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Emily Walkenhorst

General Assignment Reporter

Recent Stories by Emily Walkenhorst

JPs approve money for rails to halt 2nd-story leaps at jail

posted: 08/26/2015 4:40 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County sheriff's office can begin installing a guardrail to prevent anyone from jumping from the second floor of the county jail, after a Quorum Court vote approving the expenditure Tuesday night.

Pulaski County notebook: JPs vote to move meeting up 1 hour

posted: 08/26/2015 4:37 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County Quorum Court passed an ordinance Tuesday night that sets the starting time for its second meeting each month at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

New gear on hold for all but 4 counties

posted: 08/26/2015 4:24 a.m. Discuss

Only four Arkansas counties will have the state's new voting equipment in time for the primary elections, Rob Hammons, elections division director for the secretary of state's office, told the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association on Tuesday.

Judge lets state intervene in suit over Haze Rule

updated: 08/24/2015 10:49 p.m. Comment 1

A federal judge on Monday granted the state's motion to intervene in a lawsuit that led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue a draft compliance plan for Arkansas on a 1999 law on haze.

State ready for EPA emissions rule’s changes, officials say

posted: 08/25/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Meaningful environmental policies can coexist with economic development, Arkansas’ Department of Environmental Quality director said Monday about the state’s planning for compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Officials: State ready for EPA emissions rule's changes

posted: 08/25/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Meaningful environmental policies can coexist with economic development, Arkansas' Department of Environmental Quality director said Monday about the state's planning for compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

State 3rd party in haze lawsuit

posted: 08/25/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Monday granted the state’s motion to intervene in a lawsuit that led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue a draft compliance plan for Arkansas on a 1999 law on haze. On Monday, U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes wrote that Arkansas has a valid interest in making sure the rule-making process is adequate and in protecting ratepayers from unnecessary rate increases. Holmes also noted an EPA offer to push back its deadline for issuing a final federal implementation plan and to propose a new consent decree after negotiations that include Arkansas officials.

'Reasonable' the crux in views on EPA's haze-pollution plan

posted: 08/24/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- The debate on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for Arkansas to comply with a 1999 rule on haze centers on what federal, state, industry and environmental groups find "reasonable," according to public comments published by the EPA last weekend.

'Reasonable' the crux in views on EPA's haze-pollution plan

posted: 08/23/2015 3:51 a.m. Discuss

The debate on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for Arkansas to comply with a 1999 rule on haze centers on what federal, state, industry and environmental groups find "reasonable," according to public comments published by the EPA last weekend.

5-year hog-farm ban passes legislative test

updated: 08/20/2015 4:05 a.m. Discuss

A proposed five-year ban on new medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed cleared its second-to-last hurdle Wednesday morning when it passed through the Arkansas Legislature's Rules and Regulations Committee with only one representative objecting.

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