Arkansas Abortion Laws
5:15 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Judge Excludes Group From Hearing On Abortion Ban

A federal judge says a group that wants to help defend Arkansas' law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can't participate in a hearing over an effort to block the restriction.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Friday ruled that Concepts of Truth can't participate in the May 17 hearing over the abortion ban. The Wynne-based anti-abortion counseling group has asked to intervene in the lawsuit.

Wright agreed with opponents of the law that the group shouldn't participate since it asked to intervene nearly two weeks after the hearing was ordered.

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Pre-K Program
4:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report: Pre-K Program Shrinks Academic Gap

Cute Pre-K students wanting to be in a picture
Kezia Nanda

The Arkansas Department of Education and the state Department of Human Services are working together to fund a Pre-K program for less fortunate children.

As KUAR’s Kezia Nanda reports, officials said research shows that since the program started, the education gap between economically-disadvantaged and affluent children has shrunk.

The event was held at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock, which hosts one of the Pre-K programs supported by a state-funded program for economically-disadvantaged students, called the Arkansas Better Chance or ABC.

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Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Arkansas Group Raises Awareness About The Needs Of Incarcerated Moms

Arkansas Department of Community Correction Women's Choir sings at the State Capitol for the 19th Annual Mothers in Prison, Children in Crisis Event.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Advocates for families affected by incarceration took part in an event at the Capitol Friday. Dee Ann Newell runs Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, a nonprofit that raises awareness about the growing numbers of incarcerated mothers and the issues that affect their children.

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Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Arkansas Nuclear Plant Death Still Under Investigation

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they don't yet know why a crane collapsed at Arkansas Nuclear One, killing a worker.  

Wade Walters died March 31 after a 525-ton piece of equipment fell on top of him. Eight others were injured.  

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a meeting Thursday in Russellville to discuss the results of an inspection it conducted after the fatal accident.

Commission branch chief Geoffrey Miller says the crane should have been able to handle the weight and that investigators still don't know why it failed.  

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Shorter College
6:38 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Shorter College In North Little Rock Gets First Official Graduate In 15 Years

One of the main buildings on the campus of Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Over the next few weeks, colleges and universities across Arkansas will host Commencement ceremonies to celebrate the academic achievements of graduates. This Saturday, one private two-year college in North Little Rock will have its first official graduate in nearly 15 years.

Wilhelm Cedric Hawkins has a long history with Shorter College.

“My grandmother went to school here, my mother went to school here, and also my father so I figure that I could follow the family tradition,” said Hawkins, as he walks through halls of the main building on campus.

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Local & Regional News
6:21 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Rahm Emanuel To Address Clinton School Grads

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will give the commencement address at Saturday's graduation ceremonies for the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

The commencement ceremonies are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Emanuel was elected Chicago's mayor in February 2011 and before that, he served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. He also served in former President Bill Clinton's administration from 1993 to 1998. Emanuel lived and worked in Little Rock during Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

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Local & Regional News
6:20 am
Fri May 10, 2013

$1.5 Million Awarded For Arkansas Trails Projects


Arkansas highway officials say $1.5 million in federal funding has been awarded for trails projects around the state. 

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday announced the Recreational Trails Program funding would go to 30 different entities after receiving 45 applications requesting more than $3 million.

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Prison Escapee
5:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Mich. Governor: Returning Fugitive Not A Priority

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a request by Arkansas to return a 63-year-old fugitive isn't his "highest priority."

The Republican governor said Thursday that convicted killer Lester Stiggers is in poor health, is older and has caused no trouble since fleeing to Michigan 43 years ago.

Arkansas wants Stiggers back.

Mayflower Oil Spill
5:46 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

McDaniel Launches Mayflower Oil Spill Hotline

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has started a hotline for concerns related to the crude oil spill from an ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower.

McDaniel also said Thursday that his office has conducted air quality monitoring inside homes in the area of the March spill. The attorney general's office says the numbers from that monitoring are generally in line with other air sample results.

McDaniel says air samples were taken from 14 homes, and 13 of them show oil-related contaminants aren't concentrated enough to pose short-term health risks.

Affordable Care Act
3:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Health Insurance Expert: Employers Will Opt For Insurance, Not Penalties

Greg Hatcher, CEO of The Hatcher Agency, says health insurance reform measures are about to kick in a higher gear for state businesses, but none of his accounts are weighing absorbing penalties over providing coverage.

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