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  • Anti-hate group puts extremists on the map

    05/10/2012 3:54:54 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 51 replies
    WMCTV ^ | 5/9/12 | Anna Marie Hartman
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - A new map created by civil rights activists tracks the whereabouts of hundreds of, what they call, hate groups. Many of them are shown to be right here in the Mid-South. According to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups claim the election of President Barack Obama added muscle to their movements. A map from the SPLC supports their claim. The number of hate and right wing extremist groups has increased 750 percent since 2008. Among the more than 1,000 groups identified on the SPLC's hate map, 106...
  • Huckabee for Veep? (editorial)

    05/09/2012 5:50:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | May 9, 2012 | Robert Costa
    The conventional wisdom about Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential short list, according to a handful of Romney insiders, may be wrong. Instead of picking a straitlaced Midwestern senator such as Ohio’s Rob Portman, or an outspoken northeastern Republican governor such as Chris Christie, there is a chance Romney will tap an evangelical from the South. And the name on the lips of Romney friends and supporters isn’t a rising southern senator or a current Dixie governor. He has been out of office for five years, resides on a beach in the Florida panhandle, and hosts a television show. In other words, Mike...
  • Arkansas Inmate on Crime Spree Steals Cop's Gun, Shoots His Dog

    05/07/2012 9:16:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 7 May 2012 | Colleen Curry
    An inmate who escaped from custody three days ago is on a crime spree in Pocahontas, Ark., where police say he stole an officer's gun, threatened the cop's wife and shot his dog. James Lundry, 39, who was being held on felony charges of improperly using food stamps, escaped from a work detail with other inmates during a lunch break of Friday, stealing a vehicle and heading to Pocahontas, according to Police Chief Cecil Tackett. Since Friday, police and civilians have had multiple run-ins with Lundry, who has previously been arrested multiple times in Pocahontas on misdemeanor charges. Lundry is...
  • First degree murder charge for man suspected of intentionally running over teen

    05/04/2012 10:11:44 AM PDT · by Arkansas Toothpick · 18 replies
    FOX Channel 16 ^ | May 3, 2012 | Dustin Barnes
    LITTLE ROCK, AR – The man who police say ran over and killed a teenager who stole his wallet has been charged with 1st degree murder. The man who was driving the van is 58-year-old Michael Sadler. Little Rock Police say Sadler was cashing a check at the Asher 1 stop near the intersection of Asher and Maple. That’s when, according to police, 14-year-old Michael Stanley stole Sadler’s wallet. Stanley fled on his bicycle and was chased by Sadler. The chase ended near the intersection of 17th and Oak, about 10 blocks away. According to the arrest report, Sadler drove...
  • Conway 14-year-old uses shotgun to scare off armed intruders

    05/02/2012 4:29:46 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 20 replies
    thecabin.net ^ | May 1, 2012
    CONWAY – A teenager is being called a hero by the family he protected from armed intruders early Monday morning.Brady, 14, is a trained trap shooter who used his own shotgun to intimidate two black males who he says broke into his family's house just after midnight Monday morning."They both had silver revolvers pointed at me, and we just kind of pointed at each other for like three seconds and then I yelled, ‘Hey!'" said Brady, "And they and they took off running."Nothing has been reported stolen from their house.The full names of Brady's family are being concealed for safety...
  • El Chico workers held in killing [Hoodies vs. white Hispanic hate crime alert]

    04/17/2012 10:07:43 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 15 replies
    CWArkansas ^ | 0432 hrs 17 APR 2012 | By Andy Davis
    El Chico workers held in killing 2 robbed LR eatery, 2 helped plan, police say; co-worker shot LITTLE ROCK — Four restaurant employees face capital murder charges after they were arrested Monday in connection with a robbery the night before of a west Little Rock El Chico in which another employee was shot and killed.Kiywuan Perry, 23, of Little Rock; his brother Zeckeya Perry, 19, of North Little Rock; Quantez Dobbins, 19, of Little Rock; [and his girlfriend] Kenya Smith, 19, of Little Rock also face charges of aggravated robbery and theft in the holdup of the restaurant on Breckenridge...
  • Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor Will Not Actively Campaign For Obama

