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6:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Catholic Church Talk On Homosexuality Encouraging For Arkansas LGBT

A statement issued by the Vatican this week caught the attention of many members of Arkansas Catholic and LGBT communities. While it does not reflect an official change in the church’s position on gay marriage or homosexuality, the language used was viewed by many as a positive step. 

The “working document” is the mid-point summary of conversations by a worldwide gathering of bishops. In it, gay people are said to have “gifts to offer” and should be viewed compassionately.

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5:48 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Five Critically Hurt After Trains Collide In NW Arkansas

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad excursion train involved in Thursday's crash, as photographed in June at the Van Buren station.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Authorities say a freight train has collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas, critically injuring about five people.

The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred Thursday near Winslow, about 175 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Washington County Emergency Management Director John Luther says 50 people were aboard the two trains, and 37 were able to walk away from the accident.

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5:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Promote Job Creating Skills, Office Efficiency In Debate

Credit The Arkansas Educational Television Network

The three candidates for Arkansas's next lieutenant Governor debated the role's influence on state economic policies Thursday, while also asserting views on how the office should be managed.

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4:33 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Clears Way For Alcohol Ballot Measure

A petition to remove a measure legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties from the November ballot was unanimously denied Thursday by the State Supreme Court.

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3:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

$37 Million Mill Expansion In Southwest Arkansas

Georgia-Pacific says it plans invest $37 million at its lumber operations in Gurdon to expand production capacity at the lumber mill by about 60 percent. Improvements at the mill include installing a new continuous dry kiln and planer mill, among other infrastructure improvements.

The project is expected to be finished next year. The company said Thursday that it's also considering additional investments - totaling about $20 million - at the nearby Gurdon plywood mill that would increase the mill's efficiency and capacity and further reduce air emissions.

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1:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

John Brown University Receives EPA Grant

Credit jbu.edu

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $14,520 grant to John Brown University for a drinking water disinfection project in Guatemala. Every year, the program helps student teams pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative methods to address environmental challenges.

The project will design a low-cost, low-impact drinking water purification system for a community in Escuintla, Guatemala. Most of the freshwater in that area isn't fit for human consumption due to industrial waste, volcanic chemicals, viruses and bacteria.

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10:50 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Sec. of State Debate Focuses on Martin's Absence and Voter ID

Candidates for Secretary of State debated on AETN Wednesday just hours before the Arkansas Supreme Court announced they struck down the state’s Voter ID law. The current Secretary of State, Republican Mark Martin, did not attend but Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Jacob Holloway went head to head for an hour. Both candidates noted Martin’s absence.

Holloway, the Libertarian, said debating is an honor and suggested Martin didn’t want to stand up to public scrutiny.

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10:05 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Debate For Attorney General Focuses on Scandals and Priorities

Campaign controversies at the center of the attorney general’s race permeated Wednesday’s debate on AETN between Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel, and Libertarian Aaron Cash. Rutledge responded to criticism she received after it was discovered her former employer, the Department of Human Services, put a “do not hire” on her record.

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7:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

More Job Growth In '15 and '16, Says Arkansas Economic Forecaster

Arkansas can expect more job growth in the service and construction sectors over the next two years, according to a state economic forecaster. Manufacturing jobs, meanwhile, may not fully recover from the losses experienced in the most recent economic recession.

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5:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Arkansas High Court Strikes Down State Voter ID Law

The Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas' highest court has unanimously struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that called the law unconstitutional because it adds an additional qualification for voting.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the voter ID law last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, and it took effect Jan. 1.

A Pulaski County judge struck down the law in May but suspended his ruling pending appeal.

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