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HARDING UNIVERSITY-NEW REGISTRAR

Harding University names new registrar

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Harding University is getting a new registrar.

Provost Larry Long on Tuesday named Tod Martin of York, Nebraska, as registrar, effective in August.

Martin replaces Janice Hurd, who is retiring from the position after serving as registrar for eight years.

Martin comes to Harding from York College after seven years as the school's registrar. He was also an assistant professor in York's business program and taught classes in management and marketing.

A 1984 alumnus of the University, Martin graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and an MBA from University of Central Arkansas in 1989.

BALLOT MEASURES-ARKANSAS

State says pushing deadline longtime practice

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Tuesday said officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties. Let Local Communities Decide for Themselves argues the petitions for the alcohol measure should have been submitted by July 4, not the July 7 deadline used by the state.

Spokeswoman Laura Labay said it's been standard practice since 1925 to push the deadline to the following workday if it falls on a holiday.

ARKANSAS REPUBLICANS-INTERNET TAX

Womack backs GOP's anti-Internet sales tax stance

LITLTE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Republican congressman from Arkansas who has advocated for legislation that would limit tax-free shopping online says he agrees with his party adopting an anti-Internet sales tax stance and argues the two stances aren't in conflict.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said he agrees the with state GOP adopting as part of its platform opposition to any sales tax imposed by the federal government. Delegates approved the stance at the state party's convention in Hot Springs on Saturday.

Womack is co-sponsor of legislation that would empower states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases.

CHEMICAL LEAK-DRILL

Responders take part in chemical leak drill

LOWELL, Ark. (AP) - Emergency responders have participated in a chemical leak drill at Beaver Water District.

The drill was run Tuesday and featured responders from several area fire and police departments, county emergency managers, regional hazmat teams and other agencies.

Alan D. Fortenberry of the Beaver Water District says area fire departments approached the facility about doing such a drill.

This is the first time the water district has included area responders in a chemical leak drill.

Bill HagenBurger, plant engineer with the district, says drills like Tuesday's provide an opportunity for everyone to practice using equipment in a non-emergency situation.

PORTER FUND-LITERARY PRIZE

Leveritt gets 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas writer Mara Leveritt is the recipient of the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize.

The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition.

Past winners of the Porter Prize include Donald Harington, Morris Arnold and Kevin Brockmeier.

The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state's most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection.

Leveritt will be honored at an award ceremony on Oct. 16 at the Main Library's Darragh Center in Little Rock.

The Porter Prize and the Booker Worthen Literary Prize will be given out in the same evening.

The event is free and open to the public

CHILD PORN-CONVICTION

Lonoke County man sentenced in child porn case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Lonoke County man arrested last year has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on child porn charges.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday that 30-year-old Ryan David Oyen, of Cabot, pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Lonoke County Circuit Court Judge Sandy Huckabee handed down the 60-year sentence, with an additional 20-year suspended sentence.

Oyen was being held in the Lonoke County Detention Center awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Oyen will be required to register as a sex offender.

Oyen was arrested in July 2013 after agents with the attorney general's Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at his residence in Cabot.

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