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Hog Call All Sports Radio news for Tuesday July 29th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to help defend in court a $5 million tax break legislators gave natural gas drillers earlier this year. He's asked to step in and assist in the case after the state's chief finance officer said he believed the exemption was unconstitutional. The measure exempts sand used in natural gas drilling from state sales taxes, which was approved earlier this year as part of a state agency's budget. The lawsuit argues the tax break should have been considered on its own.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener is retiring after more than seven years in the post. Flener is retiring effective Thursday and Steve Varady will serve as director for the rest of the year. Varady has been the program manager in Flener's office since 2009. The state drug director oversees the state's alcohol and drug programs and grants allocated to drug task forces in the state.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A cold front will be bringing relief from the summer heat to Arkansas and Oklahoma. Forecasters say the area will see unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week. It's the second cold front to alter the region's summertime weather patterns this month. But it'll likely give people who work outdoors a nice break.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has promoted two assistant curators and is bringing in a curator from a Wyoming museum. Manuela Well-Off-Man and Chad Alligood have been promoted to curator positions. Also, Mindy Besaw of the Whitney Western Art Museum in Cody, Wyoming, will join Crystal Bridges this fall. The curators will work with the art and education branch directors.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday July 28th, 2014

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Police in Pine Bluff say one man was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting on the city's west side. Police say 21-year-old Cedric Ginger of Sheridan died early Sunday at a Pine Bluff hospital after being shot about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say Ginger's father, uncle and another man were wounded in the shooting. Police say one man is in custody for questioning about the shooting.

HOPE, Ark. (AP) An Asian beetle that's blamed for killing millions of ash trees in the United States has been found in southwestern Arkansas. The Arkansas Plant Board and the state Agriculture Department says the emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, Clark and Nevada counties.

(Information in the following story is from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A Pulaski County assessor's office official says Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson improperly took a tax credit during four tax years before making a repayment shortly before he announced his campaign. Chief assessment administrator Joe Thompson says Hutchinson claimed the $350 per year homestead credit for homes in Benton and Pulaski counties in tax years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. State law allows the credit on only one home.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Police in Little Rock are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of a woman outside her home. Lt. Sidney Allen says officers responding to a report of shots fired about 9:45 p.m. Saturday found 44-year-old Tanuyna Wilson on the ground in front of her home on West 11th Street. Allen says witnesses told investigators they heard two gunshots and a woman scream, then saw a man running from the area. No suspects have been arrested or identified.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Friday July 25th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The federal government says well more than 100 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States. A state-by-state breakdown was released yesterday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that were placed with parents, relatives or family friends.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A report says adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, but state officials say they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits. A report commissioned by the state Insurance Department projected that adding the coverage to the state's "private option" would cost about $20 a month per person in the program.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Little Rock Air Force Base officials say mistaken identity is to blame for a lockdown that lasted several hours after a report of a suspicious individual. Officials say the base in Jacksonville was locked down earlier in the week after a report of someone trying to forcibly gain access to a base building. Officials determined there was no threat.

(Information in the following story is from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/)
VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) Two half brothers from Rudy have pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges. Jonathan Bridgewater and Nicholas Barrows are accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Jamison Lee Plum of Alma in June. They are jailed without bond. Plum's body was found last month in a shallow grave on property owned by the suspects' grandmother.


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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel continues to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court. He says the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy. McDaniel filed a reply brief yesterday as the court weighs whether to uphold a federal judge's decision that the ban is unconstitutional.

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) There may not have been a suspicious person on the Little Rock Air Force Base after all. Military officials who locked down the base for about five hours yesterday said after lifting the restriction that the earlier report is no longer credible. They say the incident wasn't part of a planned emergency exercise at the base.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to storms that began last month and brought flooding. A declaration for flood-related aid also applies to 13 counties next to the disaster-declaration region.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The federal Labor Department is giving Arkansas another $1 million to help pay for the cleanup after a winter storm. Fourteen counties are eligible to get public assistance after the storm last December. The money will go to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and let the state agency keep on temporary workers who are helping with the recovery.


