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11:07 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawyers For Gay Couples Want Broader Ruling

Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples are asking a judge to clarify that he intended to strike down all Arkansas laws prohibiting same-sex marriage when he voided the state's ban last week.

The attorneys on Thursday asked Circuit Judge Chris Piazza to expand his ruling, a day after the state's highest court noted that a law prohibiting clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples was still in effect.

Justices have declined to stay Piazza's ruling, which struck down a 2004 constitutional amendment and a 1997 law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

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10:52 am
Thu May 15, 2014

No More Changes To Birth Certificates After Ruling

Arkansas is no longer allowing gay couples to be listed as the parents on birth certificates after the state's high court said a prohibition on same-sex marriage licenses is still in effect.

A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Health said Thursday it would no longer alter birth certificates for same-sex couples who sought to both be listed as parents after a judge voided the state's gay marriage ban.

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8:53 am
Thu May 15, 2014

UALR Selected For $1M Endowment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been selected for a $1 million endowment to support scholarships for nontraditional college students who want to return to school to finish their education.

The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco selected UALR for the endowment - the only institution in Arkansas to offer the Osher Re-Entry Scholars Program.

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5:45 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas High Court Won't Stay Gay Marriage Ruling

A couple kisses while standing in line Monday at the Pulaski County Clerk's office for a marriage license.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request for a stay of a judge's ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The high court on Wednesday turned down the request from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that would have halted the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

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5:12 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas and the National Climate Assessment

Credit climate.gov

The third National Climate Assessment was released last week and the congressionally mandated research, compiled by 13 agencies and 240 scientists, concludes a warming climate is and will be having negative consequences for Arkansas.

Jerry Hatfield, a director at the USDA’s National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment, said the effects aren’t just on personal comfort levels.

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5:09 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Judge Orders Tobacco Maker To Pay Arkansas Nearly $30 Million

A Canadian tobacco company has been ordered to pay Arkansas nearly $30 million for failing to set money aside in escrow in lieu of participating in the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

The state accused Grand River Enterprises of violating the law by not depositing money in escrow for its sales of Seneca cigarettes in 2005 and 2006.

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3:46 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas Court Upholds Judicial Candidates' Eligibility

The Arkansas Supreme Court says judicial candidates whose licenses were suspended for late payment of annual dues are eligible for the ballot.

State law requires that someone be a licensed attorney for six years before becoming eligible for a judgeship. In a series of rulings Wednesday, the high court said that a temporary suspension for late payment of dues isn't enough to disqualify a candidate from the ballot.

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3:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Says Judge Went Too Far On Voter ID

File photo of a sign outside a Little Rock polling site in March alerting voters that they will be asked for a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.

Justices on Wednesday vacated a Pulaski County judge's decision that the law violates Arkansas' constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox had struck down the law in a case that had focused on how absentee ballots are handled under the law, but justices stayed his ruling while they considered an appeal.

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1:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

UALR Receives $1 Million Endowment For Non-Traditional Students

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been selected for a $1 million endowment that will support scholarships for non-traditional college students who want to return to school to finish their college education.

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11:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Attorney General Again Asks For Stay Of Arkansas Gay Marriage Ruling

An employee with the Pulaski County Clerk's office explains how to fill out paperwork for a marriage license Monday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.

McDaniel's office on Wednesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling against the gay marriage ban is needed because some clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

About 400 licenses have been issued so far, mostly in Pulaski and Washington counties.

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