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8:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Opening Arguments Set In Arkansas Inmate's Trial

Opening arguments are set in a resentencing trial for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned more than two years ago by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams Jr. was convicted in Lafayette County for the 1992 killing of farmer Clyde Smith. But in December 2011, the state's highest court ordered that Williams be resentenced, citing problems with his original sentencing in 1993.

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5:59 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Beebe and Local Officials Point to Progress of Tornado Recovery, Need For Federal Aid

Destroyed House With Pinnacle Mountain In Background
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

One neighborhood to the south of Mayflower is nearing the end of a clean-up phase after being struck by April’s tornados. Governor Mike Beebe and local leaders were on hand Thursday to tour the area. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports on the recovery effort and its politics.

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3:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Foundation Awards Grant To Help Arkansas Early Childhood Education

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is awarding a $1 million grant to the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

The grant announced Thursday is intended to improve early learning and school readiness standards for young children and to find ways to get parents more involved in early learning for children.

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1:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Opponents Of 12-Week Abortion Ban File Briefs In Federal Court

Opponents of Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban say a federal appeals court should rule the law unconstitutional, arguing the state is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent by seeking to reinstate the prohibition.

Two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions filed a brief Thursday asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of the doctors.

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10:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

No One Hurt After Shots Fired In Little Rock River Market

Credit inarkansas.com

Little Rock police say no one was injured after shots were fired in the busy River Market district downtown.

Lt. Sidney Allen says a large group of teenagers was escorted out of the River Market Amphitheater on Wednesday night during the outdoor Movies in the Park event, where "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was being shown.

Allen says that shots were fired once the group reached Clinton Avenue, and several people ran in different directions. No one was hit by the gunfire.

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8:55 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Civil War Group Approves 2 New Historical Markers

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved two new historical markers in Benton and Phillips counties.

The two markers announced Wednesday will be placed in Rogers and Helena-West Helena. The first will be placed at Hobbs State Park and will commemorate Peter Van Winkle's Mill, which was destroyed in the war.

The commission also approved a historical marker to commemorate the Lick Creek Skirmish in east Arkansas. That marker will be placed within Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena.

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8:49 am
Thu July 10, 2014

New Programming Director For Hot Springs Film Fest

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced its new programming director.

Film critic and journalist Lauren Wissot will join the festival and collaborate with festival executive director Courtney Pledger to bring documentary films from across the world to Arkansas.

This year's film festival will take place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel in town.

The film festival is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and is attended by documentary film lovers, filmmakers and noted special guests.

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8:40 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Secretary Of State: Don't Block Arkansas Voter ID Law

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site in March warns voters to be ready to show a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.

Martin's office on Wednesday asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny a motion lift the stay on his decision against the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Fox ruled the law unconstitutional in May, but suspended his decision. That ruling has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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6:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Business Leaders Tout Poll Showing Arkansans Want Immigration Reform

American farms are facing a dwindling supply of farm workers.

Business and agriculture leaders in the state are touting new poll results showing 66 percent of likely Arkansas voters favor granting legal status of some kind to immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

The poll's release is part of a national day of action today in favor of immigration reform.

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3:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.

Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.  Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.

“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.  "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."

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