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3:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Hearing Canceled For Arkansas Doctor In Bombing Case

Mug shot of Randeep Man.

A re-sentencing hearing has been canceled for a doctor convicted in the bombing that nearly killed the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Lawyers for Randeep Mann say a judge canceled the hearing scheduled for Monday. The hearing has not been rescheduled.

In December, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing for Mann, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 bombing at the home of Dr. Trent Pierce.

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12:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Reviewing Voter ID

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's reviewing constitutional concerns that have been raised about a bill to require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.

Carter said Monday that some lawmakers told him they plan to object to the bill on the grounds that it failed to capture a two-thirds majority of votes - 24 votes - when it passed the Senate on a 23-12 vote last month.

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10:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Legislator Files In-State Tuition Proposal

An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing extending in-state tuition rates to some students who entered the  U.S. illegally.

Little Rock Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott filed a bill Monday that would grant in-state tuition rates to anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.

Monday is the deadline for lawmakers to file legislation.

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10:31 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Gets An "A" For Website

An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the Legislatures in Arkansas, New Hampshire and Connecticut an 'A'  grade for how they make legislative information available.

The Sunlight Foundation also gave the top mark to Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.

Two New England states got an 'F.' They are Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Others in that category are Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, and Nebraska.

Vermont got a 'B' and Maine got a 'D.'

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Local & Regional News
8:21 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Video: Arkansas Sen. Dismang Says Lawmakers Exploring Non-profit Insurance Exchange

At a health insurance expansion rally on Thursday, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) encouraged stakeholders in the debate to be patient with lawmakers as they grapple for a fiscal and political solution to insuring more Arkansans.

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Local & Regional News
7:50 am
Sat March 9, 2013

This Weekend: Used Book Sale in Little Rock

This weekend, readers of all levels will convene at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries used book sale in the Main Library basement in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
4:40 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

DHS Settles With Family Of Child Killed By Falling Goal

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it's agreed to a settlement with the family of a 9-year-old who was killed when a soccer goal fell on him two years ago.

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Local & Regional News
4:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ark. House Rejects Bill To Cut Concealed Carry Fee

  The Arkansas House has rejected a proposal to cut in half the application fee for obtaining a concealed handgun license. 

By a 31-52 vote, lawmakers on Friday rejected the measure, which would have decreased the concealed carry permit application fee from $100 to $50. It would have also further reduced the fee for veterans, people over the age of 60 and residents who have obtained a restraining order.

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Truck Accident
4:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Crews Continue To Repair Damage From Thursday's I-40 Accident

Highway officials say the whole support structure where a tractor-trailer hit a bridge in the fiery accident Thursday will have to be replaced.

Spokesman Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the Young Road overpass near the Crystal Hill exit on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock is expected to be re-opened Friday evening with 200 tons weight restrictions.

Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Bill Would Ban Employers From Requesting Social Media Info

An Arkansas lawmaker has proposed banning employers from asking current or prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.

Democratic Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville filed the bill Friday. It would prohibit employers from threatening or taking disciplinary action against employees or applicants for not revealing their usernames or passwords.

Employers could not refuse to hire applicants for not handing over their social media information.

The legislation would also apply to email accounts. 

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