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11:34 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Public Meetings Set For Finalists To Become Little Rock Police Chief

The city of Little Rock Wednesday announced dates for public receptions to meet the three finalists to become Chief of the Little Rock Police Department. 

City Manager Bruce Moore said the public's opinion is needed.

“We learn a long time ago that the city can’t do this by themselves, we need the community involved, we need the business community involved,” Moore said.  “Public safety remains the city’s top priority and obviously this person leads the largest department in the state, the largest department (that’s) part of the city government organization.”

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5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Republican Primary 2nd Congressional: Ann Clemmer

Ann Clemmer's Campaign Announcement
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

This is the first in KUAR's series of interviews with each of the three candidates in the contested Republican 2nd Congressional District Primary comprised of Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, and White counties.

Kauffman: Hello, I’m Jacob Kauffman with KUAR News. I’m joined by State Representative, political science professor and 2nd Congressional District hopeful Ann Clemmer. Thanks for joining me.

Clemmer: Thank you for having me.

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7:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Probe Finds No Laws Broken In UA Fundraising Deficit

File photo of University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A prosecutor's report developed at the request of a state legislator concludes that the top financial official at the University of Arkansas engaged in no wrongdoing in dealing with a $4 million deficit in the school's fundraising division.

Deputy Prosecutor David Bercaw issued a letter to the House of Representatives on Tuesday that says Vice Chancellor Don Pederson didn't misrepresent any facts in addressing the Office of Legislative Audit.

Republican Rep. Nate Bell asked that a prosecutor review Pederson's role in the matter.

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6:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

CNG Station Opens In Little Rock To Provide Alternative Fuel

Little Rock's new CNG station at 501 Ferry Street, along Interstate 30.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A station offering compressed natural gas is now open in Little Rock. The alternative fuel is expected to save the city and public money.

Gov. Mike Beebe and city leaders came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday.  Afterward, there was a symbolic fueling of city vehicles at the station alongside Interstate 30 near 6th Street.

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5:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Gov. Beebe Tours Pulaski County Neighborhood Hit By Tornado

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe stopped at a central Arkansas home where three people were killed as he toured residences damaged by a tornado at the edge of the Pulaski County line.

Sunday's tornado that authorities say left at least 15 people dead obliterated the central Arkansas family's home, killing a father and his two daughters.

Beebe said Tuesday that while it was heart-breaking to speak with the father's other two daughters who survived the twister, it was heart-warming to see other Arkansans lend a helping hand to those in need all across the state.

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5:11 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Grants Stay Voter ID Ruling

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location in March.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court has temporarily stayed a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law and given both sides until Friday to make their case about whether the restriction should remain in place.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the state's request to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's decision voiding the new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Fox ruled the restriction violated Arkansas' constitution. Fox issued the ruling in a case that had focused on absentee ballot rules.

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5:09 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Federal Agency Gives Osceola $1.2 Million Jobs Grant

The U.S. Commerce Department is awarding a $1.2 million grant to Osceola so the city can build infrastructure to support a planned $1.1 billion steel mill.

The department's Economic Development Administration says the money will go toward water and sewer improvements needed for operation of the Big River Steel mill.

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2:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Moratorium Issued For Hog Farms In Buffalo River Watershed

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is to consider changing rules to ban big hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.

The panel has enacted a six-month moratorium on issuing new permits for large confined animal operations in the area of the Buffalo National River. That will give members time to decide whether to change the rules to block large animal operations.

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1:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Panel Asks Court To Block Voter ID Enforcement In Primary

A sign outside a Pulaski County polling location reminds voters to have a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Pulaski County Election Commission and a group of four voters are asking Arkansas' highest court to prevent the state from enforcing a voter ID law in an upcoming election after it was struck down by a judge.

The commission on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to deny the state's request to stay Judge Tim Fox's ruling, which voided the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

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1:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Federal Aid Approved For Victims Of Tornado In Faulkner County

Gov. Mike Beebe, alongside Faulkner County officials and political leaders, asking for quick approval of federal aid Monday in Mayflower.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

President Barack Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for an Arkansas county hit hardest by a tornado that killed 15 people.

Gov. Mike Beebe and the state's congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated Faulkner County a major disaster area.

Beebe had requested the federal aid on Monday, and the delegation earlier Tuesday asked the White House and FEMA to quickly approve the help.

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