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  • Plane crash that killed OSU coach Budke was in rugged Ark. mountains

    11/18/2011 8:38:47 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 23 replies
    Stillwater NewsPress ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP
    STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas. The university said the pair died in the crash Thursday night near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. The Winona Wildlife Management Area is in steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains. A cause of the crash was not announced. In January 2001, 10 men affiliated with the university's men's basketball team died in a Colorado plane crash. OSU...
  • BHP Billiton to Spend $4.5B On US Shale This Year

    11/14/2011 7:37:15 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | November 14, 2011 | Robb M. Stewart
    BHP Billiton plans to invest roughly US $4.5 billion developing the shale oil and gas assets it bought in the U.S. this financial year as it ramps up production, the head of the mining company's petroleum division said Monday. BHP expects capital spending to jump to almost US $6 billion in the 2015 fiscal year and roughly US $6.5 billion by 2020 as the company ramps up the number of rigs on its four project areas, Michael Yeager said in a conference call from Melbourne. BHP spent almost US $17 billion this year buying Petrohawk Energy Corp. along with its...
  • Report: Cain voted for Clinton

    11/01/2011 8:55:31 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 175 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/01/2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    <p>A new report claims that Republican presidential contender Herman Cain voted for Democrat Bill Clinton for president in his first run, as well as for two Nebraska Democratic candidates in the past.</p> <p>In a story on the Nebraska Watchdog website, Joe Jordan writes that Mr. Cain supported Mr.Clinton during his 1992 presidential bid, 17 months before he squared off with Mr. Clinton over his push to overhaul the national health care system.</p>
  • Herman Cain's Gauntlet

    11/03/2011 6:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | November 3, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    When it comes to sex, the media apply different standards to Republicans and Democrats. Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton allegedly trolled for women, using state troopers as his procurers. As president, Clinton engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. He lied about it under oath and was impeached, though later acquitted by the U.S. Senate. Other sexual accusations tainted Clinton, including one that he raped one Juanita Broaddrick. That "everybody lies about sex" and "it was just sex" and didn't affect his public responsibilities, were just two of the exculpatory statements from Clinton's Democratic defenders. James Carville...
  • Warning Graphic: Judge William Adams beats daughter for using the internet

    11/01/2011 7:42:48 PM PDT · by bad company · 92 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | hillary adams This video needs to go viral. It's very tough to watch though.
  • Whirlpool Unveils Plans to Slash Workforce by 10% (another company closing an American plant)

    10/28/2011 4:43:31 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 193 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/28/2011 | Reuters
    Whirlpool Corp , the world's largest appliance maker, slashed its full-year profit forecast and said it would cut about 10 percent of its workforce in North America and Europe, to protect margins in a weak economic environment. The maker of Maytag and KitchenAid appliances will cut more than 5,000 positions and said it would close down its plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and reduce its overall manufacturing capacity by about 6 million units.
  • Whirlpool To Close Ft. Smith Plant

    10/27/2011 1:52:43 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 22 replies · 1+ views
    40/29 News ^ | October 27, 2011
    Sources tell 40/29 News that Whirlpool will be closing its Fort Smith plant sometime in mid-2012. The factory employed 4,600 in 2006. The company said that all Fort Smith production will shift to existing plants in the U.S. and Mexico "to leverage the resources and excess capacity at those facilities."
  • Democrat-Gazette drops Gene Lyons {buh bye Kringong kissing kommie]

    10/18/2011 8:21:06 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 12 replies
    ARKTIMES ^ | 18 OCT 11 | Max Brantley
    Gene Lyons' column Wednesday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will be his last. He was notified of the end of some 18 years of weekly column writing on Monday by editorial page editor Paul Greenberg. Greenberg cited budget concerns, Lyon said. The savings from ending Lyons' once-a-week column will be offset, however, by expenses for the daily newspaper's new arrangement with John Brummett, who goes on the payroll as an independent contractor after his current employment with Stephens Media ends Oct. 20. The D-G earlier had dropped Pat Lynch as a weekly column contributor. Brummett is to write three columns a...
  • Occupy Arkansas Facebook

