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1:24 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

130 Years Later Little Rock Police Chief Gets Burial Marker

Isaac Taylor Gillam
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A former Little Rock Police Chief interned at Mount Holly Cemetery in an unmarked plot for over 130 years is getting his grave marked Friday. George Counts died in 1884 of tuberculosis just five years after becoming chief.

Kay Tatum with the Mount Holly Cemetery Association said the recommendation for Counts to become chief came from an unusual source.

“It’s interesting that his nomination for Chief of Police came from a former slave Isaac Taylor Gillam who had been the city jailer, a city councilman, and also a police officer,” said Tatum.

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Local & Regional News
11:06 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas One Of Few States With Simple Majority Override

Political experts say Arkansas' low threshold to override a governor's veto of a bill takes power from the executive branch and gives it to the legislative branch.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state is one of only six in the country where lawmakers need only a majority of lawmaker's votes to override a governor's veto.

A majority constitutes 51 of the 100 representatives and 18 of the 35 senators. Most states require a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to override a veto.

Still, overrides in Arkansas are rare.

Arkansas Business Report
10:13 am
Mon March 24, 2014

3/24/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week's report: Arkansas's unemployment rate dipped in January; Highline Technical Innovations announced a project with the Department of Defense; Standard and Poor's ratings services affirmed its rating of Dillard's, Inc.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item

Marijuana
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The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.

McDaniel's office says the proposal doesn't clearly define the term "legal residents" and is unclear what regulatory authority, if any, the Legislature would have over the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of marijuana.

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Local & Regional News
9:01 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Thousands Face Flood Insurance Hikes In Arkansas

More than 5,300 homeowners in Arkansas are facing flood insurance premium increases as the federal government reduces subsidies to the program.

The number comes from an Associated Press analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program. More than 2,300 business and vacation homeowners in Arkansas will have to pay more.

President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that limits the increases to up to 18 percent for owners of primary homes. Business owners and owners of vacation homes will see a mandatory 25 percent annual increase.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day

Families of fallen firefighters were seated on the ampitheater.
Kezia Nanda

Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

The ceremony included the marching of colors by bagpipers, drums and honor guard, the unveiling of the statue, reading of the 1958 A. W. "Smokey" Linn's Firefighter’s Prayer, the ringing of bells for each fallen firefighter and the laying of a rose on top of memorial wall for each name.  

Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Sat March 22, 2014

State Senator 1 of 5 Finalists For UA Lobbyist Job

Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home is one of five finalists for a lobbyist position for the University of Arkansas.

UA spokesman Steve Voorhies told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Key and the others were interviewed by a search committee.

The other finalists are Washington, D.C.-based Mac Campbell; Seattle-area higher education consultant Allison Rosenberg; Little Rock advertising executive Denver Peacock; and Randy Massanelli, the state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

The job carries the title of vice chancellor for governmental relations.

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Talk Business & Politics
5:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

3/21/14: Talk Business & Politics Update

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Local & Regional News
3:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prominent Legislators Weigh Private Option Compromises

Incoming Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia speaks to reporters after the Political Animals Club meeting in Little Rock.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

At the Governor’s Mansion Friday four of the state’s more prominent legislators recalled and analyzed, for the Political Animals Club, some of the dilemmas over amending the private option in order to gain enough votes for it to pass this last fiscal session.

They were in agreement their peers exhibited remarkable civility and capacity for solutions but some compromises stuck out. Senator Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock spoke critically about an amendment removing funding for non-emergency transportation.

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

UAMS Students Hosting Free Health Screening For Men

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A free wellness event offering men’s health related services, like blood pressure checks, glucose, cholesterol, dental and testosterone screenings, is scheduled for Saturday.

The UAMS student-led clinic, the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, is hosting the event.

Rachel Stamp-Siegfried, a student of the UAMS College of Medicine, said this is the first time that they are holding the event, which is titled “March Man-ness.”

The idea, she said, started with five students in November.

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