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5:33 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Committee Looks for Ways to Administer Death Penalty

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas officials are considering what steps to take in the wake of comments by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel claiming Arkansas’ death penalty system is broken.

McDaniel told the joint Judiciary Committee the nationwide unavailability of the lethal injection drug, a lack of medical personnel willing to administer the dose, and a continuing stream of costly litigation has rendered the state unable to perform its duty.

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4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Senator Says Parole Problems May Be Part of Atmosphere of Complicity

Republican Senator David Sanders of Little Rock holding up an April 2007 memo authorizing a temporary plan to discharge certain parolees.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

  

State lawmakers are considering ways to fix troubling trends with Arkansas’ parole system. The joint Judiciary Committee met Wednesday looking at why repeat offender rates are high, near the 70-percent mark.

Some legislators were particularly concerned with a policy directive from 2007 authorizing the discharge of those who failed to report to their parole officer if their original discharge date had passed.

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4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Victim Compensation From Mayflower Oil Spill Not Taxed Under Senate Plan

An image from the oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit KUAR

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday is expected to ensure Mayflower oil spill victims get tax relief. 

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansans says The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 aims to protect affected residents by making sure compensation from ExxonMobil is not taxed by the federal government. 

In a conference call with reporters, Pryor said the legislation has specific goals.

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2:52 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman/ KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with state legislators to discuss what he says is a broken death penalty system.

McDaniel appeared before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. The state doesn't have any pending executions.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he doubts an execution will take place while he's still governor.

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1:57 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Fayetteville Clinton Museum Looks At JFK Meeting

Bill Clinton meeting President Kennedy on July 24, 1963 at the White House.
Credit Bettmann/CORBIS

The Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville is unveiling an exhibit looking back at Bill Clinton's meeting with President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago.

Clinton was at Boys Nation on July 24, 1963.

A photographer documented Clinton shaking hands with Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ad, Outreach Blitz Underway For Arkansas Exchange

A $24 million marketing and outreach blitz is underway in Arkansas to promote the new insurance marketplace under the federal health care law.

State insurance officials are trying to reach the roughly 500,000 people who are expected to sign up for the exchange, an online marketplace where the uninsured can purchase coverage. Open enrollment on the exchange begins Oct. 1.

The biggest part of that outreach effort is more than 500 guides who will help the uninsured connect with the exchange.

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1:49 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Pryor: Arkansas Banks Increase Earnings As National Economy Improves

Senator Mark Pryor
Credit pryor.senate.gov

Senator Mark Pryor says he's encouraged by economic growth in the U.S. and Arkansas.

He says Arkansas’ auto registrations are up 14 percent. He says some local banks are also showing increases in earnings.

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Senate Races
6:57 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pryor One Of A Vulnerable Few

Mark Pryor
Credit pryor.senate.gov

A recent report from Politico details how only a small number of congressional seats are considered up for grabs in the 2014 election. Among the political battlegrounds is Arkansas, home to Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. KUAR's Chris Hickey talks to Politico Reporter Alex Isenstadt about what the increased national scrutiny of Pryor's reelection bid means for Arkansas and the rest of the country.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Groundbreaking For Little Rock's 12th Street Police Station

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks at Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

After years of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new Little Rock Police substation on 12th Street.

City and community leaders joined Little Rock Police officials to formally begin work on the $11.9 million project.

The 12th Street Station will fill an entire city block between Pine and Cedar Streets and is a key part of efforts to revitalize the area.

Denise Johnson owns a beauty shop across the street from where it will be built.

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4:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Legal Maneuvering Continues Over Arkansas Abortion Ban

The Washington Post reports that Arkansas is one of 10 states where important legal fights are being waged over abortion rights. 

Last week, Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

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