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Emily Walkenhorst

General Assignment Reporter

Recent Stories by Emily Walkenhorst

Hog-farm foes seek data before pond liners added

updated: 05/27/2016 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Opponents of the hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed have asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to not allow the hog farm to install protective liners beneath the manure ponds until further research is done on whether the ponds are polluting.

Girl charged in killings of Conway couple suspends child-court bid

posted: 05/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Faulkner County circuit judge on Wednesday granted a motion to suspend the juvenile-transfer hearing for the 17-year-old girl accused with three other teenagers in the shooting deaths of a Conway couple last summer.

Irrigation projects on tap again in water-saving efforts in state

posted: 05/22/2016 4:10 a.m. Discuss

After reducing water use by 25 percent last year at about two dozen fields in Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is going back this summer to show more farmers how they can use less water while maintaining the same crop yield.

2 bodies receive $1.2M to assess, clean up sites

posted: 05/21/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Two Arkansas entities received $1.2 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its Brownfields program to clean up or assess sites that are difficult to develop because of contamination or the possibility of contamination, the EPA announced Friday.

NLR gets loan for sewer fix

posted: 05/19/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission's board approved a loan of up to $30 million Wednesday for North Little Rock Wastewater to make improvements to its system necessitated by an order from the state over repeated sewer overflows.

Bill calls for better levee reporting

posted: 05/19/2016 3:24 a.m. Discuss

A bill to improve the way Arkansas levee districts report to the state is a "good first step" in fixing the levee system, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission's attorney supervisor told its board Wednesday.

Less coal use curbs emissions

updated: 05/16/2016 3:42 a.m. Discuss

As disputes continue globally over how to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and produce energy economically, the use of carbon-dioxide-emitting coal in the United States -- including in Arkansas -- has dropped significantly in recent years.

Recent data on hog farm raise dust-up

posted: 05/15/2016 3:21 a.m. Comment 1

Opponents of a Newton County hog farm near the Buffalo River have asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to shut down the farm near Mount Judea in light of new data, but researchers caution that the data are inconclusive.

Farmers market sprouts in southwest LR, attracts dozens

posted: 05/15/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Dozens of people -- by some estimates a couple hundred -- parked their cars Saturday at Lifeline Baptist Church in the center of southwest Little Rock and walked away from the building, toward the fresh fruits and vegetables near the corner of Chicot and Baseline roads.

UCA proposes 4.25% jump in tuition; board vote put off

posted: 05/14/2016 5:59 a.m. Discuss

The University of Central Arkansas board of trustees will vote in the coming weeks on the school's proposed budget for fiscal 2017, which includes a 4.25 percent tuition rise and fee increases in several other areas.

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