Wal-Mart promotes Cheesewright to int'l chief
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores is promoting David Cheesewright to president and CEO of its international business.
The 51-year-old Cheesewright succeeds Doug McMillon, who last month was named the next president and CEO of the world's biggest retailer. McMillon succeeds Mike Duke.
Cheesewright currently serves as president and CEO of Walmart's Europe, Middle East and Africa and Canada region. Other posts he's held at the retailer include serving as COO of Walmart Canada and Asda, its U.K. operations.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it will name Cheesewright's successor at a future date.
Cheesewright will report to McMillon. Both start their new positions on Feb. 1, 2014.
Miss. utility regulators reject Entergy-ITC merger
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi utility regulators have unanimously rejected a merger proposal by Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp.
Public Service Commission members say the deal could've meant a $300 million rate increase for Mississippi customers over 30 years.
Entergy executives say they're disappointed in the Mississippi regulators' vote Tuesday and will work with ITC to determine the companies' next steps.
In 2011, New Orleans-based Entergy said it would transfer its high-voltage lines to Novi, Mich.-based ITC. ITC would issue Entergy shareholders enough stock to give them a majority of ITC shares worth more than $2 billion. ITC would assume $1.78 billion in debt.
The merger request also was filed in other states Entergy serves - Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
Regulators there haven't acted, but rejection in Mississippi makes the deal's success unlikely.
PARKING GARAGE COLLAPSE-JONESBORO
Jonesboro parking garage roof collapses under ice
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The roof of a downtown parking garage in Jonesboro has collapsed and officials are blaming a buildup of ice and snow.
The garage roof fell on Tuesday. The structure is on Union Avenue, where a traffic lane is blocked off as a precaution.
City E911 director Jeff Presley told Jonesboro television station KAIT that no one was injured but several vehicles were in the parking deck at the time the roof failed.
Crews are working to clear the scene.
LAKE BODY-MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
Woman's body found in car pulled from NE Ark. lake
MANILA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a woman's body was found in a car that was pulled from a lake in Mississippi County.
The body was recovered Tuesday and officials have not released the name of the victim.
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook told Jonesboro television station KAIT that the car was submerged in the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Cook says the vehicle went in the water around Brights Landing.
WINTER STORM-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
LR police work 124 accidents on slick roads
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock police say they've investigated 124 vehicle accidents since wintry weather hit the state last Friday.
The police department says about half of the crashes involved damages of more than $1,000.
Sleet and freezing rain shut down schools and many businesses for days. On Tuesday, the first day that schools reopened in Pulaski County, traffic was slow-moving but roads were mostly clear, except for a few icy patches.
Little Rock police say only two city streets were closed because of dangerous driving conditions. They've since reopened the roads after the city street department cleared the streets.
Ashdown council says mayor to talk trains with KCS
ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) - Ashdown city council members say Mayor Carroll McLarty can talk with Kansas City Southern railroad officials about plans to close some crossings in the city.
The railroad has suggested closing at least two of the town's crossings, where four people have died in train-vehicle accidents since 2009.
The Texarkana Gazette reported Tuesday that McLarty told council members that they owed it to the public to do so something.
Council Member Tina Chandler says she herself had been distracted at the crossings and that anyone on the council could have been killed by a train. A 41-year-old woman died last month.
The railroad said it is willing to work with the city and state to address safety the crossings, including upgrades for gates and flashing lights.
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