Hog Cal All Sports Radio News for Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure. Officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A Republican congressman from Arkansas who has advocated for legislation that would limit tax-free shopping online says he agrees with his party adopting an anti-Internet sales tax stance and argues the two stances aren't in conflict. U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said he agrees the with state GOP adopting as part of its platform opposition to any sales tax imposed by the federal government. Womack is co-sponsor of legislation that would empower states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases.

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) Harding University is getting a new registrar. Tod Martin of York, Nebraska, will be registrar, effective in August. Martin replaces Janice Hurd, who is retiring from the position after serving as registrar for eight years. Martin comes to Harding from York College after seven years as the school's registrar. He was also an assistant professor in York's business program and taught classes in management and marketing.

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/)
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) A Bald Knob man accused of shooting his father-in-law to death goes before a judge on Wednesday. Investigators say Robert Draft attacked his wife Kathie at their home and then fatally shot Douglas Cloyes at his home down the street. Draft was arrested in Michigan after the May shooting.


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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions. An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016. McDaniel's office rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot. The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A state panel has approved a deal to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding. The move is part of a $6 million plan approved by lawmakers earlier this month to open about 600 beds across the state. Corrections officials are asking for $100 million next year to build a new state prison.


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

OZARK, Ark. (AP) Crews rescued a 52-year-old man who fell off a cliff at Ozark National Forest. KHBS reports the man and his wife were searching for berries yesterday when he got too close to a cliff and fell. The man was taken to a hospital in Ozark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The chief executive officer at Wal-Mart was the highest paid public company executive in Arkansas last year. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Douglas McMillon received a compensation package valued at $25.3 million last year. Two Tyson Foods executive trailed McMillon by almost $5 million.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) A yard sale stretching 160 miles along U.S. 64 in Arkansas is planned for next month. Bargains Galore on 64 is August 7-9 and will stretch from Fort Smith to Beebe. Event coordinator Linda Hiles says the long yard sale is a good opportunity for civic or religious organizations to make some extra money.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Friday July 18th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) State corrections officials say they'll ask lawmakers next year for between $75 million and $100 million to build a new prison to ease overcrowding. Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs told a legislative panel yesterday that his department's wish list for next year will include funding to build a new 1,000-inmate facility. Lawmakers earlier this month approved setting aside $6 million to open up about 600 beds for state inmates housed at local jails.

MABELVALE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas police say they have found the vehicle a missing 24-year-old Lonoke County man was driving before he disappeared. Saline County sheriff's deputies responded Wednesday night to a call about an abandoned vehicle in a wooded area in Mabelvale. Officials say the SUV belongs to the father of Steven Roach. He was reported missing by his family.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) A Denver-based company has announced plans to open a customer support center in Jonesboro, creating 150 jobs. TeleTech Holdings says the new center has the ability to expand to up to 600 jobs. The Jonesboro facility, which will open next month, will support a health insurance company.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Tech University board of trustees has agreed to sell a parcel of land near Interstate 40 in Russellville to Narayan Hotels for $1.15 million. The board agreed to the sale yesterday. ATU bought the property in 2006 for $1.5 million and operated a student housing facility before it closed in 2011.


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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's gay marriage ban. Attorneys for the couples filed a motion yesterday asking the judge to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. A Pulaski County judge earlier this year struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count. Secretary of State Mark Martin says an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were submitted for the proposed act backed by Give Arkansas a Raise Now. The group needs about 62,500 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races. Rutledge told the Political Animals Club yesterday that she'd support requiring any group that spends money on ads that mention candidates by name to disclose their spending. Rutledge won the Republican nomination for the attorney general's race in June.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A $450 million bridge building project in Little Rock has been halted by the Federal Highway Administration. The agency wants engineers to explore other ways to ease congestion on the Interstate 30 corridor near the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports it may take six to nine months for officials to decide whether to replace or rehabilitate the existing bridge.