    04/10/2012 6:36:05 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 15 replies
    The City Wire ^ | 4/9/12 | The City Wire Staff
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said he will not actively campaign in Arkansas for President Barack Obama during the 2012 general election cycle. Pryor noted his unwillingness to support the Obama, the titular head of the Democratic Party, during the second edition of the The City Wire show, presented by 5News. “Not very active,” Pryor said when asked about his level of support for Obama. “As much as I may love all of our presidents, ... I just don’t really get involved in those races. My view is, Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter, my view is I’m in Washington to...
  • Couple claiming [Muslim Morish] legal exemptions jailed

    04/09/2012 9:41:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 24 replies
    Fox 16 (Little Rock Fox affiliate) ^ | 09 APR 2012 | Fox 16 Staff
    LITTLE ROCK, AR – A couple sheriff’s deputies say claimed to be of Moorish nationality and exempt from state and federal laws is behind bars facing numerous charges. A Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputy stopped 34 year old Marco McCormick of Little Rock, on Arch Street near Kerry Road after noticing what appeared to be a make-shift car tag on his vehicle. The Deputy says he asked McCormick for his driver license but the suspect said he was a traveling Moorish American National and did not have to have one. The Pulaski deputy called for backup and shortly after it arrived...
  • Son: She Didn't Like That I Was Gay (So he stabbed his mom)

    04/05/2012 6:20:17 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 54 replies
    4029TV ^ | April 4, 2012
    FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Fort Smith police have a teen in custody in connection with his mother's stabbing Wednesday morning. Officers responded to a 911 call at an apartment on Meandering Way where a woman had been stabbed. Police said they found a 55-year-old Natividad Saluten Parker sitting on the porch with stab wounds to her face and neck. She was taken to St. Edward Mercy Medical Center and is in critical but stable condition, police said. --snip-- "She didn't like that I was gay," the suspect told Ellison when she asked why he stabbed his mother.
  • Protest against Obama HQ Grand Opening in Arkansas (Jim Messina guest speaker)

    03/27/2012 7:57:17 AM PDT · by pulaskibush · 10 replies
    President Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina will be in North Little Rock (3/27) to speak at the grand opening of Obama’s Arkansas campaign headquarters. Where: 201 W. Broadway, downtown North Little Rock When: Tuesday, March 26th at 5:00 p.m. (Protest begins at 4:00 p.m.) We need your help to protest this event! Join us in front of the headquarters with a homemade sign at 4:00 p.m. and let Mr. Messina know that President Obama’s failed policies have cost Arkansas jobs and hurt our state and nation! From Obamacare to his failed Stimulus, Arkansas cannot afford another four years of...
  • Student-Driven PAC Aims to Blunt G.O.P. in South

    03/23/2012 5:39:21 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2012 | By BRET SCHULTE
    At a party last month, students in the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, unveiled a new state and federal PAC. Called Naturally Blue, its aim is to maintain the majority of Democrats in the Arkansas legislature. In a state where Democrats suffered heavy losses in 2010, the new PAC was well received, with the party reeling in about 300 guests, including [disgraced] ex-governor Jim Guy Tucker, and about $13,000. The founders believe that the economics of the South — namely its concentrated poverty — make the region “naturally blue.” Nate Looney, the PAC’s 25-year-old president,...
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).
  • Little Rock airport renamed in honor of Bill and Hillary Clinton (X42: "We are humbled")

    03/20/2012 2:11:06 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 70 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 20, 2012 | Michael A. Memoli
    At Little Rock National Airport, it's two for the price of one. No, we're not talking about airfares, but Clintons. The Arkansas capital's Municipal Airport Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the airport in honor of the former president and the current secretary of State, a rare twin billing for the state's former first couple. The change won't be official until the Federal Aviation Administration signs off. Adams Field, the designation for the airport's aeronautical operations, will remain the same. "Bill and Hillary Clinton not only devoted years of service to Arkansas, but have served the nation as a two-term...
  • Prosecutor: Shooting of constable justified(AR)

