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11:50 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Cookie Dough Production Facility To Come To Arkansas

A wholesale manufacturer of frozen bakery products says it's opening a production facility in northwest Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
10:17 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Bryant Council To Discuss Police Chief's Travel Expenses At Strip Club

File photo of Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer in February 2012.
Credit Mark Gregory / Arkansas Times

City councilors in Bryant are examining the travel expenses of the town's police chief and a school resource officer after the pair was reimbursed for steak dinners from an upscale Orlando, Fla., strip club.

According to travel receipts obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Police Chief Mark Kizer and Bryant High School resource officer Lee Ledbetter both submitted receipts in July from O.C. Food & Beverage LLC Steakhouse.

The newspaper reports the address and telephone number for the steakhouse belongs to Rachel's Adult Entertainment & Steakhouse.

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Local & Regional News
7:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Phillip Morris To Appeal Circuit Court Decision In Arkansas Supreme Court

A decade-old lawsuit filed against the tobacco company Phillip Morris USA  was approved to proceed in Little Rock Tuesday.

Plaintiffs are seeking to represent every Arkansan who smoked Marlboro Lights over a 38-year period. 

Yesterday's hearing had been delayed for years over jurisdictional questions. However, in a ruling,  Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox granted the class-action status over the objections of Philip Morris lawyers who wanted any aggrieved customers to file individual lawsuits.

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Local & Regional News
7:02 am
Wed October 23, 2013

UALR To Host Screening Of 'West of Memphis' & One Of Defendents

Mug shots for the West Memphis Three in 1993.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to host a screening of the film "West of Memphis" about the prosecution of three men for the deaths of three West Memphis Cub Scouts.

The event will include a talk by one of the defendants and the mother of one of the victims.

The movie is to be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday in room 214-C at the Donaghey Student Center on the UALR campus.

Jason Baldwin was among the three convicted of the killings but subsequently released. Pam Hobbs, the mother of Stevie Branch, is to join Baldwin at the event.

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Local & Regional News
6:05 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas Senate President Names 4 To Insurance Panel

Arkansas Capitol

Senate President Michael Lamoureux has named four lawmakers to a task force created as part of a package of laws aimed at overhauling and increasing funding to the health insurance program for thousands of public school teachers. 

Lamoureux on Tuesday named Republican Sens. Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers and David Sanders of Little Rock and Democratic Sens. Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock and Eddie Cheatham of Crossett to the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task force. 

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Judge Again Denies Request To Delay Deseg Trial

A federal judge has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.

Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday rejected the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. 

Little Rock schools argued that the trial should be delayed while a federal appeals court considers their claim that Arkansas' approval of charter schools in Pulaski County violates the desegregation agreement.

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Local & Regional News
4:42 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Former NLR Mayor Pat Hays Announces Candidacy For U.S. House

Surrounded by supporters, former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays announces his candidacy for Congress.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District, the first candidate to launch a bid for the seat that Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin is vacating.  

Hays announced on Tuesday he was running for the seat that Griffin has held since 2011. Griffin said on Monday that he would not seek re-election next year, saying he wanted to focus on time with his family.  

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News About Public Radio
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Why Does Darbi Support Public Radio In Central Arkansas?

Darbi and some close friends.

Sustaining Member Darbi Blencowe tells us why KUAR's Malcolm Glover, Stardate, and Diane Rehm make her day.

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Animal Agriculture
3:47 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Report: Lack Of Progress On Banning Antibiotics In Feed Animals Leading To Health Risk

Arkansas ranks second in the nation for broiler production, or chickens bred and raised specifically for meat production.

A new report says Congress has killed efforts to legislate a ban on feeding farm animals antibiotics. It says that's leading to a major public health risk.

New analysis by The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future says the Obama Administration and Congress have acted regressively in policy-making to protect public health, the environment and animal welfare.

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Local & Regional News
2:59 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Arkansas Teacher Seeks Apology From Catholic School After Gay Marriage Firing

Tippi McCullough speaks to an audience, during a press conference in Little Rock.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

A former teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock is telling the public her story, after being fired from the private high school for marrying her female partner.

Tippi McCullough spoke to an audience of supporters and reporters Tuesday at an Arkansas event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign; a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy group.

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