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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.
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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
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
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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
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.
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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
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
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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
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
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