    03/19/2012 4:58:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    LITTLE ROCK, AR – The shooting death of a constable at a Pine Bluff gas station in January was determined to be justified by the Jefferson County prosecuting attorney. In his findings released Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said that Edward Blundell and Constable Tommy Holcomb engaged in a verbal altercation outside of their cars at a Speedway convenience store. Hunter says Blundell made Holcomb aware that he had a gun, and got back into his car and closed the door. That is when Holcomb went up to the car with a gun in his hand. While at the...
  • Little Rock Airport to be renamed for Bill and Hillary Clinton

    03/17/2012 8:43:27 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Arkansas Times ^ | 16 MAR 2012 | Max Brantley
    The Little Rock Airport Commission has scheduled a discussion at its meeting Tuesday to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. The idea has kicked around for years, with varying amounts of cheering and jeering. Hillary Clinton served for a time as legal counsel to the airport. I'm guessing the votes are in hand now to honor Arkansas's native son president and his wife, the secretary of state. It's better than a guess. Our FOI request early today produced 1) renderings of various proposed sign treatments including the one above; 2) the resolution the commission has up...
  • Airport to possibly become Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

    03/16/2012 7:38:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 67 replies
    katv.com ^ | March 16, 2012
    Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission members will be discussing and voting on a possible name change at Tuesday's meeting. The proposal suggests that the Little Rock National Airport be renamed the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in honor of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to the drafted resolution, the name change will celebrate the Clinton Family because they have "dedicated their lives to the service of not only the City of Little Rock, but also to the State of Arkansas, the United States and the world as a whole."
  • Police: Fayetteville Homeowner Shoots Burglar(AR)

    03/07/2012 11:26:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    arkansasmatters.com ^ | 6 March, 2012 | NA
    Fayetteville Police are investigating after they say a homeowner shot a burglar. It happened this afternoon at 4153 Old Missouri Road in north Fayetteville. The suspect's condition is not yet known, and police have not yet released his name. Fayetteville Police Sergeant Craig Stout says the suspect was breaking into the home with a knife. Stout says the homeowner defended himself and shot the man several times in the stomach. Sgt. Stout says the suspect's cousin drove him to Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Fayetteville and he was then transferred to Washington Regional Medical Center. At last report, police were...
  • Veteran responds to Burnt Koran Apology (Video from the Faulkner County Republican Committee)

    02/29/2012 5:06:41 PM PST · by pulaskibush · 3 replies
    During the Faulkner County Tea Party Republican Committee Meeting, a veteran talks about how the US is having to apologize for Korans that were burnt after muslim terrorist in prisons had written and defaced them. At least 4 Americans have been killed over the Korans being burned. Most of the destruction of Korans and Mosque have been done by Al Queda and 3rd world dictators such as Saddam Hussein, while the US has built roads, schools, and a platform for modernization in Muslim Countries such as Afghanistan. Faulkner county Republican Committee Apology for Korans Issue.wmv
  • Boy grabs gun, stops burglar(AR)

    02/29/2012 7:15:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    myfox8.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Joe Borlik
    WALDRON, ARK. — A 6th grader springs into action after he finds two strangers inside his neighbor’s house in Waldron Tuesday night. Jerry Hopper, 12, says he went to a friend’s house to play on E. 6th Street, but when he got there he found strangers inside the home. The boy saw what was happening and decided to act. “I walked in the house and there was a guy and this woman about to go out the door and I grabbed a gun beside the door,” the boy said. Hopper said he hit the suspect between the legs with the...
  • Rally and Lunch at the Arkansas State Capitol (rally against the natural gas tax)

    02/27/2012 8:16:39 AM PST · by pulaskibush · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Stop the Gas Tax ^ | 02272012 | pulaskibush
    Join us for a rally and lunch on Thursday, March 1 at 12:30 on the steps of the State Capitol, as we let Arkansans know what’s really at stake here: jobs, future business development, and continued economic growth in our communities. Join a broad coalition of stakeholders, from Arkansas mayors and county leaders, to independent producers, employees, and royalty owners, who have all seen the positive impact the natural gas industry has had on their communities and on our entire state. We need you there, too. Let’s show the state that WE are the face of the natural gas community...
  • Gingrich files to appear on Arkansas primary ballot

