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5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Drawing Thousands For Arkansas Midterm Election

Thousands of Arkansas voters have begun casting their ballots early in a closely watched midterm election highlighted by an expensive U.S. Senate race that could determine which party controls that chamber next year.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 21,094 people had cast a ballot by late afternoon Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 election. Martin has predicted 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will vote in this year's election.

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5:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Federal Judge Sets Hearing On Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Case

A federal judge has set a hearing for next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday scheduled a Nov. 20 hearing over competing motions in the lawsuit challenging a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman. A group of same-sex couples is challenging the ban.

The hearing will be on the couples' motion for summary judgment in the case, and on a separate motion by the state seeking to dismiss the lawsuit.

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11:35 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Arkansas State Fair Attendance Rebounded In Final Week, But Falls Short Of 2013

The Arkansas State Fair at night.
Credit Mark Wagner / InArkansas.com

Officials with the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock say attendance during the final six days of the fair rebounded with improved weather - but fell short of 2013 numbers.

The fair announced Monday that the crowd for Sunday's final day of the fair totaled 50,595 to bring total attendance for the 10-day fair to 407,363. Total attendance fell by 8.6 percent from last year's 445,314.

Fair General Manager Ralph Shoptaw says he's pleased that attendance finished strong - noting that the first four days were hampered by rain, thunderstorms and strong winds.

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10:03 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Poll: Hays Has Small Lead In 2nd District, Crawford Comfortable Lead In 1st

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll shows First District Republican Cong. Rick Crawford with a comfortable lead over his Democratic opponent, Jackie McPherson, while the battle for an open Second District Congressional seat has Democrat Pat Hays ahead of GOP rival French Hill.

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9:38 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins For Arkansas Midterm Election

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansans can begin early voting in this year's busy midterm election.

Voters can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Early voting wraps up at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 - the day before the general election.

Arkansas election officials predict that 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will cast ballots for the general election. That's an increase from the last midterm election in 2010, when 47.6 percent of Arkansas' 1.6 million registered voters cast ballots.

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3:29 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Poll On Arkansas Ballot Issues Shows Mixed Results

Three of the five measures that are likely to be on the November 4th ballot are polling with different degrees of voter support, according to a new battery of surveys from Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

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11:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Balance Of Arkansas House Up In Air, State Senate A Lock For GOP

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election. And while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

One of the first jobs for the newly elected Legislature will be to decide whether to reauthorize the "private option" program, which uses Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for low-income residents.

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4:28 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Event Celebrates Life Of Poet & Author Maya Angelou In SW Arkansas

Maya Angelou

An event this weekend in southwest Arkansas will celebrate the life and legacy of African American poet and author Maya Angelou, who died earlier this year at the age of 86. 

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928, but with the end of her parent’s marriage at the age of three, Angelou was sent to live with her grandmother in southwest Arkansas.

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11:57 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Judge Says Buffalo River Hog Farm Loan Approved Too Quickly

A federal judge wants regulators to take another look at the potential impact of a hog farm near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas. Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. said Thursday a previous assessment was too brief. That review helped qualify the farm for $3.4 million in loan guarantees from the Small Business Administration.

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6:39 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arkansas Governor Candidates React To Voter ID Ruling

A week of debates hosted by AETN continued Thursday with Arkansas’s gubernatorial candidates. Wednesday’s Arkansas Supreme Court decision, striking down the voter ID law, was addressed by Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Joshua Drake. Ross said he thought the ID requirement was unconstitutional and invoked Governor Mike Beebe.

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