David Wallace http://ualrpublicradio.org en Pryor Jumps On Minimum Wage Hike Bandwagon http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pryor-jumps-minimum-wage-hike-bandwagon <p>The Give Arkansas A Raise Now (GARN) petition drive kicked off Saturday morning, and one of the first to add his signature was Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>"The bottom line is it's the right thing to do," said Pryor, who is embroiled in a heated re-election campaign with Congressman Tom Cotton (R-4th Dist.), his Republican challenger.</p><p>The ballot initiative would raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 an hour on January 1, 2015, to $8.00 an hour the following year and to $8.50 by January 1, 2017.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:20:07 +0000 David Wallace 19378 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pryor Jumps On Minimum Wage Hike Bandwagon Beebe: If Private Option Dropped, Revenue Must Be Replaced http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beebe-if-private-option-dropped-revenue-must-be-replaced <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Mike Beebe told a statewide television audience Thursday night the legislature will leave an $86-million "hole in the budget" if it reverses course from last year and ends the private option for the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The funding for the private option must be re-appropriated each year.&nbsp;</span>Lawmakers are expected to decide its fate in the fiscal session now underway at the capitol.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:39:37 +0000 David Wallace 17913 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Beebe: If Private Option Dropped, Revenue Must Be Replaced Little Rock Voters Back Robinson Makeover By Big Margin http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-voters-back-robinson-makeover-big-margin <p></p><p>A massive renovation of Little Rock's venerable Robinson Center won the overwhelming approval of Little Rock voters Tuesday with more than 72 percent favoring the use of part of the city's hospitality tax to fund the $73.5 million project.</p><p>Turnout was light with only 6,988 of the approximately 114,000 eligible voters showing up at the polls. Supporters of the plan blamed sparse turnout on the harsh winter weather over the last week, but they were happy with the results.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:57:29 +0000 David Wallace 15867 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Voters Back Robinson Makeover By Big Margin Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/designer-state-flag-honored-wabbaseka <p></p><p>They&rsquo;re finally getting around to honoring the designer of the Arkansas flag, 100 years after it was created.</p><p>Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka created what we now use as the Arkansas state flag and unveiled it at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs in 1913.</p><p>The design is the familiar diamond-shaped blue band on a red background with 25 white stars signifying Arkansas as the 25th state.</p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:55:15 +0000 David Wallace 12734 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka Governor Touts Common Core in Radio Address http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/governor-touts-common-core-radio-address <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly radio address for Aug. 30:</em></p><p>As Arkansas students in grades 9 through 12 begin a new school year, their teachers have new expectations for their academic achievements.</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:06:10 +0000 David Wallace 10485 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Governor Touts Common Core in Radio Address Harrison Mulls Paying For Online Reputation Rehab http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/harrison-mulls-paying-online-reputation-rehab <p>The north Arkansas town of Harrison has long been associated with the Ku Klux Klan, creating an image that city leaders say is just not true.</p><p>News articles about Harrison’s inglorious past and proximity to the home of national Knights of the K-K-K Director Thom Robb trend toward the top of internet searches of information about the Boone County town.</p><p>Robb lives in nearby Zinc Arkansas but for years used a Harrison post office box.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:24:56 +0000 David Wallace 10120 at http://ualrpublicradio.org State Credited With Improvement On Human Trafficking http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/state-credited-improvement-human-trafficking <p>Arkansas has made progress on positive strides against human trafficking in the Natural State during the past&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">year,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a recent report by a global organization that aims to eliminate the worldwide problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In its 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, the Polaris Report ranked Arkansas in the top tier of states that have passed significant laws to combat human trafficking.</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:10:36 +0000 David Wallace 9753 at http://ualrpublicradio.org State Credited With Improvement On Human Trafficking Faulkner Co. Man Runs But Can't Hide From Latest Conviction http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/faulkner-co-man-runs-cant-hide-latest-conviction <P>The moral of this story is the moment when the jury says, “Guilty” is not a good time to lose track of the defendant.</P> <P>Twenty-four year old Rolandis Chatmon already had three previous felony convictions and a record of bad behavior in prison.</P> <P>So, when a Faulkner County Circuit Court jury came back with a guilty verdict on three new counts of aggravated armed robbery and one theft-of-property charge, he knew the penalty would be bad.</P> <P>So, the <EM>Arkansas Democrat-Gazette </EM>reports, he ran.</P> <P>Chatmon bolted out of the county courthouse in Conway Friday. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:21:14 +0000 David Wallace 9391 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Getting A Jump; Pryor Blasts Cotton Before Race Begins http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/getting-jump-pryor-blasts-cotton-race-begins <P></P> <P>The 2014 U.S. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 15:02:54 +0000 David Wallace 8985 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Getting A Jump; Pryor Blasts Cotton Before Race Begins Plan For The River Trail Is Approved By Little Rock Officials http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/plan-river-trail-approved-little-rock-officials <p>The Little Rock Board of Directors has approved a plan to build a connecting section of the River Trail for bicyclists, which would help them navigate a section of Cantrell Road.</p><p>The connector section includes a loop behind the old marina building just west of the Dillard's corporate headquarters.</p><p>Dillard's has not yet agreed to allow the trail to extend behind its property, so the trail will wind in front of the building and connect with the sidewalks along Cantrell for a stretch.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:17:20 +0000 David Wallace 7785 at http://ualrpublicradio.org