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5:38 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Incoming Governor Hutchinson Asks Candace Franks To Stay As Banking Chief

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson is keeping Candace Franks as commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department.

The incoming Republican governor announced Thursday that he was keeping Franks, who has been the commissioner since 2007 when Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe appointed her. Franks has been with the department for 35 years.

Franks said in a statement released by Hutchinson's office that she had agreed to stay in the position.  Hutchinson praised Franks' work at the department as "exemplary."

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4:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Fast Food Workers Demonstrate in Little Rock, Demand $15 Per Hour

Demonstrators outside a McDonald's on Broadway Street in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Employees of several central Arkansas fast food restaurants took part in demonstrations Thursday calling for higher wages. 

About 60 people chanted slogans and held signs saying “Show Me $15 and a Union,” outside a Little Rock McDonald's. Similar protests, all organized by the group Fight for 15, took place in over 150 U.S. cities. The group also organized demonstrations here in September.

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3:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton Remarks On Unrest In America

Former President Bill Clinton speaking to the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton covered a range of topics Thursday at the 149th annual meeting of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce from the localized economic boon of his Presidential Library to unrest caused by a slew of high profile police stops resulting in the deaths of unarmed black people. Clinton also touched on the much different frustrations of rural white Americans.

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2:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Federal Judge Refuses To OK Whirlpool Class-Action Lawsuit

The former Whirlpool facility in Fort Smith.
Credit Arkansas Times

A federal judge says he won't certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it.

The Southwest Times Record reported Thursday that U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III rejected a joint motion seeking class-action status and the approval of a proposed settlement.

A degreasing solvent leaked into groundwater near the plant, reducing property values. Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool closed the plant in 2012.

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11:33 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Arkansas House Speaker-Elect Gillam Aiming For 85 Day Session

File photo of Arkansas House Speaker-elect Jeremy Gillam, speaking to reporters in March 2014.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

In January, the 90th General Assembly will convene with large Republican majorities in the Arkansas House and Senate as well as a full slate of GOP constitutional officeholders, including Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

Rep. Jeremy Gillam (R-Judsonia) is the Speaker-elect and will preside over the House of Representatives. The House Speaker is the most powerful leadership position in the chamber and has the authority to appoint chairmen and vice-chairmen to various House committees.

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7:48 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton Speaking To Little Rock Chamber

Former President Clinton speaking at the Clinton Presidential Center in June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce as the group gathers for its annual meeting.
 
The former Arkansas governor and Hope native was slated to speak to the group Thursday at the Statehouse Convention Center. The group's annual meeting will celebrate the chamber's accomplishments over the past year and its priorities for the coming year.
 

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6:46 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Animal Rights Group Criticizes Wal-Mart Pork Supplier For Abuse

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A national animal rights group is pressuring Arkansas-based Wal Mart to stop abusive animal practices by one of its pork suppliers. 

The group Mercy for Animals has been conducting undercover investigations of animal abuse at factory farms throughout North America over the last decade and a half. Their latest takes aim at Wal Mart pork supplier Seaboard Foods. At a press conference in Little Rock, Mercy for Animals spokesman Alan Darer detailed what one investigator found at a Seaboard farm in Yuma, Colorado.

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9:50 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

President Pro Tem Dismang Weighs In On Salary Commission Appointments

State Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Disman (R-Beebe)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Elected state officials are one step closer to a change in salary after the Governor, House Speaker, Senate President Pro Tem, and Chief Justice appointed seven commissioners to a salary study commission Wednesday. Arkansas voters approved the body in November as part of the lobbying and term limits amendment, Issue 3.

President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) says he is purposefully unaware how his appointees feel about existing salaries for legislators, constitutional officers, and judges.

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3:16 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Governor-Elect Hutchinson Asks Farmers To Support $100 Million Tax Cut

Asa Hutchinson speaking to supporters in October in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson is asking Arkansas' largest farming advocacy group to support his proposal to cut income taxes for the middle class by $100 million.

The incoming Republican governor asked members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau to support the proposal as the group met Wednesday at its annual convention in Hot Springs.

Hutchinson was elected last month after running primarily on the tax-cut vow. He told the farming group he supports existing tax exemptions for agriculture but said the state needs to look at broader changes to its tax code.

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3:13 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

County Attorney Sees No Change In Hot Springs Mayors Race

The Garland County attorney says he doesn't expect that a challenger to Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney will be able to prove that problems with last month's election were so great that the results should be overturned.

County Attorney Ralph Ohm told the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record that City Director Pat McCabe would have to prove errors were willfully made.

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