Michael Hibblen http://ualrpublicradio.org en Rally To Be Held At Arkansas Capitol Challenging Incarceration Policies http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rally-be-held-arkansas-capitol-challenging-incarceration-policies <p></p><p></p><p>A rally is set for Friday afternoon at the state capitol, with a range of speakers objecting to what’s being called the mass incarceration of citizens in the U.S. It comes as Arkansas is dealing with a record prison population and state lawmakers continue reevaluating how offenders are sentenced.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:30:34 +0000 Michael Hibblen 21643 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Rally To Be Held At Arkansas Capitol Challenging Incarceration Policies Report Calls For Changes In Sentencing Juvenile Offenders http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/report-calls-changes-sentencing-juvenile-offenders <p>A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is suggesting that judges and other officials reconsider whether locking up some juvenile offenders is the best approach.</p><p>The study, which looked at more than 40,000 incidents in the state, was released Tuesday in Fayetteville.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:49:55 +0000 Michael Hibblen 21513 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Repairs To Continue Through The Weekend After Storms Cut Through Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/repairs-continue-through-weekend-after-storms-cut-through-arkansas <p>Cleanup continues after a powerful storm system moved through Arkansas overnight. The hardest hit areas were in south Arkansas.</p><p>At Camden Fairview High School, part of the roof was ripped off. Classes were cancelled and school officials have been working to assess damage and determine the quickest ways to make repairs.</p><p>Power crews have also been busy. At its peak, Entergy Arkansas spokeswoman Sally Graham says more than 51,000 of its customers were without power.&nbsp; By mid-afternoon Friday, that was down to about 17,000.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:15:24 +0000 Michael Hibblen 21347 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Plan Launched To Improve Bicycling in Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/plan-launched-improve-bicycling-arkansas <p></p><p></p><p>A series of public meetings are being held around Arkansas, as officials work to develop a state plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian availability.</p><p>“I think our main goal is to find out from the people what are some of the bike and pedestrian issues," Robert Patten, a national planner with Toole Design Group, told&nbsp; a small gathering Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.</p><p>He said they're considering issues like safety and access for people wanting to be able to bicycle in areas that may not have dedicated lanes or bike trails.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:17:51 +0000 Michael Hibblen 21239 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Plan Launched To Improve Bicycling in Arkansas On Anniversary, Panel Discusses Mayflower Oil Spill Effects http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/anniversary-panel-discusses-mayflower-oil-spill-effects <p></p><p>On the one year anniversary of the Mayflower Oil Spill, those involved in the response came together to discuss how the pipeline rupture was handled, lessons learned and whether it should ever be allowed to reopen. The discussion was held at the Clinton School of Public Service.</p><p>Attorney General Dustin McDaniel eventually filed a lawsuit, along with the federal government, seeking punitive damages.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:50:24 +0000 Michael Hibblen 21129 at http://ualrpublicradio.org On Anniversary, Panel Discusses Mayflower Oil Spill Effects Study: 1 Out Of Every 65 Arkansas Kids Diagnosed With Autism http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/study-1-out-every-65-arkansas-kids-diagnosed-autism <p></p><p>A new report shows a sharp increase in the number of Arkansas kids being diagnosed with autism.</p><p>The study released Thursday says one in every 65 eight-year-olds have the disorder, which is characterized by impaired social interaction and restricted behaviors. The estimate is based on data from 2010.</p><p>Eight years earlier, one in every 145 kids at that age in Arkansas were considered to be autistic.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:26:36 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20965 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Study: 1 Out Of Every 65 Arkansas Kids Diagnosed With Autism Ethics Complaint Dismissed Against Arkansas Securities Commissioner http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ethics-complaint-dismissed-against-arkansas-securities-commissioner <p></p><p></p><p>Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure has been cleared of any ethical violations after a complaint was filed by Little Rock-based investment firm Stephens Incorporated.</p><p>But now the company’s top lawyer says there ought to be a law against what the commissioner did.</p><p>Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz has been following the ongoing allegations being fired back and forth between the Abshure and Stephens.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:33:52 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20910 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ethics Complaint Dismissed Against Arkansas Securities Commissioner New Arkansas Health Report Designed To Be More Easily Understood http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-arkansas-health-report-designed-be-more-easily-understood <p>The Arkansas Department of Health has released a new report on health concerns that is intended to be more easily understood by the general public.</p><p>The 140-page report addresses issues such as life expectancy, infant mortality and health literacy in Arkansas.</p><p>Co-author Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that technical language and abbreviations are not known to the general public and the goal is to make the report easier to read and understand.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:19:18 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20821 at http://ualrpublicradio.org "Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/countering-culture-clinton-hating-lecture-be-held-presidential-library <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20797 at http://ualrpublicradio.org "Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal After Conviction On Federal Charges http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/martha-shoffner-seeks-acquittal-after-conviction-federal-charges <p></p><p>Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.</p><p>In a court filing Friday, Shoffner's lawyers said no government witness offered proof that interstate commerce was impacted "by robbery or extortion" and that no money changed hands in return for "official acts" by Shoffner.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:18:22 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20650 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal After Conviction On Federal Charges