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8:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Hearing Begins In Case Over Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.

The lawsuit names officials from around the state, including county clerks and the state of Arkansas. The government wants the case dismissed, while those who sued are seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the amendment.

Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Finding: Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr Misused $12,000 of Taxpayer Money

A meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Thursday found Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr misused over $12,000 of tax payer money. The findings show Darr improperly spent over $9,000 on travel expenses and over $2,000 from his state credit card.

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Holiday Programming
5:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

What You'll Hear On KUAR This Holiday Season

Happy holidays from the staff of KLRE and KUAR!
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR.org

KUAR is scheduling special programming for the holiday week of December 23-27. We're adding music programs week nights beginning at 9 p.m. Selected Shorts also has a series of shows with a holiday theme, which will air Tuesday-Thursday at 10 p.m.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., KUAR will air a block of special programming for the holiday.

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The Metropolitan Opera
5:09 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Dec. 14: Verdi’s Falstaff

A scene from Verdi's "Falstaff" with Ambrogio Maestri in the title role.
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season will continue with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine at 12:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, December 14 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Prosecutors Say No Criminal Activity in UA Deficit Problems

Credit uark.edu

Prosecutors in Washington County said they have found no evidence of criminal activity. Their finding comes in the wake of an investigation by the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit that found four issues of concern.

The Division of Legislative Audit previously found a duplicate expense payment, an improper deposit, a treasurer that partially “obscured deficits,” and contradictory statements made under oath between former UA spokesman John Diamond and Chancellor David Gearhart pertaining to the shredding of documents.

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Local & Regional News
2:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bowie Knife Exhibit to Open in Downtown Little Rock

A new exhibit focusing on the history and design of the Bowie knife is opening Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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Local & Regional News
2:02 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Two More Face Charges In Slaying Of Arkansas Interpreter

Two relatives of a man accused in the death of a Spanish language interpreter in southwestern Arkansas are charged with hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Miguel Angel Martinez in the November slaying of 54-year-old Jamie "Jimmy" Barrios in De Queen.

Prosecutor Carlton Jones told the Texarkana Gazette that Martinez's mother and sister allegedly provided false information to investigators when Martinez was sought for questioning.

Charged are 46-year-old Celia Beavers and 28-year-old Janett Garribo.

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Local & Regional News
11:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

More Winter Weather Possible For Central Arkansas

There is the potential for more winter weather in Arkansas this weekend.

The National Weather service is forecasting a surface low pressure system in Oklahoma will bring a cold front across Arkansas Friday night and Saturday.

With it will come chances of precipitation, primarily on Friday morning.

Senior forecaster Joe Goudsward says the weather system is not expected to cause any major problems.

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Local & Regional News
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.

They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security. 

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal.  

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Public Health
6:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

As Arkansas Remains Highly Obese, State Health Officials Consider New Solutions

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

For the past decade, Arkansas health officials have taken significant steps to curb obesity in the state. But Arkansas still ranks third nationally in the percentage of obese adults, at nearly 35 percent of its total population last year. On Thursday and Friday, more than 60 public health experts and officials from around the state will convene at Petit Jean Mountain for a summit to assess ideas for dealing with the epidemic over the next ten years.  KUAR’s Chris Hickey spoke with two officials about previous policy efforts and what Arkansas can do about obesity in the future.

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