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FRIDAY, MAY 29TH
The Morrilton Police Department is investigating the Wednesday night robbery of a local convenience store. Authorities say two black males wearing ski masks and gloves entered the Shell Station on Highway 95 north of Interstate 40 around 9:45 p.m. and robbed the store at gunpoint. Before identification could be made, the suspects fled north of Highway 95 with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Morrilton Police Department at 354-0131...

An arrest has been made in connection to a pair of home invasions in Russellville. According to authorities, Christopher Hamilton was arrested by officers in Faulkner County and has been charged with two counts of felony theft, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery. The home invasions took place around four a.m. Tuesday when authorities say Hamilton entered the homes with a weapon while the residents were there and stole items from the homes in addition to two separate vehicles. The Pope County Sheriff's Department said Hamilton reportedly stopped a green 1997 Ford Escort and robbed the driver at gunpoint later that morning...

Conway County officials say construction of the planned expansion to the Conway County Detention Center should soon be underway. County Judge Jimmy Hart says a meeting is planned in the coming weeks with the SouthBuilt team, the architecture firm hired to oversee the project.  The $3 million expansion is expected to double the capacity of the detention center, adding approximately 50 beds to the current facility. The jail has been at capacity for some time and the female inmates are being housed at the former Morrilton City Jail. The project is being paid for partially through existing county funds, a short-term loan and a slight increase in the assessed property tax county residents pay...

Lawmakers have given final approval to an $87 million incentive package intended to bring a military vehicle assembly plant to south Arkansas. The Senate on Thursday approved the measure 30-2, while the House approved an identical bill on a 90-0 vote. The plan calls for issuing bonds if Lockheed Martin wins a defense contract to assemble a new tactical vehicle at its Camden facility that will replace the Humvee. Governor Asa Hutchinson has said if Lockheed wins the contract, the project will create about 600 new jobs and keep more than 500 existing jobs in Arkansas.  The proposal was the top agenda item for the special session that began Tuesday...
Lawmakers have also given final approval to move the state's primaries from May to March next year, a move that supporters argue will give the state a greater say in who the presidential nominees are. The House on Thursday voted 67-16 to send Republican Asa Hutchinson legislation to move the primaries as part of an effort to create a regional presidential nominating contest that supporters have dubbed the "SEC primary..."
In the session's other big issue, Legislators gave final approval to a change in the state's driving while intoxicated law that's intended to prevent the state from losing more than $50 million in federal highway funding. The House on Thursday approved by an 80-2 vote a proposal to make DWI an offense for which prosecutors don't have to prove intent. The measure would apply only to alcohol-related DWI offenses...
All three measures now head to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is expected to sign the measures into law...

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced mobile office locations will be set up in Morrilton and Perryville next week. Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents who are having consumer issues and help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. The attorney general believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation. The mobile office in Morrilton will be located at Morrilton City Hall on Tuesday, June Second, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. The mobile office in Perryville will be located at Perryville City Hall from 1:00-3:00 p.m. that day...






































































































































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Several area student-athletes have been recognized with All-State honors in baseball and softball as announced by the Arkansas Activities Association. Those earning All-State in baseball are Ryan Andrews from Nemo Vista, Joe Beck from Sacred Heart, John Beck from Wonderview, Rustin Hays from Hector and Jordan Duvall from Atkins. Softball All-State honors went to Maggie Mahan and Ashton Andrews from Nemo Vista; Ali Harris from Wonderview; Cali Lankford from Perryville; Darci Fountain and Paige Lee from Hector; Alex Webb from Atkins; and Skylar Campbell, Aspen Campbell, Haley Cain and Savannah Gosnell from Pottsville...

Morrilton's Shekinna Stricklen had three points and three rebounds for the Connecticut Sun Thursday night in a 64-57 preseason exhibition loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sun play their regular season opener June 5th against the Washington Mystics...

In the midst of the greatest season in Arkansas baseball history, sophomore outfielder Andrew Benintendi has been named the National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, becoming the first Razorback in program history to earn National Player of the Year honors. The Cincinnati native is on the brink of becoming the third player in SEC history to lead the league in home runs and batting average, currently holding a two-homer lead and 16-point edge in batting average. The sophomore is one of two players in the country to rank in the top 15 in home runs and batting average and one of two individuals in the nation with 15-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases. Benintendi currently leads the SEC in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks, and is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 25 nationally in every category. The Razorbacks open play in the NCAA Tournament with a first round game in the Stillwater Regional at noon Friday against Oral Roberts...

After having Thursday off, the team with the best record in Major League Baseball returns to action Friday when the Cardinals welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to St. Louis for the start of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15. Pregame coverage starts at 6:20 on KVOM AM-800...

The Arkansas Travelers walked off for the sixth time this season with a 1-0 win over the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Dickey-Stephens Park. The Travs now welcome the Corpus Christi Hooks to North Little Rock for a three game series beginning Friday night at 7:10...