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12:47 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Rally For Proposed Jacksonville School District Draws Hundreds

Jacksonville/North Pulaski Education Corps Chairman Daniel Gray addresses an overflow crowd at the campaign kickoff Mon. night.
Credit David Wallace/KUAR

A crowd estimated at more than 500 crowded into the Jacksonville Community Center Mon. night to kickoff the campaign for a new school district independent of the Pulaski County Special School District. 

A special election Sept. 16 will determine whether the northern Pulaski County town will have its own district after years of sharing school governance with many other communities in the state's most populous county. 

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4:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Name Of Sebastian County Deputy Who Fatally Shot Suspect Release

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a deputy who shot and killed a man in Fort Smith.

Authorities said Monday that deputy Joshua Heidelberg shot 23-year-old Justin Higgins on Saturday after Higgins had earlier exchanged gunfire with Fort Smith police and as Higgins attempted to carjack the deputy's vehicle.

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3:11 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Gov. Beebe: Reallocate Resources For School Broadband

Governor Beebe making the announcement Monday that the state can reallocate $15 million to expand broadband access to public schools.
Credit Colleen Mayo / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says the state can reallocate $15 million to expand broadband access to schools that are lacking fast Internet connections.

The governor said Monday that he still wants K-12 schools to be able to use the broadband system that's available for universities in Arkansas, but that would take action by the Legislature. Beebe considered including the issue on the call for a special session earlier this summer.

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2:41 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

ACLU Asks Court To Uphold Ruling That Struck Down Arkansas Voter ID

A sign at a Little Rock polling location in March notifies voters they'll need to have a photo ID ready.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking the state's highest court to uphold a judge's ruling that Arkansas' new voter identification law is unconstitutional.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin had appealed the ruling from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who struck down the law in May but put his decision on hold pending an appeal.

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12:13 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

AARP Poll Shows Pryor With Slim Lead Over Cotton Among Seniors

AARP Poll Results In US Senate Race
Credit AARP / AARP

The AARP released poll results Monday showing Arkansans age 50 and older are experiencing a high level of anxiety about retirement issues, and in the race for the U.S. Senate, a slim margin of voters prefer Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor over Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

48 percent support Pryor while 43 percent support Cotton. The margin of error is 2.9 percent. 9 percent were undecided. The survey did not ask about Libertarian Nathan LaFrance or Green Mark Swaney.

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10:38 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Meetings To Discuss Ways To Remedy I-30 Traffic Congestion In Central Arkansas

State highway officials will begin holding public meetings on how to improve Interstate 30 in central Arkansas.

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6:43 am
Mon August 11, 2014

160 Dogs Taken For Animal Abuse Headed Back To Breeder

The Humane Society of Pulaski County is preparing to return more than 160 dogs to their breeder after an order from an Arkansas judge.

A Lonoke County judge ordered the animals returned by Wednesday. The two-year legal battle made its way to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which ruled earlier this year it didn't have jurisdiction in the case.

The humane society took the dogs in 2012 from breeder Sandra Nance on allegations of animal cruelty. Nance won the dogs back in May on appeal. Her attorney says she is "very comforted to know that the dogs will finally be freed."

Arkansas Artists
6:33 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Up-and-Coming Arkansas Artist Blends Art and Psychology In New Exhibit

Joe's Art in Her Conway Studio
Thomas Saccente

At the intersection of psychology and art lies the work of a new up-and-coming Arkansas artist.

Kateri Joe of Conway is currently having her first exhibition at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. It’s entitled “Thank Your Lucky Stars” and is built around the theme of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos and the idea that everyone is connected to the universe at large. 

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5:23 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Man Charged In Arkadelphia Deaths Gets Life Terms

A man charged in three Arkadelphia slayings has been sentenced to four life sentences after pleading guilty.

21-year-old Riakos Lizana pleaded guilty on Friday to three counts of capital murder and one count of residential burglary.

Lizana admitted to killing 40-year-old Bobby Jean Galbraith and his stepdaughters, 4-year-old Marley Crutchfield and 6-year-old Adiele Crutchfield.

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5:05 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Little Rock's Wright Avenue Gets Boost From Resource Center

City Director Ken Richardson, Mayor Mark Stodola and others clap at the unveiling of a sign at the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Resource Center
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Residents of the Wright Avenue neighborhood, just south of Central High School in Little Rock, are making efforts to revamp their community in the face of high crime rates and deteriorating buildings.

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