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10:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

High Court Sides With Police Over Fatal Arkansas Chase

U.S. Supreme Court justices

The Supreme Court has sided with police officers who were sued over a high-speed chase that ended with the deaths of the fleeing driver and his passenger.

The court was unanimous in holding that the officers who fatally shot driver Donald Rickard did not violate the violate Rickard's constitutional rights.

The ruling Tuesday reversed a lower court decision that allowed the lawsuit to go forward against six West Memphis, Ark., police officers.

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Local & Regional News
10:43 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ross, Hutchinson Agree To Televised Debate In Race For Governor

Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

A week after securing their parties' nominations for Arkansas' top office, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson have agreed to a statewide televised debate.

Little Rock television station KATV announced Tuesday that Ross and Hutchinson agreed to participate in an hour-long debate on Oct. 7. The debate will be held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will air live statewide on KATV, in conjunction with KHBS/KHOG and KAIT.  It will also be live-streamed on station websites.

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Local & Regional News
8:55 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Search For Escaped Inmate In Arkansas Continues

Officials say they now believe an inmate who escaped from the Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center in Texarkana borrowed a bicycle and rode it to Interstate 30.

Twenty-year-old Derek Still was part of a group of inmates being escorted to a recreation area Saturday when he ran from the group and escaped.

KLRT reports that police now believe Still was able to borrow a phone and bike.

Still was convicted in Van Buren County of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Annual Survey Of 75 Largest Private Arkansas Companies Shows Growth

Credit Arkansas Business

Arkansas Business released its annual survey of the 75 largest private companies in the state in this week's issue, finding improving revenues and that many companies are making expensions.

Four new companies qualified to make the list: Summerwood Partners, Ritter & Co., Douglas Cos. and ABC Financial.

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $31.15 billion in their most recent fiscal years, and the price of entry to the list was $88.8 million.

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery

Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
Credit KUAR

A few hundred veterans and their family members visited the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock Monday for an observance of Memorial Day led by veterans officials and state leaders.

Gloria Lawson attended with her husband Charles, a Vietnam veteran. She noted Arkansans are still at war and said she feels close to veterans of all eras.

“It gives me a feeling of greatness to know that everybody loves one another, to be here, and to support each other during, especially during the war times that we’re going through, and also to be together,” said Lawson.

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Judge Keeps Stay On Arkansas Voter ID Ruling

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location notifies voters to have a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An Arkansas judge is for now keeping a stay on his ruling against a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday formally entered his decision that Arkansas' new voter ID law is unconstitutional.

The five-page order formalizes a May 2 ruling Fox issued from the bench. Fox then said he wouldn't block the state from enforcing the law during the primary, and Friday's order kept the stay on his decision.

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Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Arkansas Legislators Look At Keno Ban For Special Session

There is a move by some legislators to include a ban on monitor games by the Arkansas lottery if there is a special session called this summer.

A special session is a possibility so legislators can address health insurance plans for public school employees. But Gov. Mike Beebe's office said Friday that he's still waiting to see a proposal on the insurance matter and that no one has discussed the lottery issue with him yet.

Local & Regional News
2:29 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Rutledge Gets Former Opponent's Endorsement in Republican AG Runoff

(from left) Leslie Rutledge, Patricia Nation
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Leslie Rutledge, one of two candidates in a runoff election for the Arkansas nomination for Attorney General, Friday received the endorsement of third place candidate Patricia Nation. Rutledge said she wants Nation to actively bring support.

“Patricia I don’t want you to be behind me in this effort. I want you to be right beside me on the campaign trail and moving forward because we need her voice, we need her experience,” said Rutledge.

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River Navigation
1:47 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Arkansas Waterways To Get Boost From Federal Water Legislation

A map of ports in Arkansas
Credit waterways.arkansas.gov

Now that Congress has overwhelmingly passed a water resources bill, which awaits President Obama’s signature, officials who oversee Arkansas’s navigable waterways say infrastructure along the state’s rivers will likely benefit. All members of the state’s congressional delegation supported the legislation.

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Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Recovery Efforts From Arkansas Tornado Strike Progresses

A father and children wait for Pres. Obama during a visit to Vilonia after the deadline tornado.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

State and federal emergency management officials say progress is being made in the recovery from deadly tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Arkansas on April 27.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that nearly $2.3 million in individual assistance has been distributed to tornado survivors and that more than half the storm debris has been collected.

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