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6:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Coming Home — And Out — In The South

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington, D.C.
Dave Anderson Oxford American magazine

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:17 pm

Many years ago, a young Chad Griffin left his hometown of Arkadelphia, Ark., to pursue a career in politics. Today, he's the newest head of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — a powerful gay rights group based in Washington, D.C.

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5:04 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gov. Beebe Vetoes Another Abortion Bill

Lead in text: 
Gov. Mike Beebe today vetoed legislation that would prohibit most abortions after 12 weeks. The governor, in his veto letter, said Senate Bill 134 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, “would blatantly violate the United State Constitution” if it became law.
Governor Mike Beebe vetoed Senate Bill 134 Monday afternoon, his office said. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) would limit abortions in some instances to as soon as 12 weeks. Known as the "fetal heartbeat" bill, to describe that an abortion could not be undertaken if a heartbeat were detected, did provide for some exceptions, such as rape, incest and the mother's health.
Authors Coming To Little Rock
4:08 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Arkansas Literary Festival to Feature Award-Winning Authors

Credit ArkansasLiteraryFestival.org

Tickets for a reception and book reading by two well-known authors will be on sale starting Wednesday.

Academy Award-winning authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, known for their adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, will be in Little Rock from May 2-3.

“It’s always terrific when we can bring amazing authors to Little Rock. So, hopefully the audience will enjoy the authors as much as we enjoyed bringing them to Little Rock,” said Brad Mooy, with the Arkansas Literary Festival.

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Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Video: Little Rock Central High's Memory Project Brings History To Life

Thelma Mothershed-Wair, one of the Little Rock Nine, and her niece, Amaree Austin

Students at Little Rock’s Central High are embracing the school’s rich history and making it their own. What started out as a freshman civics assignment is now the Memory Project, an ongoing oral history compilation about social and human rights issues.

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Local & Regional News
11:26 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Lack Of Tax Refunds Pushes Arkansas Revenues Up

A lack of individual income tax refunds last month helped push Arkansas' revenues above predictions and last year's numbers, state financial officials said Monday, but warned they expected those gains to level off later this year.

The Department of Finance and Administration said that the state's net available revenues in February totaled $210.1 million. That's $20 million above the same month last year and $15.7 million above forecast. The state's revenues for the year to date are $99.2 million above forecast.

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Local & Regional News
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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