    10/15/2011 8:34:50 AM PDT · by daisy mae for the usa · 42 replies
    Occupy Arkansas Facebook page | October 15, 2011 | Daisy Mae for the Usa
    This just posted on Occupy Arkansas Facebook page by Paul Timmer: "Raymond...were all meeting at the Democratic Party headquarters of Arkansas in front of the capitol....the Union leaders and democratic chairmen have been up all night making food, tent donations, sleeping bags at Academy sports, and making the signs they want us to hold. Make sure to go pick them up!" Interesting, huh? What are some ironic or telling quotes from Occupy facebook pages going on in your area? Post here!
  • G.I. Tom - Tom Cotton runs for Congress in Arkansas.

    10/09/2011 10:45:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 7, 2011 | Brian Bolduc
    G.I. TomTom Cotton runs for Congress in Arkansas. On Aug. 15, 2006, Tom Cotton’s platoon was patrolling the streets of Dora, a neighborhood in southern Baghdad, in the small hours of the morning. Riding shotgun in the second vehicle of his convoy, Cotton felt unusually secure. Combat engineers had cleared the streets of trash, which often obscured roadside bombs, and most people were indoors, in observance of the curfew. Looking out his window, Cotton saw a box in the road and thought, “That could hold a bomb.”Then it exploded.When the blast abated, Cotton’s Humvee was totaled, but his men were...
  • Huckabee looks again at Republican presidential bid

    09/30/2011 12:02:11 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 102 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/30/2011 | Kim Dixon
    Mike Huckabee has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls and he is considering entering the fray, two sources who have spoken with Huckabee told Reuters. The former Arkansas governor, who made a splash by winning the Iowa caucuses as a candidate in 2008, announced last May on his Fox News show that he would not enter the race. But the conservative Huckabee, who appeals to evangelical Christians and is seen as an effective campaigner, is taking another look at jumping in, said the two sources, who are close to Huckabee. They...
  • Huckabee: 'Happy With Decision' Not to Run for President (RLY?)

    10/01/2011 11:17:10 AM PDT · by onyx · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2012 | Cavuto (Your World)
    September 30, 2011 Huckabee: 'Happy With Decision' Not to Run for President Former Arkansas governor on reports he's been approached by Republican activists.
  • Clinton to dedicate pedestrian bridge at library

    Clinton to dedicate pedestrian bridge at library LITTLE ROCK — Former President Bill Clinton is dedicating a $10.5 million pedestrian bridge and wetlands at his library in downtown Little Rock. The former two-term president is kicking off a weekend of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of his presidential campaign with a dedication of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and the Bill Clark Wetlands located near his presidential library. The 2,653-foot walkway was converted from an 1899 railroad bridge and crosses the Arkansas River. It will open briefly to the public after Friday's dedication ceremony, but officially...
  • RESIST, WE MUCH!… St. Louis Tea Party to Greet Obama at His Crony Socialist Mega-Fundraiser

    09/28/2011 1:38:23 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 28, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Thousands of Tea Party Patriots greeted Obama at his last fundraiser in St. Louis. We Will Meet Him Again. Tom Carnahan, brother of Robin and Russ Carnahan, was awarded $107 million of stimulus dollars for his Missouri windfarm. To show his appreciation, Carnahan will host a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for Obama next week. We’ll be there. Jim Hoft (The Gateway Pundit) leads St. Louis Tea Party Coalition as it joins Americans for Prosperity, United for Missouri, and other organizations on Tuesday, October 4 to protest Stimulus Waste. Yes, the President will be here. Date: Tuesday, October 4 Time: 5 p.m. to...
  • Huckabee: Perry 'not prepared ... looked dumbfounded'

    09/25/2011 11:48:10 PM PDT · by · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/24/2011 | Alexander Burns
    Mike Huckabee, the former presidential candidate and certified non-fan of Rick Perry, says the Texas governor isn't ready for the 2012 primetime. Perry's latest debate performance showed he is "not prepared for the pressure of the presidential stage yet," Huckabee said on Fox News Saturday. "Rick Perry's got a struggle ahead of him." Huckabee compared Perry to 2008 presidential candidate Fred Thompson, who entered the race late to huge anticipation and quickly ran out of steam. During that campaign, Huckabee sought Perry's endorsement, only to see his neighboring governor back Rudy Giuliani. The former Arkansas governor said Perry fumbled the...
  • Bill Clinton: Rick Perry's like Israeli 'militants'

