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Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Thursday April 24th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) U.S. Senator John Boozman's office says the Republican senator remains hospitalized after undergoing unexpected heart surgery for a tear in his aorta. His office said yesterday that Boozman was taken by his wife Cathy to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers the day before for pain in the senator's chest and shoulder. Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer says the 63-year-old Boozman responded well to the surgery, which lasted several hours.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) An electronics company affiliated with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has received a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a power module for a fighter jet. University officials announced Wednesday that Arkansas Power Electronics International will use the money to build a high-temperature, silicon carbide power module for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning consumers this week about an Internet ad scam that aims to take advantage of potential renters. For more information about the scam and tips to protect consumers, Arkansas residents can visit WWW DOT GotYourBackArkansas DOT org.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee has increased security after finding a broken window and a man sleeping inside. WMC-TV reports police responded to a call at the museum early yesterday after security officers noticed a smashed window on the second floor.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Officials say a 115-year-old building affiliated with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received an award for being environmentally friendly. Sturgis Hall received the certification leadership in energy and environmental design or LEED.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A civil liberties group is asking an Arkansas judge to block the state from enforcing its new voter ID law while he considers a lawsuit challenging the requirement's constitutionality. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the law, which requires voters at the polls to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The group and the Arkansas Public Law Center sued the state over the law last week, saying it violates Arkansas' constitution.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Senator John Boozman of Arkansas has undergone heart surgery. The 63-year-old Republican was taken to a hospital overnight because of pain in his chest and arm. A statement from his office says Boozman's family is hoping for a full recovery.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Congressman Tom Cotton has told people at an Arkansas Farm Bureau forum that he voted against the farm bill because it should have had more reforms to cut the cost of food stamps. Senator Mark Pryor appeared at the forum in a pre-recorded video where he criticized his GOP rival for ignoring farmers.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) The murder trial of a Jonesboro woman in the shooting death of her husband is being delayed until September. The capital murder trial of 34-year-old Michelle Despain was rescheduled from the first week of May until Sept. 8. Despain has pleaded not guilty to being part of a plot in the Aug. 24, 2011, shooting death of Marc Despain inside the couple's home.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Gov. Mike Beebe and sculptor Anita Huffington will be presented honorary degrees from the University of Arkansas during the university's May 10 commencement ceremony. Beebe will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and Huffington will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) More than 155,000 people in Arkansas have signed up for health coverage under the state's compromise Medicaid expansion program. State officials say that's 70 percent of those who are eligible. Lawmakers have reauthorized the private option for another year even though opponents of the program have tried to de-fund it.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas Republicans are urging a state judge to uphold a rule change that gives absentee voters more time to show proof of ID after casting ballots. The court papers come in a lawsuit filed by the Pulaski County Election Commission. It's separate from the lawsuit challenging the voter ID law itself.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday April 21st, 2014

FAIRFIELD BAY, Ark. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey reports that several small earthquakes have been recorded near Fairfield Bay in central Arkansas. The USGS reports show five quakes with preliminary magnitudes from 1.7 to 2.1 were recorded from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning each about eight miles southwest of Fairfield Bay.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election. State Representative Ann Clemmer, banking executive French Hill and retired Army Colonel Conrad Reynolds are running for the GOP nomination in the May 20th primary for the 2nd Congressional District.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Public records show Republican and Democrat candidates for the state Legislature owe thousands of dollars in back taxes or other debt. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported yesterday that records show Republican Representative John Hutchinson of Harrisburg owes about $40,000 in federal taxes. Democrats Sheena Lewis and Charles Blake in Little Rock say they're working to pay off liens of about $500 and about $2,000 respectively.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Police in Pine Bluff say the suspected driver in a fatal hit-and-run collision that killed a teenager was arrested on Saturday. Police told reporters that 14-year-old Charles Jones was killed Friday night when he was struck while crossing U.S. 79 on the city's south side.

Hog Call All Sports Radio's business office will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. We will announce the $50 Swap Shop Winner Thursday.

