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3:47 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Report: Lack Of Progress On Banning Antibiotics In Feed Animals Leading To Health Risk

Arkansas ranks second in the nation for broiler production, or chickens bred and raised specifically for meat production.

A new report says Congress has killed efforts to legislate a ban on feeding farm animals antibiotics. It says that's leading to a major public health risk.

New analysis by The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future says the Obama Administration and Congress have acted regressively in policy-making to protect public health, the environment and animal welfare.

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Local & Regional News
2:59 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Arkansas Teacher Seeks Apology From Catholic School After Gay Marriage Firing

Tippi McCullough speaks to an audience, during a press conference in Little Rock.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

A former teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock is telling the public her story, after being fired from the private high school for marrying her female partner.

Tippi McCullough spoke to an audience of supporters and reporters Tuesday at an Arkansas event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign; a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy group.

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Local & Regional News
2:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Metroplan Launches Feasibility Study For Express Bus Service

Metroplan, the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski, and Saline counties, is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an express bus service between Little Rock and Conway.

An express service would offer people an alternative to driving their personal vehicles and cut travel time by limiting pick-up and drop-off locations along the way.

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Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Bridge Work To Limit Boat Navigation On Arkansas Lake

Greers Ferry Lake

Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.

Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area. 

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.

Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Supplier Meeting Set For NE Arkansas Steel Mill

Steel rods in bundles at a warehouse.

A meeting is set for companies interested in acting as suppliers to a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas.

The gathering is to run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the Big River Steel project will need everything from construction help to running a cafeteria inside the plant.

Organizers project that the plant will create about 2,000 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs once the plant is open.

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Local & Regional News
4:10 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Beebe On Next Steps for School Employee Insurance

Gov. Mike Beebe (D)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe on Monday signed bills passed over the weekend, in a special session, which partially reduce a rise in public school employee insurance premiums. The session was called to address both short and long-term fixes but some of the reforms have yet to be crafted. A task force will study the issue further in the coming months.

Ongoing funding to mitigate premium increases will partially come from school facility and teacher development funds. But Beebe said that’s just one part of a more permanent fix.

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Local & Regional News
3:55 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Arkansas Hearing on Marlboro Lights Set to Begin After a Decade of Delay

Credit sq.wikipedia.org

A lawsuit filed a decade ago against the tobacco company Phillip Morris USA is set to have its second hearing Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman has details. 

The hearing, delayed for years over jurisdictional questions, is set to determine whether or not allegations against the tobacco company can be considered a class-action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking to represent every Arkansan who smoked Marlboro Lights over a 38-year period.

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Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Former North Little Rock Mayor Expected To Announce Candidacy For Congress

Patrick Henry Hays

Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, a Democrat, will hold a news conference Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hays Senior Center in North Little Rock.

He has been in talks with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about running to represent Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District. 

Congressman Tim Griffin, who currently occupies that seat, made a surprise announcement Monday that he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican says he wants to spend more time with his family.

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Local & Regional News
3:23 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Motion to Lift Stay in Arkansas Oil Spill Suit Gets Approval

A judge has granted federal prosecutors' request to end a delay in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in central Arkansas. U.S. District Judge James Moody on Monday granted prosecutors' request to lift a stay in the case.

Moody granted their request to delay proceedings earlier this month because of the partial government shutdown.

Prosecutors said in previous court filings that most attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.

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Local & Regional News
2:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Arkansas State Fair Draws 445,000 Over 10 days

The Arkansas State Fair says 445,314 people went through the gates during the 10-day run of the event.

Fair director Ralph Shoptaw said Monday that the fair, which wrapped up on Sunday, drew 45,996 people on the last day at the Little Rock grounds.

That left the fair about 2,000 patrons shy of last year's attendance of 447,680. Shoptaw said the 445,314 total was still better than six of the previous 10 Arkansas State Fairs.

The fair features livestock competitions, carnival rides and food prepared in an array of styles.

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