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2:51 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Judge Hears Arkansas Lethal Injection Disclosure Case

An Arkansas judge is deciding whether six death row inmates are entitled to see documents  relating to the lethal injection drugs the Arkansas Department of Correction is procuring for their executions.  

Pulaski County Court Judge Collins Kilgore heard arguments on Monday about whether Arkansas' new lethal injection law allows the Department of Correction to keep secret records about the origin, history and quality of lethal injection drugs.

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Breaking
2:45 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Governor Vetoes Voter Photo ID Bill

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed legislation Monday that would have required voters to show photo  identification before casting a ballot, calling the measure "an expensive solution in search of a problem" and a requirement that would impair the right to vote. 

State law currently requires poll workers to ask for  identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don't have one. A new Republican majority at the Legislature said that restricting access to the polls would reduce voter fraud.

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Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

GOP Leader Floats Special Session On Medicaid

The top Republican in the Arkansas House on Monday said lawmakers should delay taking final action on a proposal to expand health insurance to low-income residents so state officials can answer questions about how the program would operate.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe quickly dismissed the idea, repeating his call for lawmakers to vote on the proposal before the end of this year's legislative session.

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Talk Business Arkansas
12:54 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Continue Debate Over Steel Mill Project

Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Grant Tennille (top left) meets with the Arkansas lawmakers to discuss the Big River Steel project.

Arkansas lawmakers are still reviewing a proposal to provide a steel company state financing to build a $1.1 billion steel mill in Osceola.

The Legislature's economic development committees convened a special meeting Monday, after two reports released by consultants last week offered mixed opinions of the costs and benefits of the Big River Steel project.

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Talk Business Arkansas
12:33 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Hutchinson Talks Politics And Guns With Talk Business Arkansas

Asa Hutchinson

In an interview with Talk Business Arkansas, Republican Asa Hutchinson, the GOP’s frontrunner in the 2014 race for governor, says he likes his chances of winning this time around.

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Lethal Injection Drugs
8:12 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Judge To Hold Hearing For Arkansas Death Row Inmates

 

A hearing is planned in the case of six death row inmates who want the Arkansas Department of Correction to provide documents about lethal injection drugs. 

The hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Pulaski County. Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig filed a lawsuit last week asking a judge to order the correction department to release the records under the Freedom of Information Act. The inmates are seeking documents containing information about the origin, history and quality of lethal injection drugs.

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Amtrak In Hope
6:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Amtrak Selling Tickets For Hope Service

Amtrak train.

Amtrak says it is selling tickets for its new service in Hope. The stop at the hometown of former President Bill Clinton begins April 4. 

Local officials are planning a ceremony to mark the service later in the spring. The westbound Texas Eagle is to depart Hope daily at 5:09 a.m. with stops in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. The eastbound train will leave at 9:18 p.m. daily with stops in Little Rock, St. Louis and Chicago.

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High Winds And Power Outages
6:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Rough Winds Cross Arkansas, Knock Out Power

A weather system that brought snow to far northwest Arkansas left behind an air mass that powered winds strong enough to cause more than 25 hundred power outages across the state. 

The National Weather Service said Sunday that Little Rock had the highest recorded gust at 47 miles per hour. Gusts of 44 miles per hour were recorded in Pine Bluff, 43 miles per hour in Stuttgart, and Russellville had gusts clocked at 41 miles per hour.

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Beebe On Immigration
6:02 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Governor Doesn't Oppose In-state Tuition Bill For Immigrants

Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas.

An Arkansas legislative panel could soon weigh in on a plan to extend less expensive in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the U.S. illegally as children. And the measure may now have a better chance of passing. 

A spokesman for Democratic Governor Mike Beebe says the governor's not opposed to the proposal, despite concerns about it violating federal law. That marks a change for Beebe, who issued a legal opinion as the state's top attorney that helped kill a similar proposal in 2005. Beebe had said the measure violated a 1996 federal law.

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Local & Regional News
10:37 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

What's Next For Newly-Passed Abortion Laws In Arkansas?

Some Arkansans are demanding accountability from state lawmakers, and this past weekend they turned out in hundreds to protest recently passed legislation. Protesters gathered at the capitol to express disapproval of newly-passed reproductive laws in Arkansas.

Signs saying things like “may the choice be with you” and “mind your business” floated high above the crowd. Arkansans attended the rally at the capitol this Saturday, they say, in support of women’s rights and, as many protesters noted, human rights in general.

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