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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.
8:46 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Arkansas' Buffalo: Among Nat Geo's Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

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Arkansas' Buffalo National River came in at Number 2.
From the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything-National Parks Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, scores of lesser known sites that well reward a visit-and that are far less crowded than big-name parks.
Local & Regional News
7:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas GOP Eyes Planned Parenthood Funds Next

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.

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Elections
6:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas AG Backs Several New Election Reforms

From left to right: Sen. Keith Ingram, AG Dustin McDaniel and Rep. Fred Love speak speak to the press about their package of election reform legislation.
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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is putting his support behind legislation that he says will reduce fraud in the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel and Sen. Keith Ingram, a Democrat from West Memphis, told reporters at the Capitol Thursday that proposed legislation would stiffen penalties for knowingly collecting and submitting fraudulent signatures within the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel referred to last year’s election is a prime example that the process needs reform.

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Arkansas Doctors And New Bacteria
4:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas Doctors Tackle Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Arkansas hospitals are coming up with new strategies to combat drug-resistant bacteria. These dangerous superbugs have caused major health problems in health care facilities across the United States.

Dr. Gary Wheeler is chief of infectious disease with the Arkansas Department of Health. He says sometimes germs mutate and become stronger due to people overusing antibiotics.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Hundreds Attend Arkansas Medicaid Rally

Republican Sen. Jonathan Dismang speaking at the rally on the steps of the state Capitol, with Gov. Mike Beebe and advocates for an expansion.
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As Arkansas lawmakers consider an expansion of health care under the federal health care law, hundreds turned out Thursday for a bi-partisan rally on the steps of the state Capitol in favor of an expansion. 

Republican Sen. Jonathan Dismang of Beebe, who had been skeptical, told the crowd that members of his party are keeping an open mind and working to reach to reach an agreement.

"The interest exists and people are willing to dive into this and make sure they’re making truly informed decisions," Dismang said. 

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Local & Regional News
1:06 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Roby Brock Talks Unusual Bills Being Considered by Arkansas Legislature

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Roby Brock with Talk Business tells Good Day Arkansas' Deedra Wilson about some of the more unusual bills being considered during the 2013 session of the Arkansas Legislature.

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