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8:15 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Hot Springs OKs Condemnation Of Historic Majestic Hotel

The Hot Springs Majestic Hotel on fire.
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

City leaders in Hot Springs have approved the condemnation of the Majestic Hotel building that was destroyed in a fire last month.

The move Tuesday by the Hot Springs Board of Directors allows the city to request the full demolition of the remainder of the historic hotel. The complex was partially razed for safety reasons after the Feb. 27-28 fire.

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Local & Regional News
5:08 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

State Rep. Says Override of Fracking Veto Likely

Rep. Andy Davis (R)
Credit arkansashouse.org

The Arkansas General Assembly is meeting to sine die Wednesday, formally ending the fiscal session, but a veto issued by Governor Mike Beebe leaves at least one legislative item left to address.

The line-item veto is an objection to the widening of a sales tax exemption for equipment and machinery used in manufacturing. The extension newly defines sands used for fracking natural gas and oil as equipment.

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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Some Arkansas House Speaker Hopefuls Want Race Delayed

The Arkansas House chamber.
Credit wikipedia.org

Some candidates running for Arkansas House speaker say they'd like to see the speaker's race pushed back until they know who'll win the chamber's majority in the November election.

The vote is now set for Wednesday when the Legislature meets to formally adjourn the fiscal session.

Those who support a delayed vote point to the 2012 speaker's race, when Democratic state Rep. Darrin Williams was elected speaker but wasn't confirmed after Republicans won a majority in the House in the November election.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Federal Judge Denies New Hearing In Arkansas Slayings

A federal judge has rejected a request for a new hearing for an Oklahoma man on federal death row for the slayings of an Arkansas family.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes ruled Tuesday that Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla., needed to obtain authorization from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to file another petition challenging his death sentence.

Lee was convicted in federal court in the 1996 slayings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy Mueller, and their young daughter, Sarah.

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Local & Regional News
12:33 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Centers For Children In Jonesboro Gets $1 Million Gift

The Centers for Children at Jonesboro has received a $1 million gift aimed at expanding the access of specialized pediatric health care to families in northeast Arkansas.

Centers for Children is a collaboration between Arkansas Children's Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Department of Pediatrics.

There are now seven different specialty clinics in Jonesboro, including neurology, cardiology, surgery and urology.

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Local & Regional News
10:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Man Jailed In Death Of Arkansas Sheriff's Deputy

Authorities say an Oklahoma man has been jailed on a second-degree murder charge in the traffic death of a southwest Arkansas sheriff's deputy.

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was killed Monday in a three-vehicle crash near Lewisville.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, Richardson was driving Michael Lee Ackart of Tulsa, Okla., to a homeless shelter in Miller County.

The Metropolitan Opera
9:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

March 22: Wozzeck

A scene from Berg's "Wozzeck."
Credit Cory Weaver / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wozzeck conducted by Met Music Director James Levine Saturday, March 22 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Arkansas US Rep. Tom Cotton Weds Over Weekend

Tom Cotton
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has married his girlfriend during a small ceremony over the weekend.

Cotton's Senate campaign said the freshman lawmaker married Anna Peckham, an attorney from Virginia, at a small wedding ceremony with family and close friends on Saturday. The two are currently on a honeymoon during the congressional recess, campaign spokesman David Ray said.

Ray declined to say where the wedding was held or where the couple was honeymooning.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

In Race For Governor, Hutchinson raises $167K, Ross $140K

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson has outraised Democratic rival Mike Ross for the second month in a row but still faces a gap in money on hand in the race for Arkansas' top office.

Hutchinson reported on Monday raising $167,262 in February, compared to the $140,558 Ross raised in the same month.

Monday was the deadline for statewide candidates to file monthly campaign finance reports.

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State of the City
4:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Little Rock Mayor Talks Obesity, Violence & Infrastructure In Annual Address

File photo of Mayor Mark Stodola delivering a speech.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

In his latest “State of the City” Address, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola called for new efforts to end childhood obesity and violence among young African American males in the city. At the Centre at University Park Monday before several city leaders and community members, Stodola delivered his annual address, pointing out many of the city’s successes and several problem areas.

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