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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
politico.com

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considered a possible candidate for President in 2016, is the headliner of the School Choice reform rally and summit on Tuesday.

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, activists are pushing for a policy reform on the state’s education system.

Laurie Lee is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Reform Alliance said Arkansas can learn from Florida’s education system which Jeb Bush implemented.

McDaniel Out, Halter In Race For Ark. Governor

Jan 25, 2013

  Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, officially ended his bid to become the state's next Governor on Friday. In a message to supporters, McDaniel said he is proud of his record in the legislature and as AG, but now believes he would have a tough time winning the 2014 gubernatorial race.

"I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future,” said McDaniel.

Results from a nonpartisan academic poll, conducted by the Diane Blair Center at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, provide new details on the changing social and political views of many Americans.

Over 3,600 people participated in the national survey that was conducted over 10 days right after the 2012 election.

US Senator Mark Pryor
pryor.senate.gov

The kickoff for Senator Mark Pryor’s re-election campaign is set for March 16th.

Former President Clinton is among political leaders expected to take part in the event in Little Rock.

Although the election is still a year and a half away, Pryor Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver said it is necessary to start early.

“You hate to start raising money this early, but you kind of have to. These races are very expensive to run,” said Weaver.

Michael Hibblen

A former state lawmaker, who has led efforts concerning state highways in previous years, was appointed Thursday to the Arkansas Highway Commission.

Former House Speaker Robert Moore was named to a 10-year term, replacing commission Chairman Madison Murphy, whose term is expiring.

Moore said he realizes the significance and challenges of maintaining good highways and will look for innovative new ways to meet the challenges of funding needed work.

guns in schools
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This week marks the one-month anniversary of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

As we remember that incident, KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward looks back to a school shooting that happened in central Arkansas in 1974 and talks to three people who remember that day.

Two of them, Bob Williams and Wendy Efird, were students at Booker Junior High in Little Rock where the shooting occured and the third, Judy Drummond Covert, was a student at nearby Mann Junior High. 

Session To Train Arkansans To Respond To Mass Shootings

Jan 16, 2013

The owner of a central Arkansas gun range is hoping to educate people on how to respond if they find themselves in a mass shooting.

Retired Army Lt. Colonel and former high school teacher Ed Monk hosted the free presentation.

Speaking to a small group of concerned citizens, including those who own guns and those who don't, he spoke about people needing to prepare themselves in the event of a shooting in a place like a school or church.

The Central High Band practices for the inauguration.
Photo: Kezia Nanda

Little Rock’s Central High School marching band is getting geared up to take part in President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

But with a week and a half to go, they are still working to raise money for the trip.

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

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is what the band will play at the inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21.

Central was the only school in Arkansas chosen to take part at the ceremony, marking the start of President Obama’s second term.

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With taxpayers to soon be getting their annual tax statements, officials say there are several things to keep in mind. 

Mark Steber, the chief tax officer of Jackson Hewitt tax service, said, “The smart best practice is start early. Collect those documents that will be coming in the next few weeks, find yourself a preparer that you’re comfortable with… There’s no real reason to wait.”

Despite various opinions on the deal to avert the fiscal cliff, Steber says this is a good year for taxpayers. 

Looking For Lost Memories In The Delta

Jan 5, 2013

Photographer Eugene Richards had several reasons to visit the Arkansas Delta 40 years after his initial visit.

"I went back, ostensibly, to look at the culture and see if there was anything left of it," he says. Or at least — that was the pitch he gave National Geographic magazine, in hopes that it would send him there, which it did. You can see the story in the magazine's November issue.

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