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Arkansas Gov. Beebe announces intent to pardon 5

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant five pardons.

Beebe said in a news release Wednesday that each of the five have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole- and probation requirements and paid all fines.

The five are Bobby Douthit of Lowell; James Hosford of Memphis, Tenn.; Cloris Jean Espinosa Madrid of Rogers; Jeffrey Petty of Beebe; and Latonya Tripp Washington of Forrest City.

Douthit was convicted of theft; Petty of theft and related charges; Washington of theft and cocaine possession; Madrid of delivery and possession of methamphetamine; and Hosford of possession and delivery of marijuana.

There is a 30-day waiting period for public comment before final action is taken.

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Beebe student wins essay competition and trip to Washington D.C.

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - Just days ago, Jessica Kloss received a phone call from Congressman Tim Griffin. He told her she had won his essay competition and a trip to Washington D.C. to see the President's State of the Union address.

"Well, I've never been to Washington D.C.," Kloss said. "I mean you watch all these people in the news, and you never think you're actually going to get to meet these people, and it's just surreal to even have the opportunity to do."

A school counselor told her about the contest.

"I went home, and I was like 'Mom, I'm going to write an essay for this,'" Kloss said. "It's worth a shot; I don't think I'll win, but I'll try."

But, Jessica's essay on why she'd like to attend the President's speech beat out more than 100 other essays.

"I didn't get to read anyone else's, but I read hers, and I thought it was awesome," said her father, David Kloss.

Arkansas mom takes on big government

Arkansas mom takes on big government

UNDATED (COA) – Cause of Action (CoA), a government accountability organization, filed a lawsuit today against the Department of Labor (DOL) on behalf of Rhea Lana, Inc. and Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems, Inc. (jointly, “Rhea Lana’s”), a national children’s consignment event company, over the DOL’s attempt to ban volunteers at for-profit enterprises.  Should the DOL’s actions stand it could cripple not only Rhea Lana’s but also the entire consignment industry on which millions of Americans rely.

Arkansans walk in support of open carry

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - On Saturday, the Patriots of Act 746 walked in Conway in support of carrying handguns. The debate on whether or not it's legal still hasn't been settled, but supporters have interpreted the act as a victory.

"In the second amendment, it says that we have a God given right to be able to carry weapons," said state representative David Meeks (R-70).

Supporters of the Act walked with handguns in open holsters.

"It is our contention that it authorizes constitutional carry for the state of Arkansas," said Sherwood resident Don Hendricks.

The act, approved last year, lists instances in which you are allowed to carry a handgun. That includes in your home, if you're a police officer, if you're hunting, or if you're on a journey beyond the county in which you live.

"I believe that people should have the option to conceal carry or to open carry," said Meeks.

Gov. Beebe announces 16 appointments to boards, commissions

Gov. Beebe announces 16 appointments to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (State of Arkansas) - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the followingappointments to boards and commissions:

Dr. Jamie Brandon, Magnolia, reappointed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Appointment expires October 1, 2015.

Larry Brewer, Conway, reappointed to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.  Appointment expires October 14, 2016.

Ernest Cunningham, Helena-West Helena, reappointed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Appointment expires October 1, 2015.

Debbie Fritsche, Greenwood, reappointed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists.  Appointment expires October 1, 2018.

Sammy Hart, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the Arkansas Veterans' Commission.  Appointment expires October 15, 2018.

Governor Beebe's Schedule for July 11 - 16

Governor Beebe's Schedule for July 11 - 16

Thursday, July 11

10:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the 2013 Delta Leadership Institute Graduation Ceremony

Rotunda, State Capitol, Little Rock


Monday, July 15

10:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe participates in an Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery Check Presentation Ceremony

Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 West Maryland Avenue, North Little Rock


Tuesday, July 16

10:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe participates in the University of Central Arkansas HPER Center Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

HPER Center, UCA Campus, Corner of Students Lane and Farris Road, Conway

Governor Beebe's Schedule for June 20 - 25

Governor Beebe's Schedule for June 20 - 25

Thursday, June 20

11:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe hosts a Legion of Honor presentation with French officials

Governor's Conference Room, State Capitol, Little Rock


Friday, June 21

9:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the Disabled American Veterans State Convention

Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock


12:00 p.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class Graduation

Embassy Suites, 11301 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock


Tuesday, June 25

10:15 a.m.

Governor Beebe appears on the "Young Arkansans Ask:  Governor Mike Beebe" television program

Staples Auditorium, Hendrix College, Conway