    09/22/2011 3:32:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/22/11 | TIM MAK
    Former President Bill Clinton suggested Thursday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was ideologically in line with “militant subgroups in Israel” and was too willing to let the Jewish state do whatever it wants. Asked about Perry’s recent strongly pro-Israel comments, Clinton said the 2012 Republican hopeful’s stance was “good politics.” “Rick Perry — that’s my culture, you know? I’m from next door,” the Arkansas native said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “There’s an enormous reservoir of support for Israel in the Christian evangelical community, and a lot of them believe — as some of the more militant subgroups do — that...
  • Little Rock desegregation plans go back to court

    09/18/2011 2:37:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2011 | NOMAAN MERCHANT
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than a half-century after federal troops escorted nine black students into an all-white school, efforts to desegregate Little Rock's classrooms are at another turning point. The state wants to end its long-running payments for desegregation programs, but three school districts that receive the money say they need it to continue key programs. And a federal judge has accused the schools of delaying desegregation so they can keep receiving an annual infusion of $70 million.
  • Terrifying moment teenage murder victim was grabbed by a stranger in convenience store (AR)

    09/16/2011 4:33:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:51 PM on 16th September 2011 | By Paul Bentley
    This is the horrific moment a 19-year-old girl was grabbed by a stranger, hours before she was found dead in the trunk of her car. Wendy Zapata Hernandez was abducted yesterday from the convenience store where she worked in Arkansas. A massive search was launched by police but her body was found hours later after the suspect was seized wandering the streets in his underwear. Cody Shane Griffin, 25, has been charged with murder. Miss Hernandez went to work at Selena's, a Dish TV Retailer, at 9am yesterday. Just minutes later a customer arrived and found the store empty, with...
  • Rally to stop the Little Rock Sales Tax Monday September 12th!

    09/11/2011 10:27:04 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 1 replies
    Monday, September 12th at 12:00 Noon on the corner of Markham and Broadway The Chamber of Commerce is calling for a "Early Vote PRO 1 cent Sales Tax" Rally. The Arkansas Tea Party is asking you to make a sign Against Any New Tax and stand across from them. No shouting, No Chanting.....just to have our presence in opposition to a new tax!!! Rally against the Little Rock Sales Tax Monday September 12th! _________________________________________________________ We need people to cover polling sites with signs and flyers opposing urging people to vote NO (against) on the LR sales tax increases September 13th!...
  • Fincher services today(AR)

    09/02/2011 4:47:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 September, 2011 | David Codrea
    Moore Funeral Chapel announces graveside services for Linda Fincher will be held today at 2:00 pm at Mineral Springs Cemetery in West Fork, AR (see sidebar graphic). Family, friends and colleagues of her husband, Hollis Wayne Fincher, incarcerated in minimum security prison on a gun possession charge (see links below), have been working behind the scenes to persuade the Bureau of Prisons to furlough him to attend the services. The latest word given to an aide to Rep. Steve Womack is that officials have no time or ability to respond this quickly, although a bit of hope was received yesterday...
  • Will prison officials allow Wayne Fincher to attend wife’s funeral?(Consitution)

    08/31/2011 6:47:45 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 August, 2011 | David Codrea
    Paul W. Davis shares some sad news: It is with great sorrow and regret that I must inform you of the passing of Linda Fincher, Wayne Fincher's wife. She passed away sometime early in the morning, the 28th of August at her home. At this time the cause of death is determined to be a seizure. She was alone at the time. Miss Linda had been suffering from seizures for some years now. I am requesting your prayers for the family, particularly for Wayne and the daughters, Connie and Carol Ann. It was ever Miss Linda's concern that she would...
  • Off-Duty (Arkansas State) Trooper Shoots, Kills Intruder (Picked the wrong house, meth-head!)

