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Commutation of sentence denied for Hot Springs woman

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The state parole board denies the request of a Hot Springs woman who asked for her sentence to be commuted.

Authorities say Dominic Hobson was sentenced to 25 years in prison on a first degree murder charge. The parole board denied her request, saying that it was without merit.

In 2010, Hobson, along with Samuel Conway and his brother Detric Conway, were charged in the shooting death of 50-year-old Mary Anderson. Authorities say she was shot in front of her grandchildren.

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Drought not expected to end until November

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas is in one of the worst droughts in the state's history and the potential for wildfires is greater than at any time this year.

The U.S. Forest Service puts boots on the ground when wildfires ignite and say all agencies, no matter the uniform are chipping in.

"Earlier this month, we were open 24 hours a day at the dispatch center. This hot dry weather has increased fire danger across the Oachita and Ozark-St.Francis National Forests," says Debbie Ugbade.

She says the agency is asking Arkansans not to use outdoor power equipment in an effort to prevent wildfires.

"If they are using equipment such as a lawnmower or chainsaw, the blade could cause a a spark that could ignite a fire," says Ugbade.

Wildfire prevention encouraged across the state

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Persistent hot and dry weather increases wildfire danger on the Ouachita and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

"Drought conditions are extreme and we urge caution," said Acting Fire Management Team Leader Jerry Soard. "Significant causes of wildfire include sparks from welding and grinding equipment, carelessly discarded smoking materials, arson and lightning," continued Soard.

Following are some safety tips that will help prevent wildfires:

Body of missing swimmer found in Lake Catherine

Body of missing swimmer found in Lake Catherine

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The body of a missing swimmer has been found in Lake Catherine.

James King, 19, tried swimming from one area of the lake to the other, but got tired and went under the water and didn't resurface.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office used dive teams and side sonar to find King for two days. Thursday morning King's body was found in the lake near a dock by a local resident.

His body will be sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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Arkansas artist auctioning items to benefit theater shooting victims

41-year old artist Amanda Willshire was preparing for her Friday evening art show when news of the Aurora theater shooting broke.

"The show was to launch Friday with the superheroes-in-caps (Batman, Hulk, CAPtain America) being the 'stars' of the show," says Willshire.

"I was especially excited about the Batman piece as I had completed it a few months ago and the premiere was happening that day."

Willshire grew up in central Arkansas and is now living in Denver, Colorado.  Friday morning, her phone began ringing.  

"My parents had been calling (from Arkansas)," says Willshire,  "to make sure I was OK." 

Willshire lives 15 miles from the theater where the shootings happened.

"It is an absolute horror," Willshire says of the shootings.  That's why she decided to pull two bottlecap Batman pieces from her show. 

Simmons announces stock repurchase program

Simmons announces stock repurchase program

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- J. Thomas May, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: SFNC), has announced the substantial completion of the existing stock repurchase program and the adoption by the Board of Directors of a new stock repurchase program. The new program authorizes the repurchase of up to 850,000 shares of Class A common stock or approximately 5 percent of the shares outstanding. The shares are to be purchased from time to time at prevailing market prices, through open market or unsolicited negotiated transactions, depending upon market conditions.

Under the repurchase program, there is no time limit for the stock repurchases, nor is there a minimum number of shares that the Company intends to repurchase. The Company may discontinue purchases at any time that management determines additional purchases are not warranted.

Community-based out-patient clinic moves to new facility

Community-based out-patient clinic moves to new facility


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. —The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System’s (CAVHS) Hot Springs based Community Based Out-patient Clinic (CBOC) is moving into a brand new facility with services transitioning August 1, 2012. The new facility is located at 177 Sawtooth Oak St., Hot Springs, AR 71901.  The main phone number for the new clinic is 501-520-6250.