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10:34 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Boozman: Diplomatic Efforts In Syria Are A Move In The Right Direction

U.S. Senator John Boozman, Republican

As United States officials work with the United Nations to craft a resolution that would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says the way forward is still uncertain. 

In an interview with KASU in Jonesboro, Boozman admitted President Barack Obama has no good choices in his standoff with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Local & Regional News
8:20 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Marshals Museum Switches To Larger Parcel

U.S. Marshals Museum
Credit http://www.usmarshalsmuseum.com/

The U.S. Marshals Museum that's to be built in Fort Smith is to go up at a new, larger site.

Museum board members on Tuesday approved the change, which will double the land available for the facility. 

The museum will still be built downtown along the Arkansas River and the organization is still getting the land for no charge. Developer Bennie Westphal agreed to donate the original parcel and is also donating the new site.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Judge In Hastings Case Again Asked To Recuse

A lawyer for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter is again asking the trial judge to step away from the case.

Attorney Bill James on Tuesday asked Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen to recuse from presiding at Josh Hastings' trial, which is set to begin Monday.

Griffen denied a previous request by James that he step aside, claiming there was no evidence he's biased.

Local & Regional News
7:13 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Arkansas Panel Weighs Licenses To Arm Teachers

A state board is to consider whether to permanently revoke licenses that some Arkansas school districts had been using to employ teachers, administrators and staff as armed security guards.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday is scheduled to review the licenses that had been issued to 13 school districts classifying them as private security firms.

The panel in August had suspended the licenses after a legal opinion was issued by the state's attorney general that the schools could not use the licensing law to arm staff.

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Real Estate Market
6:54 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Arkansas Home Sales For July

Arkansas housing data spanning the first 7 months of this year show home sales were up nearly 11% in the state compared to the same period last year, according to the Arkansas Realtors Association. Sales numbers in the state also show a 13 % increase in home values.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Judge Won't Delay Trial Over Desegregation Money

A federal judge says he won't delay a December trial over Arkansas' request to end its desegregation payments to three Little Rock-area school districts.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday denied the motion that had been filed by the Little Rock School District and the group of black students and parents known as the Joshua Intervenors.

The motion sought to continue the case. Arkansas last year asked to be released from the desegregation settlement agreement with the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts.

Local & Regional News
3:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Audit: Poor Management In University of Arkansas Division

Legislative auditors say poor management and a failure to follow school policies led to a $3 million deficit within a division at the University of Arkansas.

The school requested an audit after administrators discovered the Advancement Division had overspent its $10 million budget in 2012.

Audit results released Tuesday said a primary reason for the deficit was the addition of staff members without a corresponding increase in permanent funding.

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Local & Regional News
1:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Drought Conditions Provide Mixed Results For Arkansas Farmers

Farmer working with row crops.

State agricultural experts say continuing dry weather conditions have actually aided harvesting efforts in southeast Arkansas. 

Row crop farmers are reporting that corn and rice harvests are almost complete and yields are doing very well.

However, other crops and cattle could suffer if drought-like weather conditions continue drying out pastures.

Hank Chaney is an extension agent in Faulkner County. He says lack of significant rainfall could take a toll on some crops.

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Arts Exhibit
12:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

First Rembrandt Inspires Membership Boost At Arkansas Art Center

Actors posing as royal guards were on hand for the send off of the popular Rembrandt exhibit that closed Sunday evening at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Credit William Strigel / UALRPublicRadio.org

The Arkansas Arts Center added 570 new members, roughly a 15 percent increase, to its roster as a result of its most recent exhibition, “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” according to the center's Chief Financial Officer Laine Harber.

The exhibit of impressionist painters, which included the first Rembrandt painting ever to be displayed in Arkansas, exceeded the center's membership expectations, Harber said. It wrapped up this past Sunday.

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Local & Regional News
10:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

After Classified Briefing, Rep. Griffin Opposed To Military Action In Syria

Rep. Tim Griffin

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin says he's opposed to military action in Syria.

The two-term congressman from central Arkansas announced Tuesday he won't support action against Syria, which U.S. officials say killed more than 1,400 civilians in a chemical weapons attack last month.

Griffin, who had already said he was unlikely to support President Barack Obama's request, said a classified briefing he attended Monday had not changed his mind.

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