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5:46 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Gay Marriage Ballot Measure

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal the Arkansas constitution's ban on gay marriage.

McDaniel on Monday cited several problems with the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Arkansans for Equality.

The proposed amendment must be approved by the AG's office before the group can begin gathering signatures to place it on the ballot next year.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

On The Campaign Trail For Senate With Pryor And Cotton

Sen. Mark Pryor poses with workers at Remington Ammunition plant in Lonoke.
Roby Brock/ Talk Business

While Election Day is still about 15 months away, the race for Senate in Arkansas already has the tone of a match up heading into the home stretch.

Rep. Tom Cotton last week announced he is running for the Republican nomination and hit the road making campaign stops throughout the state.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is also stepping his campaign appearances as Congress is in recess.

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Arkansas Education
4:59 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

School Choice Law Leaves Parents and Board Frustrated

Upset parents turned to the Arkansas Board of Education Monday to try to get school transfer requests that were denied overturned.

The newly enacted Public School Choice Act of 2013 allows for transfers unless a district annually claims exemption due to involvement in desegregation court cases. The previous school choice act, of 1989, was overturned by a 2012 court claiming racial demographic formulas, aimed at desegregating schools, were unconstitutional.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Poultry Processor To Start Up In Arkadelphia Plant

A specialty poultry processing company says it will hire more than 170 people and invest $5.4 million at a site in Arkadelphia.

Vikon Farms announced Monday that it will operate in a former Petit Jean Poultry plant.

The company will also create jobs outside the plant by contracting with of growers from El Dorado and Union County along with a Vikon-supported hatchery in Prescott.

The Vikon Farms plant will specialize in chickens that are free-range and naturally grown.

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Local & Regional News
2:09 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arkansas Speaker Names Six To Health Exchange Panel

House Speaker Davy Carter has named three Republicans and three Democrats to a legislative panel that will oversee the insurance marketplace set up under the federal health care law.

Carter on Monday announced his appointments to the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight Committee created by the Legislature earlier this year.

The 12-member panel will study the insurance exchange set up under the federal health care law and will submit an annual report by Dec. 15 to the Legislature.

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Local & Regional News
12:36 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Veterans Cemetery Recieves $4.5 Million in Federal Grants

Governor Mike Beebe at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery
Credit Jacob Kauffman

The Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, in North Little Rock, was the recipient of nearly $4.5 million in federal grants Monday. While on the grounds Governor Mike Beebe also spoke about the future site of a Veterans Home, making it clear that options are not limited to four sites previously outlined by a legislative task force.

George Eisenbach, the federal director in charge of the grants, formally recognized the award and said it will be used to add 3,800 pre-placed crypts, a memorial wall, and more efficient irrigation systems.

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Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Lane Closures Planned On I-430 In Little Rock

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says construction work will mean a lane closure on Interstate 430 in Little Rock.

The department says the inside, northbound lane of I-430 from the Kanis Road overpass to the I-630 interchange will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. starting on Monday.

The lane closing and work is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, weather permitting.

Workers are constructing of a permanent concrete barrier wall separating both directions of traffic on I-430.

Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Lane Of Highway 10 To Be Closed For Bridge Repair

A lane of Arkansas Highway 10 in Little Rock will be closed during the next several weeks for bridge deck repairs.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the westbound, outside lane of the highway - also known as Cantrell Road - will be shut down just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters from Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The department says work on the bridge is expected to continue for the next three weeks - except on Fridays and weekends - weather permitting until the repair work is complete.

Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Plan Would Bring New Use To Old Fort Smith Bridge

A bridge completed during World War II has been rediscovered in Fort Smith and parks officials plan to incorporate the structure into a nature trail.

The trail around Torraine Lake, also known as Stick Lake is at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Officials say the bridge was completed in 1941. The bridge area has been cleared of decades' worth of buildup of trees and brush.

The Southwest Times Record reports the bridge is on landfill property owned by Fort Smith.

Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Darr To Announce Whether He'll Seek House Seat

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is announcing whether he'll seek the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Darr on Monday planned a campaign announcement in Huntington on Monday night.

Darr said last week he was likely to run for the 4th Congressional District now that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Darr was elected to the state's No. 2 constitutional office in 2010. Earlier this year, he ruled out running for governor and Senate.

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