Ross, Hutchinson argue over state budget planning
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross each say Gov. Mike Beebe approves of their tax plans, though it was Ross who drew the endorsement from the fellow Democrat.
Hutchinson, the Republican nominee, said in a Friday forum that he stands by his plan for a $100 million cut in the state income tax for the middle class. Ross says that would result in a $60 million deficit, based on an estimated $40 million in 2016 revenue growth.
Ross says he wants to balance the budget first and consider the needs of the state first when assessing annual revenue growth.
Hutchinson accused Ross of having little credibility in budget matters and pointed to large federal deficits run up when Ross was in Congress. Hutchinson is also a former congressman.
SLAYING SUSPECT SOUGHT
Brinkley man sought on capital murder charge
BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police are searching for a Brinkley man who is wanted on a capital murder charge.
State police said Friday that agents are seeking 29-year-old Dustin Heath Burrow in the shooting death of his father - 62-year-old Carl Lynn Burrow - and the robbery of his grandmother. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department contacted state police after Carly Burrow's body was found Thursday in a barn on Burrow's property west of Brinkley.
Police say Dustin Burrow may be driving a brown, 2007 SK1 Chevrolet pick-up with Arkansas license plate number 534 KTB.
MOUNTAIN HOME SLAYING
Woman found mentally fit for trial in slaying
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - Doctors say a Mountain Home woman accused in the death of a 24-year-old man is mentally fit to proceed to trial.
Christina Scroggin has been charged in the April death of Raul Turrieta of Mountain Home, after authorities discovered the victim's body in the trunk of Scroggin's car. An autopsy found that Turrieta died from three gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Authorities say they also discovered a pistol in Scroggin's car.
Scroggin's attorney had sought a mental evaluation for his client.
Mountain Home radio station KTLO reports Scroggin's attorney says he won't contest the findings.
Scroggin's trial has also been moved from Baxter County to neighboring Marion County. Investigators say that Turrieta's death occurred in Marion County.
A message left with Scroggin's attorney was not immediately returned.
Arkansas State official: No charges in accident
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas State University vice chancellor says he doesn't expect charges to be filed in the freak injury of a student who was impaled in the neck by a broken golf club.
Natalie Jo Eaton was hit in the neck Tuesday night at Arkansas State University's Kappa Alpha fraternity house. A sharp fragment struck part of her spine and nicked an artery.
Witnesses say a 19-year-old fraternity member was using the club like a baseball bat to hit a football when it splintered. It traveled 30 feet before impaling Eaton.
She is being treated at the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis. A hospital official said she remained in critical condition on Friday.
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling tells KAIT-TV that university authorities don't suspect foul play.
University of Arkansas creates Walk-Only zone
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas is creating a Walk-Only zone in the center of the Fayetteville campus.
Beginning Monday, bicycle riders will be required to walk their bikes, skate boarders carry their boards and no delivery vehicles will be allowed on sidewalks in an area bordered roughly by the Arkansas Union on the west, Campus Walk on the east, the School of Law and Agriculture on the north and the Fine Arts and Chemistry buildings on the south.
The university says a few authorized service vehicles will be allowed.
The Walk-Only zone will be in effect Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
UA Police Department Director Steve Gahagans says several pedestrians have been injured by bike riders in recent years and the new rule will make the sidewalks safer.
ASU delays opening of planned campus in Mexico
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University is delaying the target opening date of its new campus in Mexico until 2016.
The campus in Queretaro (keh-REH'-tah-roh) was initially scheduled to open in fall 2015, but university officials say they will push that back by one year. Arkansas State Chancellor Tim Hudson says unexpected issues with infrastructure, such as water and electricity, prompted the delay.
Hudson says Arkansas State's work on curriculum and student services remains on schedule.
The university broke ground in February on the $50 million, privately funded campus. The school will offer coursework in English and officials say it's the first American-style university campus in Mexico.
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved plans for the campus in April.
Dates approved for Arkansas waterfowl season
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved the dates for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season.
The commission voted Thursday to approve a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. Duck season will run Nov. 22 to Nov. 30, and from Dec. 4-Jan. 25, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Waterfowl Program Coordinator Luke Naylor says continued wet conditions are creating a good habitat.
Last season, more than 422,900 mallards were harvested in Arkansas. That was the third-highest waterfowl harvest and highest mallard harvest in the nation last year.
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