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2:46 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Former Governor Mike Beebe To Affiliate With Roberts Law Firm

Former Gov. Mike Beebe in a file photo from December at the unveiling of his official portrait as he prepared to leave office.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Roberts Law Firm P.A. in Little Rock announced that former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has officially joined Roberts Group, which includes several legal and consulting entities tied to the firm.

On its Facebook page, the firm said: “Roberts Law Firm announces that Governor Mike Beebe has officially joined Roberts Group (Roberts Law Firm, PA, Roberts GR Strategies, LLC, Made in USA Works, LLC, and Roberts International, LLC), effective March 1, 2015. Governor Beebe will not engage in lobbying activities. We are thrilled to have him on board!”

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9:18 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Snow, Sleet Cover Most Of Arkansas After Winter Storm

Forecasters say an overnight storm dropped up to six inches of sleet and snow across central Arkansas and more than eight inches in the northeast part of the state.
 
The National Weather Service in North Little Rock has issued a hazardous weather outlook for most of the state. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department reports that every highway in the state is covered in snow or ice with the exception of some routes in northwest Arkansas, which are only partly covered.
 
Snowfall across the state should slow at sunrise and finish around noon.
 

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4:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Benji Hardy Of The Arkansas Times On Rep. Justin Harris's "Rehomed" Daughters

Republican Rep. Justin Harris.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times reports State Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork, and his wife Marsha, gave their two young adopted daughters away to a 38-year-old employee of their preschool, Growing God's Kingdom, named Eric Francis. Francis was fired from the preschool and was eventually convicted of sexually assaulting one of the girls.

KUAR’s Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with Benji Hardy of the Arkansas Times about his story on the little known practice of “rehoming.”

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2:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Suspect In Killing Of Little Rock Realtor To Self-Represent

Beverly Carter

A judge has ruled that a man who is charged in the kidnapping and killing of a Little Rock real estate agent will be allowed to represent himself.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 34-year-old Arron Lewis won his request after Judge Herbert Wright accepted a mental evaluation last week that deemed Lewis fit for trial.

When questioned about his ability to represent himself, Lewis said that he has some college education and that he can read and write. He also mentioned that he had "won a lawsuit against Benton County."

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2:08 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Arkansas House Supports Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Bill

Rep. Nate Bell speaking in support of his bill Wednesday in the Arkansas House.
Credit arkansashouse.org

Arkansas House members want to force a constitutional convention to take up a federal balanced budget amendment.

The body voted 54-32 Wednesday to join with other states calling for a constitutional convention. The convention application would be submitted once 38 states have joined the compact.

Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Mena said his proposal is needed because the nation faces a debt crisis. Supporters say two states have already joined and the legislation is pending before several others.

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1:38 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Arkansas Senate Votes To Put State Exchange Plans On Hold

The Arkansas Senate has voted to put the state's plans to set up its own insurance exchange under the federal health law on hold while the nation's highest court weighs a lawsuit over the overhaul.

The measure was approved by the Senate on a 25-0 vote Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments in a lawsuit centering on the federal subsidies granted by the overhaul. Opponents of the law say that only residents of states that set up their own insurance markets can get subsidies to help pay their premiums.

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11:45 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Federal Judge Won't Lift Stay In Arkansas Gay Marriage Lawsuit

A federal judge says she won't allow same-sex marriages in Arkansas while the issue is pending before an appeals court.

Lawyers claim gay couples are suffering continuing harm by not being allowed to marry. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker struck down Arkansas' ban against same-sex marriages in November but issued a stay pending an appeal. The same-sex couples asked Baker to lift the stay, but the judge said Wednesday court rules won't let her.

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11:11 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Lowering Lottery-Funded Scholarship Amounts

An Arkansas Senate panel has endorsed lowering the amount of money incoming college freshmen would receive in from the state's lottery-funded scholarships and changing the program's eligibility requirements.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday advanced a proposal to lower the scholarship amount incoming freshmen would receive from $2,000 to $1,000. The measure by Republican Sen. Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana, however, would increase the amount students receive in the second year from $3,000 to $4,000.

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9:58 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Speaker Gillam To Talk To Central Arkansas Political Animals

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam in this file photo from March 2014.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives will talk to members of the Central Arkansas Political Animals Club later this month. Rep. Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, will be the March 17 speaker at the Central Arkansas chapter of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock.

The meeting will be at the Little Rock Club on the 30th floor of the Regions Bank building on West Capitol Avenue.

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9:18 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Arkansas House Panel Advances Foreign Law Court Ban

A measure heading to the Arkansas House would prohibit judges in the state from basing any rulings on foreign laws, including Islamic Sharia law.
 
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday endorsed the bill to ban the state's courts from basing its rulings on any foreign law, legal code or system that doesn't grant fundamental liberties ensured under the U.S. or Arkansas constitutions. If signed into law, the legislation would make Arkansas the eighth state to have such a restriction enacted.
 

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