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10:18 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Considers State's Voter ID Law

Arkansas Supreme Court justices

It’s now up to the Arkansas Supreme Court to decide whether voters will have to show photo identification at the polls next month.

On Thursday, justices heard oral arguments in an appeal of a case that challenged the law passed last year by the Republican-led Legislature.

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9:45 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Court Sets Arguments On Saline County Alcohol Measure

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 23 in a lawsuit that seeks to place a measure on the November ballot that would legalize alcohol sales in Saline County.

Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips ruled last month that a petition to place alcohol sales on the November ballot in Saline County fell short by nearly 90 signatures. Phillips had disqualified 159 signatures.

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7:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Advocates Urge Lawmakers For Juvenile Justice Reform

Advocates officials and lawmakers discuss the state's juvenile justice system.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Legislators heard from advocates and officials hoping to reform the state's judicial justice system on Wednesday. Panelists told lawmakers Arkansas is institutionalizing too many young people for minor offenses and the costs are high.

Madelyn Keith is with the Arkansas Youth Services Association. She wants more intervention to happen at the community level.

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6:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Poverty Levels Rise In Arkansas Since 2009

The Arkansas Community Organization has analyzed updated census data on rising poverty in the state. According to spokesman Neil Sealy, despite the end of the recession, the number of people nationally living below 200 percent of the poverty line went up by a third. In Arkansas, it went up by one half.

"It's even more dire in Arkansas, where in 2009, 18.8 percent of our population lived below the poverty line as opposed to in 2013, 19.9 percent," he said.

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5:57 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Early Leaf Spot Disease Confirmed In Arkansas Peanut Crops

Early Leaf Spot
Credit American Phytopathological Society

Arkansas researchers say a disease that can cut peanut yields by half if left unchecked has been discovered in a plot near Newport.

Early leaf spot is a fungal disease that affects the leaves of peanut plants. Symptoms include circular brown lesions with a yellow halo. The fungus also produces silvery, fuzzy tufts of spores on the top side of the leaf.

Plant pathologist Travis Faske says it's unlikely this year's peanut crop will be threatened by the disease because it's only been detected in an isolated research plot.

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2:51 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Gov. Beebe Names Special Justice For Gay Marriage Case

Gov. Mike Beebe has named a retired judge from Harrison to fill in as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court in the lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

Beebe on Wednesday named retired Judge Robert W. McCorkindale to serve on the court as it considers whether to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Aging in Arkansas
11:50 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Some Basic Facts About Social Security

The youngest baby boomers, born in 1964, turn 50 this year. Boomers of all ages often want to know how to maximize their financial future.

Moving toward retirement means knowing when to apply for Social Security. You can get partial Social Security for retirement as early as 62, but not as much as if you waited until your mid-60s for full Social Security.

The age to apply depends on your birth year. For those born between 1943 and 1959, you must be at least 66. If you were born in 1960 or later, you must be 67 to receive full Social Security benefits.

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11:37 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Little Rock Police Begin Listing Officer Dispatches After Encrypting Radio Traffic

The Little Rock Police Department is now posting online a list of all calls its officers are dispatched to, but on a half hour delay.

Over the summer, the agency began encrypting police radio traffic, saying that allowing people to hear police activity in real time on scanners or smart phone apps was compromising officer safety. Lawsuits were filed, calling it a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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8:42 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Funeral To Be Held Saturday For Slain Arkansas Real Estate Agent

Beverly Carter

Funeral services have been set for an Arkansas real estate agent who was found dead five days after she never returned from an appointment to show a house.
 
Crye-Leike Realtors says the funeral for Beverly Carter will be held Saturday morning at First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock.

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8:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Says Cancelling Her Voter Registration Is "Desperate"

Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane has canceled the voter registration of Leslie Rutledge, Republican candidate for Attorney General.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the clerk determined Tuesday that Rutledge is not a registered voter in the state. Rutledge, a one-time aide to the former Governor Mike Huckabee, is a voter in Washington, D.C., and possibly in Virginia. 

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