    08/25/2011 9:07:40 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 16 replies
    Ozark First ^ | 25 AUG 11 | dcbryan1
    (Sherwood, AR) -- A burglar is dead after being shot while breaking into a home in Sherwood. Sherwood Police say the man was confronted by an armed Arkansas State trooper who lived there and had been woken up by the sounds of the break-in. It happened around 11:15 in a neighborhood east of Highway 107 and north of Kiehl Avenue. It's not yet known if the trooper, who works the overnight shift, fired any other shots, or if the suspect had a weapon. Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley was on the scene shortly after the shooting. It is protocol...
  • Burglar killed breaking into state trooper's home (idiot kicked in cop's back door!)

    08/24/2011 11:57:31 AM PDT · by Arkansas Toothpick · 70 replies ^ | August 24, 2011
    SHERWOOD, AR – Officers from the Sherwood Police Department are on the scene of a home invasion where a burglar has been shot dead. Officer Josh Adams tells Fox16 that police responded to 1300 Maelstorm Circle where a burglar was shot dead by an off-duty Arkansas State Police Trooper in an attempted home invasion.
  • Emotions run high among parents of slain Arkansas boys

    08/20/2011 8:50:09 AM PDT · by redreno · 24 replies
    Cnn ^ | August 20, 2011 11:08 a.m. EDT | the CNN Wire Staff
    Jonesboro, Arkansas (CNN) -- Crazy. That is the word John Mark Byers, whose stepson Christopher was among three second-graders killed in West Memphis, Arkansas in May 1993, repeatedly used to describe Friday's release of three men convicted in the boys' murders from a Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro. It is a sentiment shared by Steven Branch Sr., whose son Steven also was slain -- but for entirely different reasons.
  • Plea Deal Sets Imprisoned Men Free in 1993 'Memphis 3' Murder Case

    08/19/2011 11:44:52 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2011
    JONESBORO, Ark. -- Three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts and dumping their bodies in an Arkansas ditch changed their pleas Friday, resolving a yearslong effort to win their freedom. Under a plea bargain, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were being freed immediately. The boys' families were notified about the pact ahead of time but were not asked to approve it. The defendants, known by their supporters as the West Memphis 3, agreed to a legal maneuver that lets them maintain their innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence against them. They were credited with time...
  • West Memphis 3 return to court and, perhaps, freedom (murdered three 8yo boys in 1993, now free)

    08/19/2011 8:15:35 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 121 replies
    Arkansas Times Blog ^ | Friday, August 19, 2011 - 05:51:15
    Much more to come later this morning from Jonesboro, where Circuit Judge David Laser will consider a plea bargain between the state and the West Memphis 3 that could bring their immediate release from prison after more than 17 years. If the judge approves — and this is an all-important if — the defendants will leave still convicted of first-degree murder for slaying three eight-year-old West Memphis boys in 1993. This will leave their staunchest defenders unhappy and offend even many less interested who will take offense at convictions for crimes that Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin...
  • Judge rules bus line wrong to deny atheist ads

    08/12/2011 5:05:50 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2011 | Suzi Parker
    A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the free speech of a coalition of atheists had been violated when Little Rock's public bus line denied them the right to place $5,000 worth of ads on city buses. Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency should not have denied the group the right to place the ads on 18 publicly-funded city buses during Memorial Day weekend. Washington-based United Coalition of Reason filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Arkansas group in June after the transit authority and its advertising agency rejected The transit...
  • Arkansas State House Democrat switches parties

    08/10/2011 10:31:33 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 25 replies
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | 8/10/11 | Rob Moritz
    LITTLE ROCK — State Rep. Linda Collins-Smith, a Democrat, announced today that she is switching parties and becoming a Republican. Collins-Smith, of Pocahontas, announced the switch during a news conference at the state Capitol. She did not take questions from reporters and did not say whether she would seek re-election next year as a Republican. “I have not changed. I have not left the Democratic party, but the party left me,” she said. Rep. Linda Collins-Smith Collins-Smith called Republicans “hard-working, commonsense people” and said the GOP “most closely holds to the principles that I and most Arkansans believe in.” The...
  • First tax-free holiday in Arkansas a boon for business

