Archive - Jul 24, 2013
LITTLE ROCK â€” US Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman have introduced legislation to exempt Arkansans who receive compensation from ExxonMobil for the Mayflower pipeline spill are not taxed by the federal government.
The legislation introduced Wednesday is similar to a bill introduced last week by Republican Rep. Tim Griffin and that is supported by the Arkansas congressional delegation.
The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 by Pryor â€” a Democrat â€” and Boozman â€” a Republican â€” would classify compensation to Mayflower families as "qualified disaster relief payment."
The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association will host a movie night on Saturday at 7:30 in the Ralph Bunche Community Center, 1600 Dixie St. in Benton.
Admission is free. The general public is invited.
The family-themed event will feature a showing of "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington.
Refreshments will be available. Door prizes will be given away.
For more information, contact Karl Barnes, president of the association, at 501-626-4706.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The head of Arkansas' prison system is expected to meet with legislators to talk about executions after the state's top lawyer said the current death penalty system is broken.
Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs is to appear before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
The state hasn't executed an inmate since 2005 and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. His recent remarks come as Arkansas grapples with legal challenges and a shortage of drugs used in lethal injections.
The burn ban in Saline County has been lifted, according to County Judge Lanny Fite.
The area received about an inch of rain Tuesday afternoon and evening, which brought up the soil moisture level, the deciding factor in determining drought conditions.
High temperatures and lack of rain contributed to wildfire danger that necessitated the ban, which had been in effect since Monday, July 8.