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12:08 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Rainy Election Day In Forecast For Arkansas

Heavy rain is in the forecast for most of Arkansas on Election Day.

The National Weather Service says a slow-moving cold front will cross the state on Tuesday, dumping 1 to 2 inches of rain on most areas of Arkansas. Some areas could see close to 3 inches of rain locally.

Forecasters say the heavy rain shouldn't pose a major flooding risk because the ground remains dry in most areas.

The front is expected to move out of the state Wednesday night and early Thursday. Forecasters say the risk of severe storms is low.

Arkansas Election 2014
11:48 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Arkansas 'Shoe Leather' Campaign For Senate

It’s Friday night — Halloween, approaching 10 p.m. — and young children across Arkansas have just wrapped up a night of trick-or-treating, knocking on doors asking for candy.

A different group of youth are wrapping up their day from knocking on doors asking for votes. They’ve actually been knocking on doors for months, especially these last two weeks during the early voting period, in an effort to identify and move Democratic-leaning voters to the polls.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Judge Delays Trial In Slaying Of Hot Springs Village Dispatcher

A judge has delayed the trial of an Arkansas man charged in the killing of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

Kevin Duck was set to go to trial this week in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke. But the case has been pushed back until Feb. 10 at the request of defense attorneys, who said they needed more time to review documents received in the discovery process.

Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

AEDC’s Lenka Horakova Introduced As Honorary Consul For Czech Republic

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s European business development director was introduced on Friday as honorary consul for the Czech Republic in Arkansas.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., Petr Gandalovič, introduced Lenka Horakova into the office of the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic at a ceremony held Friday at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Arkansas Election 2014
1:10 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Early Voting On Pace To Set A Record In Pulaski County

A sign outside the Pulaski County Regional Building in Little Rock notifies people where they can vote early.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting locations across Arkansas are reported to be busy ahead of Tuesday’s election.

In Pulaski County, Circuit Clerk Larry Crane says more people than ever are opting to vote early.

"Early voting is about 40 percent higher in Pulaski County this year than it was back in 2010, which would be the same corresponding election cycle," Crane said.

"Unless something bends or breaks, we will indeed set a record on early voting and it will be a substantial increase. We are very pleased with the turnout.”

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Arkansas Election 2014
11:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

NJ Governor Christie Visits Arkansas To Tout GOP Candidates

Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton speaking at a rally Wednesday in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is touting the Republican Party's nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate in Arkansas, as the GOP tries to build on its recent gains in a state that had been a Democratic holdout in the South.

The potential 2016 presidential hopeful headlined a rally Friday morning in Jonesboro with gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Christie downplayed Cotton's vote opposing legislation aimed at helping victims of Superstorm Sandy. 

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Arrest Warrant Issued For Housing Chief Over Freedom Of Information

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a housing agency's executive director over claims he didn't provide documents requested by an Arkansas newspaper.

District Judge Alice Lightle signed the warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance. An arrest affidavit by the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office states Forte is facing a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

A prosecutor says Forte wasn't taken into custody but will have to appear later in court.

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Local & Regional News
10:43 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Deadline Monday For Arkansas Watershed Conference

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says Monday is the deadline to register for its 2014 Watershed Conference and pre-conference workshops.

The conference is set Nov. 20-21 in Eureka Springs, with preconference activities on Nov. 19. The theme, "Connecting Communities, Protecting Watersheds," reflects the importance of involving all Arkansans in helping keep all the state's bodies of water clean and safe.

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Local & Regional News
7:58 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Ex-Arkansas State Trooper Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Drugs

Sedrick Reed

A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in a drug case.

Prosecutors had accused former Lt. Sedrick Reed of conspiring to distribute and possess cocaine. At a plea hearing in July, Reed admitted taking drugs from a traffic stop and the Arkansas State Police evidence locker.

Federal prosecutors say Reed admitted making more than $200,000 in profit from the stolen drugs.

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Arkansas Ballot Measures
5:06 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Issue 4: Promoting Economic Freedom or Restricting Local Rights?

Map showing “wet” and “dry” counties in Arkansas as of 2014.
Credit encyclopediaofarkansas.net

This election, Arkansas voters will get to decide on five ballot measures. One citizen-initiated measure would legalize the sale of alcohol in every county of the state. Timothy Dennis of Fayetteville station KUAF has a look at what the proposed amendment would mean for state alcohol regulations and why some are spending big dollars to get it defeated.

 

 

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