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Local & Regional News
8:21 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Video: Arkansas Sen. Dismang Says Lawmakers Exploring Non-profit Insurance Exchange

At a health insurance expansion rally on Thursday, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) encouraged stakeholders in the debate to be patient with lawmakers as they grapple for a fiscal and political solution to insuring more Arkansans.

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Local & Regional News
7:50 am
Sat March 9, 2013

This Weekend: Used Book Sale in Little Rock

This weekend, readers of all levels will convene at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries used book sale in the Main Library basement in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
4:40 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

DHS Settles With Family Of Child Killed By Falling Goal

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it's agreed to a settlement with the family of a 9-year-old who was killed when a soccer goal fell on him two years ago.

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Local & Regional News
4:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ark. House Rejects Bill To Cut Concealed Carry Fee

  The Arkansas House has rejected a proposal to cut in half the application fee for obtaining a concealed handgun license. 

By a 31-52 vote, lawmakers on Friday rejected the measure, which would have decreased the concealed carry permit application fee from $100 to $50. It would have also further reduced the fee for veterans, people over the age of 60 and residents who have obtained a restraining order.

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Truck Accident
4:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Crews Continue To Repair Damage From Thursday's I-40 Accident

Highway officials say the whole support structure where a tractor-trailer hit a bridge in the fiery accident Thursday will have to be replaced.

Spokesman Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the Young Road overpass near the Crystal Hill exit on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock is expected to be re-opened Friday evening with 200 tons weight restrictions.

Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Bill Would Ban Employers From Requesting Social Media Info

An Arkansas lawmaker has proposed banning employers from asking current or prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.

Democratic Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville filed the bill Friday. It would prohibit employers from threatening or taking disciplinary action against employees or applicants for not revealing their usernames or passwords.

Employers could not refuse to hire applicants for not handing over their social media information.

The legislation would also apply to email accounts. 

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Sequestration In Arkansas
2:12 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Sequestration Cuts Are Being Felt At Little Rock’s Central High School National Historic Site

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Officials with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site say they are trying to not lay off workers due to sequestration cuts.

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Judicial System
1:49 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Court Offers Amnesty for People Who Fail To Pay Court Fines

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 Starting March 15th , the Pulaski County Circuit Court will be granting amnesty to those who have outstanding warrants for failure to pay court fines. Over 2,000 people who have warrants for the offense must actually pay their fine, but can avoid additional penalties.

People with warrants can go to the Circuit Clerk’s office to clear their name “and by doing this,” says Pulaski County Circuit Judge Vann Smith, “the arrest warrant will be recalled. So they won't have to worry about a traffic stop where there's an outstanding warrant on them and being arrested.”

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Drinking & Driving
1:25 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

State Police To Increase Sobriety Patrols

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As  teenagers around the state begin to celebrate the end of the school year, Arkansas State Police will be on the look-out for intoxicated underage drivers. Spokeswoman Ann Whitehead says drivers can expect an increase in the number of patrols and roadway checkpoints in coming days. She says these actions are about safety.

“Car Crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teens,” says Whitehead. “This is an especially important message this time of the year when many young people are on the road attending spring breaks and end-of-school activities such as proms and graduations.”

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11:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Hole goes clear through Cantrell Road viaduct

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Motorists driving west on the Cantrell Road viaduct near Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood may have felt quite a jolt Friday after a sizable hole developed in one lane of the elevated roadway.
An iPhone is pictured on the ground next to a hole in the Cantrell Road viaduct to offer perspective on its size. Motorists driving west on the Cantrell Road viaduct near Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood may have felt quite a jolt Friday after a sizable hole developed in one lane of the elevated roadway.

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