    08/09/2011 7:45:00 AM PDT · by tje · 2 replies
    Rooters ^ | Mon Aug 8, 2011 11:21am EDT | Suzi Parker
    (Reuters) - Arkansans shopped until they dropped on Saturday, braving temperatures deep into the triple-digits to take advantage of the state's first sales tax holiday weekend. "I have never seen anything like this," said Clancy Graham, a manager at Little Rock's RK Collections Boutique, an independently owned store. "If we could do this three times a year, it would be amazing. It has done crazy good stuff for our business." Arkansas lawmakers approved the holiday in February to give parents a tax break on their back-to-school shopping for items such as uniforms, clothing and school supplies.
  • Bryant PD: Woman Shoots Alleged Abductor(AR)

    08/09/2011 4:54:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 9 August, 2011 | Katherina Yancy
    (KATV) Bryant - Shots ring out in Bryant Monday afternoon, a woman shoots and kills a man she says it's her ex-boyfriend, but claims it was self defense. It happened at about 4:30 p.m. Bryant police were called to the corner of Raymar Road and Meadowlake. When police arrived on the scene they found the alleged suspect taking his last breath and a woman who was very shaken up. She told police the man was her ex-boyfriend and he abducted her. As friends and family hear the news, they rush to the victim's home now guarded by police. It's the...
  • The price of Compromise AR join Boehner in throwing Cap, Cut, and Balance overboard

    08/05/2011 8:58:53 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 15 replies
    080511 | me
    S & P has downgraded the United States Credit Rating to AA+ from the AAA rating we had since 1917. It's no suprise since massive spending is still being done on things like green projects, illegal aliens, and useless bureaucrat organizations like the EPA. Decades of foolish Democrat Spending, a few years of foolish Republican Spending, and the spending by Soros Puppet Obama (soon to be more than all other Presidents combined) has harmed the nation that the world depends on. Who will the lazy corrupt Mexican "government" dump their people on without the United States of America? Republicans could...
  • Arkansas AG Keeps Cops and Gun Owners Guessing

    08/05/2011 8:10:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 August, 2011 | Daniel Zimmerman
    As we’ve all seen to great effect in the last week, watching laws get made is not for the faint of heart. I’ve made sausage before. That’s a picnic by comparison. Which goes a long way toward explaining something as vague and open to legal interpretation and potential abuse as Arkansas’ “journey” exception to its carry laws. So, when you have a legislative product as poorly crafted as this, it’s only natural to ask for clarification, right? Well, no. This is the state where you have to worry about what the meaning of ‘is’ is. And that’s just the way...
  • Southwestern to probe Smackover Brown Dense lime

    08/01/2011 12:28:43 PM PDT · by Shaley · 14 replies
    Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, said it has accumulated 460,000 net acres prospective for oil in Upper Jurassic Lower Smackover Brown Dense limestone along the Arkansas-Louisiana state line. The unconventional play is the first the company has revealed publicly of several new ventures it has been pursuing the last 1-2 years and in which it holds a combined 835,000 net acres. The formation’s commerciality is still to be determined, Southwestern said. Southwestern plans to spud its first horizontal well in the play, in Columbia County, Ark., just southwest of Atlanta and east of Dorcheat-Macedonia oil field, late in the third quarter...
  • Kymberly Wimberly, black valedictorian, claims school demoted her over race

    07/29/2011 5:59:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 108 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2011 | Sarah Anne Hughes
    Kymberly Wimberly is an 18-year-old mother who was valedictorian of her graduating class at an Arkansas high school. Well, co-valedictorian. Wimberly, who is black, alleges in a lawsuit that McGehee Secondary School Principal Darrell Thompson assigned a white student with a lower GPA as co-valedictorian after she was named the sole valediction. She’s asking for $75,000 in damages and for the school record to be corrected, according to the suit. Molly Bratton, Wimberly’s mother who works as the school’s media specialist, learned of her daughter’s honor from the school counselor. But shortly after, said she overhead someone in the copy...
  • Ark. Dems Beebe, McDaniel release final [gerrymandered] House redistricting plan

