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5:04 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Issue 2 In November Election Would Add New Requirements To Petitioning

Activists gather petition signatures in Chicago.
Credit WESA

Right now the petition gathering process in Arkansas works like this: after receiving approval from the Arkansas Attorney General for the ballot title and summary of a proposed initiative, petitions are circulated throughout the state.

For a constitutional amendment, petitioners are required to gather signatures equal to ten percent of the total number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last gubernatorial election.

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Local & Regional News
6:03 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Disaster Declarations For Farmers Impacted By Storm In Two Counties

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7.

Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued the primary county disaster declarations in Craighead and Mississippi counties. Additionally, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, and Poinsett counties were named as contiguous disaster counties.

Local & Regional News
5:52 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Senate Hopeful Cotton Reports Raising Nearly $1 Million In Early October

File photo of Tom Cotton, speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he raised nearly $1 million over the first two weeks of the month in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Cotton's campaign said Wednesday he'll report raising roughly $985,000 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 in his pre-election campaign finance report, which is due Thursday. Cotton's campaign said he spent more than $2.1 million during the same period and has more than $1.7 million in the bank.

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Arkansas Election 2014
2:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

National Analysts Weigh In On Arkansas Governor And Senate Races

The debates are over but the interest in Arkansas’ U.S. Senate and Governors races remain, according to several national political analysts.

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Aging in Arkansas
1:28 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Surveying The Landscape of Retirement

In the recent recession, many older baby boomers who lost their jobs have had more difficulty finding another job, especially a job at the same pay. Some older baby boomers have stopped seeking work and have taken early retirement, while others have found work, often at reduced pay.

Older baby boomers may access Social Security as soon as 62, the earliest age to apply. At 62 baby boomers can get partial Social Security, but only 75% of what they would get if they waited until full Social Security – which comes at 65 to 67, depending on birth year.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Latest Poll Shows Hutchinson Leading Race For Arkansas Governor

Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor, has an 8-point lead over his Democratic rival, Mike Ross, according to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll.

Q: In the race for Governor, the candidates are Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake, Republican Asa Hutchinson, and Democrat Mike Ross. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?

2.5% Libertarian Frank Gilbert
2% Green candidate Joshua Drake
49% Republican Asa Hutchinson
41% Democrat Mike Ross
5.5% Undecided

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Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Marshals Museum Increases Budget For Coin Marketing

A rendering of the planned U.S. Marshals Museum.
Credit usmarshalsmuseum.com

Officials with the U.S. Marshals Museum have increased the budget to market new commemorative coins designed to raise money for the facility in Fort Smith.

The museum's finance committee voted Tuesday to increase the coin budget from $35,000 to $112,400. The three commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint are set to go on sale next year.

The Southwest Times Record reports that the increased budget will provide more money for advertising and promotion of the coins. The three coins mark the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ross To Vote Early While Hutchinson Launches Tour

Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is casting his ballot early for the Nov. 4 election, while Republican rival Asa Hutchinson plans to launch a tour in western Arkansas.

Ross was scheduled Wednesday morning to vote early at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock.

Early voting for the November election began Monday, and thousands of Arkansas voters have already cast their ballot.

Hutchinson planned to kick off his "Asa Plan Tour" with stops in Fort Smith, Greenwood and Van Buren.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Democrats Make Their Case As Day One Of Early Voting Surpasses 2010 Midterm

Americans United For Change's Bus Tour Stopped In NLR For The Pryor/Hays Event.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Early voting continues statewide and campaigns are focused on getting people to the polls who typically only cast ballots during presidential elections. Monday, the first day of early voting, over 24,000 votes were cast according to the Associated Press. That total exceeded the last midterm by over 3,000 votes but fell well short of 2012’s general election total.

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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Poll Shows Tight Race For Arkansas 4th District, Womack With Wide Lead In 3rd

Arkansas’ open Fourth District Congressional race suddenly got interesting. In a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll, Republican Bruce Westerman still has a lead over his Democratic rival, James Lee Witt, but the margin has shrunk from 14 to two points.

In late July, Westerman led Witt 48-34%, but now his lead stands at 44-42% in a new survey of 607 likely Fourth District voters.

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