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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Marijuana Study Ballot Measure

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for participants in a statewide "study" on the drug.

McDaniel on Wednesday rejected the proposed initiated act by a group called Arkansas Concerned Citizens that would set up a 10-year study on marijuana.

McDaniel must certify the wording of the proposed measure before the group can begin gathering signatures to place it on next year's ballot. McDaniel rejected earlier versions of the measure in 2011 and last year.

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Local & Regional News
4:19 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Upcoming Trials for Mount Saint Mary Sexual Abuse Cases

Barbara Dorris with Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) stands outside Pulaski County Courthouse.
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A former volleyball coach and a former athletic director from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Little Rock are headed to trial next week over allegations of sexual abuse. 

Kelly O’Rourke previously admitted to molesting a student in 2012 and will face charges over violating parole by attempting to contact the girl she molested. Kathy Griffin, the athletic director and a counselor for 9th grade girls, will face charges for having knowledge of child abuse but failing to report it. 

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Guns In Schools
2:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Arkansas Panel Says Schools Can Arm Staff For Two More Years

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies meet Wednesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

School districts that had been allowed to use teachers and staff as armed guards are getting a two year reprieve.

Wednesday a state board reversed itself and said it will not immediately revoke permits so that it will  to give lawmakers a chance to change state laws.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies heard concerns from the Attorney General’s office as well as school administrators.

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Remarkable Recoveries
1:33 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

After Beating Rare Infection, Arkansas Girl Goes Home

Kali Hardig, with her parents Joseph and Traci, receives good wishes from Scout, mascot of Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

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After contracting an extremely rare and deadly infection, 12 year-old Kali Hardig of Benton was released from the hospital Wednesday.

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Local & Regional News
10:34 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Boozman: Diplomatic Efforts In Syria Are A Move In The Right Direction

U.S. Senator John Boozman, Republican

As United States officials work with the United Nations to craft a resolution that would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says the way forward is still uncertain. 

In an interview with KASU in Jonesboro, Boozman admitted President Barack Obama has no good choices in his standoff with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Local & Regional News
8:20 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Marshals Museum Switches To Larger Parcel

U.S. Marshals Museum
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The U.S. Marshals Museum that's to be built in Fort Smith is to go up at a new, larger site.

Museum board members on Tuesday approved the change, which will double the land available for the facility. 

The museum will still be built downtown along the Arkansas River and the organization is still getting the land for no charge. Developer Bennie Westphal agreed to donate the original parcel and is also donating the new site.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Judge In Hastings Case Again Asked To Recuse

A lawyer for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter is again asking the trial judge to step away from the case.

Attorney Bill James on Tuesday asked Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen to recuse from presiding at Josh Hastings' trial, which is set to begin Monday.

Griffen denied a previous request by James that he step aside, claiming there was no evidence he's biased.

Local & Regional News
7:13 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Arkansas Panel Weighs Licenses To Arm Teachers

A state board is to consider whether to permanently revoke licenses that some Arkansas school districts had been using to employ teachers, administrators and staff as armed security guards.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday is scheduled to review the licenses that had been issued to 13 school districts classifying them as private security firms.

The panel in August had suspended the licenses after a legal opinion was issued by the state's attorney general that the schools could not use the licensing law to arm staff.

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Real Estate Market
6:54 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Arkansas Home Sales For July

Arkansas housing data spanning the first 7 months of this year show home sales were up nearly 11% in the state compared to the same period last year, according to the Arkansas Realtors Association. Sales numbers in the state also show a 13 % increase in home values.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Judge Won't Delay Trial Over Desegregation Money

A federal judge says he won't delay a December trial over Arkansas' request to end its desegregation payments to three Little Rock-area school districts.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday denied the motion that had been filed by the Little Rock School District and the group of black students and parents known as the Joshua Intervenors.

The motion sought to continue the case. Arkansas last year asked to be released from the desegregation settlement agreement with the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts.