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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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5:23 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Heading To Two Courts

A couple exchanges rings during one of many ceremonies held in May at the Pulaski County Courthouse after a judge's ruling tossed out the same-sex marriage ban.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court and a federal judge are preparing to hear arguments this week over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decade after the state's voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Attorneys for the state and a group of gay couples are scheduled to appear before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday morning, as justices weigh whether to uphold a Pulaski County judge's ruling against the ban.

Hours later, the same attorneys will be making similar arguments before a federal judge in a separate lawsuit.

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2:46 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Budget Committee Declines $14 Million Increase For Arkansas Pre-K

The Joint Budget Committee reviews the Department of Education's Budget Tuesday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas lawmakers decided against a $14 million funding increase for pre-K programs Tuesday. The Joint Budget Committee reviewed the Department of Education’s budget plan in advance of the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Joyce Elliot, D-Little Rock, asked for a vote on an appropriation for extra funding to address cost of living increases since the program last received a funding increase in 2008.

She says her goal was simply to keep the program running at a basic level and the decision reflects a troubling set of priorities in the legislature.

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11:23 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Consumer Confidence In Arkansas On The Rise, Still Trails Rest Of U.S.

Arkansans were feeling better about the state of the economy heading into the fall, rebounding from negative sentiments earlier this summer when consumers across the state were feeling gloomy about their current economic conditions and long-term prospects, according to the Fall 2014 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey released Tuesday (Nov. 18).

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11:02 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Connect Arkansas Unveils Small Business Initiative

Connect Arkansas said it is conducting a statewide study among small- and medium-sized businesses to develop strategies to help those companies capitalize on the digital economy.

The project is a collaboration between Connect Arkansas, its parent company, Arkansas Capital Corp. Group, and broadband research firm Strategic Networks Group. Businesses with less than 100 employees are invited to participate.

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