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Oaklawn launches revamped website


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (November 13, 2014) – Coinciding with its $20 million expansion, Oaklawn has launched an entirely revamped website. The new site features easier navigation, more in depth information about specific games, dining and events and once the live meet begins Jan. 9, more video elements.

"The new website is the perfect complement to our expansion project," said Director of Marketing Kim Baron. "Just like with the new facility, it was designed with our guests in mind and we hope they are as happy with the new fan-friendly site as we are."

Oaklawn completed Phase 1 of the expansion project Nov. 3 and is currently in Phase 2, which is scheduled to be finished by the time the live meet begins. The racing season runs Jan. 9 – April 11. For more information, visit the website at www.oaklawn.com.


Cleanup of Majestic Hotel rubble to start soon


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Officials say the latest cleanup plan for the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs calls for debris removal to start next month.

A large fire ripped through the historic hotel in February, prompting the city to raze part of the complex and condemn the rest. Rubble has piled along Park Avenue since the blaze.

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Fire breaks out at historic Majestic hotel

The owner of the property, Park Residences Development LLC, sent a letter last week to the state's environmental quality department about its cleanup plan.

Hot Springs teacher found dead in mobile home fire


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a Hot Springs Middle School teacher was found dead after a fire at her mobile home.

Hot Springs Fire Marshal Tom Braughton says the fire broke out early Monday morning at the mobile home of 56-year-old Debbie Rushing. Braughton says firefighters discovered Rushing's body in a bedroom after the fire was extinguished.

He tells The Sentinel Record (http://bit.ly/1xpsRha) that the fire apparently began in the living room but the exact cause is still unknown.

Hot Springs School District Superintendent Joyce Craft says Rushing had worked for the district for more than 30 years, including 18 years as a teacher at Hot Springs Middle School. Craft says Rushing was a "great person and a great educator."

Child drowns in Garland County after going through 'doggie door'


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A young child drowned Monday afternoon in Garland County.

According to Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff's Office, police received a call at approximately 12:40 p.m. of an accidental drowning at the 300 block of Nomoe Road in Garland County.

Investigators determined that the two-year-old male victim knocked down the baby gate inside the house and crawled through the "doggie door" to the outside of the house. The child then made his way to the pond, where he was found by his father shortly after.

Police say the drowning appears to be accidental and there are no signs of foul play, but the investigation is still open and ongoing. No further details are available at this time.


Police release name of man shot in Hot Springs


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A shooting early Saturday morning in Hot Springs has left a man in critical condition.

According to the Hot Springs Police Department, James Michael-Hawk Holmes, 19, of Hot Springs, was found shot in a white Chevrolet Impala in the middle of the intersection at Laser and Kentucky Streets.

Police have not released any other information at this time and have not said whether they have a person of interest.

Holmes' body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy.

Detectives said they are continuing their investigation into this incident, which is now being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at (501) 321-6789.

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Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015.

The GOP on Tuesday won at least 62 seats in the 100-member House, while Democrats took at least 34. Results are pending on four races.

In the 35-member Senate, Republicans will hold a 24-11 margin after winning all four races decided Tuesday.

Republicans also won all seven constitutional offices.

In 2012, Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, clinching 51 seats. Afterward, lawmakers passed one of the strictest abortion laws in the country and approved a voter ID law - but both laws were later found unconstitutional.

Legislators also passed a bipartisan plan to expand health coverage to more than 200,000 people by using Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for poorer Arkansans.