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12:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Interview With Lawyer Phillip Kaplan On Police Immunity In Ellison Case

Sarah Whites-Koditschek: Can you give me an overview of what the judges in the 8th Circuit would have heard last week in terms of qualified immunity and whether the police officers in this case should stand trial?

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10:05 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Protesters Using Silence To Send Message To Police

Protesters will be marching towards the Capitol building on Saturday afternoon.
Credit Ron Breeding / KUAR News

Recent decisions by federal grand juries to not indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York have stirred protesters around the country.

In Little Rock, a small group of organizers is planning a “silent protest” this weekend. They hope to call attention to and help mend tensions between black communities and the local police.

KUAR's Chris Hickey caught up with Jessica Lawson, who, along with Mondale Robinson, is organizing the event.

 

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9:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Arkansas Advocates Plan For Pre-K & Juvenile Justice Reform In Post-Midterm Legislature

Arkansas Advocates For Children And Families Executive Director Rich Huddleston.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

One of Arkansas’s leading advocacy groups for children and low-income people is gearing up for next month’s legislative session. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families on Thursday in Little Rock held the last of three pre-legislative conferences hosted throughout the state. Expanding access to pre-K and reforming the juvenile justice system were among a slew of issues in which AACF's staff and guest speakers briefed attendees.

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5:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

State Supreme Court Deliberates On Same-Sex Marriage

Arkansas’s State Supreme Court has yet to issue a decision on the constitutionality of the state’s ban against same-sex marriage. While the state's highest court typically issues rulings on Thursdays, it is unclear when this decision will be made.

U.S. Federal Judge Kristine Baker ruled last month the U.S. Constitution does include a fundamental right for same-sex couples. She stayed her decision pending a possible appeal to the 8th Circuit Court.

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11:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Little Rock Cops Challenge Police Shooting Ruling

A federal appeals court in St. Louis is scheduled to hear oral arguments as part of a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a 67-year-old Arkansas man killed by an off-duty Little Rock police officer.

The female officer and a colleague who also was working private security when Eugene Ellison was shot to death in December 2010 want the appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling denying their immunity claims in the suit by Ellison's family.

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10:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Faulkner County To Receive StormReady Designation

The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County as a "StormReady" community next week.

Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April's tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities statewide since 1950.

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10:36 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Interim Leader Named For New Jacksonville District

A former superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District will be the temporary head of a breakaway district.

Voters in Jacksonville this year approved the creation of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District. The new district's board on Wednesday named Bobby Lester as its interim superintendent.

Lester was the superintendent of the Pulaski County district for 15 years. School Board President danie Gray says Lester has long supported separating schools in the far northeast part of Pulaski County.

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3:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Federal Grant Expands Pre-K Funding For Over 2,000 More Kids

Advocates for pre-K in Arkansas are still pushing for a cost of living increase despite the announcement of nearly $15 million  in new federal funds over four years for the state’s program.

Arkansas Better Chance serves about 24,000 kids statewide. Jerri Derlikowski with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says the federal funding will add over 2,000 new children to ABC, but won’t fill funding gaps needed for existing participants

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1:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Governor Beebe Says He's Still Opposed To Gay Marriage

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains opposed to allowing gay couples to marry despite recent rulings against his state's ban, but says he's eased his opposition to allowing them to enter into civil unions.

The two-term Democratic governor said Wednesday that he's changed his stance on some issues regarding gay rights, but still believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.

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12:24 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Outgoing AG McDaniel Formally Announces Plans For New Law Firm

Outgoing Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel

Nearly two weeks ago, Talk Business & Politics reported that Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he would start a law firm in Little Rock, Jonesboro and Washington, D.C. Wednesday McDaniel made the details known.

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