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Exxon Mobil subsidiaries to pay nearly $5M for oil spill

Exxon Mobil subsidiaries to pay nearly $5M for oil spill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties from a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

As part of a consent decree set to be filed in a Little Rock federal court Wednesday, the companies would pay about $3.2 million in federal civil penalties in addition to addressing pipeline safety issues and oil-response capacity. They would pay $1 million in state civil penalties, $600,000 for a project to improve water quality at Lake Conway and $280,000 for the state's legal costs.

Assistant Attorney General John Cruden notes that Exxon Mobil doesn't admit liability in agreeing to the measures.

Public hearing set in Conway on Highway 25 project

Public hearing set in Conway on Highway 25 project


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is set to host a public hearing in Conway on plans to relocate Highway 25 and expand it to five lanes.

The Design Public Hearing is set for Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. at the Conway Parks & Recreation in Conway and the public is invited to visit to view displays, ask questions and offer comments.

The work will extend north from Exit 124 on Interstate 40 to existing Highway 25 just west of Beaver Fork Lake.

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AHTD holding meeting about Conway expansion

AHTD holding meeting about Conway expansion


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has scheduled a public hearing in Conway on plans to relocate Highway 25 and expand it to 5 lanes.

The work will extend north from Exit 124 on Interstate 40 to existing Highway 25 just west of Beaver Fork Lake.

The meeting is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Conway Parks and Recreation.


Conway eyes alternative fuel source for trucks

Conway eyes alternative fuel source for trucks


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Leaders in Conway are deciding whether to drill test wells in the city's landfill to see if enough methane exists underground to use as a fuel source.

The Conway City Council is set to vote Tuesday night on whether to spend $100,000 to drill pilot wells in the landfill. If enough methane is present in the landfill, it could be used to fuel the city's garbage trucks or as a heating source.

Conway Sanitation Director Cheryl Harrington tells the Log Cabin Democrat that it'd cost an estimated $1.7 million to collect methane from the landfill, purify and use it as a fuel source. She says her department now spends about $900,000 annually on diesel fuel.

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Conway voters OK funds for Central Landing project

Conway voters OK funds for Central Landing project


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Voters in Conway have approved a plan to rededicate and extend a sales tax to support the redevelopment of the city's former airport into a shopping and restaurant area.

Voters on Tuesday easily approved the measure, which authorizes the city to rededicate an existing 1/8th percent sales tax. The tax will allow the issuance of about $21 million in municipal bonds that will support infrastructure for the planned Central Landing center.

The tax had been set to expire in 2021 but is now extended until 2045.

Plans for the Central Landing project include a department store, shops, restaurants and residential housing. The project is to be built at the site of the city's former airport, which is being replaced by a new airport that recently opened.

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Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved bids for improvements to two busy roadways in central Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced Tuesday that the commission awarded a $2.1 million contract to resurface 6.2 miles of Maumelle Boulevard in Maumelle. The work will extend west from Interstate 430 to Murphy Drive.

The commission also awarded a $267,000 contract to resurface nearly 1 mile of McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. The work will extend east from North Hills Boulevard to U.S. 67.

Work on both projects is expected to begin in the next two to four weeks. The North Little Rock project is expected to be complete this spring with the Maumelle project wrapping up this fall.

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