Local & Regional News
12:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Governor Makes Pick For Arkansas Education Leader

Officials say Arkansas' current deputy education commissioner is the top pick to lead the department when Tom Kimbrell steps down next month.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor is recommending that James "Tony" Wood succeed Kimbrell, who is leaving the agency to become superintendent of the Bryant School District.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state Board of Education hires the education commissioner and the governor confirms the appointment.

Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Central Arkansans Can Pre-Register For Food Aid

The state Department of Human Services says residents in a central Arkansas county affected by last week's severe weather can pre-register for disaster food assistance.

Officials say starting Tuesday, Faulkner County residents can pre-register from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a Conway mobile unit - located at 1000 East Siebenmorgen - for the Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Local & Regional News
9:11 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor Staffer Named As UA Lobbyist

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says it has selected the state director for Sen Mark Pryor's office as its new lobbyist.

The college announced Monday that Randy Massanelli won the position over two other finalists to serve as the next vice chancellor for governmental relations starting July 1st. The university's current lobbyist Richard Hudson is retiring July 31st.

The two other finalists for the position were Mac Campbell, a former aide to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home.

Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Democratic Primary Governor: Mike Ross

Mike Ross with KUAR's Jacob Kauffman
Credit Mike Ross Campaign

This discussion with Mike Ross is the second installment of KUAR's interviews with gubernatorial candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries. 

See here for the interview with Mike Ross's opponent in the primary Lynette Bryant.

Joshua Drake has already secured the Green Party's nomination. Frank Gilbert was nominated by the Libertarian Party.

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Local & Regional News
4:29 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Pulaski, Randolph, White Counties Declared Federal Disasters

A damaged car from last week's tornado.
Credit National Weather Service

Gov. Mike Beebe says Pulaski, Randolph and White counties have been declared federal disasters and people with storm damage are eligible for individual assistance.

Faulkner County, where most of the 15 who died April 27 in the EF-4 tornado were killed, had earlier been approved for assistance.

Beebe's office says Independence County also sought a federal disaster declaration but did not meet damage thresholds to qualify.

President Barack Obama is scheduled on Wednesday to tour areas with tornado damage.

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Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

President Obama's Arkansas Trip Mentioned in White House Press Briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaking to reporters during Monday's briefing.
Credit C-SPAN

President Barack Obama is planning to visit tornado ravaged areas of the state Wednesday. On Monday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked during a regular briefing why the President has not previously visited Arkansas while in office.

“I don’t even know how to respond to that except to say the President has focused and will be focused when he visits on Wednesday on the families of victims, and on the first responders, and on the efforts underway to help Arkansas rebuild,” said Carney.

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Local & Regional News
2:23 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Official Attributes Baby's Death To Last Week's Tornado

Faulkner County officials are attributing an infant's death to last week's tornado that killed 15 people in central Arkansas.

County spokesman David Hogue says Monday that a mother, who suffered injuries from last Sunday's tornado, gave birth to a baby.

Hogue says the newborn took a breath, and died. Hogue says the baby's death is attributed to the tornado because of the mother's injuries. The infant's exact time of death and how far the mother was along in her pregnancy were not immediately known.

Science & Entertainment
12:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Local Museum Science Educator Debuts Tonight On 'The Tonight Show'

Kevin Delaney, director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery.

Museum of Discovery director of visitor experience Kevin Delaney debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. CT on NBC as the science expert for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Delaney spoke with KUAR's Nathan Vandiver this morning about the opportunity.

Delaney also contributes to KUAR occasionally through his Speaking Science series of 30 second spots.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Governor Mike Beebe Still Opposed To Gay Marriage

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he still believes marriage is between a man and a woman, saying his position hasn't changed after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his support for gay marriage.

Beebe told reporters Monday he has faith in McDaniel's ability to defend the state's gay marriage ban despite announcing his support for marriage equality.

McDaniel on Saturday said he would continue defending the 2004 amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

A Pulaski County judge is expected to rule this week in a lawsuit challenging that ban.

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Local & Regional News
11:07 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Arkansas Delegation Asks For Additional Disaster Declarations

File photo of
Credit Forbidden Hillcrest Facebook Page

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Barack Obama to issue additional disaster declarations for areas of Arkansas hit hard by last week's tornadoes and flooding.

Arkansas' two U.S. senators and four congressmen asked Monday for a major disaster declaration for Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties.

Faulkner County has already received a federal disaster declaration.

Obama is scheduled to tour areas hit by the tornado on Wednesday.

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