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11:09 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Weather Delays Jury Selection for Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner

The trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner on 14 federal extortion and bribery charges has been delayed because potential jurors cannot travel to the courthouse safely. Jury selection was to begin Monday morning.

The jury pool includes residents from throughout eastern Arkansas, but a winter storm Sunday made many roads in the region impassible. The U.S. Attorney's office says a new starting time has not been set.

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Arkansas Business Report
9:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

3/3/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week:  CJRW is moving from Capitol Avenue to Main Street; Tyson's earnings report; Deltic Timber's earning report.

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Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Arkansas Inmate Turns to Supreme Court to Pursue Religious Custom

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.

The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a beard. State corrections officials say their grooming policy prohibiting beards promotes hygiene and safety.

The court previously blocked the state from forcing Holt to shave the beard while the appeal was under consideration. The case will be argued in the fall.

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Local & Regional News
9:08 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Over 34,000 Lost Power in Arkansas

Credit stormcenter.entergy.com

The latest round of wintry weather brought over 34,000 power outages statewide Monday. With the threat of precipitation subsiding Entergy Arkansas reported over 26,000 outages while the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas claimed roughly 8,000.

Sally Graham with the state’s largest electric utility Entergy said most of their customers without power are in the state’s northeast.

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Arkansas Legislature
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Politics And The Private Option: An Analysis With Jay Barth

The private option, Arkansas's alternative answer to the full-out Medicaid expansion prescribed by the federal Affordable Care Act continues to hold up progress on the state budget in this fiscal legislative session.

With the political climate surrounding this most-divisive issue, could a few lawmakers be holding out till after the political filing period to cast their vote for the alternative plan? Political scientist Jay Barth joins us to discuss some of the political aspects of this vote.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Clinton Presidential Library Releases Previously Private Documents

The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock released a first batch of previously private documents Friday, providing insight into the operations of the Clinton White House.

Under the Presidential Records Act, such documents can be withheld for up to 12 years after a president leaves office.  These documents could have been made available at the start of 2013, and there was some pressure for them to finally be made public.

Subsequent document releases are expected in the coming weeks.

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Local & Regional News
4:29 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Little Rock Woman Files To Run For Arkansas Governor

A substitute teacher from Little Rock has filed to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, setting up an unexpected primary contest for Arkansas' top office.

Lynette Bryant filed paperwork Friday at the state Capitol to run for governor, becoming the second Democrat to officially enter the race.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross announced his bid for the Democratic nomination last year and filed to run on Wednesday. Bryant has run unsuccessfully for the Little Rock city board in 2010 and 2012.

This is her first bid for statewide office.

Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arkansas Election Board Approves Ballot Rule Changes

The state Board of Election Commissioners has approved emergency rules about absentee voters that contradict what Arkansas' attorney general has said before.

The board endorsed the rules Friday about absentee ballots for voter identification. They allow voters who did not submit required identification with their absentee ballot to turn in the documents for their vote to be counted by noon Monday following an election.

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Local & Regional News
4:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arkansas May See Wintry Mix This Weekend

Forecasters are predicting a round of freezing precipitation for Arkansas this weekend, though the northern half of the state will likely see the most ice. Jeff Hood, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said a cold front will begin entering Arkansas from the northwest late Saturday, bringing with it a chance of freezing rain and sleet and thunderstorms farther south.

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Local & Regional News
2:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor Files To Run For Re-Election

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas has filed to run for re-election, setting the stage for one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country this year.

The Democratic two-term lawmaker filed paperwork at the Capitol on Friday morning to seek a third term.

Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and won re-election without a Republican challenger in 2008.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton filed paperwork earlier this week to challenge Pryor and is the only expected GOP candidate for the seat.

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