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9:11 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Garland County Runs Into Vote Machine Trouble

Too few voting machines and untimely breakdowns led to long lines at two Garland County polling locations, and some voters walked away without casting ballots.

Garland County Election Commission chairwoman Ginna Watson says one Hot Springs polling site on Central Avenue had a printer problem Tuesday that slowed the pace of voting.

Watson told The Sentinel-Record there were machine issues at most precincts. One polling site on Malvern Avenue had only one voting machine all day.

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9:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Arkansas Awards More Than $300,000 To Crime Victims

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more than $308,000 was awarded to victims of crime last month.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board made the awards in 213 new cases, with additional expenses paid in 11 previously submitted cases.

Under the reparations program, victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible to receive compensation for unexpected expenses after a crime. Victims may receive money for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages or other related costs.

Last year, the board awarded more than $3 million in reparations.

Local & Regional News
1:13 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rundown Of Top Arkansas Election Results

U.S. House District 2 GOP - Primary
388 of 391 precincts - 99 percent
x-French Hill 29,884 - 55 percent
Ann Clemmer 12,383 - 23 percent
Conrad Reynolds 11,961 - 22 percent

U.S. House District 4 GOP - Primary
838 of 841 precincts - 99 percent
x-Bruce Westerman 18,225 - 54 percent
Tommy Moll 15,324 - 46 percent

Governor Dem - Primary
2,428 of 2,459 precincts - 99 percent
x-Mike Ross 128,907 - 84 percent
Lynette Bryant 24,683 - 16 percent

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Local & Regional News
11:44 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

French Hill and Bruce Westerman Get GOP Congressional Nominations

French Hill at election watch party in Little Rock.
Credit KUAR

   

The Republican Party nominated candidates for the contested 4th and 2nd congressional districts in Arkansas Tuesday.

There were no big surprises, with French Hill leading in the 2nd and Bruce Westerman in the 4th, leading in the polls going into election night with results giving comfortable leads.

Hill faced Ann Clemmer and Colonel Reynolds but surpassed the 50 percent margin needed to avoid a run-off. Hill’s election watch speech in Little Rock made references to a widely played television ad.

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10:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Asa Hutchinson & Mike Ross Win Primaries For Arkansas Governor

Republican Asa Hutchinson talks to supporters after winning Tuesday's primary election for governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two former Congressmen easily won their party primaries and will face off in November in the race for Arkansas governor.

Republican Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman, winning 73 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. Democrat Mike Ross beat Lynette Bryant with 84 percent of the vote.

At Tuesday night's watch party in Little Rock, Hutchinson said if elected in November, he would expand economic development in Arkansas.

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5:46 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Tech and Innovation Focused Start-Ups Get Another Boost in Central Arkansas

Governor Mike Beebe at the launch of AVC.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Business leaders and start-up hopefuls were joined by elected officials Tuesday for the launch of the Arkansas Venture Center in Little Rock. Governor Mike Beebe pledged a $500,000 matching grant to the center, governed by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Proponents of the development argue it will foster a climate that accelerates the growth of innovative, tech start-ups. Governor Beebe said Arkansans have succeeded in starting international companies that dominate their industries but more needs to be done to encourage new, start-ups with limited resources.

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4:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Same-Sex Spouse Insurance On Hold In University of Arkansas System

Employees of the University of Arkansas system received notice last week that those who are married to spouses of the same-sex may now add their spouses to their insurance coverage. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court's stay of Judge Chris Piazza's same-sex marriage ruling has changed that.

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3:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Turnout Light In Arkansas Primary, No Problems Reported

Pulaski County polling site West Side Baptist Church in Little Rock on Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Arkansas’s primary election. Turnout has been reported to be light, as expected, at locations around the state.

At West Side Baptist Church in Little Rock, a steady trickle of voters made their way in and out of the polling site. But Larry Brannon noted he didn’t have a lot to choose from.

“I voted in the Democratic primary and so the choices are very lean, but I don’t want to miss voting, so I came. Most of (the races) were unopposed, but principally I wanted to vote for Mr. Ross and take a good look at the ballot.”

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2:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

GOP Candidate For Governor Forgets ID, Delayed In Voting

File photo of Asa Hutchinson in May 2013 while speaking in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor who supports the new voter ID law was left waiting after he forgot his identification.

Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville on Tuesday. Olson says a staffer was able to retrieve the ID and bring it to Hutchinson so he could vote.

Tuesday marks the first statewide test of the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

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2:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Tornado Disaster Recovery Center In Pulaski County Closing

Emergency management officials say a disaster recovery center in Pulaski County that was set up to help survivors of the April 27 storms, tornadoes and floods is set to be closed.

The center on Kanis Road in Little Rock is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Saturday. Officials say visitors seeking assistance at the center has significantly decreased.

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