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11:27 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Fayetteville Woman To Be Honored At The White House

L. Mireya Reith, executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition.

A Fayetteville woman is among 11 people who will be honored at the White House for their work on  immigration issues.  

The White House says L. Mireya Reith will be honored Tuesday as a Cesar Chavez "Champion of Change." 

The White House says the award honors people who embody civil rights activist Cesar Chavez's legacy of welcoming and defending immigrants in the U.S.  

Reith serves as executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition, which works to empower immigrants.

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Tax Cuts
11:13 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Income Tax Cut Bill Advances Out Of Arkansas House Committee

Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) looks on as Bill Kopsky of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel testifies against his bill that would reduce and restructure the Arkansas income tax.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As Arkansas lawmakers work toward a package of about $100 million in tax cuts, the House Revenue and Tax Committee approved an income tax cut Tuesday that state finance officials say would cost the state about $57 million a year.

Representative Charlie Collins, a Republican from Fayetteville, says Arkansas workers are at a disadvantage to those in surrounding states in regards to how much they pay on income taxes.

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Train Collision Update
6:29 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Engineer Released From Hospital After Arkansas Train Crash

Union Pacific

Union Pacific says the engineer who was injured in a train collision in north Arkansas over the weekend has been released from the hospital.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the railroad doesn't yet know why a northbound train crashed Saturday into a parked locomotive near McRae. An investigation is ongoing.

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Income Tax Cut
6:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Arkansas House Panel To Take Up Income Tax Cut Bill

Arkansas Capitol

An Arkansas House committee is taking up a proposal to cut income taxes in Arkansas as legislative leaders say they're moving closer toward an agreement on a $100 million package of reductions.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday is expected to consider Republican Rep. Charlie Collins' proposal to cut income taxes. Collins' proposal would cost the state about $57 million a year.

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Arkansas Lottery Winner
5:55 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Mayflower Woman Wins $2 Million From Arkansas Lottery

Arkansas Lottery

A Mayflower woman has won $2 million in an Arkansas Scholarship Lottery scratch-off game. 

The lottery said Monday that Linda Newsom won with a Gold Rush lottery ticket that she purchased at Mayflower Quick Mart.

Lottery spokesman Kevin McCarthy says Newsom spent $20 for the winning ticket and that she said she plans to invest her winnings.

 

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Local & Regional News
5:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Judge: Arkansas Lethal Injection Records FOI Exempt

A Pulaski County judge has ruled that documents relating to lethal injection drugs the Arkansas  Department of Correction will obtain are exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Judge Collins Kilgore's two sentence ruling Monday says the information sought by six death row inmates is exempt from the FOIA and denied their request that he order the records be released.  

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Local & Regional News
3:45 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

PSC To Consider Retrofit Of Coal-Fired Power Plant

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has a public hearing Thursday to consider a proposal to retrofit an aging coal-fired power plant in northwest Arkansas. 

But opponents see an opportunity to retire it and pursue alternative energy.

Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has more on the debate.

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Universities In Arkansas
3:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

UALR Makes Comments On ASU Requiring Incoming Freshmen To Have iPads

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This fall, incoming freshmen at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will be required to have iPads for their classes.

It becomes the first public university in the state to make such a requirement.

Officials at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have done a similar experiment on students in Education programs, but haven’t considered on making this a requirements for all students.

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Local & Regional News
2:51 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Judge Hears Arkansas Lethal Injection Disclosure Case

An Arkansas judge is deciding whether six death row inmates are entitled to see documents  relating to the lethal injection drugs the Arkansas Department of Correction is procuring for their executions.  

Pulaski County Court Judge Collins Kilgore heard arguments on Monday about whether Arkansas' new lethal injection law allows the Department of Correction to keep secret records about the origin, history and quality of lethal injection drugs.

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Breaking
2:45 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Governor Vetoes Voter Photo ID Bill

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed legislation Monday that would have required voters to show photo  identification before casting a ballot, calling the measure "an expensive solution in search of a problem" and a requirement that would impair the right to vote. 

State law currently requires poll workers to ask for  identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don't have one. A new Republican majority at the Legislature said that restricting access to the polls would reduce voter fraud.

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