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6:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Look At Gaza From Part Of Little Rock's Islamic Community

Muhammed al-Muhadi at the Little Rock Islamic Center
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel. KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence.

I spoke with Tamer Alsebai, Muhammed al-Muhadi, and Waddah Maskoun shortly after afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
4:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Arkansas Drug Director Announces Retirement

Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener is retiring after more than seven years in the post.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office announced Monday that Flener is retiring effective Thursday and Steve Varady will serve as director for the rest of the year. Varady has been the program manager in Flener's office since 2009.

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Local & Regional News
3:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Coalition Looks Towards Long-Term Tornado Relief

Victims of the tornado in Vilonia wait for President Obama to come by on May 7, 2014.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

Three months after a tornado ripped through parts of central Arkansas, a coalition is looking towards long-term recovery. For those in Vilonia and Mayflower, that means getting life back to normal. But the degree of destruction has made even having places to coordinate recovery a challenge.

Nathan Kilbourne is pastor at Vilonia Methodist Church, which was destroyed.  

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Local & Regional News
12:36 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Gay Rights Group Hires Arkansas Director As Part Of Southern Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign's Project One America Director Brad Clark (left) and HRC Arkansas Director Kendra Johnson speak Monday at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As part of a campaign to expand protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in three southern states, an Arkansas director has been named for the Human Rights Campaign.

Kendra Johnson was introduced during a press conference at the capitol Monday and said LGBT people are particularly vulnerable in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Election Ordinance Voided In Bald Knob For Failure To Advertise

An Arkansas city's failure to advertise an ordinance twice in a newspaper has given another opportunity for residents to run for office as independent candidates.

The Daily Citizen reports Bald Knob had an early filing ordinance for residents who want to run as independents. They could only sign up from April 30 to May 19.

Mayor Doyle Wallace says the ordinance was voided after the city advertised it once, not twice as required.

Barth Grayson says he's pleased about the voided ordinance. He says he plans to file as a candidate for Bald Knob mayor.

Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tyson Foods Selling Mexico & Brazil Poultry Operations To Pilgrim's Pride

Tyson's headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas.
Credit Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

The company expects the sale to JBS' Pilgrim's Pride, which is based in Greeley, Colorado, to be completed by the end of the year.

Tyson's Mexico and Brazil operations employ more than 10,000 people combined.

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Local & Regional News
10:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General Asks To Help Defend Drilling Tax Break

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to defend in court a $5 million tax break the Legislature gave the natural gas industry after the state's top finance official said the exemption was unconstitutional.

McDaniel on Friday filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the measure approved earlier this year exempting sand used in natural gas drilling from state sales taxes. The tax break was included in the Department of Finance and Administration's revenue services division budget, an approach the lawsuit argues is unconstitutional.

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Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Human Rights Campaign Releases First Large-Scale Survey of LGBT Arkansans

The Human Rights Campaign is releasing the results of a survey about the challenges and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered residents. Last year, the organization gathered information from roughly 1,000 LGBT Arkansans across the state.

The Human Rights Campaign wanted some basic information about the lives of LGBT Arkansans: How are they involved in their communities? What type of challenges or discrimination do they feel they face in public settings or with their families?

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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A Look At Gaza From A Leader In Arkansas's Jewish Community

Rabbi Barry Block at KUAR
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel.

KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence. I spoke with Rabbi Barry Block of Little Rock's only Reform Judaism congregation Temple B'nai Israel.

Check back Tuesday to hear comments from the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

Death counts in this interview have since climbed to over 1000 Palestinians and over 40 Israelis.

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Sun July 27, 2014

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