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Man gets 11½ years for methamphetamine conviction

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A DeSoto, Texas, man who pleaded guilty in western Arkansas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to 11½ years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Claudie Miller Jr. was arrested in a methamphetamine distribution investigation that began in 2011. U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge says Miller was identified as the primary source for the illegal stimulant in supplying the ring. Court records show that the drug was being shipped in one-pound quantities.

Authorities also confiscated $147,000 in cash found during a traffic stop of a car belonging to Miller during the investigation.

Miller pleaded guilty last year in Texarkana to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced Tuesday.


Clinton School building receives LEED award

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials say a 115-year-old building affiliated with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received an award for being environmentally friendly.

Sturgis Hall received the certification Tuesday for leadership in energy and environmental design - or LEED. It was presented by Jason Hartke - the vice president of national policy for the U.S. Green Building Council - to Clinton Center operations director Debbie Shock in Little Rock. The council is a nonprofit group that promotes environmental-friendly building construction.

Clinton Foundation executive director Stephanie Streett and school Dean Skip Rutherford also attended.

The Clinton School received a grant from Gov. Mike Beebe in 2009 to implement sustainable practices to reduce the building's environmental impact. Shock says utility costs have been lowered $38,000 annually and water usage has declined.


ACLU seeks injunction against voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A civil liberties group is asking an Arkansas judge to block the state from enforcing its new voter ID law while he considers a lawsuit challenging the requirement's constitutionality.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the law, which requires voters at the polls to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The group and the Arkansas Public Law Center sued the state over the law last week, saying it violates Arkansas' constitution.

The groups sued on behalf of four voters who they said would be harmed by the law.

The May 20 primary will be the first statewide test of the new law, which was approved by the Legislature last year. Early voting for the primary begins May 5.


Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman out of heart surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas is in recovery after undergoing heart surgery at a hospital in his home state.

Boozman's office says in a statement Tuesday afternoon that doctors at the Rogers hospital said the 63-year-old responded well to surgery. The statement says the Republican's family has visited him and is hoping for a full recovery.

The office says Boozman was taken to the hospital and admitted overnight after suffering chest and arm pain.

Boozman, the state's junior senator, had been scheduled for an 8 a.m. appearance in Gravette to discuss a highway project and health care. In the afternoon, he was to have spoken at a rural health center in Green Forest and at a housing agency in Harrison.


Arkansas Tech trustees select new president

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has selected a Massachusetts university official as the next president of the college in Russellville.

Robin Bowen was elected unanimously during a special board meeting Tuesday. She will be ATU's 12th president and becomes the first woman to serve as president at a public, four-year university in Arkansas. She is currently the executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.

Bowen will fill the office being vacated by ATU President Robert Brown. Brown has announced plans to retire on June 30 after 21 years as the college's president. Bowen takes over on July 1 while Brown will retain the titles of president emeritus and distinguished professor of economics at ATU.


1 dead, suspect sought in Little Rock slaying

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police in Little Rock say one man was shot to death and the suspected gunman is being sought.

Police say officers responding to reports of gunfire about 7:30 p.m. Monday found 20-year-old Bernard Sherrod with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Police say Sherrod was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Lt. Sidney Allen says investigators have identified a 21-year-old man as a suspect in the shooting and are searching for him. Allen says the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.


UAMS cancer center receives $20M in contributions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock say one of its cancer centers has received about $20 million in state funding and philanthropic contributions.

In an announcement Tuesday, UAMS officials say the funding will help pay for new laboratory construction and research programs by the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy. They say the myeloma institute received about $5 million from the state's General Improvement Funds, which was matched 3-to-1 by philanthropic contributions.

The first matching gift was $5 million and was made by the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund.

The center researches and offers clinical care of multiple myeloma - a rare form of bone marrow cancer. More than 11,000 patients nationwide and from around the world have sought treatment at the myeloma institute.


Cotton defends vote against farm bill

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Tuesday defended his vote against the farm bill, saying the measure didn't do enough to cut food stamps. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says his GOP rival ignored Arkansas' farmers with his vote.

Speaking at a daylong candidate forum held by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Cotton said the nearly $100 billion-a-year legislation didn't do enough for the state's farmers and should have included more reforms to cut food stamps' costs. Cotton was the only member of the state's congressional delegation to vote against the bill earlier this year.

Pryor criticized Cotton for the vote in a short pre-recorded video shown to the group.

The group was hearing from candidates for the state's top offices throughout the day.

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