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Little Rock New Fire Station
12:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Little Rock Dedicates The City's First New Fire Station In 20 Years

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Little Rock dedicated its first new fire station in 20 years on Monday. KUAR’s Kezia Nanda attended the opening. You can listen to her report above.

Instead of a ribbon cutting, the grand opening of Fire Station number 23 was marked by fire fighters uncoupling a fire hose and pushing one of their trucks into the new station.

"This fire station would not have been built without the assistance from the federal government and the gracious contributions and votes from our citizens in the sales tax election," Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola told the crowd.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The President & CEO Of Arkansas Children’s Hospital To Retire

Dr. Bates announces his retirement as President and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital. Phoro: Maggie Carroll

Arkansas Children's Hospital says its president and chief executive officer Jonathan Bates will retire next summer.

The hospital’s foundation, board of directors and Research Institute announced that with his stepping down, it will establish a $ 3 million endowed chair to initially fund the Jonathan R. Bates Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.

The center will focus on improving the delivery of health care, while lowering its cost.

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Bipartisan Governors At The White House
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Governor Beebe Asks Officials In White House To Compromise

Credit Photo: Kezia Nanda

Governor Mike Beebe hopes Arkansas will not have to carry a disproportionate amount of the burden as President Obama and Congress work on a compromise for avoiding the fiscal cliff, should negotiations fail.

Beebe was back in Little Rock Wednesday after a meeting with President Obama, alongside other governors Tuesday at the White House.

The 90 minute meeting with the president also included five other governors, representing both parties and offering the states’ perspectives on negotiations.

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Kindergarten Teacher Is Named Teacher Of The Year
12:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Alexia Weimer Newly Named Arkansas' Teacher Of The Year

Alexia Weimer (in the middle)
Credit Photo: Kezia Nanda

Arkansas’ 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year was honored on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there. You can listen to her report above.

Alexia (Ali) Weimer was chosen by the state’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.

She teaches kindergarten at the Avondale Elementary School in the East Arkansas town of Marion. 

Kim Wilson won 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year and serves on the committee.

She says Weimer deserves the honor.

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Little Rock Jail Expansion
12:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Expansion Of The Pulaski County Jail Complete, Inmates Moving In

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Working building an expansion to the Pulaski County Detention Center has been finished and inmates are being moved in this week.

Wednesday afternoon, KUAR’s Kezia Nanda got a look at the facility.  You can listen to her report above.

The facility has offices for deputies, a visitation room, classroom and six large cells, each with 40 beds and a bathroom.

Sheriff Doc Holladay said the expansion was financed by Pulaski County’s general fund without taxes being raised.

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Local & Regional News
10:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Republicans Win Big In Arkansas Races

For the first time since before the Civil War, Republicans Tuesday night won control of both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature.

Republican incumbents from Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives also won re-election, while Tom Cotton won the 4th district seat being vacated by Democrat Mike Ross.

But the margins in the state House and Senate weren't as wide as Republican leaders had hoped, suggesting both parties will still have to work together in reaching mutually satisfying agreements in the coming legislative session.

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Election Day 2012
11:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Arkansas Voters Head To Polls On Election Day

Listen to the audio link above to hear more views from voters at polling sites in central Arkansas.

Voters are at polling sites in communities across Arkansas for their final chance today to weigh-in on the issues and candidates this election cycle. At a precinct in Saline County, Leslie Bass said she was an undecided voter for a long time, but finally made up her mind.

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Local & Regional News
1:17 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The GOP Has Its Eyes On Another Election Day Prize: Arkansas

Welcome to Arkansas ... will it apply to the GOP on Election Day? Republicans haven't had control over both state legislative chambers since 1874.
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Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 10:17 am

Arkansas voters are about to make history, one way or another.

Democrats have selected as their incoming House leader Darrin Williams, who would serve as the state's first African-American speaker.

But Williams might never get to hold the gavel. Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking control of the Arkansas House — and Senate — for the first time since 1874.

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Angela Davis in Arkansas
12:03 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Activist Angela Davis Offers Ideas For Overhaul Of Ark. Prison System

Angela Davis at UALR
Credit Malcolm Glover

On Thursday evening, crowds of people stood in long lines and later packed into the University Theatre on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to hear a lecture by longtime social activist, author, and educator Dr. Angela Davis.

Davis was in Little Rock to support new research efforts by members of UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity. The institute has assembled a diverse group of people throughout the state who are all dedicated to making constructive changes to Arkansas’s criminal justice system.

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Corporal Punishment
12:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Arkansas Author Offers Analysis Of Corporal Punishment In New Book

Dr. Matthew Pate, author of Corporal Punishment around the World, sits for an interview in the KUAR studios.
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Pine Bluff resident Matthew Pate is the author of a new book titled Corporal Punishment Around the World, a text that provides an overview of those practices in various cultures that inflict pain to curb misconduct.

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