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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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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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9:11 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Garland County Runs Into Vote Machine Trouble

Too few voting machines and untimely breakdowns led to long lines at two Garland County polling locations, and some voters walked away without casting ballots.

Garland County Election Commission chairwoman Ginna Watson says one Hot Springs polling site on Central Avenue had a printer problem Tuesday that slowed the pace of voting.

Watson told The Sentinel-Record there were machine issues at most precincts. One polling site on Malvern Avenue had only one voting machine all day.

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9:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Arkansas Awards More Than $300,000 To Crime Victims

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more than $308,000 was awarded to victims of crime last month.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board made the awards in 213 new cases, with additional expenses paid in 11 previously submitted cases.

Under the reparations program, victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible to receive compensation for unexpected expenses after a crime. Victims may receive money for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages or other related costs.

Last year, the board awarded more than $3 million in reparations.

Local & Regional News
1:13 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rundown Of Top Arkansas Election Results

U.S. House District 2 GOP - Primary
388 of 391 precincts - 99 percent
x-French Hill 29,884 - 55 percent
Ann Clemmer 12,383 - 23 percent
Conrad Reynolds 11,961 - 22 percent

U.S. House District 4 GOP - Primary
838 of 841 precincts - 99 percent
x-Bruce Westerman 18,225 - 54 percent
Tommy Moll 15,324 - 46 percent

Governor Dem - Primary
2,428 of 2,459 precincts - 99 percent
x-Mike Ross 128,907 - 84 percent
Lynette Bryant 24,683 - 16 percent

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11:44 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

French Hill and Bruce Westerman Get GOP Congressional Nominations

French Hill at election watch party in Little Rock.
Credit KUAR

   

The Republican Party nominated candidates for the contested 4th and 2nd congressional districts in Arkansas Tuesday.

There were no big surprises, with French Hill leading in the 2nd and Bruce Westerman in the 4th, leading in the polls going into election night with results giving comfortable leads.

Hill faced Ann Clemmer and Colonel Reynolds but surpassed the 50 percent margin needed to avoid a run-off. Hill’s election watch speech in Little Rock made references to a widely played television ad.

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10:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Asa Hutchinson & Mike Ross Win Primaries For Arkansas Governor

Republican Asa Hutchinson talks to supporters after winning Tuesday's primary election for governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two former Congressmen easily won their party primaries and will face off in November in the race for Arkansas governor.

Republican Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman, winning 73 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. Democrat Mike Ross beat Lynette Bryant with 84 percent of the vote.

At Tuesday night's watch party in Little Rock, Hutchinson said if elected in November, he would expand economic development in Arkansas.

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