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6:21 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Republican Primary 2nd Congressional: French Hill

French Hill
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This is the second in KUAR's series of interviews with each of the three candidates in the contested Republican 2nd Congressional District Primary comprised of Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, and White counties.

Click here for the first interview with Ann Clemmer.

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6:52 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Deadly Arkansas Twister Was EF4,Matches '08 Storm Rating

Forecasters say a tornado that hit Little Rock's suburbs and killed 15 people had winds approaching 200 mph.

Sunday's storm was rated as a "high-end" EF4 on a scale of tornado strength. The EF4 rating is the same as that given to a storm that killed 13 people on Feb. 5, 2008.

Storms rated EF4 have winds between 166 and 200 mph.

Arkansas hasn't had a top-of-the-scale storm since April 10, 1929, when a twister formed south of Batesville in Independence County and struck Sneed in northern Jackson County. That storm was rated F5 on a previous scale and killed 23.

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6:51 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

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3:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Entergy Arkansas Repairing Tornado Damage, May Be Awhile

Entergy Arkansas is facing some challenges in repairing damage to its infustructure from the tornado that hit the state earlier this week.

Spokesman David Lewis said it will take some time for the utility to rebuild, especially in parts of hard him Faulkner County.

“In a concentrated damaged area like with a tornado, you can actually fit only so many workers at one time. So we saturate the area with as many as we can put in.”

Lewis said poles were snapped, transmission lines were downed and distribution equipment were greatly damaged by Sunday’s tornado.

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2:48 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

FEMA Officials Urge Arkansans To Register For Aid

Vehicles that were picked up by Sunday's tornado and thrown into a lake.
Credit National Weather Service

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Arkansans affected by severe storms earlier this week to register with the agency because they may qualify for disaster assistance.

FEMA officials said Wednesday that residents and business owners in Faulkner County who had property damage from the storms should file an application with the agency for aid. The assistance should cover temporary housing and medical expenses.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama approved a major disaster declaration for the county that allows residents to apply for aid.

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12:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Museum of Discovery Educator To Be Featured On 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney, director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, will be a featured performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, May 5, at 10:30 p.m. 

Delaney will be performing three science demonstrations with Fallon as his laboratory assistant.

You may also recognize Delany as the voice of the Speaking Science spots that air on KUAR 89.1.

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11:43 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Report Shows Spike In Arkansas Prison Population

A new report provided to the Arkansas Board of Corrections shows the state's prison population increased by 17.7 percent last year.

The report from a nonprofit research institute found two factors for the sharp increase. First, more parole-revocation hearings were held, leading to a jump in the number of parolees sent back to prison. Second, there was an increase in offenders who received prison sentences instead of probation for nonviolent crimes like theft, burglary or drug charges.

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11:34 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Public Meetings Set For Finalists To Become Little Rock Police Chief

The city of Little Rock Wednesday announced dates for public receptions to meet the three finalists to become Chief of the Little Rock Police Department. 

City Manager Bruce Moore said the public's opinion is needed.

“We learn a long time ago that the city can’t do this by themselves, we need the community involved, we need the business community involved,” Moore said.  “Public safety remains the city’s top priority and obviously this person leads the largest department in the state, the largest department (that’s) part of the city government organization.”

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5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Republican Primary 2nd Congressional: Ann Clemmer

Ann Clemmer's Campaign Announcement
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

This is the first in KUAR's series of interviews with each of the three candidates in the contested Republican 2nd Congressional District Primary comprised of Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, and White counties.

Kauffman: Hello, I’m Jacob Kauffman with KUAR News. I’m joined by State Representative, political science professor and 2nd Congressional District hopeful Ann Clemmer. Thanks for joining me.

Clemmer: Thank you for having me.

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7:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Probe Finds No Laws Broken In UA Fundraising Deficit

File photo of University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A prosecutor's report developed at the request of a state legislator concludes that the top financial official at the University of Arkansas engaged in no wrongdoing in dealing with a $4 million deficit in the school's fundraising division.

Deputy Prosecutor David Bercaw issued a letter to the House of Representatives on Tuesday that says Vice Chancellor Don Pederson didn't misrepresent any facts in addressing the Office of Legislative Audit.

Republican Rep. Nate Bell asked that a prosecutor review Pederson's role in the matter.

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