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1:06 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Roby Brock Talks Unusual Bills Being Considered by Arkansas Legislature

Arkansas Capitol Building

Roby Brock with Talk Business tells Good Day Arkansas' Deedra Wilson about some of the more unusual bills being considered during the 2013 session of the Arkansas Legislature.

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11:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Idaho Abortion Ban Tossed as Arkansas Law Faces Fight

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An Idaho ban on abortions after 20 weeks was overturned the same day Arkansas lawmakers passed a more restrictive law that opponents vowed to fight, intensifying a renewed debate over reproductive rights that has involved at least 10 states in recent years.
An Idaho ban on abortions after 20 weeks was overturned the same day Arkansas lawmakers passed a more restrictive law that opponents vowed to fight, intensifying a renewed debate over reproductive rights that has involved at least 10 states in recent years. U.S.
Local & Regional News
10:55 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Sequester Cuts Force Changes At Hot Springs National Park

The entrance to Hot Springs National Park, which is having to make cuts in service.
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Officials with Hot Springs National Park say automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 will reduce the park's budget by about $228,000.

Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez says seasonal and temporary positions normally filled in the spring and summer months will be eliminated, saving the park about $77,000.

She says the most noticeable change will be the visitor center hours. Typically, the park extends the visitor center hours every summer, but Fernandez says they'll remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this summer.

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Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Arkansas Panel OKs Tax Exemption For Military Pay

The pay for active duty military in Arkansas would be exempt from state income taxes under a measure advanced by a Senate panel Wednesday, the first major tax cut headed to a vote in this year's session.

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced the proposal, which officials say will cost Arkansas about $7.2 million annually. The lawmaker behind the proposal says the exemption would benefit about 6,300 people. Twenty-three of the Senate's 35 members have signed on as sponsors of the tax cut, which could go before that chamber as early as Thursday.

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Arkansas Highways
3:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Re-striping Pavement At I 430/I 630 Interchange Is Scheduled For Thursday And Friday

I 430/I 630 interchange under construction
Credit arkansashighways.com / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

As work continues on the Big Rock Interchange, where Interstates 430 and 630 meet in west Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is sending crews Thursday and Friday to re-stripe pavement at the east bound lanes.

The re-striping has been postponed twice due to bad weather.

Spokesman Danny Straessle says there may be some detours and rolling lane closure to make sure the paint is dry before motorists drive by.

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Local & Regional News
3:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto Of 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer speaks to reporters after the House voted to override Gov. Beebe's veto of the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward, giving the state the country's most restrictive abortion laws and setting the stage for a certain court challenge.

A day after the Republican-led state Senate voted to override Beebe's veto, the GOP-controlled House voted 56-33 to do the same. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

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Abortion Legislation
2:15 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto, OKs 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) said lawmakers were responding to the people of Arkansas when they voted for the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives has overridden by a vote of 56 to 33 the Governor’s veto of a controversial bill that restricts abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill will take effect 90 days after the conclusion of this year’s legislative session after the Senate voted 20-14 to override the veto Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway is the sponsor of SB 134, also called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. It prohibits a pregnant woman from having an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Local & Regional News
12:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Arkansas House Panel Advances Voter ID Bill

A House panel on Wednesday advanced legislation requiring Arkansas voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot over objections that the measure would be burdensome to voters and the state.

By a 13-6 vote, the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the voter ID bill proposed by Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest. The panel last week delayed a vote on the measure so that a fiscal impact study could be performed.

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Pryor-Boozman Talk Guns-Sequester
11:21 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Discuss Spending Cuts And Guns

left to right: Mark Pryor and John Boozman

As the consequences of automatic federal spending cuts begin to seep into daily life, Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says his office is already fielding calls from concerned citizens. Pryor says the sequester will have long-term implications.

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Abortion Legislation
6:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Analysis: 12-Week Abortion Ban May Stand After Ark. Senate Veto Override

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe is taking overrides of his vetos by the Republican-majority legislature in stride. He told press last week, lawmakers have to vote their mind.

Veto overrides in Arkansas: uncommon, but not rare.

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.  It now heads to the Arkansas House.

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