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11:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Petitions Submitted For Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike

A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot. The group said it turned in 77,288 signatures for the proposal. Initiated acts need at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters.

Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives. It'll now be up to the Secretary of State's office to determine if enough of the signatures are valid.

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Local & Regional News
10:59 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Proposal Falls Short On Signatures To Get On Ballot

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A group pushing for legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas says it won't have enough signatures to put its proposal before voters this fall.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care said Monday it wouldn't turn in signatures to place its proposed initiated act on the November ballot.

Monday is the deadline for ballot measure campaigns to submit petitions.

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Microbrewery Regulations
12:47 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Arkansas Liquor Law Change Makes Craft Beer More Accessible

A recent change in Arkansas' liquor laws allows beer drinkers to enjoy a broader variety of beverages at home.

Stores holding retail beer permits now can sell locally produced beers in 32- and 64-ounce jugs known as growlers. The state's Alcohol Beverage Control Division says the aim is to increase sales and let microbrewers contribute to Arkansas' economic development.

Under the old laws, most microbreweries had few outlets. Regulators say they don't expect every retailer to sell growlers because beer-sellers would have to install expensive equipment.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe Heading To Europe For Final Trade Mission

Gov. Mike Beebe is preparing for his final trade mission outside the country. Here's a transcript of this week's radio address from Governor Mike Beebe:

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Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Arkansas Woman Becomes The Oldest Person in the Country

Using newly analyzed Census records, researchers have confirmed that a south Arkansas woman is now the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world. Gertrude Weaver is celebrating her 116th birthday Friday at her Camden nursing home.

At the festivities this week, the Gerontology Research Group named Weaver the oldest living American, supplanting 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.

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Local & Regional News
9:20 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Intern Program Nears Conclusion

The George Washington Carver Research Program is nearing an end at the University of Arkansas. The eight-week summer program concludes next week when interns present their research to the university community.

The Carver program is a recruitment initiative that identifies and provides internship opportunities to superior undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges.

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Fourth of July
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra To Play For Independence Day

Phillip Mann ASO Music Director
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The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will begin its free performance tonight at 8:30 PM as part of Little Rock’s annual Fourth of July celebration. Music Director Phillip Mann says the orchestra will play music of regional significance, as well as some Fourth of July classics.

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Local & Regional News
5:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

As Ballot Deadline Nears, Medical Marijuana Comes Up Short, Minimum Wage Says They're Ready

Credit arcompassion.com / Arkansans for Compassionate Care

The July 4th weekend is the last opportunity for groups pushing ballot measures on the minimum wage, marijuana, and alcohol sales to meet signature requirements for Monday’s deadline.

Melissa Fults with Arkansans for Compassionate Care said the medical marijuana effort is short on signatures but says they hope to reach the over 62,000 signature threshold over the weekend.

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Local & Regional News
12:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Child Dies, Three Injured, When Car Was Struck By A Train

A child died and three other people were injured when a car was struck by a train in Sweet Home.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says a Union Pacific train hit the car shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday as the car was driving onto Arkansas 365.

Officials say the collision sent the car more than a quarter-mile down the track and into a remote, wooded area that couldn't be easily accessed by vehicle.

The child, whose age was unclear, died at the scene.

Local & Regional News
11:01 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Governor Beebe Signs Into Law Bills Passed During Special Session

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe signed into law Thursday bills that were passed during this week’s three day special session of the Arkansas Legislature.

The measures were to prevent a 35 percent hike in teacher insurance premiums, add 600 beds in state prisons and place a moratorium on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery adding so-called monitor games.

Beebe Spokeswoman Stacey Hall says leaders of the state House and Senate joined the governor for the 10 a.m. signing, which was done without fanfare.

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