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5:12 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas and the National Climate Assessment

Credit climate.gov

The third National Climate Assessment was released last week and the congressionally mandated research, compiled by 13 agencies and 240 scientists, concludes a warming climate is and will be having negative consequences for Arkansas.

Jerry Hatfield, a director at the USDA’s National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment, said the effects aren’t just on personal comfort levels.

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5:09 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Judge Orders Tobacco Maker To Pay Arkansas Nearly $30 Million

A Canadian tobacco company has been ordered to pay Arkansas nearly $30 million for failing to set money aside in escrow in lieu of participating in the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

The state accused Grand River Enterprises of violating the law by not depositing money in escrow for its sales of Seneca cigarettes in 2005 and 2006.

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3:46 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas Court Upholds Judicial Candidates' Eligibility

The Arkansas Supreme Court says judicial candidates whose licenses were suspended for late payment of annual dues are eligible for the ballot.

State law requires that someone be a licensed attorney for six years before becoming eligible for a judgeship. In a series of rulings Wednesday, the high court said that a temporary suspension for late payment of dues isn't enough to disqualify a candidate from the ballot.

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3:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Says Judge Went Too Far On Voter ID

File photo of a sign outside a Little Rock polling site in March alerting voters that they will be asked for a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.

Justices on Wednesday vacated a Pulaski County judge's decision that the law violates Arkansas' constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox had struck down the law in a case that had focused on how absentee ballots are handled under the law, but justices stayed his ruling while they considered an appeal.

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1:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

UALR Receives $1 Million Endowment For Non-Traditional Students

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been selected for a $1 million endowment that will support scholarships for non-traditional college students who want to return to school to finish their college education.

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11:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Attorney General Again Asks For Stay Of Arkansas Gay Marriage Ruling

An employee with the Pulaski County Clerk's office explains how to fill out paperwork for a marriage license Monday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.

McDaniel's office on Wednesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling against the gay marriage ban is needed because some clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

About 400 licenses have been issued so far, mostly in Pulaski and Washington counties.

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10:07 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Vandals Cause $60,000 Damage To Walnut Ridge Airport

Authorities are investigating after at least two vandals caused $60,000 in damage to the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Airport manager Michelle Anthony says surveillance video captured the vandalism Saturday night. The video shows two ATVs entering airport property late Saturday. Over the course of an hour, the ATVs circled the runway, destroying at least nine runway lights and two signs.

Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Wed May 14, 2014

EPA Orders Clean Harbors To Pay $581k Penalty

The Environmental Protection Agency says Clean Harbors El Dorado L.L.C. has agreed to pay a more than $581,000 penalty for improperly identifying and disposing of hazardous waste; improper storage of hazardous waste; and failure to comply with air emissions standards at its plant in El Dorado.

The EPA says the violations were discovered during inspections.

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5:47 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Democrat Mike Ross Outraises Republican Asa Hutchinson For Governor

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross has raised nearly half a million dollars in his bid for Arkansas governor, surpassing his chief Republican rival as the two prepare for their respective primaries next week.

Ross reported Tuesday raising $491,153 since April 1 in his bid for the state's top office. Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson reported raising $240,375 during the past month.

Tuesday is the deadline to file fundraising reports ahead of the May 20 primary.

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2:14 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Private-Public Funds Bolster Plan for Ben E. Keith Foods Expansion in Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe at Tuesday's Ben E. Keith announcement. Company President Mike Roach is at far left, and company General Manager Rusty Mathis is at far right.
Credit Lee Hogan / Arkansas Business

Ben E. Keith Foods said it will spend $60 million to transfer operations from two existing facilities in Central Arkansas to a new larger facility, adding 74 jobs to an existing workforce of 260.

State and federal officials Tuesday touted additional investments from the government as a primary impetus for the development of a Mid-South Regional Headquarters for distribution in North Little Rock.

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