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3:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Open Carry Advocates to March in Jonesboro, Disagree with Attorney General on Law

Credit arkansascarry.com

A firearms law passed earlier this year opened the door for a myriad of interpretations on whether or not it is legal to openly carry firearms in the state. The open carry advocacy group Arkansas Carry is taking their interpretation to the streets this Sunday.

In what will be their third march the group plans to openly carry firearms in the city of Jonesboro. Nicholas Stehle, with Arkansas Carry, said they’ve had to consider the opinions of law enforcement.

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2:42 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Legislative Memo Outlines Public School Employee Insurance Changes

Last week, House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) and Senate President Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville) charged the heads of the legislative education and insurance committees to come up with a framework for a solution to the public school employee insurance crisis by Friday, Oct. 4. The deadline has been met.

A memo circulating among Arkansas lawmakers Friday outlines a number of short-term and long-term fixes to the troubled insurance fund, which is facing a $54 million deficit and looming 50% rate hikes to teachers and public school employees.

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10:39 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Delay Sought In Trial For UCA Ex-Administrator

The University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to delay the upcoming trial for a former University of Central Arkansas administrator accused of commercial burglary. 

Jack Gillean faces an Oct. 28 trial in Van Buren County on the charges.

A pre-trial hearing was to be held Friday, but prosecutors are seeking a delay, saying they haven't received subpoenaed phone records in the case.

Gillean was chief of staff at UCA until his arrest last year. Prosecutors accuse him of giving a master key to a student who allegedly broke into professors' offices to steal test answers.

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5:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Wording Of Medical Marijuana Proposal

Prepackaged medical marijuana for patient use in California.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposal for next year's ballot legalizing medical marijuana. 

McDaniel on Thursday certified the proposal submitted by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, clearing the way for the group to begin gathering the 62,507 signatures needed to place the proposed initiated act on next year's ballot. 

The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries or to grow their own marijuana if they don't live close to a dispensary.

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8:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Pedestrian & Bike Trail Proposed Linking Little Rock And Hot Springs

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, at the podium, details plans for the trail, alongside other county judges and mayors.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

County administrators of Pulaski, Saline and Garland Counties are proposing construction of a bicycle and pedestrian trail linking Little Rock and Hot Springs.

They were joined Thursday by several of the mayors of cities and towns that the trail would pass through, making an enthusiastic pitch for the project for reporters and cycling advocates.

“When this is completed, we will have something that is second to none in this country,” said Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines. 

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4:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas Congressman Deletes 'Violent Rhetoric' Tweet

A Republican congressman from Arkansas posted, then deleted, a tweet criticizing President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers for "violent rhetoric" during a U.S. Capitol lockdown following a shooting. U.S.

Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday tweeted from his personal account "Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi" after a shooting was reported outside the Capitol. Griffin's tweet included the hashtag disgusting.

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4:11 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacts Little Rock Air Force Base

Three hundred and fifty Little Rock Air Force Base civilians are on furlough due to the government shutdown that began October 1st.

The shutdown is due to Congress’ failure to pass a continuing resolution or appropriations bill. Asa result, all personnel paid by appropriated funds are on furlough, except for the minimum number necessary to carry out duties that are essential to national security and safety.

Colonel Patrick J. Rhatigan, Commander of the 19th Airlift Wing said the furlough has had a major impact on the Air Force’s operations.

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2:44 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tempartures May Dip to 40s in Arkansas

Credit www.weather.gov / NWS

Temperatures in Arkansas are expected to make a noticeable drop over the weekend. The National Weather Service’s Marty Trexler said it’ll come as scattered severe storms and a cold front move in.

“Normally this time of year we do actually get right around 80 degrees as our high and morning lows in the 60s. So, about five degrees below normal or seven degrees below normal on highs and the low temperatures if we get down to the 50s that’s below normal. Monday morning why might see some in the 40s,” said Trexler.

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7:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas 188th Fighter Wing Delays Anniversary Celebration

The 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith, Ark., welcomed its transition from F-16s to A-10s April 14. Federal, state and local elected officials along joined unit members to say farwell to the F-16 (foreground) and hello to the A-10 (background).
Credit Master Sgt. Bob Oldham / U.S. Air Force

The 60th anniversary celebration of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

The celebration for current and former 188th members was set for Saturday, but officials decided to postpone the event until Nov. 2 because of the shutdown. 

Maj. Heath Allen tells the Southwest Times Record that it wasn't feasible to hold the event because of furloughs caused by the shutdown.

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5:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Crews To Change Parking Signage In River Market

The River Market District in downtown Little Rock.
Credit inarkansas.com

Little Rock officials say there won't be any parking tickets written for the 2-hour or pay-and-display areas in the River Market District as crews change signage there.

However, the city says parking meter violations in other areas of Little Rock still will be enforced. 

The city is in the process of installing a pay-and-display parking system in the River Market.

Parking enforcement workers in the River Market District will show drivers how to use the new payment system during the rest of the week.

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