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News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

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EAST CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - The owner of an explosives manufacturing plant in Camden has been cited for alleged safety and health violations. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says 22 serious and one repeat violations were cited. OSHA proposed fines of $178,400. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The Cleveland-based company did not immediately comment.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Five fire departments in Arkansas are sharing about $700,000 in federal grants awarded so they can buy equipment, training materials and vehicles. The grants are about $12,000 to the Hensley Volunteer Fire Department; about $100,000 to the Valley View Fire Protection District in Jonesboro; about $132,000 to the Butterfield District 5 Volunteer Fire Department at Van Buren; about $223,000 to the Burnt Ridge Volunteer Fire Department at Shirley; and more than $229,000 to the Crawford County Fire District One at Rudy.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Governor Mike Beebe says he wants to avoid the cost of a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who is taking a job lobbying for the University of Arkansas system. Spokesman Matt DeCample said Beebe decided against a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Johnny Key, since the earliest it could be held would be in November and there are no current plans for a special session this fall.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Communities throughout Arkansas are weighing the hundreds of jobs that would come with a proposed $100 million prison comes against the maximum-security rating and some of the state's most difficult inmates. If they decide they're interested, they have until Oct. 24 to send in the paperwork. Magnolia and Lawrence County are among those that are considering submitting proposals.

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