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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A group from Little Rock is acquiring the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs for an undisclosed amount of money.

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record newspaper reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2ubw3EX) that Sky Capital Group LP is buying the state's largest hotel from Southwest Hotels Inc., which has operated the hotel since 1954.

The Arlington Hotel has 478 rooms, along with a spa, a bathhouse, a convention center, ballroom and a lobby bar. Sky Capital also operates the Four Points Sheraton in Little Rock.

Harrisburg Road bridge re-opened

Jul 10, 2017
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

This press release from the City of Jonesboro:

The Harrisburg Road-Interstate 555 overpass is fully re-opened less than two weeks after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into a support beam, killing the driver and causing severe structural damage to the bridge.

Crews from the Arkansas Department of Transportation have worked around the clock to first reopen a lane of traffic on the bridge that initially was estimated to require months to repair.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — No one was injured when a short-lived tornado swept through Jonesboro, damaging an apartment complex and downing trees and power lines in the northeast Arkansas city.

The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, said the Monday morning storm had winds of up to 105 mph (168 kph). More severe weather moved through central and northern Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon as well, with electricity knocked out to thousands of people. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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After initially saying earlier this week that it would be "several months" before traffic would be allowed back on the Harrisburg Road bridge, limited traffic is being allowed on the bridge.  City officials worked with engineers from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to stabilize the bridge.  

Despite severe damage, Harrisburg Road bridge not expected to collapse

Jun 27, 2017
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

JONESBORO, ARK. (6-27) – Structural engineers have spent the afternoon assessing damage to the State Highway 1-B overpass on Interstate 555 in Craighead County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation (AHTD) Officials.

 

This morning shortly after 9:00 a.m. a tractor-trailer impacted the easternmost column of the northern bent supporting the five-lane State Highway, known locally as Harrisburg Road (Exit 44). The row of columns helps support the bridge over the northbound lanes of I-555.

 

Mark Smith, KASU News

A collaborative project between Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank leads to the groundbreaking of a new Welcome Center on the Jonesboro campus.  The center will have a full bank branch, as well as services to introduce visitors to Arkansas State.  Interim Chancellor Dr. Doug Whitlock says public-private partnerships, such as the Welcome Center, is something that is needed in higher education today.

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Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

A driver is dead after an impact at the Harrisburg bridge on I-555.   57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro was killed in the accident, according to the Jonesboro Police Department.  The  massive fire occurred after impact, but there was no word by Jonesboro Police of whether or not hazardous materials were carried by the truck.  

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them.

The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law.

Under the law, married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on their children's birth certificates.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is headed to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee.

Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe plant to visit the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Germany. They are scheduled to leave on Monday and return June 30.

More than 500 European businesses operate in Tennessee, employing about 62,000 people. More than $3.8 billion has been invested in the state by European companies since 2011.

Talk Business and Politics

An intramural battle among Republicans for a coveted state senate seat has sparked in northern Arkansas. State Rep. James Sturch, R-Batesville, will muster a primary challenge to incumbent State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, for the District 19 seat.

Sturch, a Southside native and certified social studies teacher, began his career in public service 15 years ago when he worked on former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s re-election campaign.

Jonesboro's Home Ice Company on National Register

Jun 19, 2017
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

LITTLE ROCK—The Home Ice Company at Jonesboro in Craighead County is among 11 Arkansas properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties.

      The Home Ice Company at 700 Cate Avenue is a 1907 industrial building with a Spanish Revival-style addition.

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Arkansas State University's Heritage Studies Ph.D. program is hosting the first heritage national consortium at the Carl R. Reng Student Union.  It takes place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18.  Dr. Gregory Hansen, Professor of English and Folklore at Arkansas State talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  Click on the Listen button.  More information can be found here.

KEISER, Ark. (AP) — The herbicide dicamba has ruined about 100 acres of soybeans at a state-funded agriculture experiment station in northeastern Arkansas.

Northeast Research and Extension Center Director Chuck Wilson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2rr6qKq) the afflicted field will be tilled and replanted. He said the damage was discovered Friday and that officials aren't certain where the herbicide originated.

"We're going to have to start over," Wilson said.

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NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — An 18-year-old suspect is being held in connection with the killing of a decorated northeast Arkansas police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call of a vehicle break-in, police said.
Arkansas State Police said Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, 41, died at a hospital Monday night after the shooting in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.
"Obviously our hearts are broken today," Newport Police Chief Michael Scudder said Tuesday. "We're grieving the loss of one of our own."

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A "semi-retired" rancher and farmer who hasn't sought political office before said Tuesday he's challenging an Arkansas Republican congressman as a Democrat next year.

Mike Nelson said he is seeking the party's nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Rick Crawford in the 1st Congressional District. Crawford has held the seat since 2010 and is seeking re-election next year.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a special legislative session on abortion.

Suit seeks to halt Missouri's voter ID law

Jun 9, 2017
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two civil rights organizations are suing to stop Missouri's new voter ID law, with their attorneys calling it a gimmick designed to block people from voting.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project. It seeks to stop implementation of the law before a special election on July 11 for the St. Louis aldermanic seat left vacant when Democrat Lyda Krewson was elected mayor.

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SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty for a man charged in the death of a Searcy man who disappeared more than 20 years ago.

Brandon Lee Wheeler is charged with capital murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of Jarrod Green.

Police say Green was reported missing in October 1994. A court affidavit says that detectives received information late last year about the possible location of Green's body, and Wheeler was arrested last month in Ohio.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Walmart and other major corporations are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by the Cherokee Nation, which argues that the companies have not done enough to stop prescription opioid abuse.

The Oklahoma-based tribe filed the lawsuit in April in tribal court. On Thursday, the companies argued in federal court that the case doesn't belong in tribal court and should be dismissed. Along with Walmart, the lawsuit names CVS, Walgreens and major drug distributors in the U.S.

Arkansas State University

This press release from Arkansas State University:  

Arkansas State University Museum will host its fifth annual TinkerFest on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free.

Talk Business and Politics

A split Jonesboro City Council did not pass an ordinance that would have allowed for a large apartment complex to be built on South Caraway Road in Jonesboro.  The vote was 6 voting for the project and 5 against the project...the ordiance needed 7 votes.  Alderman Chris Gibson was absent for the meeting.  The complex would have established 300 multi-family units.  The property is currently zoned for commercial property and the request was for the area to be rezoned for residential property.

Arkansas State Parks

This press release from the Arkansas State Parks:

A five year veteran of the Arkansas State Parks system has been promoted to the position of Superintendent of Lake Frierson State Park. Dru Edmonds will take on the leadership of this beautiful park known for year-round fishing.

“Dru has the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to attract new visitors to Lake Frierson,” said Region 3 Supervisor Marcel Hanzlik. “I believe his leadership and management skills will take the park to a new level.”

Arkansas State University

This is an interview between KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves and the next Chancellor for Arkansas State University, Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  He starts work July 1.  In this interview, Damphousse discusses his plans for his first 100 days, his long-term goals and priorities at Arkansas State, his views on the challenges higher education face today, and more.  Click on the Listen button to listen to the interview.    

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials say that nearly all state tax refunds should be delivered by June 30.

The Missouri Department of Revenue said Thursday the only unpaid returns should be those that were flagged for various reasons.

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