News

Pages

Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Exxon Tears Down Two Homes In Mayflower

Photo of March oil spill in Mayflower

Exxon Mobil is demolishing two homes in Mayflower that have oil trapped beneath their foundations after the March oil spill.

Company spokesman Aaron Stryk calls it an effective and efficient way to ensure any remaining oil is removed.

Stryk says the overall work process on the two home sites will take closer to two weeks because all debris must be removed, contaminated soil will be excavated and replaced with clean soil, and then the two lots will be graded and sodded.

The former owners of the two houses sold them to Exxon as part of a compensation plan.

Read more
Local & Regional News
10:25 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market

The new pay-and-display machines in the River Market.
Credit Arkansas Times

Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.

From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack Wrenn oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.

Read more
Local & Regional News
6:51 am
Mon October 7, 2013

FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents

FBI agents conduct a raid.

The FBI is investigating after an electricity substation was set on fire and a power line was intentionally cut in Lonoke County. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the incidents. Authorities say Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its substation in Keo on Sept. 29. 

The FBI says the blaze was intentionally set and someone scratched "YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S." into a metal control panel outside the substation.

Read more
Local & Regional News
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.”

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more

Pages