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11:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Arkansas GOP Asks Judge To Uphold Voter ID Rule

A sign at the entrance to a Little Rock polling site in March reminds voters a photo ID is now required.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Republican Party of Arkansas is asking a state judge to uphold a rule change that gives absentee voters more time to show proof of ID after casting ballots.

The state GOP filed a motion asking that the change approved by the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners be upheld.

The court papers come in a lawsuit filed by the Pulaski County Election Commission, which argues that the state board overstepped its authority when it approved the change. Both sides have until Wednesday to file responses in the case.

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Local & Regional News
9:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

3 Vying For Republican Nomination For House Seat

The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, banking executive French Hill and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds are running for the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Whoever wins the nomination will face former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, the only Democrat running, and Libertarian nominee Debbie Standiford.

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Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Mon April 21, 2014

USGS Reports Several Small Earthquakes In Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that several small earthquakes have been recorded near Fairfield Bay in central Arkansas.

The USGS reports show five quakes with preliminary magnitudes from 1.7 to 2.1 were recorded from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning - each about eight miles southwest of Fairfield Bay. The area is about 50 miles north of Little Rock.

Police say there are no reports of injury or damage.

Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Gov. Beebe To Join In Ceremony For Block Grants

Governor Mike Beebe is to join Arkansas Economic Development Commission officials and local leaders to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant program.

The program was created by Congress in 1974 and has since provided more than $700 million to Arkansas communities for projects such as community centers, street repair, wastewater systems, local museums, homeless shelters, childcare facilities and libraries.

Arkansas Business Report
8:26 am
Mon April 21, 2014

4/21/14: Arkansas Business Report

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Arkansas Science Education
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Arkansas Schools To Adopt New 'Next Generation Science' Curricula

The new public education standard known as “Common Core” is now being taught in 44 states including Arkansas, but the state is also among 26 states drafting new K thru 12th grade science standards, called “Next Generation Science.”

KUAF’s  Jacqueline Froelich reports.

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Local & Regional News
2:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Arkansas's Unemployment Rate Improves to 2009 Level

Arkansas and US Unemployment Rates
Credit http://www.arkansaseconomist.com/

The latest jobs report shows another of month of positive trends in Arkansas. Figures released Friday by the Department of Workforce Services report the state’s unemployment rate dropping from 7.1 percent to 6.9 percent.

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Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.

Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Shoe Company Laying Off 56 In Hot Springs

A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.

Munro & Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.

Last year, Munro & Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.

CEO Bruce Munro says the company has moved some operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive.

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Local & Regional News
8:59 am
Fri April 18, 2014

US Agency To Reopen Public Comment On Mussels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas.

The two threatened species are the Rabbitsfoot mussel and the Neosho Mucket mussel. Under the Endangered Species Act, the service must consider areas thought to be crucial to a species' conservation and to mark them as a critical habitat.

The proposed critical habitat for the two mussel species consist of about 783 miles of rivers and streams in Arkansas.

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