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9:11 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending

The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after April's deadly storms is ending.

Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by Monday.

Residents must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster they no longer have a job, a place to work or could not get to their place of work because of the damage.

Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Video: Arkansas GOP Attorney General Candidates Debate At KUAR

GOP AG Candidates David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for Arkansas Attorney General. 

Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling will be in a runoff election Tuesday, June 10th after neither got 50 percent of the vote during the May 20th election.  

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with the two. Watch the full interview here.

The candidates sparred over the death penalty, the EPA, same-sex marriage and the sources of their campaign funds.

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Local & Regional News
3:37 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Jason Baldwin Of The West Memphis 3 Co-Writes Book

An author whose extensive work helped build support that led to the release of the West Memphis Three has teamed up with one of the men to tell his story. It’s the second book on the case for Mara Leveritt whose previous book, Devil's Knot, was  recently made into a movie.

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Local & Regional News
9:20 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Abundance Of Ticks Reported In Arkansas

The University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture says there is an abundance ticks this spring in Arkansas.

The statement comes on the heels of the death in neighboring Oklahoma of a man who had a virus spread through tick bites.

Extension entomologist Kelly Loftin says lone star ticks and American dog ticks are particularly prevalent. A Delaware, Oklahoma, man died from the Heartland virus - which is linked to the lone star tick.

Other ticks in Arkansas include the blacklegged tick, the winter tick, the Gulf Coast tick and the brown dog tick.

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Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Mother: Son Missed Flight, Causing Airport Lockdown

The mother of an Arkansas man who caused a two-hour lockdown at Detroit Metropolitan Airport says he mistakenly re-entered a secure area after missing a flight this week to a basketball tryout.

Jennifer Smith of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, told The Associated Press on Saturday that 22-year-old Christian Smith's actions "were a complete misunderstanding."

Christian Smith was arrested Thursday night after exiting and going back into a secured side of a screening checkpoint at the airport in Romulus. The lockdown delayed flights at the McNamara Terminal.

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News About Public Radio
3:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Public Radio Open House On Saturday!

Come join us at the Public Radio Family Reunion from 11:00 - 1:00 on Saturday, May 31, at the KUAR 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5 studios. We are located at 5820 Asher Avenue, Suite 400, in Little Rock.

This Saturday is our one-day on-air drive before our fiscal year ends, and we want you to be part of our celebration. We'll also be wishing our development director, Mary Waldo, well as she retires in June.

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Local & Regional News
2:59 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Lawmakers Say VA Needs Reforms After Shinseki Exit

General Eric Shinseki, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, speaking in December.

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say the focus should now shift to reforming the nation's health care network for veterans after Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned over systemic problems within the VA.

Shinseki's resignation was announced Friday, after calls had grown from lawmakers for his ouster following an inspector general's report revealing treatment delays. Hours before the announcement, Republican Sen. John Boozman called for his departure.

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Local & Regional News
2:57 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Data Breach Reported In Arkansas State University Department

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has told Arkansas State University about a data breach in ASU's College of Education and Behavioral Science's Department of Childhood Services.

ASU said Friday that the breach could expose personally identifiable information. Chief Information Officer Henry Torres says there has been unauthorized access to the data - but no reports of illegal use of the information.

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Local & Regional News
2:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Regional Airport Opens In St. Francis County

Officials have marked the opening of the new Delta Regional Airport in eastern Arkansas.

State and local officials attending a gate-opening ceremony Thursday at the new facility in Colt. The new regional airport will eventually replace current airports in Wynne and Forrest City.

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Local & Regional News
12:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Charles Robinson Praised As Fills Out Term Of Arkansas Treasurer

Gov. Mike Beebe and Charles Robinson at a news conference May 29, 2013 when Beebe announced Robinson would fill out the term of Martha Shoffner.
Credit Maureen Kennedy / Arkansas Business

A year after he was appointed to take over Arkansas' scandal-plagued state treasurer's office, Charles Robinson has fulfilled the goal laid out for him by the governor and lawmakers: Keep the low-profile office out of the news.

Beebe and lawmakers are praising Robinson, who was appointed to the post a year ago this week.

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