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9:41 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Funeral Set For Arkansas Teenager, Believed To Die From Rare Mosquito Infection

Memorial services are set for Friday for a southwest Arkansas teenager whose death may have been caused by a rare infection spread by mosquitoes.

Family members say 13-year-old Coleman Pearson was diagnosed earlier this month with eastern equine encephalitis. He died Tuesday at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

The diagnosis has not yet been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 

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5:36 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Political Spending Item

Dustin McDaniel
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at limiting corporate spending to influence elections in Arkansas.

McDaniel rejected the proposal's wording on Wednesday, citing what he said were ambiguities and deficiencies in the proposed ballot title and text. 

McDaniel has to certify the wording of a proposed measure before groups can begin gathering signatures needed to qualify for a spot on the ballot.

The proposal that McDaniel rejected on Wednesday comes from the Regnat Populus Ballot Question Committee.

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7:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Little Rock Technology Park Board Votes Downtown Site As Top Choice

Members of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority board discuss their top choice for the location of the tech park.

A site in downtown Little Rock is the choice for the location of a new technology park. 

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority board voted 4-to-3 Wednesday afternoon to move ahead with looking at the downtown Little Rock area as its top choice for the tech park.

The other two sites that had been under consideration were a site at UALR and the Sears Building at I-630 and University Avenue.

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7:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas School Bus Driver Honored For Heroism After Hijacking

School and City Officials honor School Bus Driver Sheila Hart, parent Karlena Lipari and Law Enforcement officers for bringing last Thursday's bus hijackings to a peaceful end.
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Officials with the Pulaski County Special School District gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor the school bus driver who “did everything right” after her bus was hijacked by a knife-wielding man in Jacksonville late last Thursday.

District Superintendent Jerry Guess, the Mayor of Jacksonville Gary Fletcher, law enforcement officers and parents were on hand to praise the efforts of 51-year old Sheila Hart, who says she first thought the hijacker, 22-year old Nicholas John Miller, was a parent when he first approached her bus.

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3:02 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas Poll: State Continues To Lean Republican

University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus.
Credit flickr.com / Alfred Carrillo

Results from a new survey of Arkansas residents show people are concerned about ongoing economic instability. 

Analysts at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville say the 2013 Arkansas Poll reveals only 63 percent of respondents feel the state is headed in the right direction, a result that is 10 points lower than last year. 

The findings released Wednesday also underscore ways the political climate is shifting in the state.

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11:50 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Cookie Dough Production Facility To Come To Arkansas

A wholesale manufacturer of frozen bakery products says it's opening a production facility in northwest Arkansas.

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10:17 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Bryant Council To Discuss Police Chief's Travel Expenses At Strip Club

File photo of Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer in February 2012.
Credit Mark Gregory / Arkansas Times

City councilors in Bryant are examining the travel expenses of the town's police chief and a school resource officer after the pair was reimbursed for steak dinners from an upscale Orlando, Fla., strip club.

According to travel receipts obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Police Chief Mark Kizer and Bryant High School resource officer Lee Ledbetter both submitted receipts in July from O.C. Food & Beverage LLC Steakhouse.

The newspaper reports the address and telephone number for the steakhouse belongs to Rachel's Adult Entertainment & Steakhouse.

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7:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Phillip Morris To Appeal Circuit Court Decision In Arkansas Supreme Court

A decade-old lawsuit filed against the tobacco company Phillip Morris USA  was approved to proceed in Little Rock Tuesday.

Plaintiffs are seeking to represent every Arkansan who smoked Marlboro Lights over a 38-year period. 

Yesterday's hearing had been delayed for years over jurisdictional questions. However, in a ruling,  Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox granted the class-action status over the objections of Philip Morris lawyers who wanted any aggrieved customers to file individual lawsuits.

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7:02 am
Wed October 23, 2013

UALR To Host Screening Of 'West of Memphis' & One Of Defendents

Mug shots for the West Memphis Three in 1993.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to host a screening of the film "West of Memphis" about the prosecution of three men for the deaths of three West Memphis Cub Scouts.

The event will include a talk by one of the defendants and the mother of one of the victims.

The movie is to be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday in room 214-C at the Donaghey Student Center on the UALR campus.

Jason Baldwin was among the three convicted of the killings but subsequently released. Pam Hobbs, the mother of Stevie Branch, is to join Baldwin at the event.

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6:05 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas Senate President Names 4 To Insurance Panel

Arkansas Capitol

Senate President Michael Lamoureux has named four lawmakers to a task force created as part of a package of laws aimed at overhauling and increasing funding to the health insurance program for thousands of public school teachers. 

Lamoureux on Tuesday named Republican Sens. Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers and David Sanders of Little Rock and Democratic Sens. Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock and Eddie Cheatham of Crossett to the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task force. 

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