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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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Arkansas minimum wage
6:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Arkansas Increase In Minimum Wage Fails In Committee

Arkansas Capitol

An effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage failed to make it out of a House committee Tuesday. The measure by Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono would have increased the state's minimum wage by two dollars to $8.25 for all employees, except part-time student workers at universities.

“I don’t think the facts will show that the minimum wage increase is really harmful to the economy,” said Wilkins.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ark. House Passes Bill For Trial Court Assistants

  The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to create new court charges to resolve a funding shortfall for the state's trial court assistants. 

Lawmakers voted 86-4 on Tuesday to pass the measure, with two lawmakers voting present.

The bill would impose a new $25 fine for violating the mandatory seat belt law or failing to present proof of insurance during a traffic stop. It would also raise money by charging a $50 fee to expunge misdemeanor charges and tightening some loopholes in the court fee structure.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ark. Senate Votes To Restrict Body Art Procedures

Man gets dermal implant.
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  The Arkansas Senate has voted to ban body art procedures that involve inserting objects under the skin or purposely scarring people.

By a 26-4 vote, the Senate on Tuesday approved a measure that bans body art procedures known as dermal implanting and scarification. The measure now heads to the House for a vote.

The legislation defines dermal implanting as the insertion of an object under the skin for decoration or ornamentation.

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Local & Regional News
11:37 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Contract On Medicaid

Arkansas Capitol Building
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Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $220,000 contract with a consultant to review Medicaid and other public assistance programs, despite objections from Democrats over the way the agreement was handled.

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Hot Dog Mike Returns to Central Arkansas

Hot Dog Mike is returning to Little Rock.

Just a month after his departure from Little Rock to his home state of New Jersey , Michael Juiliano, also known as Hot Dog Mike, is returning to the capital city.

The popular hot dog cart vendor earned the admiration of locals not just with his food but also with his support of charities that help the poor and homeless.

Hot Dog Mike plans to develop a multi-cart operation. He is also developing his own brand of Hot Dog Mike hot dogs and products that will be available at local grocers, with a portion of the proceeds going back into the community.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gov. Beebe Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Bill

Governor Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe issued his second veto of this year’s legislative session Monday and again it was an abortion-related bill.

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Authors Coming To Little Rock
4:08 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Arkansas Literary Festival to Feature Award-Winning Authors

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Tickets for a reception and book reading by two well-known authors will be on sale starting Wednesday.

Academy Award-winning authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, known for their adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, will be in Little Rock from May 2-3.

“It’s always terrific when we can bring amazing authors to Little Rock. So, hopefully the audience will enjoy the authors as much as we enjoyed bringing them to Little Rock,” said Brad Mooy, with the Arkansas Literary Festival.

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Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Video: Little Rock Central High's Memory Project Brings History To Life

Thelma Mothershed-Wair, one of the Little Rock Nine, and her niece, Amaree Austin

Students at Little Rock’s Central High are embracing the school’s rich history and making it their own. What started out as a freshman civics assignment is now the Memory Project, an ongoing oral history compilation about social and human rights issues.

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Local & Regional News
11:26 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Lack Of Tax Refunds Pushes Arkansas Revenues Up

A lack of individual income tax refunds last month helped push Arkansas' revenues above predictions and last year's numbers, state financial officials said Monday, but warned they expected those gains to level off later this year.

The Department of Finance and Administration said that the state's net available revenues in February totaled $210.1 million. That's $20 million above the same month last year and $15.7 million above forecast. The state's revenues for the year to date are $99.2 million above forecast.

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