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5:37 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Review Voter ID Rules

Voter casts a ballot.

Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification when they cast a ballot.

A subcommittee of the Legislative Council was scheduled Wednesday to discuss the rules that the state Board of Election Commissioner approved for enforcing the voter ID law.

The Republican-controlled Legislature enacted the law earlier this year when it overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

The rules approved in August closely mirror those outlined in the law, which takes effect in January. 

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10:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Is Open Carry Legal in Arkansas? Depends On Who You Ask.

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Whether it's legal to openly carry a weapon, like a handgun, in public in Arkansas may depend on who you ask or where you live. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman examines legislation that took effect this August as gun rights activists are openly demonstrating their interpretation of the law. 

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6:15 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Arkansas State Fair Opens Friday

Rides at the Arkansas State Fair
Credit Jacob Kauffman/KUAR News

The annual state fair will start its ten day run on Friday. Discounted tickets are on sale at Walgreens for two dollars less than tickets available at the door.

Advance tickets will no longer be available past the first day of the fair, and will have to be purchased for full price at the gate, a change made this year.

Mary Smith, Director of Marketing for the fair, says the event is an economic boost for the area.

Smith says new food items will be introduced this year, including deep fried pineapple upside down cake.

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5:30 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How The Shutdown Is Impacting One Arkansas Department

Teresa Marks, Director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

One of the organizations in Arkansas that has been impacted by the federal government shutdown is the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Some of the department's employees are paid through federal funds. 

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with the director of that department, Teresa Marks, and has this report.

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3:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

UALR Offers Land For Tech Park Without Eminent Domain

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson
Credit KUAR

A nearly 22 acre site adjacent to UALR was formally recommended to the Little Rock Technology Park Board by an advisory board Tuesday. The Oak Forest site, as it is known, has 56 residences of which UALR owns nearly half.

Chancellor Joel Anderson said the reasons for proximity to research institutions like UALR or UAMS has been overlooked.

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5:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Cotton Blasts Pryor On Health Law In First TV Ad

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is using the first television advertisement in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to criticize the incumbent senator over the federal health care law.

Cotton's campaign on Saturday began airing a 30-second television spot in the Little Rock area accusing Pryor of exempting Congress from the federal health care law. Pryor's campaign on Monday called the claim "blatantly false."

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2:55 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Elder Care Rights Groups Rally At Arkansas Capitol

Participants gather at the State Capitol for the 10th Annual Residents' Rights Rally.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Supporters of nursing home reform in Arkansas are continuing efforts to get community leaders and organizations involved with efforts to improve elder care facilities. 

Organizers of the Tenth Annual Residents’ Rights Rally assembled on the steps of the State Capitol Monday to commemorate National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month. 

Martha Deaver, president of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, says the rights and safety of the vulnerable must be protected.

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12:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Exxon Tears Down Two Homes In Mayflower

Photo of March oil spill in Mayflower

Exxon Mobil is demolishing two homes in Mayflower that have oil trapped beneath their foundations after the March oil spill.

Company spokesman Aaron Stryk calls it an effective and efficient way to ensure any remaining oil is removed.

Stryk says the overall work process on the two home sites will take closer to two weeks because all debris must be removed, contaminated soil will be excavated and replaced with clean soil, and then the two lots will be graded and sodded.

The former owners of the two houses sold them to Exxon as part of a compensation plan.

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10:25 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market

The new pay-and-display machines in the River Market.
Credit Arkansas Times

Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.

From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack Wrenn oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.

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6:51 am
Mon October 7, 2013

FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents

FBI agents conduct a raid.

The FBI is investigating after an electricity substation was set on fire and a power line was intentionally cut in Lonoke County. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the incidents. Authorities say Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its substation in Keo on Sept. 29. 

The FBI says the blaze was intentionally set and someone scratched "YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S." into a metal control panel outside the substation.

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