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10:22 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Board To Consider Emergency Absentee Ballot Rules

A sign outside a Pulaski County polling location during an election last month.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas's Board of Election Commissioners are set to consider whether they will permanently adopt the emergency rules for absentee ballots that they approved last month.

Board Director Justin Clay says the seven-member body will vote on approving the rules as permanent provisions in their scheduled Wednesday meeting.

The rules passed by the board in late February allow a brief grace period for absentee voters to submit proof of identification if they didn't attach them their ballot when voting.

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Local & Regional News
10:13 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Panel: Judge Maggio Investigation To Take Months

Circuit Judge Mike Maggio

The Arkansas panel that investigates claims of judicial misconduct says its inquiry into Circuit Judge Mike Maggio will likely take months.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said Tuesday that Maggio is cooperating in the investigation into alleged ethics violations. In a statement, the commission said it anticipates either a disciplinary charge or sanctions to be announced by mid-August.

The panel is investigating campaign contributions made to Maggio before the judge reduced a multimillion-dollar judgment against a nursing home.

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Local & Regional News
6:32 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Minimum Wage Proposal Popular, Medical Marijuana Attitudes Evenly Split

Two potential issues that may be on the November ballot offer contrasting attitudes from Arkansas voters.

The latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll of more than 1,000 likely voters shows that an overwhelming majority of Arkansans are in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, while voters are evenly split on a possible medical marijuana proposal. Both citizen-led initiatives are collecting signatures before a July deadline to qualify for the November ballot.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

59 Sitting Judges May Face Challenges to Eligibility to Hold and Seek Office

Arkansas Supreme Court

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with investigative, liberal blogger Matt Campbell who runs Blue Hog Report to talk about his research identifying 59 sitting judges who failed to pay annual bar dues seeking election May 20th and what it means for their eligibility to hold and seek office. Scrutiny has been cast upon all 59 justices after a decision last month disqualified a candidate.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Report Calls For Changes In Sentencing Juvenile Offenders

A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is suggesting that judges and other officials reconsider whether locking up some juvenile offenders is the best approach.

The study, which looked at more than 40,000 incidents in the state, was released Tuesday in Fayetteville.

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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Handgun Discovered At Maumelle High School Prompting Lock Down

Authorities say Maumelle High School briefly went on lockdown after a handgun was discovered in a classroom.

Pulaski County Special School District spokeswoman Deb Roush says the school went on lockdown at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday after someone saw a student with a gun.

Roush says Maumelle police responded quickly, and an 18-year-old student was taken into custody.

Maumelle police say officers discovered a .25-caliber handgun on a bookshelf in a classroom. No one was injured, and police say the threat is over.

Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Election Commission Asks Court To Deny GOP Bid To Enter Voter ID Suit

A sign at the entrance of a Pulaski County polling location last month in Little Rock reminds voters that a photo ID is required
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Pulaski County Election Commission is asking a judge to deny the Arkansas Republican Party's request to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law.

The commission on Monday asked a Pulaski County judge to reject the GOP's effort to help defend a state panel's decision to allow absentee voters who don't submit a copy of their photo identification with their ballot additional time to turn in their ID.

The commission is suing the state Board of Election Commissioners, saying the state board overstepped its bounds.

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Metropolitan Opera
10:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

April 12: Andrea Chénier

Marcelo Álvarez as the title role of Giordano's "Andrea Cheniér."
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier Saturday, April 12 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring

Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas.

Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas.

Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000.

Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

McDaniel on Monday filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.

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