BC-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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NORAD TRACKS SANTA
DENVER _ The government may be partially shut down, but that won’t stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms Monday from taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming. The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa won’t be affected by the government shutdown because it is run by volunteers Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado and is funded by the Department of Defense’s budget that was approved earlier this year. Now in its 63rd year, the Santa tracker became a Christmas Eve tradition after a mistaken phone call to the Continental Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 680 words, with photos.
_ ARKANSAS-HOSPITAL WOES _ Some workers and community leaders have raised concerns about the financial viability of an Arkansas hospital amid late paychecks and recent layoffs.
_ SCIENCE MUSEUM-EXPANSION _ Expansion plans by the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs include groundbreaking on a 7,000-square-foot free-standing exhibition hall within a few months.
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BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ A company associated with the Walton family bought the Bentonville City Hall building for $3.75 million. The City Council unanimously approved accepting the bid from Recasting LLC at a recent meeting. Recasting shares an agent with Ropeswing Hospitality Group and Springdale Downtown, both of which are backed by the Walton family. By Melissa Gute, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 542 words.
EL DORADO, Ark. _ Starting in January, the El Dorado School district will have a new communication method. Chelsey Turner, librarian and parent involvement coordinator at Washington Middle School, has taken charge of a new project that will release podcasts. The topics for those already completed include the El Dorado Promise, student behavior and the standards-based reporting grading system. By Michael Shine, El Dorado News-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 284 words.
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