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4:42 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Arkansas General Election Results Certified

A voter casts a ballot earlier this month in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the Nov. 4 general election results have been certified.

Martin announced the certification Thursday, saying about half of the 1.7 million people registered to vote in Arkansas cast ballots in the election.

Under Arkansas election law, counties must certify results to the Secretary of State's Office no later than 15 days after the election.

The delay allows overseas military citizens time to ensure their votes are counted in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

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1:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Delta Regional Authority Invests $1.3 Million In Arkansas Economic Projects

The Delta Regional Authority will invest $1.3 million into eight projects across Arkansas – grant money aimed at boosting economic development in rural parts of the state. Leaders said the money will help create or retain 1,050 jobs.

The eight projects and funding include:

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11:17 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Arkansas Man Convicted Of Killing Two Wtih Machete

Gregory Kinsey

Jurors have convicted a Fort Smith man of killing two men with a machete.

The Southwest Times Record reports 21-year-old Gregory Kinsey had faced capital murder charges but was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder. A Sebastian County jury returned the verdict after deliberating for more than three hours and hearing arguments from Kinsey's attorneys that he acted in self-defense.

Kinsey killed 39-year-old Brandon Prince and 32-year-old Nathan Young in June 2013. He says he was walking home from Dollar General when the men approached and threatened him.

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11:13 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Whirlpool Releases Report On Contamination At Arkansas Site

The former whirlpool site in Fort Smith.
Credit Arkansas Times

Whirlpool Corp. says in its new quarterly report that chemical injections this year at its closed Fort Smith facility decreased groundwater contamination levels.

The company's former plant used trichloroethylene, known as TCE, as a degreasing solvent from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. The chemical is now known to be linked to increased cancer risk.

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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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