    02/23/2012 12:09:48 PM PST · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    kait8 ^ | Feb 23, 2012 12:46 PM MST Updated: Feb 23, 2012 12:46 PM MST
    LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The campaign for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has filed paperwork to appear on Arkansas' ballot for the Republican presidential primary. Saline County Circuit Clerk and former state Republican Party Chairman Dennis Milligan filed the paperwork Thursday for Gingrich to appear on the May 22 primary ballot. GOP presidential hopefuls must pay a $25,000 filing fee
  • Sebastian County officials debate firearms complaint [property owner shooting in unincorp area]

    02/22/2012 9:09:55 AM PST · by FourPeas · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The City Wire ^ | 21 Feb 2012 | Aric Mitchell
    The Sebastian County Quorum Court will not act on complaints from county resident Jamie Mitchell regarding the discharge of firearms in an unincorporated area of the county. Mitchell brought the complaint before court members in late 2011, stating that neighbor Charles Parker was “discharging .50 caliber weapons within 75 feet of his home.” Responding to a question from court members regarding whether he’d approached Parker about the problem, Mitchell claimed that he had, and that Parker’s response was, “There’s no law against it.” [snip] “This is not a Second Amendment issue. I’m simply stating this is a safety issue. Don’t...
  • The Boy Who Played With Fusion

    02/21/2012 9:07:37 AM PST · by justlurking · 68 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 2012-02-14 | Tom Clynes
    Propulsion,” the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “I just want to see the propulsion stuff.” A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale replica of the massive Saturn V rocket that brought America to the moon. As they duck under the exhaust nozzles, Kenneth Wilson glances at his awestruck boy and feels his burden beginning to lighten. For a few minutes, at least, someone else will feed his son’s boundless appetite for knowledge. Then Taylor raises his hand, not with a question but an...
  • Huckabee: No Republican Will Win Without Supporting Israel

    02/20/2012 6:00:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 2/20/12 | Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
    Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee is in Israel once again. Arutz Sheva met him on Monday. His visit comes a little over a year after his last visit to the Jewish State, during which he said that if he were president of the United States he would move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Huckabee considered running for the Republican party’s presidential ticket, but ultimately decided not to run.
  • Air Force budget proposal would replace jets at Arkansas base with drones squadron

    02/15/2012 6:33:05 AM PST · by FourPeas · 13 replies
    FORT SMITH, Ark. — A plan by Air Force officials would remove the A-10 aircraft mission from the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith next year and possibly replace it with one involving remotely piloted aircraft. The proposal released by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on Friday would give the 188th Fighter Wing an MQ-1/9 Remote Split Operations Squadron that would be made up of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as drones. The MQ-1 and MQ-9 wouldn't be assigned to the base, only a ground control operation station from which the unmanned aircraft are operated. [snip]...
  • Pryor: Tough fight ahead to keep Guard A-10 mission at Fort Smith [MI Selfridge, & IA F-16's too]

    02/15/2012 6:28:57 AM PST · by FourPeas · 3 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | Peter Urban
    [snip] Air Force Secretary Michael Donley met Tuesday with Michigan Reps. Candice Miller and Tim Walberg, who concerned about losing the A-10 mission at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. “Secretary Donley indicated that the Obama Administration is not open to making any alterations to their proposed cuts and all of the cuts outlined last week will be included in the budget the President plans to send to Congress next week,” the two Republicans said in a joint statement. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, left a Thursday meeting with Donley still frustrated with the Pentagon’s plans for the Iowa National Guard’s 132nd...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • NRCC Announces New ‘On the Radar' Candidates

