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Winter Storm
9:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Winter Storm Warning Issued For NE Arkansas

A winter storm warning is in place for northeastern Arkansas, where a springtime storm system is predicted to bring 3 to 5 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Poinsett and Randolph counties. It's in place from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Forecasters say the snow is expected in the area in the late afternoon Thursday and will continue until midnight.

Other areas in north Arkansas could see 1 to 3 inches of snow on Friday. In central Arkansas, rain and occasional sleet are predicted.

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School Choice
9:21 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas House Panel To Vote On School Choice Bill

Arkansas House lawmakers are weighing a proposal to rewrite Arkansas' school choice law that was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge last year.

The House Education Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would allow students to transfer to a school in a neighboring district for a variety of reasons. One of the rationales could be promoting greater racial integration in the receiving school.

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Lobbying Reform
9:18 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Back Expanded Lobbying Moratorium

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a bill to ban the state's constitutional officers and judges from becoming a lobbyist for a year after they leave office.

The Senate unanimously approved and sent to the governor the bill that expands a 2011 law placing one-year moratorium on lobbying for former House and Senate members.

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Healthcare
9:14 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Mexican Consulate Gives Grant To UAMS

The Mexican Consulate in Little Rock is giving a grant from the Mexican government to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health to continue a health program.

Officials are expected to announce more details about the grant during a news conference on Thursday.

Tax Cuts
9:11 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas Senate President Hopes Deal Soon On Tax Cuts

Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says he hopes to reach agreement by the end of the week with Gov. Mike Beebe and House leaders on a tax cut package.

Lamoureux told reporters Wednesday that legislative leaders are still discussing what would be in that tax cut agreement - but he hoped to have a deal soon. House Speaker Davy Carter has called on lawmakers to approve $150 million in tax cuts, while Lamoureux has said he thinks $100 million in cuts is more likely.

Local & Regional News
7:21 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Hearing Set For Arkansas Prisoners Seeking Documents

A lawyer says a hearing has been scheduled in the case of six death row inmates who want the Arkansas Department of Correction to provide documents about lethal injection drugs.  

Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig said Wednesday that a hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Pulaski County.  

Rosenzweig filed paperwork this week asking a court to order the correction department to release the records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The inmates are seeking documents containing information about the origin, history and quality of lethal injection drugs.  

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Local & Regional News
7:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Restitution Hearing Set In Ex-Arkansas Lawmaker's Case

A restitution hearing has been scheduled in the case of a former state representative convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud.  

A federal judge filed paperwork Wednesday saying that a hearing is set for April 15 in the case of former Rep. Hudson Hallum, his father and two campaign workers.

The court is expected to hear a claim for restitution from Kim Felker, who lost in a Democratic primary runoff to Hallum.  

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Pryor And Boozman On Immigration And Guns
5:08 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Address Senate Immigration Reform And Gun Control Efforts

Immigration Reform demonstrators at rally.
Credit Michael Nelson/EPA

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman are carefully considering possible proposals for a comprehensive immigration reform package in the Senate.

Though there is new momentum for the reform effort, some Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are concerned that their colleagues may be moving too fast. They want more hearings on the proposal before the committee votes on it. 

Senator Pryor says the bipartisan bill could be filed in April or May.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Arkansas House OKs Nonpartisan Prosecutor Elections

The Arkansas House has approved a bill intended to remove party politics from the election of state  prosecutors.  

The lawmakers on Wednesday voted 63-24 to pass a bill making the state's 28 elected prosecuting attorneys nonpartisan positions. Candidates would no longer be listed on the ballot as Democrats or Republicans.

The bill calls for the state to collect prosecutor candidates' filing fees instead of political parties.

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Local & Regional News
4:51 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Large Sinkhole Puts Historic NW Arkansas Farm At Risk

Karee Barrett near a large sinkhole at her farm in Benton County.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich

A huge sinkhole appeared overnight in early March on a historic farm in Springtown in southwestern Benton County. No one was hurt, nor were any structures involved in the collapse. But as Jacqueline Froelich with station KUAF reports, the unique and ecologically sensitive site remains at risk.

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