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Gov. Mike Beebe sets $575M road bond vote

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has set a November date for an election asking voters to renew $575 million in highway bonds to improve state roads.

Beebe was joined by Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials and others at the state Capitol Monday in announcing that the election will be Nov. 8.

The proposal to renew the bonds came after plans for $1.2 billion in highway funding fell through in June when the state's trucking industry pulled support for a five-cent-per-gallon diesel tax increase because of a perceived lack of public support. The trucking industry and business leaders then called on Beebe to ask voters to renew the $575 million road plan that was first approved by voters in 1999.

The bond program would not require a tax increase.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Congressman Tim Griffin talks about reducing nation's debt

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pretty soon, members of a so-called "Super-Committee" will start meeting to figure out how to reduce our nation's debt.

No Arkansas congressional members are on that committee, but they're still offering their thoughts on what should be done. Congressman Tim Griffin is one of them.

He joined Craig O'Neill Thursday to talk briefly about a letter he sent to the committee -- and to answer some of Arkansans questions they have submitted on our THV Facebook page.

Citizens organize protest sales tax

Citizens organize protest sales tax

A group of Little Rock citizens has organized an official ballot question committee to oppose the Little Rock City Hall $500 Million sales tax on the September 13th ballot. The new citizens group will hold a press conference at 11 a.m., Saturday morning, July 30th at the northwest corner of 12th Street and University Avenue.

Arkansas law requires that ballot question committees formally file reports with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. The Statement of Organization of this new committee will be filed in the next few days.

At the Saturday morning press conference the new committee will outline plans to conduct a citywide campaign to oppose the tripling of the city sales tax rate. The city now collects a half cent sales tax.

Arkansas reaction from the debt ceiling crisis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lawmakers still have not agreed yet on what to do about the debt ceiling as the deadline of Aug. 2 rapidly approaches.

America in Debt, and what is Congress doing about it? Lawmakers have until August 2 to reach an agreement and raise the debt ceiling, the legal limit on U.S. borrowing.

KTHV stopped by the River Market District on Monday afternoon to hear what citizens had to say about the debt crisis.

Are you frustrated with what's happening with the federal government, as far as the debt ceiling?

"Definitely, definitely. You would think by now they would come to a conclusion with something," said Jamal Williams.

Stanley Reed, finalist for UA system head, dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Stanley Reed, who was among the finalists to lead the University of Arkansas system, has died in a single-vehicle traffic crash. He was 59.

 A state police report says former University of Arkansas trustees chairman Stanley Reed died after his Cadillac Escalade veered off U.S. Highway 64 a mile east of Augusta and struck a tree.
Police were called just before 10 a.m. Friday with a report of a car that crashed along the highway.

The report says Reed, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was eastbound on the highway and left the highway on the right side of the road. The weather was clear and the road was dry when the trooper arrived.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said earlier Friday that it was unclear what time the crash occurred.

Reed's body was taken to Rhodes and Son Funeral Home in Augusta.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

Ex-U.S. Rep. Berry's family says he has lymphoma

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The family of former Arkansas First Congressional District Congressman Marion Berry says tests confirm that Berry has lymphoma.

Berry underwent brain surgery Tuesday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences after doctors discovered the tumor on the left side of his brain.

A posting by Berry's daughter, Ann Coggin, on CaringBridge.org says doctors are treating the Democratic former congressman with a "curative intent."

The website posting says treatment began Friday night and that Berry will remain in the Little Rock hospital for "a few more days" with visitors limited to immediate family.

Berry served seven terms in Congress until deciding against a re-election bid last year. He cited health concerns as the reason.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ross speaks in Hot Springs, Little Rock on Friday

Ross speaks in Hot Springs, Little Rock on Friday

U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott will speak at two events in Hot Springs and Little Rock on Friday.

 

9:00 a.m. - Speak at the Arkansas National Association of Letter Carriers State Convention

Austin Hotel, 305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Ark.

6:00 p.m. - Speak at the 129th Annual Convention of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association Convention

Peabody Hotel, Ballroom Salon B, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, Ark.