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October 1st, 2014

New Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding

October 1, 2014

TIJERAS, N.M. — New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.

Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed "Crowd Control" that will debut in November.

The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed.

There are only a few such "singing roads" in the world.

Escaped Arkansas inmate caught near Fouke

October 1, 2014

FOUKE — Arkansas prison officials say they have caught an escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last week.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Correction said officers caught 35-year-old Jeremy Pifer on Wednesday hiding in a shed near Fouke in southwestern Arkansas. Spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Pifer will go to Miller County where he will be questioned and then will be transferred to the Department of Correction.

Arkansas State Police used tracking dogs and a helicopter to search for Pifer Tuesday after he was spotted at a convenience store.

Proposal for wildlife refuge expansion scrapped

October 1, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped plans to gradually buy land to nearly double the size of a wildlife refuge in southeast Arkansas.

The federal agency had proposed adding about 125,300 acres to the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. David Viker with the National Wildlife Refuge System told the media there wasn't enough money or local support to justify moving forward.

The nearly 161,000-acre refuge was established in 1935 to protect ducks, geese and other migratory birds. It also is home to the only native black bear population in the state.

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