    02/10/2012 6:27:09 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    NRCC ^ | 02/09/2012 | NRCC
    Twenty-One Republican Candidates Take Steps Toward ‘Young Gun' Status Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) today announced its newest round of ‘On the Radar' candidates. By reaching the second step of the four-step ‘Young Guns' program, these Republican candidates have reached the fundamental benchmarks to place them on the road to victory. Now, these 21 candidates are ready to take on the Democrat establishment and return fiscal sanity to Washington. "These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November," said NRCC Chairman...
  • Iowa woman accused of blackmailing TLC show

    02/08/2012 10:27:37 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 4 replies · 1+ views
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is charged with extortion in an alleged plot to get Discovery Communications Inc. to cancel the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000 in exchange for not revealing compromising photos of a cast member, according to federal court documents. Teresa Hunt, of Bettendorf, is accused of threatening to release photos of a cast member in "apparently intimate situations" to a magazine. Hunt was arrested Feb. 1 after she apparently sent television executives typed and handwritten letters demanding the show be canceled, along with a business card for "Perfect Pictures." The...
  • Beebe unsure about severance tax support

    01/31/2012 1:15:14 PM PST · by Dysart · 4 replies
    The first time he was asked about a proposed increase in the severance tax on natural gas, Gov. Mike Beebe was lukewarm in his support. Last October, he said he probably would vote for it, but not campaign for it. His temperature on the idea is cooling — with good reason. The governor sees potential new natural gas exploration in southern Arkansas on the horizon and doesn't want to scare away investments that just as easily could go to other states. Arkansas' best interest is always on Beebe's mind. That has made him an even better governor than most people...
  • Suspect in murder-kidnapping dies in gunfight (he killed Mike Huckabee's cousin this morning)

    He kidnapped his ex-wife (who is married to Huckabee's cousin now) and their three children after killing her husband. Drove to his parents house close to here and left the kids. Cops chased him down and he shot & killed ex-wife before cops killed him. BTW, he killed his brother in 1991 because he asked him to turn tv down so he could sleep.
  • Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch 5

    01/22/2012 4:44:17 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 194 replies
    NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center ^ | 1/22/12 | SPC office
    EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON FROM 520 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER... THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS. THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF DYERSBURG TENNESSEE TO 25 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF GREENVILLE MISSISSIPPI. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5). REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND...
  • Five key senators abandon online piracy bills amid Web protests

    01/18/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by abb · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Brendan Sasso and Gautham Nagesh
    Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesday in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA), including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party's leadership. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP's campaign team, said the legislation should be put on hold, while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a sponsor and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, retreated from the...
  • North Little Rock, Arkansas benefits from illegal immigration! (Another reason to thank Mexico)

    01/18/2012 11:08:30 AM PST · by pulaskibush · 2 replies
    Thanks to the efforts of Catholic Charities, Arkansas Advocates for Families & Children, the ACLU, and other "undocumented" immigrant groups, several private sector jobs were created and healthcare was provided for the poor! According to Cherith Beck, The Public Information Office for the US. Attorney's Office for East Arkansas, at least 5 of the people involved are here illegally or to use the politically correct term "undocumented immigrant". Only 1 has been mentioned by the media. Other members of this business are here on immigrant visas processed by the system that is supposed process millions of "undocumented people" if a...
  • "Stop the Violence" reacts to shooting on MLK Day (Dual shootings after MLK march on MLK Dr, LR, AR)

    01/17/2012 8:39:35 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 14 replies
    Fox 16 (Little Rock, AR) ^ | 17 JAN 12 | Written by Hubert Tate
    <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police in central Arkansas say an 18-year-old woman was shot and wounded when she was caught in the crossfire after she got into an argument at the city's Martin Luther King Day parade.</p> <p>"I called the police because I got scared you know," said witness Martha Fuentes.</p>
  • Southwestern Energy doesn't know how many Brown Dense wells will "tell the story"

