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5:58 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Lawmakers To Discuss University of Arkansas Audit

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
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A legislative panel is discussing an audit that cited the University of Arkansas for poor management and failure to follow policies that led to deficits in a division that handled fundraising and public relations for the school. 

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Friday was set to review the audit of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's Advancement Division. 

The audit was released earlier this week and said the division overspent its budget by $3.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Applications Being Accepted For Arkansas Storm Recovery

The application period is now open for counties, cities, and private nonprofit groups that have infrastructure damage from severe storms and flooding that hit part of Arkansas Aug. 8-12.

The Request for Public Assistance period will be open through Oct. 4 for eligible applicants in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton counties.

Applicants can call the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management recovery branch for forms and information.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Skull Found In Arkansas River In 2008 Is Identified

Fort Smith police say a skull found in the Arkansas River more than five years ago has been identified as that of a man missing since 2007.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said Thursday that DNA testing identified the skull as that of Salvador Serran Luevano. Luevano was reported missing shortly after the body of his 18-year-old wife - Blanca Cortes-Romero - was found floating in the river in August 2007.

The skull was found in March 2008 and was identified earlier this month after Luevano's relatives in Mexico were located and provided DNA samples for comparison.

Local & Regional News
1:16 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Special Prosecutor To Review 107-Year-Old's Death

Monroe Isadore

A special prosecutor has been ordered to review the shooting death of a 107-year-old Arkansas man who was killed in a standoff with police officers last weekend after State Police declined to investigate the case.

Jefferson County Judge Berlin Jones on Thursday ordered the state to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case surrounding the death of Monroe Isadore in Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Kyle Hunter asked to recuse and that a special prosecutor be appointed after State Police said it wouldn't investigate the case.

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Local & Regional News
12:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Arkansas Rice Depot Receives Rice Donations To Combat Hunger

The Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock received a 120 thousand pound donation of rice Thursday morning.

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Ira Glass Live
9:45 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Ira Glass Is Coming To Memphis

Ira Glass, host of Public Radio International's This American Life, will be in Memphis October 5 for an event at the Orpheum Theatre.

Congratulations to the lucky listeners and members who won tickets. If you still want tickets, you can purchase them at the Orpheum's website.

The event is presented by Memphis public radio station WKNO. 

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Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force To Meet

A 22-member task force created to look at a replacement for the Arkansas veterans' home that closed last year is meeting at the state Capitol.

The Arkansas Veterans' Home Task Force is scheduled to meet at the state Capitol Thursday as it nears an Oct. 31 deadline to issue recommendations on the size, location, design and funding for a new facility. The panel is looking at a replacement for the Little Rock home that state officials closed because of deteriorating conditions.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Marijuana Study Ballot Measure

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for participants in a statewide "study" on the drug.

McDaniel on Wednesday rejected the proposed initiated act by a group called Arkansas Concerned Citizens that would set up a 10-year study on marijuana.

McDaniel must certify the wording of the proposed measure before the group can begin gathering signatures to place it on next year's ballot. McDaniel rejected earlier versions of the measure in 2011 and last year.

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Local & Regional News
4:19 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Upcoming Trials for Mount Saint Mary Sexual Abuse Cases

Barbara Dorris with Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) stands outside Pulaski County Courthouse.
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A former volleyball coach and a former athletic director from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Little Rock are headed to trial next week over allegations of sexual abuse. 

Kelly O’Rourke previously admitted to molesting a student in 2012 and will face charges over violating parole by attempting to contact the girl she molested. Kathy Griffin, the athletic director and a counselor for 9th grade girls, will face charges for having knowledge of child abuse but failing to report it. 

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Guns In Schools
2:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Arkansas Panel Says Schools Can Arm Staff For Two More Years

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies meet Wednesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

School districts that had been allowed to use teachers and staff as armed guards are getting a two year reprieve.

Wednesday a state board reversed itself and said it will not immediately revoke permits so that it will  to give lawmakers a chance to change state laws.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies heard concerns from the Attorney General’s office as well as school administrators.

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