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12:47 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Lawyer For Former Treasurer Grateful Additional Charges Dropped

Martha Shoffner and her attorney Chuck Banks after her conviction in March.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A lawyer for an ex-Arkansas treasurer convicted in a bribery and extortion case says in court papers she is grateful that she won't be tried on mail fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they intend to drop 10 mail fraud counts against Martha Shoffner. Defense lawyer Chuck Banks filed papers Wednesday saying Shoffner "welcomes and is grateful" for the decision.

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12:13 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Jaguar Exhibit Reopens After Accident At Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo
Credit InArkansas.com

The jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo that was closed in October after a toddler fell into it has reopened.

The jaguars are now back on display with new warning signage. Zoo marketing director Susan Altrui says the zebra-striped signs warn patrons to stay away from the railings and provide an emergency phone number.

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Local & Regional News
8:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Arkansas Race Institute awards $20,000 in grants

Four research projects aimed at reducing and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in Arkansas are being funded by the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A total of $20,000 has been approved for the projects, including one that addresses the relationship between police and communities. Project investigators will examine whether perceptions of the criminal justice system, fear of crime, victimization and generalized trust influences community members' decision to call police.

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Local & Regional News
12:06 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hutchinson Transition: Private Option, Tax Cuts, Juvenile Detention

Republican Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson speaking in the Capitol Rotunda.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson cautioned Arkansans to not seek premature conclusions about his decision Tuesday to seek a new Surgeon General for his administration. The sitting Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson is an advocate for the state’s version of Medicaid expansion – the private option – and has served in the position since 2007.

Speaking to reporters at the Capitol Governor-elect Hutchinson said the decision is about getting a new set of eyes to evaluate the private option.

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8:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Transgendered - long version rebroadcast

In 2012 we aired a program on transgendered individuals. This is a rebroadcast of that program.

    

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Local & Regional News
5:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Federal Judge Says Arkansans Have Right To Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas’s ban against same-sex marriage. 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker has ruled same sex-couples have a fundamental right to marry in Arkansas. She ruled that the state’s 2004 ban against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional under the 14th amendment.

A Pulaski County judge had struck down the marriage ban in May and about 500 couples were married before his ruling was stayed.

The Arkansas State Supreme Court is considering a similar case but has not yet issued a ruling.

Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

LR Police Distribute Turkeys, Chief Calls For Prayers After Ferguson

Officers hand a turkey to a driver Tuesday outside the 12th Street substation.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock Police Department took action Tuesday to try and establish some good will in the community. Officers, in an event planned weeks ago, distributed 150 frozen turkeys and hams to drivers who lined up in front of the recently built 12th Street substation.

By chance, it came the day after outrage again erupted in Ferguson, Missouri as a grand jury there decided not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old. Demonstrations also took place elsewhere in the country.

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Local & Regional News
3:55 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Prosecutors Ask To Drop Mail Fraud Case Against Former Treasurer Shoffner

Martha Shoffner leaving federal court in June 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Federal prosecutors are asking to drop their case accusing former Arkansas state Treasurer Martha Shoffner of spending thousands from her campaign on personal items and said they'll present evidence of the spending when she's sentenced in a separate bribery case.

Prosecutors on Tuesday asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to dismiss 10 counts of mail fraud against Shoffner over the campaign spending accusations. Shoffner was convicted earlier this year of steering state investments to a bond broker who had given her cash over the years and is awaiting sentencing.

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Local & Regional News
3:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Arkansas Lottery And Vendor Cannot Agree On Contract

Arkansas lottery officials and a vendor cannot agree on terms for a contract extension.

Intralot Inc. had agreed to cut its share of revenue in a new three-year contract, but the company and the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery couldn't agree on a start date for the new pact.

Lottery commissioners were to have approved the deal Monday, but canceled their meeting, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
10:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Joe Thompson Not Staying As Arkansas Surgeon General Under New Governor

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Dr. Joe Thompson, who has served as Chief Health Officer and Surgeon General to Governors Huckabee and Beebe, will not remain as Surgeon General in the Asa Hutchinson gubernatorial administration.

Thompson will remain in his position as director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), a health policy center that focuses on health data and research. According to the ACHI website, it was formed in 1998 to serve as a nonpartisan group to work on health policy, access to quality care, and health care financing.

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