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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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3:11 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Dems Laud Governor's Results On New Medicaid Options

Now that lawmakers know the state can opt to insure individuals eligible for a federal Medicaid expansion on private insurance exchanges, lawmakers in both parties are indicating expansion may be more likely for Arkansas.

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Children Read
2:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Read Across America Day And Dr. Seuss' Birthday In Central Arkansas

Credit CALS.org

In honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, some special events are being held in central Arkansas this weekend.

Starting Friday until next Wednesday, there will be free educational events for kids.

The National Education Association and Delta Dental of Arkansas are part of this celebration to reach children.

Greg Johnson with the NEA says children must be encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes, which totals 24 minutes focused on developing good oral and reading skills.

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12:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

I-30/I-430 Interchange Topic of Public Meeting

I-630/I-430 "Big Rock" Interchange
Credit todaysthv.com

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is planning for another major highway redesign in the Little Rock area. After crews finish re-construction of the I-630/430 “Big Rock” interchange at the end of next year, contractors will bid on plans to revamp the I-30/430 interchange in southwest Little Rock. Nearly 100,000 vehicles travel through the interchange each day.

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4:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

KUAR Newscast: Feb. 26, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

Newscast – 4:32 p.m. – 2/26/13: The Governor vetoes a 20 week abortion ban bill; The speaker calls for tax cuts in a timely fashion; The Governor says cuts will have to be justified; Open carry of handguns fails in committee; And, the legislature approved a bill to let drivers use a handheld device to show proof of insurance during a traffic stop.

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