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3:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Arkansas School Districts Reach Desegregation Pact

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel explains settlement proposal to a legislative committee.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

While it’s far from a done deal, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the state and three Pulaski County school districts have reached an agreement that would end years of special payments to help desegregate schools.

McDaniel unveiled the new proposal during a legislative subcommittee meeting Thursday, which school boards and the Legislative Council would have to agree to.

“It is a very fair deal for all concerned and in my opinion, that includes Joshua. I hope that they will consent to being a party to it,” McDaniel told reporters after the hearing.

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12:36 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Lawyer For Death Row Inmate Asks For New Trial

A lawyer for an Arkansas man sentenced to death for the killing of a police officer wants the state Supreme Court to grant a new trial for her client.

Jerry Lard was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death last year for the 2011 shooting death of Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt.

Attorney Janice Vaughn told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that the judge overseeing Lard's trial let his sympathy for Schmidt's family get in the way of his duty on the bench.

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11:54 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Local Clinic Participates in Sickle-Cell Trial

A Little Rock Clinic has been chosen for a national study of sufferers of Sickle-cell disease, according to a press release.

The trial, led by private firm Selexys Pharmaceuticals, will include 175 patients who will receive the drug SelG1, a humanized antibody used to prevent the binding of blood cells that can cause chronic pain in sickle-cell patients. Many participants will receive high or low doses depending on the extent of their pain while others will receive a placebo.

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9:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Cooper Awaits Opponent In Special Arkansas Senate Race

A Republican candidate for a state Senate seat says he cannot overcome the 67-margin that separated him from the leader in a primary runoff, but a Democratic candidate wants to see if he picks up any votes in a canvass.

Ascent Children Services CEO Dan Sullivan says he will not contest balloting that made former AT&T manager John Cooper the GOP nominee for a Senate post from Jonesboro.

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Local & Regional News
6:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Arkansas Board Of Corrections Adopts Parole Changes

The Arkansas Board of Corrections has adopted several changes to the state's parole system months after an eight-time parole absconder allegedly killed a man in Little Rock.

During a special meeting Wednesday in Little Rock, the seven-member board adopted several policy changes regarding parolees held in county jail awaiting parole revocation hearings.

Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Several Long Days Before Arkansas Teacher Finally Reaches Family In Philippines

After several grueling days of not knowing whether her loved ones were alive or dead from a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, a north Arkansas school teacher finally got some good news.

Mylet Trotter is a native Filipino who immigrated to the U.S. in 1990 and now teaches 6th grade at Pinkston Middle School in Mountain Home.

“My family is still in the Philippines, I have two brothers there. Together they have a dozen children, so we were really worried about them,” Trotter said.

Repeated attempts to reach them failed.

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4:27 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Feds: 250 Arkansans Got Coverage Through Website

Federal officials say 250 Arkansans managed to enroll for health insurance last month by using the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were even lower than recent estimates for the 36 states, including Arkansas, that are using the federal insurance exchange.

The statistics show nearly 7,300 Arkansans completed applications for health insurance policies on the site.

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4:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Arkansas Child Rescued After Falling Into A Hole

A 2-year-old boy has been rescued after falling into a hole in the ground in Wynne.

The Cross County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the child was playing with another child shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when the boy fell into the narrow hole that was approximately 10 feet deep.

Deputy Josh Orman was later lowered head first by rope into the hole and was able to grasp the child's wrist and pull him to safety when Orman was pulled from the hole by Wynne firefighters.

Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Ray Thornton Donates Papers To University Libraries

Former Congressman and Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Ray Thornton is donating his personal and professional papers to the University of Arkansas Libraries.

Thornton is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. He was elected Arkansas' attorney general in 1970, and later served three terms in the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District.

During his term, he served on the House Judiciary Committee that investigated the Watergate burglaries and drafted the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

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8:40 am
Wed November 13, 2013

North Little Rock Neighborhood Lifts Ban On Alcohol Sales

Voters have legalized alcohol sales in the Park Hill neighborhood in North Little Rock.

The measure passed in a special election Tuesday in six precincts that had approved a ban on alcohol sales in 1966.

The change allows the sale of alcohol by the drink in restaurants and the sale of beer and wine in gas stations.

The proposition does not permit liquor stores in the neighborhood, which is located along John F. Kennedy Boulevard in North Little Rock.

Backers of the measure say it will lead to more economic development in the area.  

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