Notes on Music
1:29 pm
Wed July 24, 2013


A vintage "Spitfire" aircraft.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

I942, William Walton was asked to compose music for a movie, The First of the Few, which depicted the flyers in the British Air Force during World War II.

As we hear the music in concert, the average listener, unaware of its origin, may find the title of the music a bit puzzling: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, in honor, of course of the Spitfire fighter plane use so successfully during the war.

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Senate Races
6:57 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pryor One Of A Vulnerable Few

Mark Pryor

A recent report from Politico details how only a small number of congressional seats are considered up for grabs in the 2014 election. Among the political battlegrounds is Arkansas, home to Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. KUAR's Chris Hickey talks to Politico Reporter Alex Isenstadt about what the increased national scrutiny of Pryor's reelection bid means for Arkansas and the rest of the country.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Groundbreaking For Little Rock's 12th Street Police Station

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks at Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

After years of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new Little Rock Police substation on 12th Street.

City and community leaders joined Little Rock Police officials to formally begin work on the $11.9 million project.

The 12th Street Station will fill an entire city block between Pine and Cedar Streets and is a key part of efforts to revitalize the area.

Denise Johnson owns a beauty shop across the street from where it will be built.

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Legal Maneuvering Continues Over Arkansas Abortion Ban

The Washington Post reports that Arkansas is one of 10 states where important legal fights are being waged over abortion rights. 

Last week, Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Arkansas Committee to Discuss Parole and the Death Penalty

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas lawmakers are holding a Joint Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday to discuss the parole system and the death penalty.

The hearing comes after many public officials expressed concern with the parole system after the May killing of an 18 year old in Little Rock by an eight time absconder.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, himself a former prosecutor, is among those testifying for tougher regulations. Stodola said repeat non-violent offenders shouldn’t be treated differently than violent offenders by the parole board.

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Local & Regional News
1:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Mental Exam Ordered For Suspect In Three Arkansas Deaths

A judge has granted a request for a mental evaluation for a man arrested in the shooting deaths of three people, including his 9-year-old niece.

Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan granted the request Monday from defense attorneys for 43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill.

Authorities arrested Hill in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn Hartsfield. All three were found shot to death at a home near Murfreesboro.

Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Hutchinson Calls For Phased-in Cut Of Income Tax

Republican gubernatorial hopeful  Asa Hutchinson is calling for a phased-in reduction of Arkansas' income tax, embracing a tax cut approach he once criticized.

Hutchinson told members of the Political Animals Club on Tuesday that Arkansas' income tax is too high and hurts the state  from competing with its neighbors.

Hutchinson proposed phasing in  a reduction of an income tax over time, but declined to say how  much of a cut he's proposing.   

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Local & Regional News
8:50 am
Tue July 23, 2013

White Co. Sheriff's Office Investigating Dead Dogs

The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of four dead dogs found dumped in a ditch along a county road.

Chief Deputy Phillip Miller told The Daily Citizen that investigators have tried to question Kensett Animal Control Officer George Edwards about the case - but that Edwards would not make a statement without first consulting with a lawyer.

Edwards declined comment when contacted by the newspaper. Investigators say the cause of the dogs' deaths could not be determined.

District Courts
6:55 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Little Rock District Courts To Increase Access To Records With New Software

The Little Rock District Court is getting a new electronic case management system that will aid in the court's functions.

Robert Rubow with the Administrative Office of the Courts says the Supreme Court has provided electronic case management across the state since 2006 and Little Rock will now become part of the system. He says the new program will allow easier access to court records.

"Their data is not just accessible from within the courthouse, it's available from anywhere in the state," Rubow said.

He says the program is also expected to save money.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Central Arkansas Library System Adds Digital Magazines

Zinio is the new system that will bring digital magazines to CALS.

The Central Arkansas Library System says it will begin to offer digital versions of around 60 magazines next month.

Susan Gele with CALS explains that the online service will work with a log-in using a library card number.

She says digital magazines offered will include Newsweek, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, and Dwell.  

The service will be available beginning August 5.

Gele says the library system will begin scaling back on the number of printed copies of magazines.

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