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6:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Saline And Craighead Counties Collect Signatures To Go Wet

Credit drugfree.org

A committee called "Our Community, Our Dollars" is collecting signatures to make Saline County in central Arkansas and Craighead County in northeast Arkansas wet counties.

Starting this week through early July, residents in the two counties can sign a petition to allow the sale of alcohol.

Jay Allen, president of the organization that began the petition drive, said this would give voters a chance to voice their opinions.

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5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Republican Primary Governor: Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson
Credit Shawn Thew / NPR

This discussion with Asa Hutchinson is the third installment of KUAR's interviews with gubernatorial candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

The final candidate interview in the gubernatorial primary series is with Hutchinson's Republican opponent Curtis Coleman.

Previously KUAR spoke with Democrats Lynette Bryant and Mike Ross.

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5:01 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Health Department Issues E-Cigarette Advisory

The Arkansas Health Department is cautioning consumers to be aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which use vapor to deliver nicotine.

The agency says the practice known as 'vaping' exposes consumers to harmful chemicals. Health officials said Tuesday that e-cigarettes are unregulated and pose health risks to users and people who breathe second-hand fumes.

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2:47 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Potential Impact of President's Trip to Arkansas

On Wednesday President Barack Obama, at the request of Democrat Mark Pryor, is expected to tour tornado damage in what will be his first trip to Arkansas since becoming President. 

Jacob Kauffman: I’m joined by Hal Bass a political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University. Thanks for joining us.

Bass: Glad to be here.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Osceola Approves Revenue Bonds For Steel Mill

The Osceola City Council has unanimously approved the issuance of $1.5 billion in industrial revenue bonds for the planned Big River Steel mill.

The council approved the ordinance Monday night. Under the agreement, the city will take the title for the property then lease it back to Big River Steel for $1 a year.

According to the Blytheville Courier News, the agreement also calls for Big River Steel to pay 35 percent of regular millage taxes to the city annually for 20 years.

Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Vilonia Couple Whose Kids Killed In Tornado In Stable Condition

After a deadly tornado ripped its way through central Arkansas, the mother of two boys killed in the storm and her husband are in stable condition in a Little Rock hospital.

A family friend says that Daniel and April Smith suffered multiple injuries caused by last week's EF4 tornado, but are in stable condition.

Friend Jessica Sowards says Daniel has a skull fracture, deep cuts and a shoulder injury. April has a broken pelvis, hairline fractures in both of her legs, minor lacerations and had suffered a collapsed lung.

Local & Regional News
1:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Deadline for Arkansas Financial Aid Extended In Counties Hit By Tornado

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is extending the deadline to apply for and accept financial aid for students in five counties with tornado or flood damage.

The department says students in Faulkner, Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties have until July 1 to apply for and accept financial aid, including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Each county has been declared a disaster area by Gov. Mike Beebe following tornadoes and flooding. The deadline for students in all other counties remains June 1.

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12:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Governor Makes Pick For Arkansas Education Leader

Officials say Arkansas' current deputy education commissioner is the top pick to lead the department when Tom Kimbrell steps down next month.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor is recommending that James "Tony" Wood succeed Kimbrell, who is leaving the agency to become superintendent of the Bryant School District.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state Board of Education hires the education commissioner and the governor confirms the appointment.

Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Central Arkansans Can Pre-Register For Food Aid

The state Department of Human Services says residents in a central Arkansas county affected by last week's severe weather can pre-register for disaster food assistance.

Officials say starting Tuesday, Faulkner County residents can pre-register from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a Conway mobile unit - located at 1000 East Siebenmorgen - for the Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Local & Regional News
9:11 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor Staffer Named As UA Lobbyist

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says it has selected the state director for Sen Mark Pryor's office as its new lobbyist.

The college announced Monday that Randy Massanelli won the position over two other finalists to serve as the next vice chancellor for governmental relations starting July 1st. The university's current lobbyist Richard Hudson is retiring July 31st.

The two other finalists for the position were Mac Campbell, a former aide to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home.

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