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5:13 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Big River Steel Asks Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit By Competitor

Officials take part in the groundbreaking of the Big River Steel mill in east Arkansas last month.
Credit Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

Attorneys representing Big River Steel are asking a judge to throw out a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the construction of a $1.3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas.

In court papers filed Friday, Big River Steel called the lawsuit filed by competitor Nucor Steel "a scorched-earth campaign." Nucor alleges that Big River Steel's new mill in Mississippi County will violate the federal Clean Air Act.

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Local & Regional News
4:13 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Child Hurt After Fall Into Little Rock Zoo's Jaguar Exhibit

Credit littlerockzoo.com

A spokesman at Arkansas Children's Hospital says a young child is in critical condition after falling into a jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo.

Hospital spokesman Dan McFadden said in a news release Friday that the child's guardian has asked that the child's name and other information not be released.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui says staff members used a fire extinguisher to keep the jaguars away from the child after the incident Friday morning. The child was pulled to safety by a zoo employee who lowered a ladder into the exhibit.

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Local & Regional News
2:31 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Cotton Farmers Urged To Report Damage From Hail Storm

Cotton farmers in northeast Arkansas are being urged to report damage to their crop as a result of a hail storm while officials seek a disaster declaration.

State Rep. Homer Lenderman told The Jonesboro Sun that damage from Monday's storm is "probably not" enough to warrant a federal disaster declaration. But he said officials are working to get a state disaster declaration.

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Local & Regional News
8:44 am
Fri October 10, 2014

More Records From Clinton White House Set To Be Released

The National Archives is releasing a batch of documents that might shed light on painful chapters in Hillary Rodham Clinton's life as first lady, just as she ponders another bid for the White House. The 10,000 pages of records from the Clinton administration are to be released Friday. They touch on the Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton's land dealings in Arkansas; Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; the 1993 death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster; and pardons Bill Clinton granted in his final hours as president.

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Local & Regional News
8:31 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Disclosed Leslie Rutledge Email Heats Up Attorney General’s Race

Leslie Rutledge at KUAR in May 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Attorney General’s contest centered on race Thursday after a report of a seven-year old email from the GOP nominee was made public.

The Blue Hog Report reported Thursday that Republican Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge sent an email in October 2007 that blogger Matt Campbell said was “written in an overtly racist patois.” The email, sent when Rutledge was an employee of the Department of Human Services, said it was a “true story and email from a friend of mine… she works d’town with battered women, etc.”

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Minimum Wage Initiative
6:58 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

VIDEO: Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative Now Getting Broad Political Support

Gloria Smith canvasses a Little Rock neighborhood encouraging residents to support the minimum wage proposal.
Credit PBS NewsHour

This story was jointly produced by KUAR's Jacob Kauffman with PBS NewsHour.

This election, voters in several states including Arkansas will go to the polls and vote on proposals to raise the state minimum wage.

The Arkansas rate is $6.25 an hour. The state is one of three with a rate below the federal minimum wage, and that has political groups out canvassing neighborhoods to get support for the increase.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Former Governor Huckabee Backs Cotton At Fort Smith Rally

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee says he wants Arkansas voters to have something to celebrate on election night.

The ex-governor visited Fort Smith on Thursday to endorse U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in his challenge for a U.S. Senate seat.

Huckabee's visit comes just days after former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Democratic candidates in Conway, Jonesboro, Fayetteville and Rogers.

Cotton and Huckabee were joined by U.S. Sen. John Boozman, who would become Arkansas' senior senator if Cotton defeats Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor next month.

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Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Thu October 9, 2014

State High Court Considering Arkansas Alcohol Ballot Measure

Members of Arkansas' highest court are considering whether a petition to expand alcohol sales statewide should have been turned in on the July 4 holiday.

Under Arkansas law, proposals must be submitted no later than four months before the general election. That date this year was Independence Day.

A group challenging the petition told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that the requirement could not be waived. It says Secretary of State Mark Martin should have opened his office July 4 to process the paperwork.

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Local & Regional News
10:58 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Senate Candidate Tom Cotton, Wife Expecting 1st Child

Tom Cotton and his wife Anna from a campaign ad earlier this year.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he and his wife, Anna, are expecting their first child.

Cotton, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in one of the closest-watched Senate races in the country, made the announcement Thursday. The congressman says the baby boy is due in April.

The couple was married in March in a small wedding ceremony.

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Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Thu October 9, 2014

State Supreme Court Won't Delay Proceedings In Gay Marriage Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Earlier this year, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in challenges involving other states. On Monday, the nation's highest court declined to consider appeals in those cases.

The Arkansas Supreme Court did not offer any comment in its one-sentence denial Thursday of McDaniel's request.

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