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3:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Foundation Awards Grant To Arkansas DHS To Help Early Childhood Education

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is awarding a $1 million grant to the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

The grant announced Thursday is intended to improve early learning and school readiness standards for young children and to find ways to get parents more involved in early learning for children.

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1:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Opponents Of 12-Week Abortion Ban File Briefs In Federal Court

Opponents of Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban say a federal appeals court should rule the law unconstitutional, arguing the state is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent by seeking to reinstate the prohibition.

Two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions filed a brief Thursday asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of the doctors.

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10:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

No One Hurt After Shots Fired In Little Rock River Market

Credit inarkansas.com

Little Rock police say no one was injured after shots were fired in the busy River Market district downtown.

Lt. Sidney Allen says a large group of teenagers was escorted out of the River Market Amphitheater on Wednesday night during the outdoor Movies in the Park event, where "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was being shown.

Allen says that shots were fired once the group reached Clinton Avenue, and several people ran in different directions. No one was hit by the gunfire.

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8:55 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Civil War Group Approves 2 New Historical Markers

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved two new historical markers in Benton and Phillips counties.

The two markers announced Wednesday will be placed in Rogers and Helena-West Helena. The first will be placed at Hobbs State Park and will commemorate Peter Van Winkle's Mill, which was destroyed in the war.

The commission also approved a historical marker to commemorate the Lick Creek Skirmish in east Arkansas. That marker will be placed within Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena.

Local & Regional News
8:49 am
Thu July 10, 2014

New Programming Director For Hot Springs Film Fest

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced its new programming director.

Film critic and journalist Lauren Wissot will join the festival and collaborate with festival executive director Courtney Pledger to bring documentary films from across the world to Arkansas.

This year's film festival will take place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel in town.

The film festival is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and is attended by documentary film lovers, filmmakers and noted special guests.

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8:40 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Secretary Of State: Don't Block Arkansas Voter ID Law

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site in March warns voters to be ready to show a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.

Martin's office on Wednesday asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny a motion lift the stay on his decision against the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Fox ruled the law unconstitutional in May, but suspended his decision. That ruling has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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Local & Regional News
6:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Business Leaders Tout Poll Showing Arkansans Want Immigration Reform

American farms are facing a dwindling supply of farm workers.

Business and agriculture leaders in the state are touting new poll results showing 66 percent of likely Arkansas voters favor granting legal status of some kind to immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

The poll's release is part of a national day of action today in favor of immigration reform.

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3:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.

Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.  Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.

“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.  "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."

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2:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Reward Offered In Death Of Endangered Birds In Arkansas

A nesting least tern pair in the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A reward is being offered for information on the deaths of several Interior least terns found on a small island in the Arkansas River.

Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations.

The endangered birds are found anywhere along the Arkansas River, from the Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River.Their main nesting area is a section of the river from Clarksville downstream to Pine Bluff.

A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths.

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1:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

UALR & UCA Ink Deal For Five Year Men's Basketball Series

The University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have reached an agreement to play each other in men's basketball in each of the next five seasons.

The schools announced the agreement Wednesday.

The teams will play each other at Little Rock during the 2014-2015 season, then twice a year in Conway and Little Rock over the next four seasons.

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