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Anti-abortion rally josh duggar
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A coalition of abortion opponents gathered at the Capitol Friday to call on Democratic Senator Mark Pryor to support a congressional effort to ban the procedure at 20 weeks. Local organizers and campaign workers with Pryor’s senate opponent, Republican Tom Cotton, were joined by a national organization in Arkansas to influence the upcoming election.

Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman with Women Speak Out PAC, said abortion is an issue that needs to be at the forefront.

“We have a really important opportunity to replace Mark Pryor with a pro-life Senator,” said Quigley.

Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park.

The city's Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken Thursday night. They're made of bronze with copper detail and were sawed off at their base.

Two others were taken from the same garden about a year and a half ago. One was recovered and the other was replaced.

The director says there is only one security camera in the park. He says the city will add more cameras, signs and lighting because of the theft. It will also trim trees in the park.

Arkansas Times

A Whirlpool spokesman says a toxic chemical found in the groundwater of a Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club does not pose a health risk.

The Times Record reports spokesman Jeff Noel announced the results of the company's summer testing on Thursday. The chemical is linked to increased cancer risk.

The club's director says the testing detected the chemical in one out of nine groundwater samples. It was not found in the soil or surface water.

The company's former plant in Fort Smith used trichloroethylene as a degreasing solvent from the 1960s through the early 1980s.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft of a rule to cut the nation’s power plant emissions by a rate of 30 percent by 2030 has the state’s utilities, business leaders and environmental groups at odds. Thursday, those stakeholders presented their differing views on how Arkansas fits into the national goal of lowering emissions.

Teresa Marks, director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, welcomed the various stakeholders for a meeting focusing on the economic impacts of the drafted rule.

President Barack Obama has nominated the chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The White House announced Thursday its nomination of Colette Honorable as a commissioner on the agency that regulates the transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.

A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use.

Overnight camping has been prohibited at the south Arkansas campground since 2010, when 20 people died in powerful flash flood after the Little Missouri River rose more than 20 feet in less than four hours.

The site is now open during daylight hours but not for overnight camping. It's owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

Arkansas officials have ordered the closure of the Lawrence County jail due to overcrowding, lack of firefighting equipment and other inadequacies.  
 
Sheriff Jody Dotson tells the Jonesboro Sun the jail has "consistently failed every inspection" in the last 10 years. He says the county has also been cited for inadequate cell space and lack of an exercise area.
 

Lake Maumelle
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

This week the Pulaski County Quorum Court voted unanimously to adopt amendments to a zoning ordinance for the Lake Maumelle Watershed, but challenges still remain for those affected by the ordinance.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling Arkansas the best opportunity for Republicans to pick up a governor's seat as he campaigns for Asa Hutchinson's gubernatorial bid.

Christie campaigned in Arkansas on Wednesday with Hutchinson, who is running against Democratic nominee and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross for the state's top office. The two are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

Senator Mark Pryor
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Incumbent Senator Mark Pryor continued to attack Republican challenger Tom Cotton Wednesday over votes on emergency and disaster relief. This week Pryor’s campaign launched a television advertisement criticizing a vote Cotton made against pandemic preparedness and how it relates to Ebola.

At his campaign headquarters in Little Rock Pryor said that while Cotton’s campaign has been making light of the ad, votes on pandemics such as Ebola, are important.

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