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5:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge Holding Hearing On Arkansas Sex Offender Law

A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker's effort to block enforcement of the law while Parker challenges its constitutionality.

The law was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year and took effect Aug. 16.

Parker was convicted in 2000 of possessing child pornography, but has long maintained his innocence and had his medical license reinstated in 2005.

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5:19 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments About Iraq Veteran

Arkansas' highest court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in 32-year-old Steven Russell's case on Thursday.

Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year.

Russell's attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.

Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Boozman: Defund Obamacare Efforts Will Fail In Senate

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Congressional Republicans have not been able to reach a consensus on how to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Media reports of a heated discussion in the Senate Republican Conference between John Boozman of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas underscores a growing disagreement in the party over how to tackle “Obamacare.” 

Some in the GOP want to amend the law, while others are willing to defund it even if that means shutting down the government.

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Arkansas Official to Answer Questions at Mayflower Oil Spill Town Hall

A town hall meeting from this summer.
Credit KUAR

Nearly six months out from the oil spill in Mayflower residents are getting a chance to speak directly with a state official at a town hall at Hendrix College this Thursday from 1-7 p.m. Emily Lane with the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group said it’s been a struggle to get public officials to listen to residents at public forums.

Dr. William Mason, the Emergency Response Branch Chief at the Arkansas Department of Health, is among the first and will participate in a 60 minute Q & A.

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Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jury Gets Manslaughter Case In Trial Of Little Rock Officer

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Jury deliberations have begun in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

Defense lawyers for Joshua Hastings on Wednesday rested without calling any witnesses.

The prosecution rested Tuesday after putting on a full day of testimony. Hastings is accused of being reckless by shooting into a car driven by 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr., who was breaking into vehicles with two other juveniles.

Jurors left the courtroom just before noon to begin their work.

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Local & Regional News
10:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Man Who Escaped California Prison Arrested In Arkansas

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a California prison in 1977 has been captured in Arkansas, where he was living under an alias.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office says 69-year-old Michael Ray Morrow was arrested without incident Monday in Jessieville.

Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Morrow gave details of his escape from the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Morrow was serving a sentence of 5 years to life in prison or 10 years minimum for a robbery conviction.

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10:09 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Grant Supports Campus-based Childcare In Arkansas

An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant to establish or fund campus-based childcare services for lower-income parents involved in higher education.

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena will receive $20,064 for the program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is giving nearly $9.2 million to similar campuses across the country for the program.

Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

National MS Society To Host First Annual Fundraising Auction

The National MS Society is hosting the first annual auction and fundraiser this Thursday at 6 pm, at Next Level Events. 

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Multiple Sclerosis research and services, as many Arkansans are directly impacted by the autoimmune disease. 

Tina Ward, with the Society's Arkansas Chapter says a lot of the money will go to direct service work, such as paying for patients' utility bills. 

Ward says the National MS Society also works in advocacy to educate the public and those affected directly by MS.

Local & Regional News
3:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas Will Shine A Light On Adult Literacy Efforts

The fifth annual Shine a Light on Literacy event will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas will host the event and First Lady Ginger Beebe is scheduled to speak.

The event will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and a silent auction featuring works from local artists and authors. Hannah K. Vogler, event coordinator for Literacy Action, says some unique trips and experiences will also be auctioned. She says improving adult literacy is very important for society.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Little Rock Considers Renovation Plan For Performance Hall

Robinson Center Music Hall
Credit Flickr

Little Rock city leaders are to decide next Tuesday on whether to allow voters to decide a proposal to fund the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

Tuesday evening the Board of Directors heard a presentation detailing upgrades to the facility.  Earlier in the day advocates for the project detailed it for reporters.  You can view a PDF of the presentation here.

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