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5:33 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

4-H Chapters in Arkansas Getting Grant For Program

Arkansas’s 4-H chapters will be receiving a grant from the Walmart Foundation to continue its program “Youth Voice: Youth Choice.” It’s part of a $2 million grant distributed among 20 states, in which each could receive up to $65,000 dollars.

National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo said the program educates and encourages young people to find solutions to community health issues.

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2:55 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Despite Income Tax Drop Revenue Numbers Above Forecast

State revenue numbers released Friday show income tax revenue down by over $100 million but gross general revenue is above forecast. Economist John Shellnut with the Department of Finance and Administration said the dip in income tax collection was expected.

“We correctly anticipated a significant decline in individual income tax revenues off the peak recorded last year from tax payer strategy to avoid higher federal tax rates. This is essentially a return to normal levels of collections with the economic recovery as a secondary story at least for now,” said Shellnut.

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2:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Arkansas Voter ID Law Again Found Unconstitutional

File photo of a sign at the entrance of a Little Rock polling location asking residents to have a photo ID ready.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An Arkansas judge has again found the state's new voter ID law to be unconstitutional, but a photo identification will still be needed for this month's primary election.

Judge Tim Fox held a hearing Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court concerning a second challenge to law, this one from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Law Center. 

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Local & Regional News
9:38 am
Fri May 2, 2014

43,446 In Arkansas Enrolled In New Health Plans

More than 43,000 Arkansans have picked health plans on the new insurance markets created by the federal health overhaul.

The federal government said Thursday that 43,446 Arkansas residents signed up between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31.

Previous enrollment figures found that more than 33,500 residents had already picked out a plan through the exchange, an online marketplace where consumers can compare and shop for policies.

State officials had anticipated 250,000 residents to have signed up.

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Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Faulkner County: EF4 Tornado Destroyed 328 Homes

Leaders in Faulkner County say a preliminary assessment shows that 328 homes were destroyed in Sunday's tornado.

Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue says 710 homes have been assessed so far after the EF4 tornado hit the county. Along with the destroyed homes, the assessment also found 111 homes with major damage, 231 homes with minor damage and 40 homes otherwise affected.

Those numbers are preliminary as assessments continue in the county.

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Local & Regional News
9:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Hearing On Challenge To Arkansas Voter ID Law

Two courts are considering challenges to Arkansas' new voter ID law as early voting approaches for the state's May 20 primary.

Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the new law that requires voters to show photo identification before they cast a ballot. Fox struck down the law in a separate case last week, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling while it considers an appeal of the decision.

Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Republican Primary 2nd Congressional: Colonel Reynolds

Colonel Conrad Reynolds at KUAR

This is the third in KUAR's series of interviews with each of the three candidates in the contested Republican 2nd Congressional District Primary comprised of Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, and White counties.

See here for the interview with Ann Clemmer.

See here for the interview with French Hill.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Judge Taking Another Week Before Ruling On Gay Marriage Ban

An Arkansas judge is taking another week before issuing a ruling in a lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

A clerk for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza told attorneys in a letter Thursday that the judge expected to issue a ruling by May 9 in the lawsuit seeking to overturn a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Piazza said at a hearing April 17 that he expected to issue a ruling within two weeks.

Local & Regional News
2:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Little Rock Gym Reopens After Fire Incident

Little Rock's city-owned gym, which was closed last week due to an electrical fire, is set to reopen Friday.

Parks and Recreation Director Truman Tolefree said members of the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center have been patient as repairs have been made.

 

“I think we were quite lucky and that damage was contained to the indoor pool area and the sauna area and we're still in the process of trying to assess the exact dollar cost of the damage that was done,” Tolefree said.

Local & Regional News
12:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Tax Relief Available For Arkansas Tornado Victims

Faulkner County residents affected by this week's tornado are eligible for special tax relief with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

The agency says taxpayers there who have issues affecting their ability to file or pay sales and use tax, withholding tax, corporate income tax or any other state taxes as a result of the storms should contact DF&A for a deadline extension.

The agency also says that property losses attributed to the tornado can be deducted as a loss on income tax returns.

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