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4:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Weekend Festival to Showcase Local Music, Activities

The second-annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival will be hitting downtown Little Rock this weekend with music, crafts and activities.

The free event, started in 2012 by the Central Arkansas Library System and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, spotlights the state's eclectic array of music from all areas of notoriety.

The purpose of Arkansas Sounds is largely built upon the idea of music preservation -- something for which the state, according to CALS spokeswoman Susan Gele, has little outlet.

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3:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

TARP Regulator Says Controversial Program ‘Cost Practically Nothing’

Credit treasury.gov

Tim Massad, Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability with the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the featured speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.

Massad oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which provided financial support to the nation’s financial institutions and housing markets during the Great Recession in 2008. The controversial TARP plan was approved and began implementation in September 2008, and is nearing its 5-year anniversary this month.

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2:45 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Broadband Conference Assessing State's Internet Future

State business, education and policy leaders are meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock to discuss strategies for deploying more broadband throughout Arkansas.

The Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference, spearheaded by Connect Arkansas, is being held Thursday and Friday.

While the room during the opening presentation was full of experts in the field, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) made no pretense that he should be included on the list.

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5:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge Holding Hearing On Arkansas Sex Offender Law

A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker's effort to block enforcement of the law while Parker challenges its constitutionality.

The law was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year and took effect Aug. 16.

Parker was convicted in 2000 of possessing child pornography, but has long maintained his innocence and had his medical license reinstated in 2005.

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5:19 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments About Iraq Veteran

Arkansas' highest court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in 32-year-old Steven Russell's case on Thursday.

Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year.

Russell's attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.

Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Boozman: Defund Obamacare Efforts Will Fail In Senate

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Congressional Republicans have not been able to reach a consensus on how to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Media reports of a heated discussion in the Senate Republican Conference between John Boozman of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas underscores a growing disagreement in the party over how to tackle “Obamacare.” 

Some in the GOP want to amend the law, while others are willing to defund it even if that means shutting down the government.

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2:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Arkansas Official to Answer Questions at Mayflower Oil Spill Town Hall

A town hall meeting from this summer.
Credit KUAR

Nearly six months out from the oil spill in Mayflower residents are getting a chance to speak directly with a state official at a town hall at Hendrix College this Thursday from 1-7 p.m. Emily Lane with the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group said it’s been a struggle to get public officials to listen to residents at public forums.

Dr. William Mason, the Emergency Response Branch Chief at the Arkansas Department of Health, is among the first and will participate in a 60 minute Q & A.

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1:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jury Gets Manslaughter Case In Trial Of Little Rock Officer

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Jury deliberations have begun in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

Defense lawyers for Joshua Hastings on Wednesday rested without calling any witnesses.

The prosecution rested Tuesday after putting on a full day of testimony. Hastings is accused of being reckless by shooting into a car driven by 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr., who was breaking into vehicles with two other juveniles.

Jurors left the courtroom just before noon to begin their work.

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10:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Man Who Escaped California Prison Arrested In Arkansas

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a California prison in 1977 has been captured in Arkansas, where he was living under an alias.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office says 69-year-old Michael Ray Morrow was arrested without incident Monday in Jessieville.

Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Morrow gave details of his escape from the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Morrow was serving a sentence of 5 years to life in prison or 10 years minimum for a robbery conviction.

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10:09 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Grant Supports Campus-based Childcare In Arkansas

An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant to establish or fund campus-based childcare services for lower-income parents involved in higher education.

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena will receive $20,064 for the program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is giving nearly $9.2 million to similar campuses across the country for the program.

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