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6:33 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Papers Filed Seeking End To Desegregation Lawsuit, Hearing Friday

Lawyers for three Little Rock-area school districts, the state of Arkansas and groups of patrons have filed formal court papers seeking an end to a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

Lawyers for the state say the settlement should be accepted because all parties are backing it. They say a remedy that parties agree with is better than one where the parties "must be dragged kicking and screaming."

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5:10 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

KUAR Newscast Nov. 21, 2013 5:04 p.m.

KUAR Newscast: Nov. 21, 2013, 5:04 P.M.

Arkansas's Senators place their votes and articulate their positions on the nuclear option; Pulaski County Clerk says same-sex marriage suit should be removed from federal court and joined with a similar state suit; Morrillton gets a $5 million investment and 75 jobs from a Vietnam based company.

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5:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

National Adoption Day Celebrated, 13 Arkansas Kids Get New Families

Children and families send off 690 balloons representing the 690 children who the Department of Human Services says have been adopted so far in fiscal year 2013
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.

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2:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Rainfall Expected to Bring More Ducks for Hunting Season

Arkansans hunters taking part in duck season may notice an increased population of game when venturing out during the first days of the season this weekend.

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2:36 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Vote Against Filibuster Changes

Senators Pryor and Boozman

The passing of the so called “nuclear option” in the US Senate Thursday drew opposition from both of Arkansas' Senators. The rule change allows for executive and judicial nominees, other than Supreme Court justices, to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the previous requirement of 60 votes.

Although Senator Mark Pryor voted to consider the change, he was ultimately one of only three Democrats to vote against the measure.

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2:31 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Sign-Ups Continue for State Medicaid Program

More than 58,000 Arkansans have enrolled for coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  That's more than a quarter of the 250,000 candidates, who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty rate.

Eligible residents are also able to purchase subsidized insurance through a new health marketplace, which was established in October.

According to DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb, the latest numbers indicate a positive reaction from consumers.

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1:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Arkansas Supreme Court Reverses Order In Same-Sex Couple Visitation Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a judge's decision barring a man's same-sex partner from staying overnight when his son visits.

In a split decision Thursday, the Supreme Court didn't address the issue of constitutionality but sent the case back to a Pulaski County judge to determine what's best for the child involved in John Moix's case.

The judge had ruled that Moix's partner cannot be present at his home when his son is visiting overnight, citing a policy of prohibiting unmarried cohabitation in the presence of a child.

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1:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Pulaski Clerk: Gay Marriage Lawsuit A State Issue

A county clerk says a federal lawsuit that challenges Arkansas' 2004 ban on same-sex marriages should be dismissed and the issue considered in state court .

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane said in court papers filed Thursday that a lawsuit filed by three gay couples in July mimics one filed by 11 couples in state court.

Crane says that while the three couples raise federal constitutional issues, marriage licenses are matters of state law and that questions regarding them should be answered in a state court.

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11:38 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Furniture Maker To Open Factory In Morrilton Creating 75 Jobs

75 jobs are being created with the opening of a furniture manufacturing plant in Morrilton.  Governor Mike Beebe took part in the announcement Thursday morning.

Vinh Long, which is based in Vietnam, says it will invest five million dollars to renovate an existing facility that had housed a Bosch factory.  The company supplies furniture and kitchen cabinets to Ikea and other retailers.

Hiring will begin in the spring, with the plant opening next the summer.

Company officials said Arkansas is a good location because it has a sustainable supply of raw materials.

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11:22 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Tyson To Drop Oklahoma Hog Supplier After Abuse Video

Credit Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods says it's ending a contract with a central Oklahoma farm after an animal rights group says it videotaped workers at the farm abusing hogs.

Mercy For Animals distributed images of workers striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor.

In one portion of the tape, a worker is shown throwing a bowling ball at a pig, striking it in the head.

The animal rights group and Tyson have identified the farm as West Coast Farms in Henryetta, Okla.

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