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10:11 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro directs the Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System project.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Efforts are underway to examine the criminal justice system in Arkansas and eventually come up with recommendations to improve state prisons.

UALR Bowen Law School professor Adjoa Aiyetoro is overseeing the project. She’s been working with elected officials and community leaders for nearly a year on research concerning racial disparities in sentencing and treatment at Arkansas courts and prisons.

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4:46 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Craighead County Juvenile Drug Court To Continue

Craighead County's juvenile drug court that a judge said earlier this year would end remains open and officials are now looking to hire new case coordinators.

Circuit Judge Lee Fergus oversees the court and told county officials in September that he was ending it. Fergus told The Jonesboro Sun that he's been unable to hold court because of a fractured vertebra in his neck.

He now says Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer has stepped in to oversee the court in his absence.

Local & Regional News
1:26 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Congressional Action May Affect Navigable Rivers In Arkansas

A barge maneuvers through the Murray Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River.
Credit flickr.com

A bipartisan piece of legislation now moving through Congress addresses the nation’s navigable waterways and could have a significant effect on Arkansas. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, a bill similar to one passed by the Senate in March.

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3:44 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Higher Education Board Approves $960 Million Funding Request

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a request for $960.7 million in funding for college and university operations for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The request approved Friday during a board meeting at North Arkansas College in Harrison is for $133 million more than current funding.

The request will be presented to the Arkansas Legislature during the upcoming fiscal legislative session that begins in February.

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1:45 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Prescription Drug Take Back Planned For This Weekend

Arkansas's Drug Czar, the state Attorney General and others are partnering with law enforcement agencies around the state for a Prescription Drug Take Back Event Saturday, taking place at 150 locations. The event is an effort to curb prescription drug abuse in the state, says Fran Flener, State Drug Director.

Flener says in 2008, Arkansas was ranked number one in the nation in prescription sedative abuse among teenagers, according to Office of National Drug Control Policy. That ranking prodded her office to earnestly analyze the problem of prescription drug abuse in the state.

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1:26 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Huckabee: GOP Infighting Is Hurting Party Efforts

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he's worried that conservative activists are spending more energy targeting fellow Republicans than focusing on Democrats, a move he says will hurt the party going forward.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club in downtown Little Rock, Huckabee on Friday complained about conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action focusing on incumbent GOP lawmakers in primaries.

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12:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Arkansas Prisons Reach Record Population After Policy Change

File photo of inmates at Cummins Prison in Varner in 1994.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas’ prison population is soaring to levels never before seen because of a new policy requiring that parolees awaiting a revocation hearing remain locked up until one is held. The change was enacted after a repeat parole absconder was arrested this year for murder.

Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, says this has inmates back up, waiting to be transferred to state prisons.

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12:32 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New Dog Park Opening in Little Rock

The opening of a new dog park is being hosted by a local animal shelter to coincide with the organization's sixth-year anniversary.

The Little Rock Animal Village, located on Kramer St.  off University Ave., has put aside a small, grassy area on its premises for dog lovers and owners to let their pets run free.

The unveiling of the park will be part of a larger celebration that will feature food, contests, trick demonstrations and adoption opportunities for attendees.

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5:49 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Arkansas Signs Up 62,000 People For State Health Insurance

More than 66,000 Arkansans have applied for health insurance under the state's expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The state's Medicaid director told legislators on Thursday that of those, just over 62,000 applications have been approved. 

The Public Health Committee also heard from state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford, whose office says there are 71 available health plans from four insurance companies.

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Local & Regional News
1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

New Study Combines Education Stats With Personal Stories From Arkansas Women

Kristy Carter, Executive Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at the University of Central Arkansas.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

All this week, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.

The Power of the Purse luncheons in Central and Northwest Arkansas honor women’s accomplishments and raise money for programs that are improving the lives of women and girls in the state. The final event is Friday in Little Rock. 

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