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6:43 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor Beebe To Pardon Son Over Marijuana Conviction

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he plans to pardon his son over a 2003 felony marijuana conviction.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the two-term Democratic governor planned to pardon his son, Kyle, who was convicted in 2003 of felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. DeCample said the pardon recommendation would be included in the final pardons issued by the governor early next month.

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6:07 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Arkansas Coalition Aims To Reform Spending In Political Races

The citizen activist group Regnat Populus, meaning "the People Rule," takes its name from Arkansas's state motto.
Credit Regnat Populus Facebook page

Increased spending in recent election cycles has propelled some to counter what they see as the disproportionate rise in political influence among special interests and wealthy Americans. In Arkansas, several citizen activist organizations have just teamed up to form the Arkansas Democracy Coalition, seeking to “work towards regaining control over campaign finance spending, eliminating corporate personhood and undoing the damage to our election system this mistaken idea has wrought.”

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4:33 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

GOP Lawmaker Drops Bid To Become Arkansas Senate President

A Republican lawmaker from western Arkansas says he's dropping his bid to unseat the incoming president of the state Senate.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield of Branch said Wednesday he's dropping his effort to unseat incoming Senate President Jonathan Dismang. Stubblefield last week said he planned to challenge Dismang, a Republican who was elected last year to lead the 35-member Senate.

Stubblefield had criticized Dismang for hiring a former aide to outgoing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe and had said he was concerned about committee assignments under Dismang.

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4:06 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Civil War Exhibit Tells African American Story In Arkansas

The United States Civil War Timeline begins in 1788 when the U.S. Constitution was ratified allowing for the institution of slavery to continue.
Quantia Fletcher Mosaic Templars

An exhibit on the role of African Americans in the Civil War in Arkansas will open Friday to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary.

The exhibit by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center challenges historical narratives casting the Union Army as a savior of the state’s passive African American population, says spokeswoman Quantia Fletcher.

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3:55 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Medicaid Needs Another $84 Million If Tax Cuts Proceed

Outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe is recommending an additional $84.2 million in state funding for Arkansas' Medicaid program and $60 million from state surplus funds if lawmakers move forward with tax cuts approved last year.

Beebe's administration on Wednesday presented two budget recommendations for the state's Medicaid program, depending on whether lawmakers decide to let the tax cuts take effect. Beebe, a Democrat who is leaving office in January due to term limits, has recommended delaying about $26 million worth of tax cuts that are to take effect in July.

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3:26 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor Beebe Tells Chamber Crowd Credit Should Be Shared

Gov. Mike Beebe

In what he dubbed as his “goodbye tour,” Gov. Mike Beebe made his final remarks to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce – the state’s largest business lobby.

Beebe, who said that every appearance to annual events such as the chamber’s annual meeting is “nostalgic,” said he shouldn’t receive all the credit for the positive things that materialized in his administration.

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3:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Stubblefield Yields To More Moderate Republican For Leadership Spot

Senator Larry Teague (D-Nashville)
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Republican Gary Stubblefield had planned to challenge the incoming Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang but announced Wednesday he will not. After the midterm election Stubblefield announced his concerns over Dismang’s support of the private option and possible choice of a Democrat to chair a committee as reasons to oppose his Republican colleague.

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2:53 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

NW Arkansas College Asking To Build $3 Million Events Site

A northwest Arkansas university is asking its board of trustees to approve a nearly $3 million garden and conservatory project.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the privately funded project proposed by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville would be on the grounds of the chancellor's residence.

According to documents given to the UA System trustees board, the Fowler House Garden and Conservatory project would include a structure designed for events like seated dinners and receptions.

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11:55 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Cleanup Of Rubble From Fire-Damaged Majestic Hotel To Start Soon

The large fire that ripped through the Majestic Hotel in February.
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

Officials say the latest cleanup plan for the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs calls for debris removal to start next month.

A large fire ripped through the historic hotel in February, prompting the city to raze part of the complex and condemn the rest. Rubble has piled along Park Avenue since the blaze.

The owner of the property, Park Residences Development LLC, sent a letter last week to the state's environmental quality department about its cleanup plan.

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7:02 am
Wed November 12, 2014

HRC Ranks Little Rock 13 Out Of 100 In Equality Measure

The Human Rights Campaign has measured the state of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Arkansans in five cities across the state 

While Fayetteville scored a 42, Little Rock received a score of 13. According to Cathryn Oakley of the HRC, Little Rock's score was helped by statewide anti-bullying laws and by non-discrimination in city employment.

"Thirteen points is not amazing, on the other hand, it's 13 points more than other cities have," said Oakley. 

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