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Major Evan Young, a retired U.S. Army officer, joined the military in 1989 during an era which barred him from disclosing his sexual orientation.

“I was a lesbian at that time so I was used to being in the closet,” Young says.

Just as the gay rights movement was taking root, then-President Ronald Reagan in 1982 issued a stern directive to the U.S. Department of Defense stating that anyone serving in the military who engaged in homosexual acts or professed to be lesbian, gay or bisexual would be immediately discharged.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, the KUAR news team discusses:

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You may have noticed more than the normal number of mushrooms popping up around Arkansas. That’s because the warm weather and several days of rain have made ripe conditions for mycelium—or fungi. 

Three Little Rock city board positions will be contested in the November General Election.

Wade Naramore
KATV, Channel 7 News

Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore has been found not guilty of negligent homicide in the hot-car death of his 18-month-old son.

A Garland County jury deliberated for less than two hours Friday before returning with the verdict.

Governor's Radio Column: Higher Ed Funding

Aug 20, 2016
Governor Asa Hutchinson radio address
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Aug. 19, 2016:

As another school year begins, many recent high school graduates are gearing up for their first semester of college. It’s an exciting time for our students as they explore their academic passions and lay the foundations for a promising career path.

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Arkansas’s unemployment rate remained stable in July at 3.9%. The rate was the same for June, after dropping for months. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services released the figures Friday. The nation’s unemployment rate for the month also held steady at 4.9%.

Even though the number of people with jobs actually declined for the month by 2,700, the numbers were seasonally adjusted, with the professional and business service sectors remaining the strongest.

A hearing has been set on a lawsuit that aims to get an Independence County alcohol sales measure on the November ballot.

The group Keep Our Dollars In Independence County sued Independence County Clerk Tracey Mitchell, claiming that the clerk improperly rejected 424 signatures on petitions to qualify for the ballot. The Batesville Daily Guard reports that the group was found to be 377 signatures short to qualify for a public vote.

The proposed ballot measure would legalize alcohol sales in the county.  A hearing is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday in the case.


Supporters of a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have turned in additional signatures in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana need 84,859 valid signatures to make it onto the ballot this year. Secretary of State Mark Martin's office has already verified 72,309 signatures, and the group was given extra time to submit the additional signatures.

The proposal's sponsor, David Couch, says he turned in nearly 35,000 additional signatures Friday. Couch says he's confident the measure will qualify for a public vote.

A federal appeals court Thursday issued a ruling affecting how an Arkansas school choice law affects districts under desegregation orders.

In its opinion, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier federal district court ruling which said the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013 does not trump the requirements of a 1992 Garland County school desegregation settlement.