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6:14 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Sequestration Could Close Control Towers In Arkansas

Several regional airports around Arkansas could lose funding to operate their control towers because of the budget sequestration in Washington. 

Monday the U.S. Department of Transportation is to announce which ones will be cut.

One of those is in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Sabrina McCormick with Texarkana station KTXK reports that could also jeopardize its passenger service.

The sole airline serving the airport, American Eagle, could decide to end service because there is a higher risk when serving non-towered airports.

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Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Obama Pardons 17 People; His First Pardons In More Than A Year

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:50 pm

President Obama, who has issued few pardons during his time in office, announced on Friday that he had pardoned 17 people convicted of mostly minor offenses.

The AP reports:

"No one well-known was on the list released by the White House. Some of the crimes drew light penalties in the first place — such as a North Carolina woman sentenced to two years' probation and 100 hours of community service for distributing satellite cable decryption devices.

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New Facility For Homeless
3:48 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Union Rescue Mission's New Facility To House Over 170 Men

Credit urmission.org

The Union Rescue Mission will hold a grand opening of its newly built Men’s Facility Saturday at Confederate Boulevard in Little Rock.

The organization that helps the homeless, victims of domestic violence and people with addiction problems.

Leaders of the local chapter say the opening comes as the community faces an increase in the number of people needing assistance.

Executive Director William Tollett says they exceeded a $3 million dollar fundraising project which was used to build the Men’s Facility and renovate the Women’s Facility at S. Park Street.

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Little Rock Marathon
3:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Little Rock Marathon Expected To Bring In $5 Million

Credit littlerockmarathon.com

Over 13,000 people are expected to be joining the 2013 Lucky themed Little Rock Marathon this weekend.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Sharon Lee, a spokeswoman for the marathon, says among the runners, all 50 states will be represented this year as well as 30 foreign countries.

“The tourists that it brings into the city of Little Rock this one weekend will probably contribute about $5 million to the economy here in the city of Little Rock,” said Lee.

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gov. Beebe Names Tyson's Replacement On UA Board

Gov. Mike Beebe has named a Searcy man to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees to replace Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson, who resigned last month.

Beebe named 63-year-old John "Reynie" Rutledge to the board on Friday.

Rutledge is chairman and CEO of First Security Bank. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas and currently serves on the Walton College Executive Advisory Board and the UAMS Foundation Board.

Rutledge's appointment expires March 1, 2017.

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Abortion Legislation
2:11 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

12-Week Abortion Ban Heads To The Governor's Desk

Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) and Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) present their bill banning most abortions after 12-weeks in House committee. The bill is now on the Governor's desk.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

The Arkansas Senate is advancing a bill to Governor Mike Beebe that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  This comes immediately after the upper chamber voted Thursday morning to override the Governor’s veto of a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks.

Representative Andy Mayberry, a Republican from Hensley, sponsored the 20-week ban. He says it’s been a personal mission.

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Local & Regional News
12:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

First Marshallese Court Interpreter Sworn In

Arkansas has the nation's first certified Marshallese court interpreter.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah swore in Melisa Laelan as a certified interpreter for people from the Marshall Islands during a ceremony Thursday in Little Rock.

Arkansas is home to the second-largest population of people from the small Pacific island nation in the continental U.S., with more than 4,000 Marshall Islanders living in the state's northwest.

Hannah says Marshallese is the second most requested language in the state courts, after Spanish.

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Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Ark. Senate Overrides Veto, 20 Week Abortion Ban Becomes Law

Spectators in the Arkansas Senate gallery react to the vote Thursday to override the governor's veto.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

Listen to a special news update on the breaking story.

By a vote of 19-14, the Arkansas Senate Thursday voted to override Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Local & Regional News
5:29 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Urge State Dept. To Move On Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have joined a bipartisan coalition of senators who want quick approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


The pipeline would move oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Boozman says the group is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the project within the first quarter of this year.

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Arkansas Woman On Reality Show
3:41 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New Entrepreneur From Emerson Arkansas To Be On ABC's Shark Tank

Credit Photo by: Tim Garlington, Portraits Plus

An Arkansas woman will be featured on the ABC reality TV show Shark Tank this weekend.

Jessica Haynes pitched an idea for a shoe with interchangeable heels, which will be featured on the program Friday at 8 p.m.

Haynes says although people have tried this before, her idea is different because it can change from a stiletto to a wedge.

JesKa Shoes also have magnetic components for attaching accessories on the shoe.  She says the idea came after she broke a heel of her favorite pair of shoe.

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