    01/05/2012 5:39:52 PM PST · by Dysart · 8 replies
    Magnolia Reporter ^ | Mike McNeill
    Magnolia-area residents took a close look at Southwestern Energy's Fayetteville Shale operations in Faulkner County on Wednesday. *BREAK* The interest in SWN stems from the company's involvement with oil exploration in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense, a rock formation under South Arkansas and North Louisiana. Southwestern Energy has just begun drilling the second of a dozen test wells into the Brown Dense to learn if marketable amounts of oil can be produced. Southwestern Energy is the largest driller of natural gas wells in the Fayetteville Shale of North Central Arkansas. It plans to use the same rock fracturing and horizontal...
  • Officials Say Raining Arkansas Blackbirds Were Targets of a Crime

    01/02/2012 5:09:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/2/12 | NewCore
    BEEBE, Ark – Blackbirds raining from the sky for the second New Year running over the town of Beebe, Ark. was more likely a criminal rather than a supernatural phenomenon. The authorities in the small US town said Sunday the 200 or so dead birds littering the streets -- exactly a year after 4,000 plummeted to the ground sparking a media frenzy and apocalyptic prophesies -- were targeted. In a statement, Genny Porter from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said, "We know that there was evidence of fireworks set off in the middle of the roost, and it wasn't...
  • Newt Strikes Iowa Gold

    12/17/2011 11:26:45 AM PST · by Kfobbs · 92 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    Now comes citizen Newt, clear of voice, deepened in his determination to tackle an issue that is basically his alone to tout; because unlike his leading rival Romney who can not get his arms around something that he can’t take two different positions on; Newt is the real solid constitutional deal. Iowa is not the only state where this should be stirring some turbulent political waters. Conservatives in states like South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan, as well as other GOP political king making states, should be taking careful notes. Core values issues like preserving life, a...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Murder conviction overturned after juror tweets about coffee

    12/12/2011 10:08:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 12, 2011 | Eric Pfeiffer
    An Arkansas man who was sentenced to death for the murder of a 17-year-old boy has had his conviction overturned after a juror tweeted about pending deliberations--and the poor quality of courthouse coffee.
  • Black Activists Sue Democrat Party For History of Racism & Abuse

    12/06/2011 9:01:32 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    gateway ^ | December 6, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    When the Civil War ended, and after Republican President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Democrats initiated Jim Crow laws to keep the black man down. Democrats didn’t much like blacks. In fact, the KKK, as you know, was founded as the the terrorist wing of the Democrat Party. Setting the Record Straight A group of black activists led by Wayne Perryman has filed a brief against the Democrat Party for its long history of racism and discrimination of the black community.
  • Rare November snowfall dusts Southeast

    11/29/2011 1:13:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/29/11 | David Beasley - Reuters
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - A rare November snowfall powdered parts of the U.S. Southeast late Monday and early Tuesday, with as much as eight inches falling on one Arkansas town and some schools closed in Tennessee. Snowfall extended through the mid-Mississippi and Tennessee valleys and as far south as Haleyville, Alabama, said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi reported between one and three inches of snow, and more flurries were forecast on Tuesday. "It was a surprise to see it this early." said Lesley Hobbs, membership director for the Chamber of Commerce in Paragould,...
  • Mike Huckabee tells conservatives to prepare to back Mitt Romney

    11/28/2011 9:42:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 89 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 21, 201 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Sunday became the latest pundit to concede that while Mitt Romney may not be the perfect candidate, conservatives should prepare to support him as their nominee. As Ben Smith reported, when Huckabee was asked Sunday by 77WABC New York "Investigative Radio" host Aaron Klein to comment on whether the tea party will sit out the 2012 election if former Massachusetts Gov. Romney is the Republican nominee, Huckabee responded with the following: It would be real tragic if they stayed out because Mitt Romney may not be their first choice, but...
  • Black Friday Update: Watch a Walmart Riot Over $2 Dollar Waffle Iron

    11/25/2011 2:00:53 PM PST · by beaversmom · 63 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | November 25, 2011 | unknown
    Remember in 2008 when Barack Obama promised to restore the perception of America abroad? On hand at a Walmart near Little Rock, Arkansas today were throngs of Black Friday shoppers hell-bent on keeping that image tarnished, thank you very much. Walmart put a mini waffle maker on sale for 2 dollars. As WBTV news notes, the mini waffle iron makes only 2 waffles at a time, but the store carries a larger 4-at-a-time version at a much higher price per waffle. With supply limited and demand for said waffle iron apparently sky-high, the crowd launched headlong into that great American...
  • Occupiers Protest $1.4 Billion Free Art Museum to Bash Wal-Mart

