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2:01 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas Proposal To Nullify Federal Gun Laws Fails

An attempt to nullify federal laws on certain firearms in Arkansas has failed to clear a House panel.  

The House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 on Thursday in favor of the measure, but it needed 11 votes to pass.

The proposal would have made it a crime to enforce any federal laws enacted after Jan. 1, 2013, that regulate guns manufactured in Arkansas that stay within state borders.

It also would have required the state's Public Defender Office to provide free legal representation for any Arkansas resident charged with violating those federal gun laws. 

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas House Delays Override Try On Voter ID Bill

The Republican sponsor of legislation that would require Arkansas voters to show photo identification at the polls and the Republican state House speaker are clashing over the delay of an attempt to override  Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill.  

Republican Sen. Bryan King accused Speaker Davy Carter of unnecessarily delaying the override vote on Thursday. Carter said the override attempt was pushed back to next week because of a long afternoon of votes the chamber faced on other issues.  

The state Senate voted 21-12 to override on Wednesday.

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Civil War Exhibit
12:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Civil War Images At North Little Rock Library Capture Life During Conflict

Laman Library Civil War Exhibit

Historic photographs from the Civil War-era will be on display at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock from Friday through June 15th. Dan Noble with the library says the 70 high-quality images take viewers on a journey through various aspects of war.

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Broadway Bridge
9:29 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Public is Invited to Design Public Hearing for Broadway Bridge Today

Plans for replacing the Broadway Bridge are the topic of a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. today in North Little Rock.

Do you have something to say about design proposals the Broadway Bridge?

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will conduct a design public hearing to present and discuss the proposed design of the Highway 70 Arkansas River Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, tonight (March 28) at the Arkansas Transit Association, 620 W. Broadway St., North Little Rock.

The public is invited to stop by anytime from 4 and 7 p.m. during the open house to view the exhibits, ask questions and share their comments and concerns.

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Medicaid Arkansas
6:44 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas May Save Millions With Private Insurance Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the state would save $670 million over 10 years under a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients. 

The agency released the numbers on Wednesday. DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the savings compare to not expanding Medicaid.

House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday he was still reviewing the report but called the cost estimates for the private option "favorable" and said they appeared to show that it would be a good financial decision for the state.  

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Razorbacks Versus Red Wolves
6:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Plans For A Razorbacks Versus Red Wolves Game Fail To Get Support

The Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves won't be meeting up on the football field any time soon now that a panel of state lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have required the matchup.

A proposal to require the two teams to face each other for a one-time game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to raise money for charity was rejected Wednesday by a House committee.  

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Local & Regional News
5:04 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Department of Veterans Affairs Director Speaks on Women in the Military

Alicia (Cissy) Rucker

Only a few weeks ago, The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles, in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Issues regarding women in the military have been on the minds of Arkansans lately. At a recent town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one veteran confronted the Congressman on how he plans to address sexual assaults in the military.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has this report on one Arkansas woman who has made an important contribution to improving the lives of women in the United States military.

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Arkansas House of Representatives
4:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Passes Resolution Supporting Ban On Gay Marriage

Rep. Jim Dotson (R) of Bentonville sponsored HR1049
Credit www.arkleg.state.ar.us

 The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a resolution today to reaffirm state constitutional amendment 83. The largely symbolic vote on HR 1049 came as the Supreme Court considers cases this week on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Amendment 83, which was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004, banned recognition of same-sex unions in Arkansas.

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Voter ID
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Arkansas Senate Overrides Governor's Voter ID Veto

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) speaking to reporters after his bill to require voters to show photo ID before voting passed a vote to override the Governor's veto Wednesday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate voted 21-12 Wednesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would require voters in the state to present valid photo identification before casting a ballot.

This is the third veto the Senate has overridden this legislative session. The other two were on abortion restrictions.

The Senate delivered a letter announcing the override to the House of Representatives which also has to vote to override the veto.

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Beebe: Problem With Tax Cuts' Effective Dates

Gov. Mike Beebe says tax cuts being considered by Arkansas lawmakers would need to take effect later  than proposed in order for them to be funded by savings from a proposed expansion of health insurance coverage.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday that a problem with the capital gains and income tax cuts backed by a House panel is they'd take effect before the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.

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