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Reentry Into Society Pt. 2
9:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Employment and Fees Obstacles To Transition For Former Inmates

Nyle Daniels, left, now works as a maintenance man for a west Little Rock apartment complex. His colleague, Karlton Hayes (right) is also a former inmate. Hayes estimates he filled out more than 100 job applications without a call-back or interview after his release. He was later hired by the Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock and after a few months started working at the same apartment complex.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Reentering society after a prison sentence can be a difficult task. That's because former prisoners can come up against barriers. While Arkansas corrections officials try to find ways to ease those barriers, obstacles might still come in the search for housing or employment, or getting mental health and addiction treatment.

43-year old Nyle Daniels of Little Rock was raised by a single mother, but, he says she was often absent, so at an early age he started drinking, using drugs and got involved with gangs.

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Local & Regional News
8:55 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Historic Hot Springs Hotel Put On Auction Block

A real estate auctioneer says the Majestic Hotel complex will be for sale until next month. A large fire ripped through the historic hotel in February, prompting the city to raze part of the complex and condemn the rest. Rubble has piled along Park Avenue since the blaze. Don Erler with Sperry Van Ness tells The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/1rsspIQ ) they were approached by Garrison Hassenflu, who's the manager of a company that owns the Majestic Hotel complex. Erler says Hassenflu wants to offer the Majestic Hotel properties with a starting bid of more than $1.2 million.

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Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Former President Clinton Returning To Hope For Fourth District Rally

Former President Bill Clinton speaking last week at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Talk Business & Politics has learned that former President Bill Clinton will return to his birthplace of Hope, Arkansas for a political rally this Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Local & Regional News
6:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Lawyers Argue Over Arkansas Minimum Wage Proposal

The lawyer for a businessman who opposes an effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage says placing the issue before voters would be an endorsement of fraud.

Lawyer David Sterling told the state Supreme Court on Monday the proposal's supporters used fraudulent means to win a spot on the Nov. 4 ballot. A special master of the Supreme Court said last week that 8,501 signatures should have been declared invalid - but only after a final count of signatures.

Sterling argued that the signatures should have been tossed earlier in the process, essentially killing the effort.

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Arkansas Election 2014
5:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Cotton, Pryor Stick To Familiar Themes In First Senate Debate

The candidates for U.S. Senate take part in a debate Monday on the Arkansas Educational Television Network. It was the first of two planned at this point in the race.
Credit AETN

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton repeatedly tried to tie Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to President Barack Obama, while Pryor accused his rival of being beholden to billionaire backers as the two squared off Monday for their first debate in Arkansas' heated Senate race.

The two faced off for a debate hosted by the Arkansas Educational Television Network, sharing the stage with the Libertarian and Green Party nominees as they sparred over who would best represent the state in Washington.

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2014 Election
5:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Arkansas' 2nd District Candidates Meet At Debate

The candidates for Arkansas' 2nd District congressional seat say they have problems with new health care law.

Republican French Hill, Democrat Pat Hays and Libertarian Debbie Standiford each appeared at a debate that will be shown Monday night on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

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Local & Regional News
3:55 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Review Ordered of Little Rock Zoo Jaguar Exhibit After Accident

The Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore says the Little Rock Zoo's "Big Cat" exhibit will be closed during an internal review that comes after a child fell into the exhibit containing jaguars.

Moore said in a news release Monday that assistant City Manager James Jones will lead an internal review of the exhibit and the Zoo's emergency response procedures. Moore said the review is expected to be complete within two weeks.

The child fell into the exhibit Friday and was in stable condition at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The child's name has not been released.

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Local & Regional News
2:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Study Says 77 Percent Of Arkansas 3rd Graders Read At Grade Level

Authors of a study on the importance of 3rd grade literacy presented their findings to legislators today. They say, according to state benchmark exams, 77 percent of the state’s third graders read at grade level and that’s a pivotal measure of their future success.

The legislative interim study, complied by the Winthrop Rockefeller foundation and Arkansas Advocates for Children and families made several recommendations to the state legislature Monday.  Recommendations including high quality Pre-k and afterschool programs and improved school attendance.  

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Local & Regional News
11:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Candidates For U.S. Senate To Finally Faceoff In Debates

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, will debate on the same stage twice this week: first on Monday in a debate sponsored by AETN, and then on Tuesday in Fayetteville in a debate that will be broadcast on the state’s ABC stations across Arkansas and CSPAN nationwide.

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Criminal Justice
5:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Looks To Expand Reentry Services For Inmates

A Pathway to Freedom classroom. The non-profit operates a 200 bed facility at the Wrightsville Hawkins Unit.

Before 28-year old Timothy King was convicted of second degree murder in 2009, he says he spent the majority of his time running with the wrong people.

“There was a night at this one party where a guy was cutting himself and trying to throw blood on people and I asked him to leave and he wasn’t happy about it. And from that point on, the next few nights he was openly threatening people and my wife at the time.”

King says the threats escalated, leading him and a friend to send a violent message.

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