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NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber, and fuel crops to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population.

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Police: Man accused of raping 10-year-old


LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A Benton man has been arrest following allegations that he raped a child.

Lt. James Kulesa with the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office said 26-year-old Nicholas Alexander Ragan was arrested on August 1 for apparently raping a 10-year-old child in July.

Ragan is currently being held at the Lonoke County Detention Facility with no bond until his first appearance in Lonoke County Circuit Court on August 5.


Lonoke County searching for woman on most wanted list

Lonoke County searching for woman on most wanted list


LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a woman on their most wanted list.

According to Lt. James Kulesa, detectives are looking for 29-year-old Ashley Michelle Leslie. They have described her as a white female standing at 5 feet 2 inches with hazel eyes and blonde or brown hair. She may be walking with crutches or with a limp due to injuries received during a traffic accident while fleeing from law enforcement, and she is known to frequent White County, Jacksonville, and Lonoke County.

Kulesa said Leslie is wanted for felony fleeing, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver. Leslie also has an outstanding warrant from the Arkansas Board of Parole.

Economy Adds 209K Jobs in July, Unemployment Rate at 6.2 Percent

Economy Adds 209K Jobs in July, Unemployment Rate at 6.2 Percent

The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.2 percent... Read More

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Arkansas prison board seeks proposals for new prison


ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Corrections asking for proposals from communities interested in hosting a new, 1,000-bed state prison.

The board on Friday voted to accept requests for the next 90 days in hopes of firming up a plan before next January's legislative session. Prison officials told lawmakers last week that it will cost up to $100 million to build the new facility.

The board's prison design committee is recommending a maximum-security facility, which will be more expensive to build than a lower-security unit. The committee is recommending the new prison house the most difficult inmates in the state, with extra space set aside for 200 single-cell isolation units.

The board says it's looking for a site with at least 400 acres, along with proximity to an airport and higher-educational institutions.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

White County Business EXPO set for July 29

White County Business EXPO set for July 29

On Tuesday, July 29, the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the annual White County Business EXPO on the Harding University Campus in the Ganus Center located just off of East Beebe Capps in Searcy.  

The event will open to the public from Noon until 4:00 p.m. and admission is FREE.  It’s a great opportunity for attendees to find out about the products and services in our area, sample many of the local restaurants fare, win one of our fabulous door prizes and meet local business owners, state officials and candidates.  The Grand Prize Drawing will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Contact the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce at 501-268-2458 or visit their website at www.searcychamber.com for more information.