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10:09 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Courts Hear Arguments On Arkansas Gay Marriage Case

Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court and a federal judge heard oral arguments Thursday  on whether a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman is valid.

The state's high court is considering the appeal of a Pulaski County judge's ruling earlier this year that said the amendment, approved by voters in 2004, is unconstitutional.

Assistant Arkansas Attorney General Colin Jorgensen represented the state, asking that the amendment be allowed to stand.

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1:54 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Governor-Elect Asa Hutchinson Asks 3 Agency Directors To Stay

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson speaking earlier this month at the Capitol about his transition team.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson is asking the directors of three agencies to continue in their current roles when he takes office in January.

Hutchinson announced Wednesday that he's asking Arkansas Crime Information Center Director Jay Winters; Arkansas State Crime Lab Director Kermit Channell; and Disability Determination for Social Security Administration Director Arthur Boutiette to remain.

Hutchinson said each of the three have agreed to continue as directors of their agencies.

In a statement, Hutchinson wrote:

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1:28 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In Advance Of Hearings On Same-Sex Marriage, Rally Held At Capitol

Supporters of traditional marriage rally Wednesday morning on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

On the eve of oral arguments before the Arkansas Supreme Court and a federal judge, hundreds of supporters of traditional marriage rallied Wednesday morning at the state Capitol.

The event, organized by the Family Council, featured religious leaders and was designed to show support for the 2004 Arkansas constitutional amendment approved by voters that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

"We are here today to call on the Arkansas Supreme Court to simply let the people's vote for marriage stand," said Jerry Cox, president of the group.

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1:05 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Woman Who Impersonated Singer Returned To Arkansas To Face Charges

A woman who admitted she impersonated singer Alison Krauss to swindle money from a 75-year-old Fayetteville man has been returned to Arkansas after being arrested in New Mexico.

KHOG television reports that Peggy Sue Evers pleaded not guilty to a failure to appear charge in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say an arrest warrant was issued for Evers after she missed a court date. She was later arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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10:41 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Arkansas School Leader Taking Part In White House Summit On Digital Learning

Arkadelphia Superintendent Donnie Witten
Credit arkadelphiaalliance.com

An Arkadelphia Public Schools leader has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a White House conference on digital learning.

Donnie Whitten will be in Washington, D.C. for Wednesday's "ConnectED to the Future," summit hosted by President Barack Obama.

The event brings together superintendents and other educators from across the country who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning.

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10:33 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Arkansas Machete Murders Case Could Go To Jury Wednesday

Gregory Aaron Kinsey

The judge in the double murder trial of a man charged with killing two men in Fort Smith with a machete says the case could soon go to the jury.

Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Tabor dismissed jurors after testimony on Tuesday in the trial of 21-year-old Gregory Aaron Kinsey and said he anticipates getting the case to them for deliberation by Wednesday afternoon.

Kinsey is charged with two counts of capital murder in the June 2013 deaths of 39-year-old Brandon Prince and 32-year-old Nathan Young in Fort Smith. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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5:50 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Governor Beebe Defends Plan To Pardon Son's Marijuana Conviction

Gov. Mike Beebe

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is defending his plans to pardon his son for a 2003 marijuana conviction, saying he's receiving the same type of second chance hundreds of other nonviolent offenders have had.

Beebe appeared Tuesday on his monthly call-in show on the Arkansas Educational Television Network. He said he's not going to treat his son any better or any worse than others who have sought pardons during his administration.

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10:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

UAMS Gets Funding To Expand Services At 12th Street Center

Arkansas state Senator Joyce Elliot, UAMS Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn, Representative Warwick Sabin and Clinic Director Dr. Lanita White.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ 12th Street Health and Wellness Center celebrated a financial shot in the arm Tuesday. The clinic received over $80,000 to increase its services in Little Rock's 12th Street Corridor. 

Currently open two nights a week, the student-run clinic offers free medical and dental services.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn hails the nearly two-year old clinic as a model medical teaching facility and community health provider.

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7:48 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Senator Boozman Says Keystone Pipleine To Pass In Next Congress

Sen. John Boozman

Arkansas Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman says he's confident the legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline project will pass the next Congress when Republicans take control of the Senate.

Boozman's remarks came on the heels of the Democrat-controlled Senate's narrow defeat of a bill to approve the project on Tuesday.

The final vote was 59-41. The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week.

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5:42 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Osceola’s Infrastructure Upgrades Linked To Big River Steel, Other Projects

A new or renovated airport, as well as improvements to the city’s water and sewer system, are near and long-term goals for Osceola’s economic future, the town’s mayor said Tuesday.

Dickie Kennemore said council members met Monday with officials with Little Rock-based McClelland Engineering about the water/sewer projects as well as voted to hire North Little Rock-based firm, Garver Engineering, to complete a feasibility study on the airport issue.

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