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4:37 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Kenton Buckner To Be Next Little Rock Police Chief

Kenton Buckner

Little Rock officials say Kenton Buckner will become the city's next chief of police.

Buckner, who currently serves as assistant chief of the Louisville, Kentucky, police department, will become the 37th leader of the Little Rock department, which was established in 1866.

He succeeds Stuart Thomas, who is retiring at the end of June after serving as chief since 2005.

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2:55 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

New Tom Cotton Ad Plays Down Ideology and Plays Up Personal Relatability

US Rep. Tom Cotton and his wife Anna in the ad "Roots."
Credit KUAR screenshot of Cotton for Senate ad.

Tom Cotton’s campaign for Senate is out with a new television advertisement suggesting humble Arkansas origins as the source of Cotton’s conservative ideology.

Click here to view Cotton's "Deep Roots" advertisement.

“This house has been in my family for decades. Deep roots connect you to values and values drive decisions,” said Cotton in the advertisement.

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2:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Pine Bluff Site Selected For EPA Brownfields Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Pine Bluff will receive $200,000 to clean up a contaminated downtown site.

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10:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Poet & Author Maya Angelou, Influenced By Arkansas Childhood, Dies At 86

Maya Angelou
Credit poetryfoundation.org

Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta.

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9:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Arkansas-Based Simmons First To Buy Liberty Bank

Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corporation has announced that it is buying Springfield, Missouri-based Liberty Bancshares in an all-stock transaction valued at more than $206 million.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and is subject to approval by shareholders.

Through the end of March, Liberty had assets of $1.1 billion, loans of $811 million and deposits of $885 million.

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9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Orthodontist Challenges Arkansas Law On Services

A Jonesboro orthodontist is suing the Arkansas Dental Examiners Board over a claim that barring him from offering stand-alone basic services like cleanings and X-rays is unconstitutional.

Lawyers for Dr. Benjamin Burris on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Little Rock that names the dental board and its members.

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5:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Arkansas Housing Prices in a National Context

A house in Little Rock.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

Housing prices are on the rise in Arkansas and uncharacteristically are outpacing the national rate. A report released Tuesday from the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows Arkansas house prices rose 1.6 percent compared to the national rate of 1.4 percent.

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3:49 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Arkansas Prepares For New Law Limiting Power Plant Emissions

Next week the Environmental Protection Agency is to release a first draft of rules to limit carbon emissions for existing power plants.

Glen Hooks with the Sierra Club of Arkansas says it will be an important first step toward improving air quality in the state.

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1:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Gubernatorial Hopeful Asa Hutchinson Rolls Out Public Safety Plan

Asa Hutchinson in February when he filed paperwork to run for Governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson rolled out a plan he says is aimed at reforming public safety and reducing drug abuse in Arkansas.

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1:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Uphold 12 Week Abortion Ban

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel from November 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 12-week abortion ban, arguing the prohibition furthers the state's interests in protecting pregnant women, unborn children and the medical profession.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that it should overturn a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional.

McDaniel in April filed a notice with the court that he would appeal U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling.

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