Hog Call All Sports News Radio for Thursday April 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents today from former President Bill Clinton's administration. The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in health care reform, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and foreign policy involving Rwanda, Iran and the Middle East. The records are being closely watched as Hillary Rodham Clinton considers a second presidential campaign.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas highway officials say the federal government has given it permission to label portions of a western Arkansas interstate highway as I-49. Highway department director Scott Bennett said yesterday that new signs will start going up next week on the stretch of highway from Alma to Bella Vista.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) State transportation officials have marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways with a ceremony in Little Rock. Wednesday's event officially kicked off the department's Connecting Arkansas Program. The $1.8 billion project is funded with a 10-year, half-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2012.

MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) A man who moved to the Murfreesboro area because he enjoys hunting for precious stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park has found a 6.19-carat white diamond. Park Interpreter Waymon Cox says the stone is about the size of a jelly bean and is the 15th-largest diamond unearthed at the park, which was founded in 1972.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday April 16th, 2014

BRYANT, Ark. (AP) School and police officials in Bryant say no bomb was found and a juvenile is in custody after a student found writing on a bathroom stall at Bryant Middle School that read "I have a bomb." The middle school and elementary school that's in a connected building were evacuated Tuesday after a teacher overheard a student discussing the finding. Police say there were no injuries.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A Yukon, Okla., man on federal death row for the slayings of three members of an Arkansas family wants a judge to reconsider his denial of a request for a hearing that could lead to a new trial. Attorney Karl Schwartz filed a motion saying U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes was wrong to have turned away Danny Lee's petition for a hearing so he could argue for retrial. Lee was convicted in the 1996 deaths of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy Mueller, and their daughter, Sarah, in a white supremacist plot.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A federal judge has upheld Martha Shoffner's corruption conviction. He's rejected the former Arkansas treasurer's bid to set aside a jury verdict and have a state ethics commission hear her case. Shoffner was convicted last month of accepting $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Democrat Mike Ross says he raised more than $222,000 last month in his campaign for governor. Ross ended the month with more than $2 million in the bank. The top GOP fundraiser is Asa Hutchinson, who has $1.2 million on hand. He raised more than $200,000 last month.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday April 15th, 2014

HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) Salvage operations for a barge that overturned and sank last week in the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas are expected to begin. Spokesman Richard Wheatley for Kinder Morgan says recovery of the submerged vessel will begin Tuesday and should end Friday, depending on the weather. Wheatley says steel coils that fell into the water need to be removed before the boat is raised.

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Police in Rogers say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a threatening message written on a boy's bathroom stall at Heritage High School. Police say the boy was arrested on a felony charge of communicating a false alarm. Details of the message were not released.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A state judge is allowing the Arkansas Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under a new voter ID law. The judge granted the request to help defend the state Board of Election Commissioners over a rule giving more time to absentee voters who don't submit copies of their photo IDs with their ballots.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cotton's campaign says he'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. Pryor's fundraising numbers were not available Monday. Tuesday is the deadline to file fundraising reports.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday April 14th, 2014

Cotton calls for debates with Pryor in Senate race
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Congressman Tom Cotton is calling for a series of five debates with Senator Mark Pryor as Cotton challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.
Cotton a Republican said Sunday that he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and closing statements with he and Pryor a Democrat asking each other questions and giving rebuttals.
Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey responded with a news release saying that Pryor looks forward to a debate "at the appropriate time and in a format" in which voters could hear from the candidates.

Shoffner overshadows race for Arkansas treasurer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Despite it being a relatively little known post, the Republican primary for Arkansas treasurer has hardly been a low-key affair.
Overshadowed by a former state treasurer's conviction on bribery and extortion charges, the race is pitting two GOP rivals who each insist they're the best candidate to overhaul a troubled office.
State Representative Duncan Baird and Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan are facing off for the Republican nomination in the May 20th primary. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democratic candidate Karen Sealy Garcia and Libertarian nominee Chris Hayes in the November election.
Baird and Milligan say former Treasurer Martha Shoffner's conviction on 14 bribery and extortion charges highlight the importance of the office. They disagree on who is best poised to reform it.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Friday April 11th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Supreme Court is siding with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their definition of malicious conduct under a state law. The court's opinion Thursday said that malicious conduct under the state law includes conduct in reckless disregard of the consequences from which malice may be inferred.

HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) The Coast Guard has called off its search for two men who fell into the Mississippi River after a barge overturned and sank earlier this week in northeast Arkansas. Captain William Drelling said yesterday that authorities have suspended their search for Juan Nieves and Nicolas Perez, who've been missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Tapiture favorite in Saturday's Arkansas Derby
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Tapiture has been designated the early favorite in the $1 million Arkansas Derby and will break from the third post position.
The Southwest Stakes winner was named a 9-5 favorite for Saturday's race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Bayern is 2-1 and Strong Mandate had odds of 9-2 Wednesday. Danza will break from the rail Saturday.
Joel Rosario will be aboard Tapiture in the Kentucky Derby prep race.
In order from the rail out, horses set to run Saturday include Danza, Knock Em Flat, Tapiture, Ride On Curlin, Thundergram, Commissioner, Conquest Titan, Bayern and Strong Mandate.
The winner from the nine-horse field will pick up 100 points for the Road to the Kentucky Derby, increasing the chance of a spot in the May 3 race in Louisville, Ky.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) Searchers have recovered two bodies following an early-morning boating accident on Lake Dardanelle. Pope County Sheriff Aaron Duval says his office was called at 3:18 a.m. yesterday about a boat with four people in it that had capsized. Little Rock television station KTHV reports that two of the boaters were able to make it to shore but two others did not. Names of the dead weren't immediately released.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems. The board voted yesterday to remove the district's school board after a report by a three-person committee that studied academic performance issues at the district.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Thursday April 10th, 2014

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) State and federal agencies are offering a $6,500 reward for information leading to those who shot and killed two alligators in the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arkansas. Authorities tell the Texarkana Gazette one alligator was shot in March and the second was killed and decapitated last Saturday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Arkansas congressman and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of illegally soliciting contributions during a radio interview at his office in the U.S. Capitol. His campaign yesterday released a copy of a March 13th letter from the House Ethics Committee dismissing the state Democratic Party's complaint.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas' board of election commissioners has approved a set of proposed, permanent rules for absentee ballots. With one audible dissenting vote, the seven-member board voted yesterday to accept the emergency rules adopted in late February as permanent provisions. The temporary rules were set to expire in mid-July. The rules now go before a legislative panel.

NEW YORK (AP) Low-cost leader Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville has teamed up with Wild Oats to sell a new line of organic foods that's at least 25 percent cheaper than the national organic brands it carries.

Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday April 9th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Authorities say a barge capsized on the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas and that two people who fell into the water are missing. The barge overturned Tuesday at a shipping terminal near Blytheville, which is about 60 miles north of Memphis, Tenn. Officials for the Houston-based company that owns the terminal, Kinder Morgan, say the barge was being unloaded when it capsized.

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is headlining a conservative event in suburban Des Moines, after meeting privately with past campaign aides in the leadoff caucus state. The 2008 Republican presidential caucus winner is among several GOP and social conservative speakers at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's spring event, held at a Waukee church. Huckabee has said he is weighing another White House bid in 2016.

INDIO, Calif. (AP) A woman whose baby was found dead in an Arkansas storage unit in 2002 has been found guilty of second-degree murder in California. Jurors convicted Krissy Werntz in the 2001 death of her two-month-old daughter, Montana. The girl's father was sentenced to death in February. He's already in prison in Vermont for killing his baby son in 1999.

(Information in the following story is from: Southwest Times Record,
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) A Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman. Authorities say Jonathan Jackson opened fire on a van full of people in December 2012, killing 21-year-old Aley Criswell.

Hog Call All Sports Radio For Tuesday April 8th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Police in Little Rock say a human skull and other remains found just south of the Pulaski County jail have been sent to the University of North Texas for DNA testing. Authorities say the testing that will take a few months to complete is an effort to identify the remains and determine a cause of death. The university in Denton, Texas, often helps with DNA and forensic testing nationwide.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas. Federal drug officials say the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. McDaniel filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A judge has dismissed manslaughter charges against former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings. Hastings was scheduled for a third trial in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Bobby Moore III. But prosecutors say they don't believe they can get a conviction in the case. Hastings' first two trials ended with hung juries. He says he fired his gun when Moore drove toward him.





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