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Abortion Legislation
6:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Analysis: 12-Week Abortion Ban May Stand After Ark. Senate Veto Override

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe is taking overrides of his vetos by the Republican-majority legislature in stride. He told press last week, lawmakers have to vote their mind.

Veto overrides in Arkansas: uncommon, but not rare.

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.  It now heads to the Arkansas House.

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Arkansas minimum wage
6:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Arkansas Increase In Minimum Wage Fails In Committee

Arkansas Capitol

An effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage failed to make it out of a House committee Tuesday. The measure by Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono would have increased the state's minimum wage by two dollars to $8.25 for all employees, except part-time student workers at universities.

“I don’t think the facts will show that the minimum wage increase is really harmful to the economy,” said Wilkins.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ark. House Passes Bill For Trial Court Assistants

  The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to create new court charges to resolve a funding shortfall for the state's trial court assistants. 

Lawmakers voted 86-4 on Tuesday to pass the measure, with two lawmakers voting present.

The bill would impose a new $25 fine for violating the mandatory seat belt law or failing to present proof of insurance during a traffic stop. It would also raise money by charging a $50 fee to expunge misdemeanor charges and tightening some loopholes in the court fee structure.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ark. Senate Votes To Restrict Body Art Procedures

Man gets dermal implant.
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  The Arkansas Senate has voted to ban body art procedures that involve inserting objects under the skin or purposely scarring people.

By a 26-4 vote, the Senate on Tuesday approved a measure that bans body art procedures known as dermal implanting and scarification. The measure now heads to the House for a vote.

The legislation defines dermal implanting as the insertion of an object under the skin for decoration or ornamentation.

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Local & Regional News
11:37 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Contract On Medicaid

Arkansas Capitol Building
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Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $220,000 contract with a consultant to review Medicaid and other public assistance programs, despite objections from Democrats over the way the agreement was handled.

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Hot Dog Mike Returns to Central Arkansas

Hot Dog Mike is returning to Little Rock.

Just a month after his departure from Little Rock to his home state of New Jersey , Michael Juiliano, also known as Hot Dog Mike, is returning to the capital city.

The popular hot dog cart vendor earned the admiration of locals not just with his food but also with his support of charities that help the poor and homeless.

Hot Dog Mike plans to develop a multi-cart operation. He is also developing his own brand of Hot Dog Mike hot dogs and products that will be available at local grocers, with a portion of the proceeds going back into the community.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gov. Beebe Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Bill

Governor Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe issued his second veto of this year’s legislative session Monday and again it was an abortion-related bill.

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Local & Regional News
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

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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

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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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