    07/28/2011 5:13:19 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | Posted on 27 July 2011 | By John Lyon
    Map hereLITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel released their final House redistricting maps today, two days before the state Board of Apportionment’s scheduled vote on redrawing legislative district lines. The maps, which are identical, contain only small changes from the House maps Beebe and McDaniel released previously. They released their final Senate maps on Tuesday. Like the earlier House maps, the Beebe-McDaniel plan would reduce the number of black-majority House districts from 13 to 11 and would pit incumbent against incumbent in four districts. Incumbents who would find themselves in the same district are Jon...
  • Ark. commission considers shutting down wells

    07/27/2011 10:37:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 27, 2011 | Associated Press
    The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission is hearing testimony as it considers shutting down an Oklahoma company’s natural gas drilling disposal well and banning new wells in central Arkansas where hundreds of small earthquakes have occurred. ... The wells are used to dispose of waste water that’s the result of extracting natural gas from the ground.
  • Muhammad sentenced to life in Ark. soldier killing

    07/25/2011 12:15:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 25, 2011 | JEANNIE NUSS
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A man who confessed to shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas has pleaded guilty and received a sentence of life in prison without parole. Abdulhakim Muhammad pleaded guilty to capital murder in the middle of his trial Monday. Prosecutors took the death penalty off the table in return for Muhammad's plea.
  • Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark)to retire

    07/25/2011 11:30:42 AM PDT · by Justaham · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-25-11 | Cameron Joseph
    Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) will retire at the end of his term, he announced in a press conference Monday morning. "I believe it is time for me to begin a new chapter in my life by spending more time with my family and exploring new opportunities here at home in Arkansas," Ross said at a press conference in Little Rock. The retirement of Ross, a fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrat, will put another seat on the table for the 2012 elections. Ross has been considered a likely candidate for Arkansas governor in 2014, and said that while he wouldn't officially...
  • Mike Ross Won't Seek Re-election (Arkansas)

    LITTLE ROCK - U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, the only Democrat among Arkansas' four House members, announced Monday he won't seek re-election next year. Ross, who has expressed interest in running for governor in 2014, said in a statement that he wants to spend time with his family and explore "new opportunities here at home in Arkansas." Ross is serving his sixth term representing Arkansas' sprawling 4th District, which gained some counties from traditionally Republican territory in the northwestern part of the state during this year's redistricting process. The move wasn't expected to hurt a Ross re-election bid, but it could...
  • Republican Party Rules (Tool that Conservatives can use to take over Republican Committees)

    07/24/2011 2:00:45 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 4 replies
    I went to my first Republican State Committee Meeting that was held at the Little Rock Peabody. I was able to record some of the speeches. Most of the meeting was about rules and how to operate the Republican Party of Arkansas. After a lunch break, they had some training sessions. I confirmed that Republican County Committees can refuse funds and support for a Republican who acts like a liberal. With things like Teague-Gate, another Republican US House Bill stabbed in the back by a Republican US Senate "Gang", and no punishment from state or national GOP leadership, when is...
  • Lawyers say Gould ordinances violate Constitution (AR town forbids citizens meeting

    07/21/2011 2:13:04 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 20 replies ^ | 7/15/2011 | Kathryn Johnson
    GOULD, AR - "I couldn't believe that it was real when I first read it," said UALR School of Law Dean John DiPippa. Disbelief is a common reaction to Gould's latest city ordinances. "The truth is the city of Gould doesn't have the authority to tell anyone that they have no right to petition them, no right to speak and no right to exist in their city," said DiPippa. But that's just what the ordinances do - disbanding a citizens group, forbidding the Mayor from meeting with people and stopping any groups from forming if members discuss the city without...
  • 0.2% Advance Interest Tax Triggers on April 1, 2011 (Arkansas UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE)

    07/21/2011 9:17:41 AM PDT · by kcvl · 3 replies
    The purpose of the tax is to pay interest on Title XII advances received from the federal government to pay regular unemployment insurance benefits. The amount of the tax is 0.2% and the tax will remian on until the quarter after all Title XII advances and interest is paid and the Advance Interest Fund reaches a balance of five million dollars. The tax will remain on, at least, through 2012 and 2013.
  • Suspect in Ark. soldier death can't represent self

