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UDPATE: Arkansas Denies Same-Sex Parents Amended Birth Certificate Despite Ruling

A same-sex couple seeking to amend their child’s birth certificate to include the non-biological mother has been denied by the Arkansas Department of Health despite a judge’s order. Following Monday's request to change documentation the attorney general's office filed a request for a stay on Tuesday with a notification of intent to appeal.
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Saint Mark Baptist Church

About 200 homeless and hungry Arkansans had a Thanksgiving meal Tuesday at Saint Mark’s Baptist Church in Little Rock.

A church band played while guests ate Thanksgiving lunch. Volunteers handed out winter clothes.

"The survival kits consist of blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags for those who are out in the elements, hand warmers, gloves, hats and scarves," said Shayla McCullough, who works in outreach at the church.

Bernard Baker says he came for the Thanksgiving meal. He said he’s retired, lives alone, and can’t afford to make a nice meal.  

Arkansans Optimism Around Personal Finance Dips A Bit From Earlier In Year

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Arkansans are a conservative lot but still optimistic overall about personal finances for the next year, according to the Fall 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey released Tuesday. However, the optimism is down from earlier this year.

The report which looks at personal finance, buying conditions and business outlook over the next 12 months showed Arkansas respondents’ optimism dipped a bit from the March survey.

415 Main Street, Little Rock Tech Park Authority
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The legal woes of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority became more entangled Monday as the authority filed a condemnation lawsuit against Little Rock Attorney Richard Mays Sr. in an ongoing dispute that stands in the way of a $100 million development to lure tech companies and entrepreneurs to the downtown area.

Tabitha and Phillip Ashley
Benton Police Department

Police say two Benton parents have been charged in the shooting death of their 2-year-old son.

Twenty-three-year-old Tabitha Ashley and 27-year-old Phillip Ashley were charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a minor Monday after their son accidentally shot himself with a handgun last week.

Police say the charges were based on evidence discovered during an investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.

downtown Pine Bluff
Paul Sableman / Flickr

A coalition of business, government and civic leaders will be working to craft a plan to reverse decades of decline in Pine Bluff. The struggling city has seen its population dropping in recent years, crime is among the highest in the nation per capita and abandoned downtown buildings have recently been collapsing. 

The Go Forward Pine Bluff planning effort is being funded by a donation from Simmons First National Bank, which has its corporate headquarters there.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

Attorneys for a man charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent have submitted written arguments to keep his statements and other evidence from being presented at trial.

Attorney Bill James submitted a written brief Monday asking a judge to suppress Arron Lewis' statements to investigators because he asked for an attorney. Lewis is charged with kidnapping and capital murder in the 2014 disappearance of Beverly Carter.

A proposal that would increase motor fuels taxes by 15 cents per gallon, paired with an earned income tax credit, is the best approach for funding highways without hurting lower-income workers, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says.

Residents of Faulkner, Conway and Van Buren counties have filed a class action lawsuit against five energy companies claiming they made fictitious deductions and charges against royalty owners.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that the 88 residents represented in the lawsuit are royalty owners of oil, gas and mineral interests in lands and wells located within the three counties.

Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Hoga, a World War II tugboat, became the newest addition to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum Monday, two weeks before the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Ship horns greeted the arrival of the boat, officially classified a Navy yard tug. “That is our honorary submarine welcoming our lovely tugboat,” said Allison Hibblong, the museum’s director of operations.

Pres. Bill Clinton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is the latest recipient of a prize named after the man he defeated in the 1996 election.

Clinton was at the University of Kansas Monday to receive the Dole Leadership Prize, named in honor of the longtime Republican senator from Kansas. Dole was the 1996 GOP presidential nominee who lost when the Democrat Clinton was re-elected.

The award is granted by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the university.

In accepting his award, Clinton urged people from both parties to be more willing to work together.



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