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4:45 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Hurt Cyclist Dies After Group Hit By Car In Arkansas

Authorities say an 18-year-old Massachusetts woman has died after she was injured when a car struck a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Merritt Levitan of Milton, Mass., was one of 13 cyclists traveling from Charleston, S.C., to Santa Monica, Calif., as part of a six-week trip organized by a Williamstown, Mass.-based company called Overland.

Overland and Arkansas State Police said Thursday that Levitan died at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

McDaniel Wants Judge To Dismiss Execution Lawsuit

Arkansas' attorney general wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from nine death row inmates challenging the state's new execution law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office filed paperwork Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss the prisoners' amended lawsuit.

The inmates say the new execution law is unconstitutional.

That law came about after the state Supreme Court struck the previous law down in 2012, saying that legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

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Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

The first lawsuit to challenge a ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas has been filed on behalf of 11 gay couples.

63-year-old Attorney Cheryl Maples says she's been drafting her complaint for months in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Arkansas Post Site of Westernmost Revolutionary War Battle

Colbert’s Raid on the Spanish fort at Arkansas Post on April 17, 1783.
Credit nps.gov

On this Independence day it may surprise some that the effects of the Revolutionary War reached all the way to Arkansas in what was the westernmost battle of the war. It was one of two trans-Mississippi River battles. 

At the time Arkansas was a possession of the Spanish Empire, which sided with America in its war against the British. The British led by James Colbert, along with Chickasaw allies, attacked Spaniards, French settlers, and Quapaw at Arkansas Post, near the confluence of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. 

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News About Public Radio
9:02 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

KUAR To Air 'Burn: An Energy Diary' July 4

Crews like the National Grid workmen are on the front lines of grid repair when something goes wrong with the system.
Ari Daniel Shapiro Burn: An Energy Diary

This Fourth of July, KUAR FM 89 will air 'The Switch: The Story of Our National Power Grid' from the program 'Burn: An Energy Diary.'

Host Alex Chadwick and the producers at Burn take a look at the nation's aging power grid, how it works and how it doesn't, Thursday, July 4 at 3 p.m.

The program will cover smart grids, alternative energy and the people who keep the grid running all on a day when the grid will be humming to keep up with the nation's energy demand.

Conservation Efforts
6:15 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Feds Rescind White River's Blueway Designation

The U.S. Department of the Interior has dropped the White River from a new federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways.

Wednesday's decision followed a public backlash over the National Blueway designation for the 700-plus-mile river that flows through southern Missouri and parts of Arkansas.

Opponents and one-time backers wanted the designation dropped.

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Public Events
5:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hillary Clinton To Attend Arkansas Library Dedication

Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to Little Rock as the city dedicates a children's library named after the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential contender.

The Central Arkansas Library System on Wednesday said Clinton will be on hand for the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The library's board voted last week to name the library for Clinton, in honor of her work on issues regarding children's health and education as Arkansas' first lady.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Charges Possible For Arkansas Driver Who Hit Cyclists

 Prosecutors are considering filing charges against a 21-year-old driver who struck and injured a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Prosecutor John Bell said Wednesday that authorities are investigating why the driver crashed into a group of 13 cyclists on Tuesday afternoon near McCrory, Ark., about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
2:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Delay in Employer Health Care Mandate Gives Business More Time

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford
Credit insurance.arkansas.gov

The decision by the federal government to give a one-year delay before larger businesses will be required to provide health insurance means that Arkansas employees without coverage will instead receive federal subsidies to buy one of several private insurance plans in newly-formed exchanges.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says he believes the delay is a prudent step ensuring businesses have adequate time to understand regulations and implement changes.

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Local & Regional News
1:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Arkansas Police Investigate Police Shooting Of Suspect

Arkansas State Police say a Rockport police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect in a Walmart store parking lot.

Troopers identified the dead man as 34-year-old Brandon Rennie Turner of Donaldson.

Officers were searching for a certain pickup truck Wednesday after a robbery at the Wishbone store near Bismarck.

A Rockport officer spotted the vehicle, which pulled over at a Walmart store.

After ordering the driver to step from the truck, the officer said he heard a gunshot and returned fire.

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