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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Republican Attorney General nominee Leslie Rutledge is scheduled to talk about her candidacy to members of the Political Animals Club. Rutledge is to speak to the group Wednesday at a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Little Rock. She's a former attorney for former Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee who won the GOP nomination for the post in a runoff election in June. Rutledge is running against Democratic nominee and state Rep. Nate Steel, who won his party's nomination without opposition in the May primary.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Highway officials want to pave Arkansas 220, the state's last gravel highway. The eight miles of gravel road run from Crawford County into Washington County. Officials estimate the project will cost between $12 million and $14 million.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A man accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old last year was declared fit for trial this week after submitting a mental evaluation. Darrell Dennis is charged in the May 2013 kidnapping, robbery and shooting death of Forrest Abrams in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross wants to boost annual state funding for domestic violence, child abuse and parole programs by $10 million. The ex-congressman is detailing his proposals less than two weeks after Arkansas lawmakers approved increased funding to ease an influx of state prisoners crowding local jails.


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

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) A total of $35,000 from the state's General Improvement Fund to the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas. The money will be used to buy equipment for one of six new digital video-editing stations, help pay to digitize and store 200 hours of footage donated to the center by KATV and for the purchase equipment to use in collecting oral and visual history interviews.

BENTON, Ark. (AP) The Central Arkansas Development Council is still accepting applications for the regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The LIHEAP program assists households with home energy bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating a double shooting outside Vilonia as a murder-suicide. Authorities identified the dead as 32-year-old Stephanie Hermes and 50-year-old Kevin Battle. The shooting was reported at about 10 a.m. Monday at a residence on Arkansas 236. Police said Battle was found dead and Hermes was airlifted to a local hospital, where she later died.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Poyen Public Schools math teacher Ouida Newton has been named the 2014 Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year. Newton has taught at Poyen since 1979. She says her goal is not just to instruct math, but to teach her students to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.


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

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) A Jefferson County sheriff's investigator involved in a shooting at a Pine Bluff nightclub has resigned. Sheriff's Major Lafayette Woods Jr. says Investigator Randy Jackson submitted a letter of resignation on Friday. Authorities say Jackson was off duty at Swann's Nightclub on July 5th when he shot and wounded a 36-year-old man.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) A 41-year-old man who escaped from the Texarkana Regional Correctional Center is back in custody. Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says Daniel Malin returned to his work site yesterday after disappearing from the site the day before. Officials say Malin was serving time for drug-related convictions.

FORT SMTIH, Ark. (AP) Authorities in Fort Smith say the pilot of a small airplane escaped injury when the aircraft crashed into the Arkansas River. Police Sergeant Don Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was attempting "touch and go" maneuvers when the aircraft flipped and landed on its top Saturday evening. Cobb says Hazelwood was able to escape the plane and was rescued by boaters.

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) The trial of the Bull Shoals police chief is set to begin in federal court in Harrison. Police Chief Danniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun on Dore while he was handcuffed in July 2013. Sutterfield has pleaded not guilty.


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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A proposal to allow alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties has cleared an initial signature count. Supporters already have more signatures than what is needed to win a spot on the ballot. They can have 30 more days to gather additional names if they fall short because some are ruled invalid.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) A judge has scheduled an October trial for a Texarkana woman charged in the fatal shooting of a fellow square dancer. Sixty-five year-old Virginia Ann Hyatt is accused of killing 59-year-old Patricia Wheelington last December. They belonged to the same dancing club. Court records say Hyatt was "harassing" Wheelington over her relationship with Hyatt's estranged husband.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A Texas man was killed in a crash that stalled Interstate 40 traffic in North Little Rock for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Arkansas State Police say 53-year-old Ronnie Smith of Dallas was in a car that was crushed between two large trucks.

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) A group overseeing the state's Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration has approved two new historical markers. One will be in Rogers and will mark Peter Van Winkle's Mill, which was destroyed in the war. The other marker in Helena-West Helena will remember the Lick Creek Skirmish.


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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would case "irreparable harm" to the state. Martin's office yesterday asked the Pulaski County judge to deny a motion to lift the stay on his decision against the law. The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the judge to lift the stay, saying more than 1,000 voters were disenfranchised in the primary because of the law.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A proposal to allow alcohol sales in all Arkansas counties has moved closer toward appearing on the ballot. The secretary of state's office says more than 84,000 signatures had been counted on petitions to put the proposal on the November ballot. That's more than the roughly 78,000 needed to qualify. Alcohol sales are currently illegal in 37 counties.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has released the name of an officer involved in a shooting that wounded a man in Pine Bluff. Major Lafayette Woods says Investigator Randy Jackson is on paid leave following Saturday's shooting at Swann's Bar & Grill. Authorities say Jackson was involved in a shooting that wounded 36-year-old Dedric Jones, who remains hospitalized in stable condition.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A reward is being offered for information on the deaths of several interior least terns found on a small island in the Arkansas River. Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations. A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.


