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7:58 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Senate Endorses Ballot Language Fix

The Arkansas Senate has endorsed the secretary of state's wording of three proposed constitutional amendments legislators have referred to voters, after questions were raised about who had the authority to prepare the ballot measures' language.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 25-8 to support the ballot titles and popular names selected by Secretary of State Mark Martin's office for the three proposals that the Legislature voted last year to put on the 2014 ballot.

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7:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Forestry Commission Pilot Found Dead In Plane Wreckage

Credit Arkansas Forestry Commission

The search for missing Arkansas Forestry Commission Pilot Jake Harrell ended tragically Tuesday evening as Arkansas National Guardsmen, lowered by helicopter to the site of his wrecked plane, discovered the pilot did not survive.

The site of the plane crash was discovered late Tuesday afternoon after being spotted by a civil air patrol plane.

Spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said it’s still unclear why the plane crash occurred.

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Local & Regional News
6:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Measure To Arm Arkansas School Workers Fails In Senate

A proposal to allow Arkansas school districts to arm non-classroom employees as volunteer security guards has failed to win enough support to be considered by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 19-2 for a resolution allowing the bill by Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to be introduced. The measure needed at least 24 votes to be considered during the fiscal session, intended to focus on budget issues.

Hutchinson's proposal would have allowed the state to issue security guard licenses to non-classroom employees who go through training.

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Arkansas General Assembly
6:35 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Fiscal Legislative Session: Day Two Happenings

The House floor after State Representatives convened Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislature convened for the second day of a month-long fiscal session Tuesday to consider state budgetary matters and other issues. Behind the scenes, lawmakers continue to plan possible changes to the state’s private option expansion of Medicaid in an effort to make reauthorizing funds for the program more palatable to many of the Legislature's conservative members. While House and Senate leaders were confident the program for low-income Arkansans can be reauthorized, House majority Leader Bruce Westerman told reporters that he didn't see that happening.

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Local & Regional News
5:03 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Plane Of Missing Ark. Forestry Commission Pilot Found

Crews with the Arkansas Forestry Commission coordinate search efforts earlier in the day Tuesday.
Credit Arkansas Forestry Commission

A week and a half after an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot disappeared while flying a small plane looking for wildfires in western Arkansas, the plane has been found.

Just before 5 pm Tuesday, the commission released this statement:

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Students Improve On Advanced Placement Exams

Arkansas students have shown continued improvement in scores on Advanced Placement exams.

The College Board reports that 4,390 of Arkansas' 27,492 graduates in 2013, 16 percent, scored a 3, 4 or 5. A score of 3 or higher is general accepted for college credit.

The College Board's report says 12,670 Arkansas students took an AP exam during high school. The exams cover various subjects in math and science; English, history and social science; and arts and world languages.

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Local & Regional News
3:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Governors Association Targets Mike Ross In New TV Ad

A national Republican group is targeting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross with a new television ad that tries to paint the former Arkansas congressman as too closely aligned with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Republican Governors Association announced Tuesday it would begin airing a 30-second spot around Arkansas criticizing Ross. The group said it was spending six figures on the spot, which was set to begin airing Tuesday.

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Local & Regional News
3:03 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Special Election Measure

Arkansas lawmakers are moving closer toward keeping the lieutenant governor's office vacant rather than holding a special election to fill former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's office for just a few months.

The Arkansas Senate voted 32-0 on Tuesday to consider changing the law to give Gov. Mike Beebe the choice to not hold a special election. Current law requires Beebe to call a special election within 150 days of declaring the office vacant.

Darr resigned Feb. 1 over ethics and campaign finance violations.

Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sunshine Gives Hope To Find Missing Pilot

Mena, Arkansas
Credit AMWRanes/flickr.com

After a week and a half of searching, the Arkansas Forestry Commission is hopeful it will find its missing pilot.

Commission spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said the sunshine on Tuesday will allow the search crew to do a very detailed search.

“We have real visibility paired with some very detailed maps with layered pieces of information in there about areas already searched, about areas of priority based on communication with Jake’s cell phone provider, and most valuable is all of the leads are mapped.”

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Local & Regional News
11:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice to speak in Fayetteville

Condoleezza Rice in 2005.

The University of Arkansas says former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak next month at an event on campus.

Rice is scheduled to speak March 5 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas. The lecture will be held at Barnhill Arena and is free and open to the public.

UA says traffic may be an issue because the Razorbacks' men's basketball team is also playing at home that night, so doors to Barnhill Arena will open early at 5:30 p.m. for Rice's 7 p.m. speech.

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