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9:53 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Voters Approve Jacksonville Creating Its Own School District

Jacksonville and north Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new school district.

Pulaski County officials say initial results of the vote Tuesday show that nearly 96 percent of voters supported separating from the Pulaski County Special School District. About 10 schools will secede from the existing district to create the Jacksonville/North Pulaski County school district with roughly 4,000 students.

About 21 percent of eligible voters within the boundaries of the proposed district voted.

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Local & Regional News
9:53 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Backers Ask Arkansas Supreme Court To Dismiss Alcohol-Sales Lawsuit

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Backers of a measure that would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to remove the proposal from the November ballot.

Representatives from Let Arkansas Decide filed court papers Tuesday seeking the dismissal of the suit filed earlier this month by Citizens for Local Rights. The opponents say petitions were due on the July Fourth holiday, which fell on a Friday.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office accepted the petitions the next business day, or Monday, July 7.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

23 Arrested In Little Rock-Based Drug Trafficking Investigation

Federal and state officials have announced the arrest of 23 people and the search for two more charged in connection with what officials say was a drug distribution ring based in Little Rock.

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer; FBI Special Agent in Charge in Little Rock David Resch; and Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner announced the charges and arrests Tuesday.

Authorities say 20 arrests were in Little Rock; one in the Mesquite/Dallas, Texas, area; one in Atlanta; and one in Tennessee. The two other suspects are being sought in Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Cotton and Pryor Trade Exchanges Over Wealthy Donors and Debating

Arkansas’s congressional delegation is back in Washington this month and the debate over debating foreign policy continues. Senator Mark Pryor on Tuesday also continued one of his consistent critiques of Republican challenger Tom Cotton’ for his association with wealthy politically-minded individuals who fund an important part of conservative campaigns.

Pryor criticized Cotton for a trip he took Monday away from Washington D.C. to Texas for fundraising. 

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Released From Hospital

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been released from a Little Rock hospital after he was admitted a day earlier for an adverse reaction to a new medication.

McDaniel was released from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Tuesday. A day earlier, the attorney general was admitted as a precaution because the new medication had caused his blood pressure to spike.

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Marketplace
2:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report Moves To New Time With Additional Broadcast On KUAR

Credit American Public Media

Starting on Monday, September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.

The seven-minute business news segment is hosted by veteran journalist David Brancaccio.

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Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Four Finalists Named For Arkansas Teacher Of The Year

Instructors in the Bentonville, Greenbrier, Marion and Poyen school districts have been named finalists for the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year award.

The four finalists were announced Tuesday in a ceremony at the state Capitol. They are among 15 teachers who were identified as regional finalists for the honor.

The finalists are:

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Local & Regional News
11:33 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Transportation Officials Set Meetings On Arkansas State Rail Plan

State highway officials plan two public meetings for later this month to discuss Arkansas' long-term plan for rail service. The meetings are set for Sept. 23 in North Little Rock and Sept. 25 in Fort Smith.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is now coordinating the development of a statewide rail plan involving passenger and freight service.

Additional meetings are also planned in October in West Memphis, Monticello and Texarkana.

Local & Regional News
8:54 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Arkansas Insurance Commission Announces Delays

Credit insurance.arkansas.gov / Arkansas Insurance Department

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the commission's conversion to a new system will mean a delay in issuing appointments, license renewals and the issuing of new licenses.

Bradford says the new system will mean an approximate 10-day stoppage in the processing of the documents beginning Oct. 10.

The department says those most likely to be affected are individuals and agencies with a health exchange license due at the end of September and agencies which normally renew Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

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Not Necessarily Nashville
5:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Bonnie Montgomery, Amy Garland & Mandy McBryde Perform On Not Necessarily Nashville

Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde, Flap Jones and Amy Garland in the studio of KUAR for Not Necessarily Nashville.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Three stalwarts of the Little Rock music scene are performing together in a new band called The Wildflowers.  Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde and Amy Garland began playing as a trio this past weekend, in advance of a show Thursday, Sept. 18, opening for country music legend Billy Joe Shaver.

They also joined Not Necessarily Nashville host Flap Jones live in the studio at KUAR to perform and talk about some of their own songs.  You can listen to segments of the show above.

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