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12:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Forcing the Issue: Open Carry March in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Lilyan Kauffman

The gun-rights group Arkansas Carry continued to force the issue of openly carrying firearms in Jonesboro Sunday. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman walked with the group and has this report.

They walked down Main Street with handguns openly holstered on their hips contending a law in effect since August allows for the open carrying of firearms. Scott Vaughn, an organizer of the event, made their purpose clear at the outset. 

“Basically, most everybody’s probably right handed so we’ll walk on the west side of Main Street so that our guns are able to be seen.”

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Programming
4:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

KUAR Adds TED Radio Hour, Brings On Full Hour Of Latino USA. What's Your Opinion?

This weekend, KUAR is bringing two new programs from NPR to its airwaves with the TED Radio Hour and Latino USA.

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Local & Regional News
4:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Annual Autism Fundraiser Raises Money For Research And Advocacy Efforts

Credit Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The annual Autism Speaks fundraiser begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with a walk-or-run 5k at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Over 2,000 people are expected to attend “Arkansas Walks Now” to support research and advocacy efforts.

Co-chair Dawn Itzkowitz says Arkansas receives grant funding from the walk.

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Local & Regional News
3:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Open Carry Advocates to March in Jonesboro, Disagree with Attorney General on Law

Credit arkansascarry.com

A firearms law passed earlier this year opened the door for a myriad of interpretations on whether or not it is legal to openly carry firearms in the state. The open carry advocacy group Arkansas Carry is taking their interpretation to the streets this Sunday.

In what will be their third march the group plans to openly carry firearms in the city of Jonesboro. Nicholas Stehle, with Arkansas Carry, said they’ve had to consider the opinions of law enforcement.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Legislative Memo Outlines Public School Employee Insurance Changes

Last week, House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) and Senate President Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville) charged the heads of the legislative education and insurance committees to come up with a framework for a solution to the public school employee insurance crisis by Friday, Oct. 4. The deadline has been met.

A memo circulating among Arkansas lawmakers Friday outlines a number of short-term and long-term fixes to the troubled insurance fund, which is facing a $54 million deficit and looming 50% rate hikes to teachers and public school employees.

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Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Delay Sought In Trial For UCA Ex-Administrator

The University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to delay the upcoming trial for a former University of Central Arkansas administrator accused of commercial burglary. 

Jack Gillean faces an Oct. 28 trial in Van Buren County on the charges.

A pre-trial hearing was to be held Friday, but prosecutors are seeking a delay, saying they haven't received subpoenaed phone records in the case.

Gillean was chief of staff at UCA until his arrest last year. Prosecutors accuse him of giving a master key to a student who allegedly broke into professors' offices to steal test answers.

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Local & Regional News
5:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Wording Of Medical Marijuana Proposal

Prepackaged medical marijuana for patient use in California.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposal for next year's ballot legalizing medical marijuana. 

McDaniel on Thursday certified the proposal submitted by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, clearing the way for the group to begin gathering the 62,507 signatures needed to place the proposed initiated act on next year's ballot. 

The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries or to grow their own marijuana if they don't live close to a dispensary.

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Local & Regional News
8:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Pedestrian & Bike Trail Proposed Linking Little Rock And Hot Springs

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, at the podium, details plans for the trail, alongside other county judges and mayors.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

County administrators of Pulaski, Saline and Garland Counties are proposing construction of a bicycle and pedestrian trail linking Little Rock and Hot Springs.

They were joined Thursday by several of the mayors of cities and towns that the trail would pass through, making an enthusiastic pitch for the project for reporters and cycling advocates.

“When this is completed, we will have something that is second to none in this country,” said Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines. 

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Local & Regional News
4:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas Congressman Deletes 'Violent Rhetoric' Tweet

A Republican congressman from Arkansas posted, then deleted, a tweet criticizing President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers for "violent rhetoric" during a U.S. Capitol lockdown following a shooting. U.S.

Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday tweeted from his personal account "Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi" after a shooting was reported outside the Capitol. Griffin's tweet included the hashtag disgusting.

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Local & Regional News
4:11 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacts Little Rock Air Force Base

Three hundred and fifty Little Rock Air Force Base civilians are on furlough due to the government shutdown that began October 1st.

The shutdown is due to Congress’ failure to pass a continuing resolution or appropriations bill. Asa result, all personnel paid by appropriated funds are on furlough, except for the minimum number necessary to carry out duties that are essential to national security and safety.

Colonel Patrick J. Rhatigan, Commander of the 19th Airlift Wing said the furlough has had a major impact on the Air Force’s operations.

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