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3:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Representatives From Arkansas Express Concerns About Endangered Designation

Arkansas' four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written to the Secretary of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about their concerns with a proposal to classify the Northern Long-Eared bat as an endangered species.

Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, and Tom Cotton say they sent the letter Wednesday to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

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3:33 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Arkansas Tops Report of States that Would Be Affected by $10.10 Minimum Wage

Oxfam America Report
Credit http://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/Working-Poor-in-America-Oxfam-America-EMBARGOED-June11-2014.pdf

Arkansas has the highest percentage of workers in the nation that would be affected by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour according to a report released Wednesday at over 25 percent. The international non-profit Oxfam America lists three of Arkansas’s four congressional districts among the top 25 in the country in the percentage of people likely to be affected. 

No Arkansas congressmen or congressional candidate has expressed support for the federal increase to $10.10 an hour.

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2:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Southern Baptist President: No Change On marriage Stance

The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination won't relax its position on same-sex marriage and transgender identity, even as courts across the country strike down gay marriage bans and the group tries to bolster membership.

On Tuesday at their annual meeting in Baltimore, members of the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution opposing efforts by governments to "validate transgender identity as morally praiseworthy."

Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ex-County Judge Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charge

A former Ouachita County judge has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge involving a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract to clean up debris following October 2009 storms in the county.

Court documents show that James Michael Hesterly entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement in which other charges against him were dropped.

Hesterly's attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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8:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Train Derailment Repairs Cause Detour In NE Arkansas

Parts of a northeast Arkansas highway will be closed through at least Friday as crews make repairs following last week's train derailment.

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8:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan

The Pulaski County School District and its patrons are asking a federal judge to approve a change to its desegregation plan to accommodate a $10 million plan to improve student achievement.

Wednesday's hearing comes as the district works to become officially desegregated, as the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts already have. The three districts have received more than $1 billion in special state desegregation aid since 1989 but have reached a settlement to end the payments.

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10:58 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Leslie Rutledge Defeats David Sterling For Republican AG Nomination

David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge during an interview last month at KUAR.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Tuesday’s Republican run-off election between Attorney General candidates Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling ended with Rutledge winning the nomination.

Unofficial election returns showed Rutledge with a 59% to 41% advantage.

Rutledge survived an onslaught of out-of-state spending from two third-party groups. Iowa-based American Future Fund spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the primary to promote Sterling’s candidacy, and in the run-off a D.C.-based group, Judicial Crisis Network, spent hundreds of thousands against Rutledge.

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10:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Flippo Beats Burris For Arkansas Senate Seat, Ferguson Wins House

The Republican nomination for State Senate District 17 was won by 201 votes by Scott Flippo, who defeated Rep. John Burris, the former House Majority Leader. The unofficial vote count was 3,913 for Flippo to 3,712 for Burris. 

If the results stand, Flippo will replace GOP Sen. Johnny Key, who was not seeking re-election to the north-central Arkansas Senate seat. There is no Democratic challenger, so the Republican nominee is the de facto winner.

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6:17 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

McDaniel and Law Enforcement Tout Improvements In Combating Metal Theft

North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Law enforcement officials are touting their efforts to combat metal theft by presenting an award to members of the North Little Rock Police Department. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday the gold-painted commendation in the form of a commonly stolen item – a catalytic converter - is a result of the success of police use of a private electronic reporting system

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3:57 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Disaster Recovery Centers In Arkansas To Close After April Tornado

The aftermath of the April tornado, with cars and trucks tossed into a lake in Faulkner County.
Credit National Weather Service

State and federal emergency management officials say disaster recovery centers that were set up following the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in Arkansas will soon be closed.

The state and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery centers in Mayflower and Vilonia will close Saturday at 2 p.m.

Survivors of the storms can visit the centers for information form 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The centers are at 600 Highway 365 in Mayflower and at 1122 Main Street in Vilonia.

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