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6:35 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Raindrop House Helps Turkish-Americans Find Footing

Turkish Food Festival
Raindrop House Facebook Page

Central Arkansas is home to a growing population of Turkish immigrants. The Raindrop Turkish House, an organization with branches in 8 states (including a center in Little Rock), seeks to fulfill the needs of Turkish-Americans as they find their footing in a new country.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Arkansas Public Schools and Access to High-Speed Internet

State Senator Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas education officials continued to ask lawmakers to open-up an existing state-owned internet network to public schools.

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Local & Regional News
5:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Judge Orders State to Pay Attorneys' Fees In Abortion Case

A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to pay more than $65,000 in attorneys' fees for the plaintiffs who challenged the state's 12-week abortion ban.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Monday granted the request for attorneys' fees by the two Little Rock physicians who argued the ban was unconstitutional. Wright struck down the 12-week ban in March. The state is appealing her decision.

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Criminal Justice
3:07 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed For Overcrowding

Credit www.pcso.org

The Pulaski County Jail reopened Monday morning more than six weeks after being shut down due to overcrowding. Monday’s population was reported to be 1,126, which is less than 100 beds below the funded capacity.

Lieutenant Carl Minden said inmates who belong at state facilities being housed at county jail has been a recurring problem and an issue Pulaski County Jail has been grappling with for several decades. Minden added it is a relief to have the space now, but it is unclear how long the facility can go before the numbers are too high again.

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Local & Regional News
1:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Patients At Little Rock VA Had Average Wait Of Two Months

New patients seeking care at the Little Rock VA hospital have to wait an average of 60 days to be seen, but established patients have to wait only an average of four days.

The Veterans Affairs Department released an audit Monday that examined 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics.

The agency has a goal of seeing new patients within 14 days, though patients with emergencies are seen immediately.

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Local & Regional News
12:34 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Sen. Boozman Back At Work After Surgery, Will Seek Re-Election In 2016

U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas was back at work in Washington Monday for the first time since having emergency heart surgery two months ago.  And with his return, the Republican said he will be seeking a second term in 2016.

“This is the first day back and I’ve been working hard with my rehab and all that stuff and I’m in good shape,” Boozman said in an interview with KUAR News.

Boozman said he’s feeling good and glad to be back.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
12:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Federal Judge Won't Toss Suit Over Mayflower Oil Spill

A federal judge has denied a request by ExxonMobil to throw out a joint federal and state lawsuit that seeks to penalize the company for a pipeline spill that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a central Arkansas neighborhood.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday issued an order saying U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sufficiently stated a case that ExxonMobil violated the law to warrant going to trial.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed Because Overcrowding

File photo of the Pulaski County Jail.
Credit pcso.org

The Pulaski County jail has reopened to all offenders after it was closed in April because of overcrowding problems.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says the jail reopened at 8 a.m. Monday.

Sheriff Doc Holladay closed the jail to nonviolent, low-level offenders on April 29 because the facility was over capacity. As of Monday morning, the jail had a population of 1,126 - which is below the facility's capacity of 1,210 inmates.

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Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Arkansas-Based Tyson Wins Bidding War For Hillshire Brands

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. of Arkansas has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer.

Both Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride had been bidding of Hillshire Brands. Tyson had previously offered $50 per share for the company. Pilgrim's Pride then raised its bid to $55 per share.

Pilgrim's Pride says it is withdrawing its offer. The offer from Tyson is worth $7.75 billion based on Hillshire's 123 million shares outstanding. Tyson values the deal at $8.55 billion, including debt.

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Arkansas Weather
7:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Flash Flood Risk Continues In Arkansas

The rain's not over yet for most of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will affect most of the state Monday, particularly in the south. Forecasters say the risk of severe weather is low, but some severe thunderstorms could develop in south Arkansas.

The weather service says damaging winds are the main threat Monday. Flash flooding is also possible in central and western Arkansas.

Forecasters say more rain is predicted Tuesday, but sunny skies are expected Wednesday. More storms are in the forecast for Friday.

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