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6:04 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Weeks For Mayflower Leak Evacuees To Return

A checkpoint at the entrance to the neighborhood where the oil pipeline ruptured.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Officials say it will be weeks before some Mayflower residents who had to leave their homes because of a leak from an ExxonMobil oil pipeline can return.  

More than 20 homes were evacuated after the March 29 leak from the pipeline flooded a neighborhood with crude oil.  

The Unified Command responsible for cleanup says ExxonMobil and environmental regulators will conduct air monitoring and sampling in the homes. The state Health Department will make final recommendations on when residents can return.

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Local & Regional News
6:01 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Term Limits Measure

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional  amendment that would create stricter term limits for lawmakers and expand the "cooling off" period before they could become lobbyists.  

McDaniel on Monday rejected the wording of the amendment proposed for next year's ballot by Tim Jacob of Little Rock.

The wording of the measure must be certified by McDaniel's office before supporters can begin gathering signatures.  

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

First Tenant in 20 Years for Helena Port

Credit www.helenaharbor.com

After nearly twenty years of vacancy the port at Helena is getting its first tenant, Enviro Tech Chemical Solutions. Improvements over the last decade, including rail lines, pipelines, and a crane have kept the port working in the absence of a permanent business. State Representative John Edwards attributes the port’s recent success to government involvement and personal leadership.

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Pedestrians Safety
4:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Public Speak Up About Dangerous Intersections In The City For Pedestrians

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The intersections of Capitol and Sixth at Broadway in Little Rock have been named by city officials as one of the most dangerous intersections in the city for pedestrians.

Dave Ingram, with Entergy Arkansas, said an Entergy employee died after being hit by a car in the downtown area.

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Local & Regional News
6:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Highway And Road Work Continues In Little Rock

I-430/I-630 Interchange in Little Rock
Credit Creative Form Liners, INC

State highway officials say there will be nighttime lane closures in the week ahead at the construction zone at the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange. 

For safety, a lane on I-430 will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly through Friday morning. The southbound outside lane on I-430 will be closed to allow crews to paint steel bridges on structures above the travel lanes. No detours will be set up. The work is contingent on good weather. 

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Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Arkansas Tax Cut Package Includes Special Breaks For Some

Gov. Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

All taxpayers in Arkansas will see their rates reduced through a $140 million package adopted during this year's session, but the new laws also include special breaks for varied interests.

Volunteer firefighters, manufacturers, farmers and armed service members are among the groups to see additional breaks through the dozen tax cut bills that legislators approved and Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law before wrapping up the session last week. 

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Arkansas College Graduation Rate Rises To 40.8 Percent

Shane Broadway

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is reporting an increase in the state's six-year college graduation rate.

The department says 40.8 percent of students who entered college in 2006 had received a degree six years later - an increase from 39.5 percent last year and up from 37 percent five years ago. Still - more improvement is needed to meet Gov. Mike Beebe's stated goal of doubling the number of Arkansans with a degree by 2025. 

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Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Oaklawn Sets Festival For Kentucky Derby Run

Oaklawn Park

Live racing is over for the year at Oaklawn thoroughbred race track in Hot Springs but the venue is still working to attract patrons for a barbecue competition that coincides with the Kentucky Derby. 

The infield will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and admission is free. The track will offer simulcast wagering on the big race while fans take in the Smokelawn BBQ Championship and listen to live music.

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News About Public Radio
8:38 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

KUAR Wins Five AP Broadcast Awards

KUAR's five awards presented Saturday at AP luncheon in Little Rock.
Credit Nathan Vandiver/ KUAR

KUAR is proud to have won five awards at the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters Association's 2012 contest.  The awards for radio and TV stations were presented Saturday in Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Names Omitted From Hallowed Senior Walk At UA

More than 300 names from the class of 2012 will have to be added to the University of Arkansas' Senior Walk.

The famed Senior Walk at the University of Arkansas that contains names of graduates dating back almost 140 is incomplete and will have to be redone.

More than 30 graduates in the class of 2012 who had signed up to be included among the engraved names on the campus sidewalk the university advertises worldwide were inadvertently left off.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the oversight is attributed to the conversion from paper graduation applications to online submissions.

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