Shorter College
6:38 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Shorter College In North Little Rock Gets First Official Graduate In 15 Years

One of the main buildings on the campus of Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Over the next few weeks, colleges and universities across Arkansas will host Commencement ceremonies to celebrate the academic achievements of graduates. This Saturday, one private two-year college in North Little Rock will have its first official graduate in nearly 15 years.

Wilhelm Cedric Hawkins has a long history with Shorter College.

“My grandmother went to school here, my mother went to school here, and also my father so I figure that I could follow the family tradition,” said Hawkins, as he walks through halls of the main building on campus.

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Local & Regional News
6:21 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Rahm Emanuel To Address Clinton School Grads

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will give the commencement address at Saturday's graduation ceremonies for the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

The commencement ceremonies are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Emanuel was elected Chicago's mayor in February 2011 and before that, he served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. He also served in former President Bill Clinton's administration from 1993 to 1998. Emanuel lived and worked in Little Rock during Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

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Local & Regional News
6:20 am
Fri May 10, 2013

$1.5 Million Awarded For Arkansas Trails Projects


Arkansas highway officials say $1.5 million in federal funding has been awarded for trails projects around the state. 

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday announced the Recreational Trails Program funding would go to 30 different entities after receiving 45 applications requesting more than $3 million.

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Prison Escapee
5:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Mich. Governor: Returning Fugitive Not A Priority

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a request by Arkansas to return a 63-year-old fugitive isn't his "highest priority."

The Republican governor said Thursday that convicted killer Lester Stiggers is in poor health, is older and has caused no trouble since fleeing to Michigan 43 years ago.

Arkansas wants Stiggers back.

Mayflower Oil Spill
5:46 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

McDaniel Launches Mayflower Oil Spill Hotline

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has started a hotline for concerns related to the crude oil spill from an ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower.

McDaniel also said Thursday that his office has conducted air quality monitoring inside homes in the area of the March spill. The attorney general's office says the numbers from that monitoring are generally in line with other air sample results.

McDaniel says air samples were taken from 14 homes, and 13 of them show oil-related contaminants aren't concentrated enough to pose short-term health risks.

Affordable Care Act
3:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Health Insurance Expert: Employers Will Opt For Insurance, Not Penalties

Greg Hatcher, CEO of The Hatcher Agency, says health insurance reform measures are about to kick in a higher gear for state businesses, but none of his accounts are weighing absorbing penalties over providing coverage.

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Local & Regional News
2:09 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Arkansas Lottery Commission Wants Lawsuit Dismissed

The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.

Assistant Attorney General David Curran on Thursday asked the justices to dismiss Alpha Marketing's lawsuit after a lower court last year refused to do so.

The Lottery Commission has said it should be immune from the lawsuit, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled in 2012 that the lawsuit could not be barred under the sovereign immunity doctrine, which prohibits lawsuits against the state.

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Inman Announces Bid For Arkansas Secretary Of State

A longtime election official from Little Rock says she's seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas secretary of state next year.

Susan Inman on Thursday said she's running for the party's nomination to challenge Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Martin was elected in 2010 and has said he's running for a second term.

Inman serves on the state Board of Election Commissioners and the Pulaski County Election Commission.

She is also president of the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association.

Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Arkansas AG Doesn't Object To Group Joining Abortion Suit

The Arkansas attorney general's office says it has no objection to an anti-abortion group's request to help defend a new law banning the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy.  

The attorney general's office on Thursday responded to the request by Concepts of Truth to intervene in the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the new restriction.

The Wynne-based group provides counseling to women considering getting an abortion and to women who have had the procedure.  

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Technology Park
9:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Little Rock Tech Park Board To Pause Site Selection, Review Purpose

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board decided at its May meeting to meet again in two weeks to discuss the tech park's purpose and which types of businesses might take advantage of it.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board is putting off selection of a site for the city’s tech park in order to discuss the specific types of research businesses that might be attracted to it.

The main topic of discussion for the Little Rock Tech Park Board has focused on site selection, but at its meeting Wednesday, members began delving into the basic purpose for the park and whether they need to consider two sites rather than one.

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