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10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Resentencing Trial Begins In Death Row Case

Jury selection is underway for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams was sentenced to die for the 1992 death of farmer Clyde Smith in Lafayette County. But the high court ordered a new sentencing in 2011, citing problems in the original sentencing in 1993.

This week's sentencing trial was moved to Miller County from Lafayette County because of pretrial publicity.

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7:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Baptist Health Breaks Ground For Conway's Second Hospital

Baptist CEO Troy Wells and Governor Mike Beebe among others breaking ground in Conway.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Baptist Health ceremonially broke ground Monday on Conway’s second hospital. Faulkner County leaders and Governor Mike Beebe joined company officials in plowing gold painted shovels into piles of soil on the 37-acre site along Interstate 40.

Baptist CEO Troy Wells says the $130 million, 96-bed hospital will help serve a growing population with a variety of needs.

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Local & Regional News
3:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Monday Marks Signature Turn-In Deadline For November Election

Credit Arkansas Times

Ballot measures raising the minimum wage and seeking to allow alcohol sales statewide met signature requirements by Monday’s deadline to be on the November general election ballot. Give Arkansas a Raise Now wants to incrementally raise the minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour. Chair Steve Copley says success now depends on turnout in November.

“The polls have shown 78% of Arkansas support us…so we think when it’s on the ballot, it will pass,” Copley says.

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Local & Regional News
11:23 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Group Submits Petitions For Expanded Alcohol Sales In Arkansas

A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot.

Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the secretary of state's office to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.

Monday is the deadline for backers of proposed initiated acts and amendments to turn in petitions to qualify for the ballot.

Local & Regional News
11:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Petitions Submitted For Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike

A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot. The group said it turned in 77,288 signatures for the proposal. Initiated acts need at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters.

Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives. It'll now be up to the Secretary of State's office to determine if enough of the signatures are valid.

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Local & Regional News
10:59 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Proposal Falls Short On Signatures To Get On Ballot

Credit npr.org

A group pushing for legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas says it won't have enough signatures to put its proposal before voters this fall.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care said Monday it wouldn't turn in signatures to place its proposed initiated act on the November ballot.

Monday is the deadline for ballot measure campaigns to submit petitions.

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Microbrewery Regulations
12:47 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Arkansas Liquor Law Change Makes Craft Beer More Accessible

A recent change in Arkansas' liquor laws allows beer drinkers to enjoy a broader variety of beverages at home.

Stores holding retail beer permits now can sell locally produced beers in 32- and 64-ounce jugs known as growlers. The state's Alcohol Beverage Control Division says the aim is to increase sales and let microbrewers contribute to Arkansas' economic development.

Under the old laws, most microbreweries had few outlets. Regulators say they don't expect every retailer to sell growlers because beer-sellers would have to install expensive equipment.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe Heading To Europe For Final Trade Mission

Gov. Mike Beebe is preparing for his final trade mission outside the country. Here's a transcript of this week's radio address from Governor Mike Beebe:

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Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Arkansas Woman Becomes The Oldest Person in the Country

Using newly analyzed Census records, researchers have confirmed that a south Arkansas woman is now the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world. Gertrude Weaver is celebrating her 116th birthday Friday at her Camden nursing home.

At the festivities this week, the Gerontology Research Group named Weaver the oldest living American, supplanting 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.

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9:20 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Intern Program Nears Conclusion

The George Washington Carver Research Program is nearing an end at the University of Arkansas. The eight-week summer program concludes next week when interns present their research to the university community.

The Carver program is a recruitment initiative that identifies and provides internship opportunities to superior undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges.

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