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6:00 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Conway's New Airport Set To Open This Week

Conway city officials at the 2011 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Conway airport.
Credit Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

After three years of construction work, Conway’s new airport is opening this week. A dedication ceremony is set for Friday, but planes will begin using the new facility in the city’s Lollie Bottoms area Monday.

It's on 430 acres and replaces an airport in the center of town that was about a third that size and had opened 1928. But as Conway grew around it, space was severely limited, with officials long considering a new location.

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9:02 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Some Arkansas Roadway Lanes To Be Closed During Holiday

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is advising that lanes on some interstates and highways will be closed during the coming Labor Day holiday weekend.

The AHTD says lanes in both directions of Interstate 40 at West Memphis in Crittenden County and Russellville in Pope County will be closed and that a westbound lane of I-40 will be closed at Biscoe in Monroe County.

A lane of I-530 in both directions will be closed at Hensley near the Pulaski/Saline County line and a lane of U.S. 67 in both directions will be closed at Bald Knob in White County.

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10:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Up To 33 Bakken Oil Trains Cross Arkansas Each Week

Tanker cars, which often carry potentially hazardous oil.
Credit Rennett Stowe / Wikimedia Commons

Records on file with Arkansas' emergency managers show that as many as 33 trains carrying Bakken crude oil pass through the state in a given week.

Each train carries at least a million gallons - five times as much crude oil that spilled in Mayflower in March 2013.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, The Associated Press obtained correspondence railroads shared with the state in June. The railroads objected to the materials' release, but federal regulators said the information wasn't "security-sensitive."

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9:41 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Arkansas Train Crash

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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8:47 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Little Rock Port Authority Opens Resource Center

The Arkansas River Resource Center
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The construction of a new 2.1 million dollar Arkansas River Resource Center is heralding future economic development opportunities for the Port of Little Rock, according to city and federal officials. As KUAR’s Chris Hickey reports, the center’s presence is just one piece of a site that has become an economic engine for Central Arkansas.

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5:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Fatal Arkansas Train Crash

NTSB Investigator Mike Flanigon removes the event recorder from one of the locomotives involved in Sunday's crash.
Credit NTSB

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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8:53 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Crash Wiped Out Signal That Could Hold Clues

The National Transportation Safety Board says a trackside signal that could hold clues to a fatal head-on train collision in Arkansas was damaged in the crash but that investigators still hope to recover its data.

NTSB investigator Michael Hiller said Tuesday a southbound train was told to slow down as a northbound train approached a parallel track. He said it should have been directed to stop at the next signal, but that signal was mangled during the accident.

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4:26 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NTSB: Southbound Train Told To Slow Before Fatal Crash In NE Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board says a southbound Union Pacific train was given signals to slow down and wait for an oncoming train to move onto another track moments before the two trains collided in northeast Arkansas.

Two crew members on the southbound train died in the collision Sunday near Hoxie, while two others on the northbound train were injured.

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2:33 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Proposes Renovations

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport announced a $20.5 million concourse renovation plan Tuesday. The proposal includes a modernized interior, additional gate seating with chargers for portable devices, new jet bridges and new arrival and departure monitors.

According to Ronald Mathieu, Executive Director of the Clinton National Airport, ridership was down five percent last year. He said interior improvements will be good for business.

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3:10 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Railroad Workers Killed In Sunday's Head-On Collision Identified

NTSB Investigator Mike Flanigon removes the event recorder from one of the locomotives involved in Sunday's crash.
Credit NTSB

The two Union Pacific crew members who were killed after two freight trains collided head on early Sunday have been identified.

Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff says engineer Chance Gober of White Hall, Arkansas, and conductor Roderick Hayes, of McKinney, Texas, died in the crash. DeGraff says both were in the train traveling southbound and died of their injuries. DeGraff says two other employees were injured.

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