    07/18/2011 1:44:32 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, July 18, 2011 4:01 PM EDT | JEANNIE NUSS
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A convert to Islam who wanted a big stage to espouse his political beliefs won't be able to speak directly to jurors after a judge ruled he can't serve as his own attorney during a murder trial for the fatal shooting of a soldier outside a Little Rock recruiting center. Abdulhakim Muhammad, 26, could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Pvt. William Andrew Long. He has said he killed Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula to avenge U.S. military action in the Middle East. Pulaski County Circuit...
  • Arkansas town attacking citizen’s First Amendment rights

    07/17/2011 10:38:58 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | The Right Scoop
    This story sounds like something you would hear out of China, not the United States. In Gould, Arkansas the city council is planning to pass an ordinance that forbids any group from forming or gathering that will discuss city matters without first getting city council approval – a clear violation of the First Amendment. They mayor is dead set against it but it appears from the video that they can override him: VIDEO This is tyranny on steroids. I can’t imagine this will stand up in court but it appears that the city council wants to test that theory. Just...
  • Twice fired ASP Trooper reinstated for 2nd time (Arkansas State Police)

    07/15/2011 1:18:02 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies
    KAIT8 ^ | 07/14/2011 | KAIT8
    LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas State Police Trooper involved in a fatal accident in Manila has once again been reinstated to the force. The appeals court just came down with the decision. Lawyers for Andrew Rhew argued his firing was unjustified, because the victim in the accident was to blame. According to Robert Newcomb, attorney for Andrew Rhew, say Vicki Freemyer was going at least 8 mile per hour, if not more, going through a stop sign. Freemyer was killed in the September 2009 accident. According to police Rhew was southbound on Highway 77 when his marked patrol car and Freemyer's vehicle...
  • Robbery Attempt Leaves Employee Stabbed, Suspect Shot(AR)

    06/24/2011 1:51:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 22 June, 2011 | NA
    (Fayetteville) -- A possible armed robbery gone wrong leaves one man shot and another stabbed. For Arkansas Gold and Silver Exchange employee Brian Dunnigan, it's an unexpected turn of events Tuesday. "I thought what I heard was a shot go off," he said. "I just kind of blew it off for a minute, until I saw the police pull up. Then I wondered was that really a gunshot I heard?" Police say at this point, it seems a man in the store stabbed shop clerk Chris Leach, who then shot the would-be robber. "Right now, what we're investigating is what...
  • Woman Speaks Out After Shooting Intruder During Break-in

    06/24/2011 8:24:07 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 42 replies
    KSPR 33 ^ | June 23, 2011 | Lauren Matter
    At the time I heard something in the house, you know a bump," she states. Melton knew she locked the doors and knew no one was supposed to be in the house. So when she heard something coming from the back bedroom, she was ready. "I had never seen him," Peggy says. "I had just heard him and he was ranting and raving and he said 'I got a gun, I'm going to kill you. I said fine, I got a gun too." Peggy says the intruder was hiding behind the bedroom door. He threatened her and that's when she...
  • Walmart gives $25 million to students; draws criticism

    06/23/2011 4:05:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 Jun 2011 | Eunju Lie
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc and its foundation said on Thursday that it had committed $25 million to help provide food, education and jobs for children during school summer break, but opponents of the retailer's urban expansion plans questioned its motives. The new campaign from the world's largest retailer, and the Walmart Foundation, comes after April's announcement that Wal-Mart and its foundation gave away $316 million in cash and $480 million in in-kind contributions in the fiscal year that ended on January 31. A significant part of that giving directed to local food banks. Wal-Mart has been steadily increasing the volume of...
  • Freedom in the 50 States; An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

    06/17/2011 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 48 replies
    Mercatus Center, George Mason University ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jason Sorens, William Ruger
    This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey...
  • Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Involved in Accident Near Van Buren [Arkansas]

    06/03/2011 11:04:57 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 9 replies
    KFSM.COM ^ | 3 June 2011
    Traffic is backed up on Highway 59 south of Van Buren after an accident involving a truck carrying radioactive material. Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says he’s been told there’s no reason to believe anyone is in any danger. Inside the truck was a small container marked “radioactive,” according Sheriff Brown. He says the container “has been breached.” But Sheriff Brown says the owner of the truck hauling the container says what’s inside the container is not harmful.