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8:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Arkansas Students Graduate Amid Tornado Recovery

Less than a month after a deadly tornado outbreak devastated their community, more than 200 students graduated from high school in Vilonia.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 209 seniors graduated during a ceremony Saturday on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Last month's storms that tore across the state killing 15 people were not far from the students' minds.

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6:14 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape

Downtown Little Rock c. 1958.
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, initiating efforts to integrate schools around the country and especially in the American South where black and white children received largely unequal opportunities for education.

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5:30 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

AMPUTEES - KUAR Short Version

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5:20 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Amputees

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Local & Regional News
4:38 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Gay Marriage Ruling

Same-sex couples lined up Monday in the Pulaski County Courthouse to get marriage licenses.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court has suspended a judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples.

The state Supreme Court on Friday granted a request to suspend Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision voiding a 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Piazza last week struck down the ban, but expanded that ruling on Thursday to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying.

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4:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Police Shoot Man With Ax At Brinkley bank

Police in Brinkley say an officer shot a man who carried an ax to a local bank.

The Friday incident occurred at the Bank of Brinkley, where police say the man had uttered a threat earlier in the day.

When the man went back to the bank and brought an ax, officers first used an electric stun gun on him, but were unable to subdue him. Little Rock television station KATV reports that's when the officer fired.

Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ex-Saline County Sheriff Arrested On Felony Charges

Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington and two former sheriff's employees are facing felony charges.

Court documents filed Friday show Pennington and former office worker Jo Nell Mallory charged with felony abuse of public trust and theft of property. Investigators allege they stole money and had work done at their homes in exchange for dismissing fines or community service sentences.

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2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Attorneys Ask High Court To Not Suspend Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

One of the same-sex couples that lined up outside the Pulaski County Courthouse Monday to get a marriage license.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorneys for a group of gay couples are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a bid to suspend a judge's decision striking down all measures preventing same-sex couples from marrying.

The attorneys requested Friday that the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject a bid by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and four counties to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Piazza ruled the ban unconstitutional last week, and expanded his ruling to include all state laws preventing gay couples from getting married.

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1:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops In April To 6.6 Percent

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell by three-tenths of one percent in April - down from 6.9 percent in March to 6.6 percent.

Arkansas' Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the civilian labor force decreased by 8,300 because of 5,100 fewer people unemployed and 3,200 fewer workers.

Department spokeswoman Becky Heflin said in a news release that the number of Arkansans without a job in April stood at 86,700 - a decline of 12,300 in the number of unemployed from the 99,000 who were jobless in April 2013.

Local & Regional News
11:36 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Resolution On Gay Marriage In Arkansas Fails In Legislature

Arkansas lawmakers have blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.

A non-binding resolution objecting to a judge's decision striking down the ban failed before the Arkansas Legislative Council on a procedural vote Friday. The resolution would have urged justices to overturn Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down all measures preventing gay couples from marrying.

The proposal failed to win enough votes to be considered by the panel.

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