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Employment
6:12 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Entergy To Lay Off 165 Arkansas Workers

Entergy says it will be laying off about 800 workers in several states, including about 165 workers in Arkansas. Entergy currently employs about 3,000 workers in the state.

Entergy Arkansas Spokeswoman Sally Graham says some of those layoffs will occur at their Arkansas Nuclear One plant in Russellville and all the local layoffs will be made by the end of the year.

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Local & Regional News
5:41 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Meeting To Discuss Native American Artifacts Found At Location For Steel Mill

Grant Tennille speaking Tuesday in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Economic Development Director Grant Tennille, the state archeologist and other officials will be meeting Wednesday with representatives of the Quapaw Tribe.

They’re hoping to reach an agreement about preserving Native American artifacts, discovered near where the proposed Big River Steel mill is to be built in Osceola.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

USDA Says China Stopping Imports Of Arkansas Fowl

Federal agriculture officials have told members of Arkansas' congressional delegation that China has stopped imports of the state's poultry products.

Sen. Mark Pryor decried Tuesday's decision, saying an "isolated incident" led to the ban. Pryor didn't say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.

Pryor said Arkansas poultry products are "safe, healthy and nutritious" and that his family would continue to eat them.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Argenta Innovation Center Announced To Help Entrepreneurs

Barry Hyde, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub/ Argenta Innovation Center Capital Campaign Committee chair, speaks at Tuesday's announcement.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Following the trend of other successful local business incubators across the state, North Little Rock will be the new home to the latest entrepreneurial hub, the Argenta Innovation Center.

The center, which has raised $2.5 million from private sources, will be the first phase of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, which will house three inter-connected ventures that will work together to provide education, training, prototyping and startup and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Local & Regional News
1:30 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

One Missing Inmate Killed In Crash, Another In Custody

A Jackson County jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mtn. View, Missouri,  about 140 miles north of Newport.

Lucas says police stopped the vehicle driven by Mitchell's wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away.

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The Political Scene
6:45 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Democrat Dianne Curry Drops Out Of Lt. Gov's Race

The president of the Little Rock School Board says she's dropping out of the Democratic race for lieutenant governor and is instead considering a run for Congress.

Dianne Curry told supporters Monday that she's dropping out in hopes of uniting the Democratic Party behind candidate John Burkhalter. Curry announced her decision the same day Bill Halter dropped out of the governor's race, leaving former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross as the only Democrat in the race.

Local & Regional News
6:29 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Arkansas Auditor: $11.3M In Unclaimed Property Returned

Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels' office says $11.3 million in unclaimed property was returned to owners in the past fiscal year.

Daniels' office on Monday announced that more than 13,000 Arkansans received a check for unclaimed property during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The returns mark a 30 percent increase over the amount of claims paid in 2012.

The office credited its new online claims process with driving up the total paid out over the last year.

Local & Regional News
6:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin To Speak in Little Rock

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is coming to Little Rock to speak at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Aldrin will be speaking alongside journalist Leonard David, who co-authored Aldrin's new book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration."

The speech is set for Aug. 14 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. The speech is free and open to public, though reservations are required.

Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk on July 20, 1969, becoming the first two people to set foot on the moon.

Local & Regional News
6:23 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Arkansas District Arming More Than 20 Teachers, Staff

When fall classes start in one Arkansas school district, more than 20 district employees will be walking the hallways carrying concealed weapons, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.

After undergoing 53 hours of training, the teachers, administrators and other employees will be considered guards.

Clarksville, a community of 9,200 people about 100 miles northwest of Little Rock, isn't known for having dangerous schools.

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Local & Regional News
11:15 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Legal Battles Brew Over Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban; 8th Circuit Could Mean Uphill Battle

Becca and Tara Austin, two plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit regarding gay marriage.
Credit Karen Tricot Steward / KUAR

Legal battles are brewing over same-sex marriage in Arkansas.

The attorneys behind the complaints say they are energized by the U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, also known as the Windsor decision. They also point to other legal developments that have occurred since Arkansas’s Amendment 83 – defining marriage as between one man and one woman – was enacted in 2004.  

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