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6:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

"Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library

David Brock

A lecture titled “Countering the Culture of Clinton Hating” will be held Tuesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock featuring former journalist and author David Brock. He’s founder of a non-profit group called Media Matters for America, which works to counter what he calls conservative misinformation in the media.

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Local & Regional News
6:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Simmons First To Acquire Delta Trust For $66 Million

Simmons First National Corp. will acquire Little Rock-based Delta Trust & Banking Corp. for roughly $66 million, Talk Business Arkansas reports.

The Pine Bluff-based bank said it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Delta Trust. According to the terms of the agreement, Simmons First will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Delta Trust in a transaction valued at approximately $66 million, subject to potential adjustments.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

County Judge Sees Arkansas Mill Work By Mid-June

Steel

The Mississippi County judge says he expects construction to begin by mid-June on a $1.1 billion steel mill near Osceola.

An administrative law judge last week cleared a hurdle for the plant, and County Judge Randy Carney told the Jonesboro Sun on Sunday that he expects hiring to begin in May.

Big River Steel plans to hire up to 600 people for the plant, though about 2,000 workers will be used during construction.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Reassigns Judge's Cases

Credit arkansasappeals.com

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reassigned the caseload of a judge who is being investigated for online comments he posted anonymously and contributions he received linked to a nursing home that appeared before his court.

Chief Justice Jim Hannah on Monday ordered that a special judge or judges be assigned to hear the cases for Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.

Maggio this month dropped his bid for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals after admitting to posting comments online that were criticized as racist and sexist.

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Affordable Care Act
2:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace

The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is nearing. Those seeking to enroll have until next Monday, March 31, or they may face a fine.

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Local & Regional News
1:24 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

130 Years Later Little Rock Police Chief Gets Burial Marker

Isaac Taylor Gillam
Credit enyclopediaofarkansas.net

A former Little Rock Police Chief interned at Mount Holly Cemetery in an unmarked plot for over 130 years is getting his grave marked Friday. George Counts died in 1884 of tuberculosis just five years after becoming chief.

Kay Tatum with the Mount Holly Cemetery Association said the recommendation for Counts to become chief came from an unusual source.

“It’s interesting that his nomination for Chief of Police came from a former slave Isaac Taylor Gillam who had been the city jailer, a city councilman, and also a police officer,” said Tatum.

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Local & Regional News
11:06 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas One Of Few States With Simple Majority Override

Political experts say Arkansas' low threshold to override a governor's veto of a bill takes power from the executive branch and gives it to the legislative branch.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state is one of only six in the country where lawmakers need only a majority of lawmaker's votes to override a governor's veto.

A majority constitutes 51 of the 100 representatives and 18 of the 35 senators. Most states require a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to override a veto.

Still, overrides in Arkansas are rare.

Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item

Marijuana
Credit npr.org

The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.

McDaniel's office says the proposal doesn't clearly define the term "legal residents" and is unclear what regulatory authority, if any, the Legislature would have over the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of marijuana.

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Local & Regional News
9:01 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Thousands Face Flood Insurance Hikes In Arkansas

More than 5,300 homeowners in Arkansas are facing flood insurance premium increases as the federal government reduces subsidies to the program.

The number comes from an Associated Press analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program. More than 2,300 business and vacation homeowners in Arkansas will have to pay more.

President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that limits the increases to up to 18 percent for owners of primary homes. Business owners and owners of vacation homes will see a mandatory 25 percent annual increase.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Analysis: Arkansas Supreme Court To Have Female Majority

Credit courts.arkansas.gov

Two women candidates for the state Supreme Court are running unopposed this year and when they take office next year, there will be four women on the high court.

This means the majority of the seven-member body will be female for the first time in Arkansas history.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with Theresa Beiner of UALR's Bowen School of Law about this development, and here is their conversation.

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