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5:11 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Arkansas AG: No Extra Time For Absentees In New Law

Arkansas' attorney general says absentee voters who don't include proof of identification with their ballots shouldn't be given additional time to show their ID under a new state law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an advisory opinion issued Monday a voter ID law approved last year didn't provide additional time for absentee voters who didn't submit proof of identity with their ballots.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the voter ID law last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Arkansas Panel Solicits Votes For State Promo Song

  The Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department is opening voting for selection of a song to promote the state.

Seven songs have been chosen as finalists in the competition, for which voting begins Monday and runs through Feb. 24. More than 230 people entered the competition.

People who want to vote can listen to the finalists at to www.arkansas.com/song-of-arkansas and vote on their choice.

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Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Arkansas Legislature Begins Special Session, Private Option & Common Core Discussed

The Arkansas Senate convenes Monday afternoon at the state Capitol.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

Arkansas lawmakers have opened a legislative session that's expected to focus on the future of the state's compromise plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.

The House and Senate convened Monday for the state's third-ever fiscal session. It's the third slimmed-down session focusing on the state's budget under a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2008 requiring the Legislature to meet and budget annually.

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Local & Regional News
2:29 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Martha Shoffner Seeks Separate Trial On New Charges

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving a court hearing last June in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking for a separate trial on new charges accusing her of improper spending from her campaign account.

Shoffner is scheduled for trial next month on charges she accepted cash payments from a broker to whom she allegedly steered state investments. But last week, federal prosecutors added 10 new mail-fraud charges against Shoffner, accusing her of misspending $9,800 in campaign money.

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Local & Regional News
10:44 am
Mon February 10, 2014

State Considers Blowing Up The Old Broadway Bridge

As planning continues for a new bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock, engineers are looking at another issue: how to get rid of the old Broadway Bridge.

Highway officials say contractors will likely want to blow up the current bridge rather than dismantle it piece by piece.

The new bridge will be built at the same site as the old one over the Arkansas River connecting downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

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Arkansas Business Report
9:41 am
Mon February 10, 2014

2/10/14: Arkansas Business Report

State revenues jumped up in January, unemployment rates in the state dropped and Arkansas Best Corp. is opening a primary care clinic for its employees. However, Arkansas based stocks suffered.

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Winter Weather
9:33 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Person Jumps Into Red River To Avoid Truck, Still Missing

Authorities will resume their search Monday for a person who jumped from an icy interstate bridge into a river to avoid a skidding tractor-trailer in southwestern Arkansas.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says teams in boats with sonar were unsuccessful Sunday as they searched the Red River near Fulton.

State Police say three people were outside their vehicles after an accident early Saturday on the Interstate 30 bridge when a commercial truck jackknifed and started sliding toward them.

Execution Law
9:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Hearing This Week On Arkansas Execution Drug Issue

A hearing is set this week on a lawsuit by nine prisoners on Arkansas' death row who object to the way the state chooses the mix of drugs that are to be used in lethal injections.

The inmates are to argue at the Friday hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court that the Legislature gave too much authority to the state Correction Department, which selects the drug.

Arkansas Legislature
9:25 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Private Options, Jails, Political Posturing, All Ahead For This Arkansas Legislative Session

Inside the Arkansas House of Representatives. House Speaker Davy Carter has said the state's alternative Medicaid expansion plan will be an early topic of debate this fiscal session, as the state budget is largely dependant on it.

Arkansas lawmakers have several big issues ahead of them this fiscal legislative session. For its first day, Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas, stopped by the KUAR studios to share his thoughts on how the event might play out.

The private option, the future of tax cuts, funding for overcrowded jails, a looming election and ethics scandals are all on the list of topics.

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Local & Regional News
5:52 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Will Tweaks Save Arkansas's Private Option?

The Arkansas General Assembly is set to convene Monday for a 30 day fiscal session with some big issues on the table. The fate of the private option is in a precarious situation.

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