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Local & Regional News
7:50 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Little Rock Orders Fire Watch At Apartment Complex

Little Rock officials have ordered the management at an apartment complex to provide a fire watch team following at number of fires this year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the fire watch team will consist of three hired people and three off-duty police officers. It is expected be on guard from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the Forest Place Apartments on North University Ave.

The apartment complex has seen eight fires, a number of which are suspected arsons, since Feb. 24.

Local & Regional News
7:38 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Child Drowns In Western Arkansas Swimming Pool

Authorities say a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl drowned in a swimming pool in western Arkansas.  The Southwest Times Record reports the girl drowned in a pool in Van Buren on Wednesday.  Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says the girl was  taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead after her 17-year-old brother and his 16-year-old girlfriend found her lifeless in a pool and called 911.  Brown says the teens were watching the 5-year-old at the girlfriend's grandmother's house in the Oak Grove community of Van Buren when they noticed her missing. Brown says authorities are investigating the

Local & Regional News
4:45 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Hurt Cyclist Dies After Group Hit By Car In Arkansas

Authorities say an 18-year-old Massachusetts woman has died after she was injured when a car struck a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Merritt Levitan of Milton, Mass., was one of 13 cyclists traveling from Charleston, S.C., to Santa Monica, Calif., as part of a six-week trip organized by a Williamstown, Mass.-based company called Overland.

Overland and Arkansas State Police said Thursday that Levitan died at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

McDaniel Wants Judge To Dismiss Execution Lawsuit

Arkansas' attorney general wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from nine death row inmates challenging the state's new execution law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office filed paperwork Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss the prisoners' amended lawsuit.

The inmates say the new execution law is unconstitutional.

That law came about after the state Supreme Court struck the previous law down in 2012, saying that legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

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Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

The first lawsuit to challenge a ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas has been filed on behalf of 11 gay couples.

63-year-old Attorney Cheryl Maples says she's been drafting her complaint for months in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Arkansas Post Site of Westernmost Revolutionary War Battle

Colbert’s Raid on the Spanish fort at Arkansas Post on April 17, 1783.
Credit nps.gov

On this Independence day it may surprise some that the effects of the Revolutionary War reached all the way to Arkansas in what was the westernmost battle of the war. It was one of two trans-Mississippi River battles. 

At the time Arkansas was a possession of the Spanish Empire, which sided with America in its war against the British. The British led by James Colbert, along with Chickasaw allies, attacked Spaniards, French settlers, and Quapaw at Arkansas Post, near the confluence of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. 

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Conservation Efforts
6:15 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Feds Rescind White River's Blueway Designation

The U.S. Department of the Interior has dropped the White River from a new federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways.

Wednesday's decision followed a public backlash over the National Blueway designation for the 700-plus-mile river that flows through southern Missouri and parts of Arkansas.

Opponents and one-time backers wanted the designation dropped.

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Public Events
5:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hillary Clinton To Attend Arkansas Library Dedication

Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to Little Rock as the city dedicates a children's library named after the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential contender.

The Central Arkansas Library System on Wednesday said Clinton will be on hand for the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The library's board voted last week to name the library for Clinton, in honor of her work on issues regarding children's health and education as Arkansas' first lady.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Charges Possible For Arkansas Driver Who Hit Cyclists

 Prosecutors are considering filing charges against a 21-year-old driver who struck and injured a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Prosecutor John Bell said Wednesday that authorities are investigating why the driver crashed into a group of 13 cyclists on Tuesday afternoon near McCrory, Ark., about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
2:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Delay in Employer Health Care Mandate Gives Business More Time

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford
Credit insurance.arkansas.gov

The decision by the federal government to give a one-year delay before larger businesses will be required to provide health insurance means that Arkansas employees without coverage will instead receive federal subsidies to buy one of several private insurance plans in newly-formed exchanges.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says he believes the delay is a prudent step ensuring businesses have adequate time to understand regulations and implement changes.

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