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5:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

As Ballot Deadline Nears, Medical Marijuana Comes Up Short, Minimum Wage Says They're Ready

Credit arcompassion.com / Arkansans for Compassionate Care

The July 4th weekend is the last opportunity for groups pushing ballot measures on the minimum wage, marijuana, and alcohol sales to meet signature requirements for Monday’s deadline.

Melissa Fults with Arkansans for Compassionate Care said the medical marijuana effort is short on signatures but says they hope to reach the over 62,000 signature threshold over the weekend.

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Local & Regional News
12:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Child Dies, Three Injured, When Car Was Struck By A Train

A child died and three other people were injured when a car was struck by a train in Sweet Home.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says a Union Pacific train hit the car shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday as the car was driving onto Arkansas 365.

Officials say the collision sent the car more than a quarter-mile down the track and into a remote, wooded area that couldn't be easily accessed by vehicle.

The child, whose age was unclear, died at the scene.

Local & Regional News
11:01 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Governor Beebe Signs Into Law Bills Passed During Special Session

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe signed into law Thursday bills that were passed during this week’s three day special session of the Arkansas Legislature.

The measures were to prevent a 35 percent hike in teacher insurance premiums, add 600 beds in state prisons and place a moratorium on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery adding so-called monitor games.

Beebe Spokeswoman Stacey Hall says leaders of the state House and Senate joined the governor for the 10 a.m. signing, which was done without fanfare.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Arkansas AG Issues Tips About Vehicle Recalls

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office is providing residents more information about vehicle recalls.

To determine whether a vehicle's been recalled, McDaniel says motorists can visit the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration website, www.safercar.gov . There, consumers can search NHTSA's database by year, make and model for information about recalls, investigations and complaints.

The database also includes information about recalls of child restraints, tires and other equipment.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Group Commemorates Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Terrence Roberts after accepting an award Wednesday evening from the Arkansas Psychological Association.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

The Arkansas Psychological Association held a ceremony Wednesday evening to commemorate the passage of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, in 1964.

At the ceremony, held at Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, speakers discussed the link between ongoing work-place discrimination and workers' psychological health.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hot Springs Waiving Fees to Spur Residential Growth Downtown

Looking Down on Central Avenue in Hot Springs
Credit wikipedia.org

Hot Springs is waiving building fees for residential developments in an effort to revitalize the city’s downtown. City Manager David Watkins said the city known for horse racing and therapeutic baths is looking to follow the path of urban revitalization efforts elsewhere.

Watkins said relying on tourism dollars from visitors drawn to Oaklawn, the lakes, and natural hot springs is not enough to sustain a vibrant downtown.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

UA Study Points To Economic Effects of "Dry" Counties Turning "Wet"

Map showing “wet” and “dry” counties in Arkansas as of 2014.
Credit encyclopediaofarkansas.net

Proponents of allowing alcohol sales in Faulkner, Saline, and Craighead counties are touting a University of Arkansas study released Wednesday that concludes a change from “dry” to “wet” would be financially beneficial. UA Researcher Jeff Cooperstein said much of the increased revenue would not be new but derived from neighboring counties that are currently wet.

He also said an increase in alcohol consumption could drive new revenue.

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Local & Regional News
2:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Senator Pryor Accuses Republican Challenger Cotton Of Attacking His Faith

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for an interview where Cotton said the Democratic lawmaker thinks that "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings."

In response, Cotton commended Pryor on Wednesday as a "man of faith."

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Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Five Insurance Plans To Be Offered In 2015 Arkansas Marketplace

The Arkansas Insurance Department says five insurance companies have signed up to offer policies through the state's federally arranged marketplace during 2015.

The companies are Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Celtic Insurance Co., National Blue Cross Blue Shield Multi-State, QCH Health Plan Inc. and QualChoice Life and Health Insurance Co. Inc.

The Insurance Department said Wednesday that each plan must still be reviewed to determine whether they adequately meet the needs of would-be policy holders.

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Special Programming
12:23 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

KUAR Airs Special July 4 Weekend Programming

KUAR is offering special programming this Fourth of July holiday and weekend that will bring you the literary impact of lost fathers, an exploration of the right to vote in the United States and some of the best and most current investigative reporting you can find.

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