Local & Regional News
10:48 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Arkansas Ends Fiscal Year With $78 Million Surplus

Arkansas' finance office says the state ended the fiscal year with a nearly $79 million budget surplus.

The Department of Finance and Administration reported Wednesday that the state's net available revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $5.02 billion. That's $4.5 million lower than the previous year, but $78.7 million higher than originally forecast.

The report means lawmakers will have more than $174 million in one-time money for various needs next year.

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Local & Regional News
7:55 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Arkansas-Based Tyson Foods Moving Forward With Hillshire Deal

Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods.

Chicago-based Hillshire agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.23 billion in May. But then Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride got into a bidding war for Hillshire, with Hillshire accepting Tyson's $63 per share offer last month.

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Local & Regional News
7:42 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Arkansas Tech President Takes Office

Arkansas Tech University now has a new president.

Robin Bowen took office Tuesday, becoming the 12th president of the university in Russellville. She succeeds Robert Brown, who retired Monday after serving 21 years.

In taking office, Bowen became the first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas. She was elected president in April by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees.

Local & Regional News
6:47 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Agency To Accept Applications For Shelter Rebates

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will soon begin accepting applications for its shelter rebate program.

To be eligible for the program, the agency says people have to have installed an above-ground safe room or in-ground shelter after Jan. 21, 1999. Applicants also must own their home at the time of their application.

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