BC-AR--Arkansas News Digest, AR

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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TOP STORIES:

PRYOR-2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign said Wednesday it is preparing to launch the first campaign ad for his re-election bid as he faces a high-dollar television blitz from groups on the left and the right. Jeff Weaver, Pryor's campaign manager, said the 30-second ad would begin airing Friday in Arkansas but declined to say how much airtime the campaign has purchased. Pryor, who is seeking a third Senate term, doesn't have any announced opponents yet but is widely viewed by Republicans as one of the most vulnerable incumbents next year. By Andrew DeMillo.

ARKANSAS TREASURER

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Legislative Auditor Charles Robinson will replace the Arkansas state treasurer who resigned last week over charges she accepted cash payments for steering business to an investment banker, Gov. Mike Beebe announced Wednesday. Beebe named Robinson as his pick to serve the remaining 19 months of ex-Treasurer Martha Shoffner's term. Shoffner stepped down after she was arrested by the FBI and accused of accepting more than $36,000 in cash payments from a bond broker.

DASSAULT FALCON JET

LITTLE ROCK ,Ark. — Dassault Falcon Jet says it plans to invest $60 million as it increases the size of its Little Rock facility. The private jet maker operates a completion center at Little Rock's airport for all of its aircraft and also services its planes at the site. By Chuck Bartels.

ARKANSAS GIRL KILLED

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas man charged with killing his 6-year-old neighbor is expected to undergo another mental evaluation. Defense attorney Pat Aydelott says a psychologist will evaluate Zachary Holly next month. Aydelott says Holly has already undergone one mental evaluation, but the results of that evaluation have not been made public.

ALSO:

— TREASURER-MILLIGAN — The Saline County circuit clerk says he's running for state treasurer.

— FATAL TRAIN COLLISION — Authorities say a pedestrian is dead after a train collision late Tuesday in Pine Bluff.

— ST FRANCIS RIVER-BODY FOUND — Authorities in northeast Arkansas say a body found in the St. Francis River belongs to a Lake City man who was reported missing in March.

— FIRE BOAT TRAINING — More than 350 people and about 40 watercraft are to take part in a fire boat training exercise set for DeGray Lake.

— CONTRACTOR KILLED-HONOR — An Arkansas man who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago is being honored

IN SPORTS:

BBC--ARKANSAS-TOURNAMENT TESTED

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The season hasn't exactly gone as planned for Arkansas, the preseason No. 1 that has experienced a wide variety of highs and lows so far. However, the Razorbacks believe they have the talent — and pitching — to make a return trip to the College World Series, beginning on Friday at the Manhattan Regional against Bryant. By Kurt Voigt. TAG FOR CERSPORTS

FBC--SEC MEETINGS

DESTIN, Fla. — Telling jokes and dropping witty one-liners -- often about bitter rivals -- used to be the norm for Southeastern Conference coaches taking part in offseason speaking tours. A few recent slip-ups combine with the growth of social media may have those puns headed the way of the wishbone. By Mark Long.

The AP, Little Rock

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