Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening

Johnny Cash

Organizers haven't set a date yet but the restoration of the Johnny Cash home in Dyess is on track to open in 2014. 

The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building. The structures should be ready for visitors in fall of next year.

The home is being renovated to look as it did when the Cash family moved to the Dyess Colony in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression.

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Double Homicide
6:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

LR Police Identify Victims In Double Homicide

Little Rock police have released the names of two people found slain at a home.

Police say 40-year-old Bobby Broadway Jr. and 32-year-old Natasha Avery were found dead at a home Monday morning after a man who tried to reach Broadway by phone went to the residence.

A police report says the victims had been shot. The person who called police found Broadway in a front room and Avery in a bedroom at a home on West 33rd St. The report listed the address as the home of both victims.

Local & Regional News
6:39 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Parry, Rosenkrans Head U of Arkansas Faculty Senate

The heads of the annual Arkansas Poll and a professor of animal science will lead the University of Arkansas' Faculty Senate in the next academic year.

Janine Parry is a professor of political science at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and will lead the faculty group beginning in the fall. The vice chair will be Charles Rosenkrans of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

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Interview with Peter Sagal
5:26 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Peter Sagal Plays Arkansas News Quiz, Talks New Constitution Series

Peter Sagal

To mark the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, a new public television series featuring NPR host Peter Sagal will debut Tuesday, May 7, at 8 p.m. on AETN.

To celebrate the series, KUAR's Jacob Kauffman interviewed Sagal, starting with a special Arkansas news quiz he made for Sagal with a Constitutional bend. 

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Congressman Griffin On ‘Cotton For Senate’ Bandwagon

Congressman Tim Griffin on Talk Business Arkansas.

Congressman Tim Griffin (R) says Fourth District Cong. Tom Cotton will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2014 even if “he doesn’t know it yet.”

Griffin appeared on Talk Business Arkansas this week to discuss the Senate race, GOP politics and the latest from the Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower.

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Rabies Alert
4:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Arkansas On Track For Record Number Of Rabies Cases

The number of rabies cases in Arkansas has increased to 84 so far this year.

Pope, Johnson, Yale and Garland Counties are reported to have the most number of cases.

State Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Susan Weinstein, calls the increase very alarming and says pets and kids need to be protected.

“Our normal yearly average is about 50 rabid animals a year and we’re up to 84, but we’re not even half way through the year. So it appears that we’re on track to have a record year this year,” said Weinstein.

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Local & Regional News
4:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Arkansas' Auditor Won't Seek Re-Election In 2014

Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels says he won't seek re-election in 2014.

Daniels, a Democrat, has been a fixture at the Capitol for decades and his Monday announcement makes the statewide auditor office an open seat on next year's ballot.  

Daniels served as state Lands Commissioner for 18 years, starting after his election in 1984. Term limits didn't let him run again in 2002, but he was elected secretary of state that year, serving eight years and then wining election as auditor in 2010.  

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Arkansas Foodbank
4:11 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

New CEO Announced For Arkansas Foodbank

The former head of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been named the new CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank. 

Rhonda Sanders said she’s excited about the opportunity. 

“I really fell in love with the food banking industry, the mixture of charitable organization, helping people get their life on track and get the food they need, while also operating in the business environment.”

Sanders said the Arkansas Foodbank aims to allocate 18 million lbs. of food this year.

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Community Development In Helena-West Helena
7:01 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part One

Tommie Gause at Freedom Park in Helena-West Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

The City of Helena-West Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas is no stranger to the hardships that have plagued many communities across the country during the economic downturn.

High unemployment, a struggling education system, political upheaval, a crumbling infrastructure, and even unresolved racial inequalities were once the hallmarks of this unified city in the impoverished Arkansas Delta. However, new research findings show some positive demographic trends and community development projects have some residents saying Helen-West Helena is finally making a comeback.

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Local & Regional News
6:41 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Prosecutor: No Credible New Evidence In Deaths Of 3 West Memphis Boys

A prosecutor says no credible new evidence has come up to point to a new suspect in the killings of three West Memphis Cub Scouts 20 years ago.

Eight-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers disappeared 20 years ago Sunday. Their bodies were found the next day. Prosecutor Scott Ellington told The Jonesboro Sun that his office gets calls and tips weekly - but no credible evidence has been presented to change his opinion that the three men originally convicted in the case are guilty.

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