Guns and Higher Ed
3:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

2-Year School In Forrest City Opts Out Of Gun Law

Another Arkansas college has opted out of a new state law that allows faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on campus.

East Arkansas Community College's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the law, passed this year by the Legislature. The Times-Herald reports that the board decided that hiring extra armed security officers would be a better option for the two-year school in Forrest City.

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History & Culture In Helena-West Helena
7:04 am
Mon May 13, 2013

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

The Delta Cultural Center on Cherry Street in downtown Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Helena-West Helena is part of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. According to U.S. Census data, the county’s population decreased over 17 percent in the last ten years, which means by some estimates the population is less than half of what it was in the 1950s. However, new community-led efforts in Helena-West Helena seek to make the area’s history and culture a catalyst for investment and growth.

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Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Next Step Is Signatures For Arkansas Steel Plant

The $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill that's planned for Osceola could be under construction later this year, but a number of things have to happen before dirt can be turned for the superproject. 

The plant is awaiting rulings from two state regulators and it still must get signatures from financial backers and state officials before work can start.

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Public Meeting
4:15 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Tire Waste Permitting Procedures To Be Discussed At Meeting

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a public meeting on the permitting process for entities dealing waste tires in the state.

On Wednesday, representatives from regional governments, businesses and individuals are expected to attend and discuss the two types of permits: one for collection centers and one for waste tire processors.

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Local & Regional News
5:45 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Rahm Emanuel Speaks to Clinton School Graduates

Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke as commencement speaker to the 34 student graduating class from the University of Arkansas - Clinton School of Public Service. Emanuel is most noted for his time as White House Chief of Staff to Barack Obama and as a senior advisor to President Clinton.

Emanuel opened his remarks by saying, "Let's be honest, it was a bit of a culture shock when I came down here to the people of Little Rock. They sent a Jewish kid from Chicago who danced ballet to a place where everyone loved razorback hogs."

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Little Rock Included In National Train Day

People lined up Saturday to tour an Amtrak train on display outside Little Rock's Union Station.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

National Train Day was expanded this year to include Little Rock, with an event Saturday at the city's Union Station.

Families lined up on the platform to tour an Amtrak train that was on display. 

Jerry Driscoll and his family from Beebe had never been onboard an Amtrak train, only riding short tourist lines in recent years, and decided to see what cross country rail travel could be like.

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Local & Regional News
3:40 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Ex-UCA Administrator Wants Felony Trial Moved

Jack Gillean

Former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff Jack Gillean wants his felony trial moved out of  Faulkner County.  

Gillean is charged with felony commercial burglary for allegedly giving keys to a UCA student who stole tests from professors' offices. Gillean has denied the allegation.  

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that defense attorneys for Gillean took their change of venue request to Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles Clawson Jr. on Friday.

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Infant Death
5:25 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Pine Bluff Man Charged In Death Of 2-Month-Old Son

A Pine Bluff man has been charged with first-degree murder in the suffocation death of his 2-month-old son.

KATV reports that Ivory Jones appeared in court Friday where his bond was set at $250,000 for the death of Corey Jones.

Authorities say Corey died of suffocation. Ivory Jones said the child was smothered by the family dog.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a 4-year-old in the same home has been taken into state custody.

Medicaid Audit
5:22 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Arkansas Audit Questions $1.3M In Medicaid Payments

A federal judge says a group that wants to help defend Arkansas' law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can't participate in a hearing over an effort to block the restriction.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Friday ruled that Concepts of Truth can't participate in the May 17 hearing over the abortion ban. The Wynne-based anti-abortion counseling group has asked to intervene in the lawsuit.

Wright agreed with opponents of the law that the group shouldn't participate since it asked to intervene nearly two weeks after the hearing was ordered.

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High Achieving Grad
5:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

18-year-old To Graduate UA With Triple Major

Raymond Walter will bring home a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Arkansas this weekend with a triple major in mathematics, physics and economics - and he's only 18.

Walter graduated from Mountain Home High School when he was 14. He and his father, Hal, relocated to Fayetteville so Raymond could begin coursework at UA.

Hal serves as Raymond's caregiver because Raymond has a severe form of muscular dystrophy that requires him to use a motorized wheelchair.