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

BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) The American Red Cross in Arkansas has opened an emergency shelter for flood victims in Monroe County. The shelter is being opened at First Baptist Church in Brinkley for residents who continue to experience flood waters in and around homes as continuing rains affect the area. A cot and snacks will be provided. Residents are asked to make other arrangements for their pets prior to leaving home.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are seeking federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers who have suffered damage and losses to crops and pastures from flooding that started last month. They're asking the Department of Agriculture for disaster aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Lawmakers say a former Arkansas man whose drug-dealing conviction was tossed because investigators withheld a taped informant interview that could have helped his case is not entitled to nearly a half-million dollars from the state. A legislative panel reversed and dismissed the award for Gyronne Buckley for the 11 years he spent in prison.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor's campaign says it will remove parts of online video footage that was shot on property destroyed in a deadly tornado. Mayflower RV property owner Doug Boydston says he wasn't told the footage would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Representative Tom Cotton.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday July 8th, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot. Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the secretary of state's office to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Groups campaigning to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas and expand alcohol sales in the state have submitted petitions to try and get their measures on the November ballot. Meanwhile, proposals to legalize recreational and medical marijuana fell short. Election officials will spend the next several days doing an initial count of signatures and verifying that they're valid.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) A new interchange on Interstate 49 is now open in northwest Arkansas. The Don Tyson Interchange opened Monday afternoon in Springdale. City officials say the new interchange should help relieve traffic congestion on Sunset Avenue, which is the main roadway used to get into and out of Springdale from the interstate.

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) Ground has been broken on a $130 million hospital that's to be built in Conway. Governor Mike Beebe joined Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and others for the groundbreaking for the Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. The hospital is expected to open in 2016 with 96 beds, eight operating rooms and a trauma-center emergency room.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday July 7th, 2014

VIOLA, Ark. (AP) Arkansas State Police say a Missouri man was killed in a head-on collision on State Highway 223 in Fulton County. Thirty-eight-year-old David Stratton died of injuries sustained in the Saturday afternoon crash near Viola. Authorities say Stratton was driving southbound when his pickup crossed the centerline of the highway and collided with a northbound vehicle.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Little Rock police say a man has been killed in a shooting on the city's southwest side. Authorities say officers found 31-year-old Marco Avila with at least one gunshot wound after being called to a home Saturday night. Police say witnesses told officers they saw four men leaving the area after the shooting.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Two men have been killed in a fiery three-vehicle collision in Pine Bluff. Arkansas State Police say 18-year-old Caleb Spaulding of Montrose and 20-year-old Aaron Durham of Rison died in Saturday night's crash. Authorities say two Pine Bluff police officers suffered minor injuries when their patrol cars collided as they responded to the crash.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A recent change in Arkansas' liquor laws allows beer drinkers to enjoy a broader variety of beverages at home. Stores holding retail beer permits now can sell locally produced beers in 32- and 64-ounce jugs known as growlers. The state's Alcohol Beverage Control Division says the aim is to increase sales and let microbrewers contribute to Arkansas' economic development.


News for Thursday July 3rd, 2014

LAREDO, Texas (AP) The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues his South Texas tour by discussing a new program aiming to protect those entering the country illegally from life-threatening injuries. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) will hold a news conference today in Laredo. He'll outline the South Texas Safety Initiative.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) Governor Rick Perry will testify at a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing about the humanitarian crisis from an overwhelming flood of unaccompanied child immigrants. Perry has criticized President Barack Obama's immigration policies that he says contributed to the problem. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended after entering the United States illegally since October.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Attorney General Greg Abbott says learning where dangerous chemicals are stored in Texas can be a challenge. The Republican nominee for governor has faced scrutiny since a May ruling by his office tightened public access to information about chemical stockpiles in their communities. He told reporters most people could still identify chemical facilities with a "drive around" their neighborhood.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Department of Transportation is shutting down its toll tag customer service and website tomorrow for an upgrade. TxDOT (teks'-daht) says the new and improved TxTag (teks'-tag) customer services will launch next Wednesday. The website will offer live chat support. A new mobile website will allow account management on the go.

