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5:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Arkansas's Five Most Endangered Historic Places For 2014

Members of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas announce the Fragile Five: 2014 List of Arkansas's Most Endangered Places.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Thursday released its annual "Fragile Five" ranking of the most endangered historic places in the state.  Three are in Hot Springs, one is a Little Rock neighborhood, while the other represents the cultural heritage of American Indians.

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3:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Faith Leaders Rally to Uphold Arkansas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Derick Easter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A little under one week after Arkansas’s Supreme Court stayed a ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban hundreds gathered Thursday to urge the court to uphold the ban. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

Over 200 supporters of the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman took to the state Capitol steps in one of the largest public displays the state has seen on the issue.

Pastor Derick Easter called for unity and the imposition of a biblical definition of marriage.

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Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Nearly $3 Million In Grants Announced For Five Arkansas Airports

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is one of five airports getting nearly $3 million in grants.
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Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

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11:26 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Man Convicted In Killing Of UA Student Seeks New Trial

A man sentenced to die for killing a University of Arkansas student wants a new trial on grounds that his lawyer abandoned a mental illness defense during trial.

Zachariah Scott Marcyniuk was convicted in the 2008 slaying of Katie Wood, who was attacked in her apartment and stabbed 50 times. A lawyer argued before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that Marcyniuk's trial attorney asked the jury to find him guilty of second-degree murder when he should have pressed the mental illness defense.

Local & Regional News
8:58 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Grant Given To Preserve Former Governor's Papers

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture has been awarded a grant of nearly $140,000 to curate the papers of former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker.

The funding represents the largest National Historical Publications and Records Commission award in the state. The commission is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Arkansas Voter ID Law: Allegations of Impediments & Disputes Between ACLU & Sec. of State

Sec. of State Mark Martin
Credit sos.arkansas.gov

This week’s election marked the first statewide test of Arkansas’s new voter ID law and complaints are surfacing that poll workers incorrectly used IDs as an impediment to voting. ACLU of Arkansas Legal Director Holly Dickson said reports from around the state have been coming in since early voting began.

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4:41 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Alliance Rubber Company To Expand Hot Springs Facility

The largest rubber band manufacturer in the country has announced an expansion of its headquarters in Hot Springs.

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Local & Regional News
3:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Down-Ballot Election Results and the Precarious Private Option

Former State Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The results of five down-ballot state legislative races in Arkansas's Republican primary Tuesday may have serious implications for the private option, which requires an annual re-authorization vote. Arkansas’s modified Medicaid expansion plan, providing insurance to over 150,000 low-income residents, narrowly passed earlier this year.

Jay Barth, a political scientist at Hendrix College, noted the Republican crafted program has been contentious among Republican primary voters skeptical the program is ushering in an unwanted modification of the Affordable Care Act. 

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3:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending For Tornado Victims

The tornado that struck Faulkner County on April 27.

The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after last month's deadly storms is ending.

Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by June 2.

To be eligible, residents must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster, they no longer have a job, a place to work in the area or couldn't get to their place of work because of the damage.

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12:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Woman's Horse Theft Sentence

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and 60-year prison sentence of a woman who was charged with stealing horses from Southern Arkansas University.

The court on Wednesday turned away arguments by 40-year-old Wendi Cox that there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict her.

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