American Pharoah has won the Preakness in a driving rain, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.

With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah will bring a six-race winning streak into the Belmont, which will be run on June 6 in New York. That includes an win just as impressive in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

Rep. Jett: 25% Of Surplus Funds Could Be Dedicated For Highway Funding

May 17, 2015
Rep. Joe Jett
Talk Business & Politics

Rep. Joe Jett, chairman of the House Revenue & Tax Committee, says he will propose to a working group a study of using 25% of surplus funds for potential future highway funding.

The Little Rock Film Festival continues through the weekend. Nearly 40 of the films competing for honors this year were made in the state. KUAR's Chris Hickey recently caught up with one festival programmer to talk about how the festival is shaped by these Arkansas-made movies.


Disclaimer: KUAR is a sponsor of the 2015 Little Rock Film Festival

Gov.'s Radio Column: Arkansas Heritage Month

May 16, 2015
Arkansas Times

This week's Governor's Radio Address is delivered by Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Not long ago, I was in Hot Springs as the Arkansas Arts Council named the 2015 Arkansas Living Treasure recipient. It’s a big deal. This year’s honoree was Lorrie Popow, who is famous for her Ukrainian Egg Art.

I didn’t know there was such a thing as Ukrainian Egg Art. But then I saw Lorrie’s painted and carved eggs. Their designs and colors make each one gorgeous and unique. Just like Arkansas.

Authorities say a former Lonoke County assessor faces charges including credit card fraud and property theft.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 58-year-old Jack McNally of Cabot on Thursday following an Arkansas State Police investigation into the findings of a 2013 Legislative Audit on Lonoke County.

Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham said McNally was taken into custody without incident.

Edwin Keaton

An Arkansas district court judge has been reprimanded after he said he forgot about a divorce case that took him 20 months to rule on.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Friday said Judge Edwin Keaton had agreed to a series of corrective actions. Keaton has agreed to conduct a quarterly docket review and take other steps to avoid delayed rulings.

The commission says the judicial district has stopped assigning him domestic relations cases.

The Pulaski County clerk's office has certified a petition from the roughly 380-person community of Little Italy asking to become a town.

Organizers of the effort said Friday that the necessary signatures from qualified voters have been approved. The community 35 miles from downtown Little Rock will plan for a public hearing and, if no challenge is launched, an election later this year.

Authorities in northwest Arkansas say a deputy was fatally shot while responding to a reported burglary.

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston said Friday that the reserve deputy was fatally shot overnight in the east of the county. Houston said the suspected shooter was in custody.

The deputy's identity hasn't been released.

Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler says the Johnson County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from state authorities but declined to provide other details.

Governor Hutchinson Facebook
Arkansas Economic Development Commission

You haven’t seen much out of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s public schedule the last two days. That’s because the new Arkansas governor has been on the West Coast for a little R & R. Not “rest and relaxation,” but for a few “rendezvous and recruitment.”

Bishop Woosley Arkansas Lottery
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The director of Arkansas' lottery says cutbacks from an overhaul of the games will increase the amount of money available for college scholarships next year, but said its revenue is behind expectations so far this year.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley told a legislative panel on Thursday he expects net proceeds for the games to increase by $1.4 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The gain comes primarily from cuts to the lottery program, including the closing of three claims centers and positions that were eliminated.