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US Sen. Boozman hospitalized after heart surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Senator John Boozman's office says the Republican senator remains hospitalized after undergoing unexpected heart surgery for a tear in his aorta.

His office said Wednesday that Boozman was taken by his wife Cathy to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers the day before for pain in the senator's chest and shoulder. Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer says the senator was diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection, which is a tear in a large blood vessel branching off the heart.

Creamer says the 63-year-old Boozman responded well to the surgery, which lasted several hours. The senator remains hospitalized but has been awake and met with his family.

Creamer says he doesn't know how long Boozman will be in recovery.


Hearing set in Arkansas voter ID lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has scheduled a hearing over a request to block the enforcement of the state's voter ID law in next month's primary.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Wednesday scheduled a hearing for May 2nd over the motion for a preliminary injunction against the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Arkansas Public Law Center sued the state last week over the law, saying it violates Arkansas' constitution.

The groups have asked Fox to block the law's enforcement during the May 20th primary. Early voting for the primary begins May 5th.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the new law last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Governor Mike Beebe.


Arkansas attorney general warns of Internet scam

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning consumers about an Internet ad scam that aims to take advantage of potential renters.

McDaniel said Wednesday that his Consumer Protection Division has received several complaints in recent months about scammers posting fake rental classifieds on Internet advertising sites.

Most recently in northwest Arkansas, scammers have stolen photographs from legitimate real estate ads to make it appear that the homes are for rent. The con artists usually ask interested renters to send money upfront as a deposit for a rental.

Consumers who are victims of the scheme rarely get their money back and never get into the home they wanted.

For more information about the scam and tips to protect consumers, visit WWW DOT GotYourBackArkansas DOT org.


Wal-Mart cuts CEO's pay 73 percent in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - The pay of Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated's outgoing CEO fell 73 percent in 2013 because he didn't get stock awards that are given in anticipation of future performance as well as a lower performance-based bonus.

The Bentonville-basedretailer gave Michael Duke a compensation package worth about $5.6 million including a base salary of $1.4 million and a performance-based bonus of $2.8 million for the fiscal year that ended on January 31st.

Other compensation for the 64-year-old totaled $490,090, including retirement contributions and $144,586 for personal use of company aircraft.

The AP's calculation counts salary, bonuses, perks and stock and options awarded to the executive during the year.


Security to be increased at Memphis, Tenn. museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has increased security after finding a broken window and a man sleeping inside.

WMC-TV reports police responded to a call at the museum early Wednesday after security officers noticed a smashed window on the second floor.

The main section of the newly renovated museum reopened April 5th, the day after the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior's assassination in Memphis. King was killed on April 4th, 1968, while standing on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel, which was later converted into the museum in downtown Memphis.

Police say they found a man asleep in a bed of the motel, just a few doors down from where King was staying on the day he died. The man wasn't immediately identified.

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