    11/22/2011 12:46:20 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/22/11 | By Julia Seymour
    In their zeal to bash Wal-Mart, Occupy Wall Street protesters are even complaining about the company giving $1.4 billion to found a free art museum in Arkansas. Alice Walton, Wal-Mart heiress, is being criticized by Occupy Wall Street for giving $1.4 billion to found an Arkansas art museum. The incoherent and absurd messaging of the Occupy Wall Street movement continues. Recently, the OWS crowd joined forces with Wal-Mart workers to protest Crystal Bridges, an American art museum that opened on Nov. 11 in Bentonville, Ark. Art snobs are outraged by the notion of a major art collection in Arkansas, but...
  • Democrat criticizes Obama for '4,200 pages' of pending regulations

    11/22/2011 10:17:14 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 2+ views
    Democrat criticizes Obama for '4,200 pages' of pending regulations By Joshua Altman - 11/22/11 12:29 PM ET Former Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) attacked the Obama administration Tuesday for proposing a litany of new regulations she says are hurting the economy. "You’ve got 4,200 pages of pending, new regulations to be put on the books that just create huge uncertainty,” Lincoln said. Lincoln lost her reelection bid last year to Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and is now chairwoman of the Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations campaign at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The former two-term senator said in...
  • Arkansas candidates stick to their guns

    11/21/2011 11:10:49 AM PST · by marktwain
    arkansasnews.com ^ | 20 November, 2011 | John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK — As election season gears up in Arkansas, candidates are bringing out their big guns — literally, in some cases. The one campaign issue in Arkansas that tends to unite even the fiercest political rivals is support for gun rights, which is seen as a key credentialing tool for office-seekers at all levels in the Natural State. Tom Cotton Last week, 4th District congressional candidate Beth Ann Rankin announced on a radio show and in a campaign news release that she was “a proud gun owner” and the new holder of a permit to carry a concealed weapon....
  • Arkansas football player found dead in room

    (CNN) -- University of Arkansas authorities say they see no "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death of a 19-year-old football player who was was found dead in his room Sunday. Garrett Uekman, a sophomore tight end for the Razorbacks, was found unconscious and unresponsive in his room about 11:15 a.m., the university said in a written statement Sunday afternoon. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after noon. A roommate last saw Uekman playing video games about an hour earlier, "and he appeared to be in good health," the university said. An...
  • Anger at Walmart heiress's $1.4bn gallery as art market becomes focus for protests

    11/19/2011 10:37:02 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies · 1+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 19 November 2011 | edward helmore
    The long-awaited opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum for American Art in Walton's home town of Bentonville, Arkansas, has provoked mixed reactions. Some have celebrated the unveiling of a significant new private art institution, but many have criticised the decision to spend $1.4bn of company and family foundation money as the retail colossus cuts back its workers' benefits. Protesters at the museum have informally joined forces with the Occupy Wall Street camps across the US and point to growing ties between the Occupy movement and established trade unions.Walton, at 62 the youngest of Walmart founder Sam Walton's four children, started...
  • Authorities Investigate Plane Crash That Killed OSU Women's Basketball Coaches

    11/18/2011 6:40:18 PM PST · by PilotDave · 10 replies
    News9.com ^ | Nov 18, 2011 | LaShauna Sewell
    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigators at the scene of a plane crash that killed OSU women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and OSU alumni and boosters Olin and Paula Branstetter. An OSU spokesperson says it appears Olin Branstetter was piloting the plane when it crashed Thursday around 4 p.m. in Perry County, Arkansas, about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock. A hunter spotted the single-engine, four-seat Piper PA-28 Cherokee as it went down and called 911. It's not known yet what caused the plane to crash. The plane involved in Thursday's deadly Oklahoma State...