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) The nephew of former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has been hurt in a plane crash at an Arkansas airport. The Boone County Sheriff's Office identified 66-year-old pilot George Atiyeh as the injured man. Authorities say the plane crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday into a field at the Boone County Regional Airport.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) A Mount Ida man has pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud and prosecutors say he'll serve five years in prison followed by supervised release. Fifty-seven-year-old Steven Standridge also was ordered to pay back more than $7 million in restitution. Standridge was accused of buying insurance policies as collateral for premium finance loans and then later canceling the policies.

ETOWAH, Ark. (AP) The Mississippi County sheriff says a teenager was killed after a tree he was standing by was struck by lightning. Sheriff Dale Cook says 16-year-old Steven Shepherd was outside a church in Carroll's Corner on Tuesday night when the storm began. Cook says the teen was found face down by a tree that had been struck by lightning.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for an interview where Cotton said the Democrat thinks that "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings." In response, Cotton commended Pryor yesterday as a "man of faith." Pryor's campaign says Cotton should apologize for the remarks.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office says a county judge doesn't have the authority to block enforcement of the state's voter ID law since his ruling is being appealed to the state Supreme Court. McDaniel asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny the motion to lift the stay on his decision against the state's voter ID law. The ACLU has asked Fox to lift his stay, saying that more than 1,000 voters were disenfranchised because of the requirement to show photo ID before casting a ballot.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas House and Senate have given initial approval to legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees. The plan would prevent a 35 percent premium increase that thousands of public school employees would otherwise see this fall, by removing part-time workers and some spouses from the program.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas lawmakers have approved measures to provide extra funding to the state Department of Correction in an effort to relieve overcrowding in state and local lockups. The House and Senate approved separate bills. Under the plan, the state would transfer $6.2 million in state funds to pay for up to 600 additional prison beds.


Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday July 1st, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A legislative panel has advanced legislation aimed at easing an influx of state inmates at local jails by opening up money in the budget for more prison beds. The prisons measure is one of three topics lawmakers are set to address during the special session that convened Monday. Law enforcement officials from around the state have asked for the additional funding to ease prison overcrowding as a result of stricter probation policies.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas lawmakers have quickly advanced measures to address a looming increase in teacher health insurance premiums, an influx of state inmates at local jails and an effort to prevent the lottery from launching keno. The proposals include dropping part-time workers and some spouses from the plan. Legislative leaders hope to wrap up the session by Wednesday morning.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas lawmakers have advanced proposals to shore up health insurance for public school employees. House and Senate Insurance and Commerce committees endorsed identical proposals during the first day of the Legislature's special session on Monday. The chambers are expected to vote on the measures Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of teachers and public school employees are set to face a 35 percent insurance premium increase this fall.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A House panel has endorsed a modified proposal to restrict the lottery from starting monitor-style games such as keno, approving a moratorium rather than an outright ban. The House Rules Committee on Monday advanced a proposal that would prohibit the lottery from starting the games until March 13, 2015. It's a compromise from the original plan to impose an outright ban on the games, which the lottery had planned to launch this fall.

SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL
Justices: Can't make some employers cover contraception
WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court says some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the health care law's birth control mandate.
The justices' 5-4 decision Monday means the Obama administration must search for a different way to provide free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.
The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations, like the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain, which are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.
In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the government could simply pay for pregnancy prevention itself. Or it could arrange for insurance companies or third-party administrators to take over the responsibility of paying for the birth control.
Critics of the decision noted that the ruling was made by five male justices, with all three women on the court dissenting.

OBAMA-BIRTH CONTROL
White House: Court ruling risks women's health
WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows some corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that women should make personal health decisions for themselves.
Earnest said the White House is looking into how many women could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should take action to assist women affected by the decision. The contraceptive coverage requirement is contained in Obama's new health care law.
The court's 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must find alternative ways of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

 

 

 

 

 

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