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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.

Missing man's vehicle found in Saline County

Missing man's vehicle found in Saline County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Lonoke County authorities said the vehicle a missing man was said to be driving at the time of his disappearance has been found.

Saline County Sheriff Cleve Barfield said the vehicle 24-year-old Steven Roach was last known to be driving was recovered in the woods off of White Oak Pond Drive in Mabelvale Wednesday night. He said the truck was a tan, 1999 model GMC Jimmy.

Roach was last seen leaving Reeves Re-Cycling in North Little Rock the morning of June 30. At the time Roach reportedly said he was going to take his father's vehicle home in Lonoke County, but as of July 17 his family still has not heard from him.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

Deputies: Chase after shoplifter ends in wreck

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – A chase after a reported shoplifter in Cabot ends with an accident, sending the suspect to a nearby hospital.

According to the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, the Cabot Police Department received a report about a shoplifter leaving Walmart in an older model Mustang convertible.

A pursuit reportedly began involving police and sheriff's deputies on Rockwood Road until the suspect's vehicle eventually wrecked, striking another vehicle and causing it to strike one as well, at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 367.

Sheriff John Staley said in a press release that deputies saw the suspect throw two plastic bags from the vehicle before she wrecked.

According to the release, the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The others involved reportedly received minor injuries, but they were not taken to a hospital.

City of Cabot ranks #10 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

City of Cabot ranks #10 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Cabot has made the tenth rank for Arkansas’ top 10 safest cities.

Motovo staff writer Natalie Grigson said the city came in at #10 because it has a crime rate that is five times smaller than that of its larger neighbor, Little Rock.

See the full article and photo gallery here: http://on.kthv.com/1lYvHXz

North Little Rock man arrested for sexual indecency

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A North Little Rock man was reportedly arrested for sexual indecency.

On Tuesday around 5:20 p.m., William Wood, 54, of North Little Rock was arrested at the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office for the offense of Public sexual indecency a Class "A" misdemeanor.

According to a police report, Wood's arrested stemmed from an investigation concerning various reports of a male subject exposing himself to female drivers on Highway's between Humnoke and Scott.

Reportedly, one of the female complainants was able to obtain a license plate number from the truck being operated by the male suspect. The incidents occurred over the past few weeks. Wood is scheduled to appear in the England District Court on July 23rd.