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4:59 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

More Visitors To The Rivermarket And Public Library Mean An Increased Need For Parking

Credit River Market Information

The City of Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System are developing a plan to build a new parking deck on Riverfront Park. With between 3,000 and 4,000 people visiting the library per day, more parking space is needed.

The project is still in the early stages, but has already received some pushback. The main concern is that the structure would obscure riverfront land. 

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Local & Regional News
12:33 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bike Lane Debate Continues At Town Meeting

Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

The City of Little Rock is considering reducing the number of lanes on South Main Street between Interstate 630 and Roosevelt Road and adding bike lanes in order to calm traffic. People on both sides of the issue gathered together Thursday night at the Rufus K Young Church on South Main to discuss.

Residents, store owners, commuters, and bike riders were among those at the meeting who voiced opinions on the proposed bike lanes. The “road diet” as the city calls the project, involves reducing the road to three lanes and adding two bike lanes.

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Election News
5:44 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Former Arkansas Lawmaker Gets Home Detention, Fine in Election Fraud Case

Hudson Hallum

The state's move toward implementing a new voter ID law and Thursday's sentencing of former Arkansas lawmaker Hudson Hallum for election fraud have raised some questions about upholding the integrity of the election process in our state.

Hallum was sentenced in federal court in Little Rock to one year of home detention and three years probation. He was also fined $20,000 and must serve 100 hours of community service.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Little Rock Jurors Learning More In Former Police Officer's Trial

Jurors are learning about what led up to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old burglary suspect by a Little Rock police officer who is defending himself against a manslaughter charge. 

The trial of Josh Hastings is to resume Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. He is accused in the death last summer of Bobby Moore III.

Prosecutors on Wednesday put on the stand two juvenile boys who were with Moore when he was shot.

The boys' accounts conflict with what Hastings told investigators. Hastings said he fired because he felt the driver was trying to run over him.

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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Consider Naming New Library For Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Central Arkansas Library System is considering a plan to name its new children's library in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The library's board of trustees is now accepting public comment on the plan.  The board says it wishes to honor Clinton's work as Arkansas' first lady, as well as her charitable work with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Arkansas Children's Hospital.  Clinton was also involved in several early childhood education initiatives. The library opened its new children's library on 10th Street in Little Rock earlier this year.  The board of trustees is ac

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Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Voter ID Rules Open To Public Comment Period

Board of Election Commissioners (Secretary of State Mark Martin is absent)
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A draft of new Voter ID rules passed another step in the process leading toward implementation. The Board of Election Commissioner’s approval opens up a period for public comment ending August 21.

The new rules outline nine acceptable forms of photo identification and provide exceptions for residents of long-term care facilities, military members, and those with religious prohibitions.

Commissioner Stuart Soffer says the range of acceptable ID types dispels his concerns about the new requirement. 

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Local & Regional News
2:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Boozman Seeks More Transparency From NSA Spy Programs

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

A new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News confirms findings from other media surveys that show a majority of Americans support the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. 

After attending classified meetings and a top secret briefing through the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he’s pleased with recent public relations efforts by intelligence agencies. 

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Officials Confirm Avian Flu In Scott County Bird

A chicken in Scott County is confirmed with avian influenza and state officials have quarantined poultry within a 6.2-mile radius around the infected bird's farm.

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said Wednesday that the chicken tested positive for H7N7 low pathogenic avian influenza.

The agency is coordinating its response and deciding on additional testing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Only the USDA can officially confirm avian flu cases. Officials said recent flooding in Scott County was conducive to the spread of the virus.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Panel Reviewing Rules On Voter ID Law

An Arkansas panel is reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification at the polls before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday was scheduled to review the rules for enforcing the state's voter ID law, which takes effect next year.

Poll workers are currently required to ask for identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don't show ID.

Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Judge Replaces Juror At Former Little Rock Policeman Trial

A judge has replaced one of the 12 jurors selected at the trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a burglary suspect.

A prosecutor on Tuesday had raised questions about the man, who works for the city of Little Rock.

Josh Hastings faces a trial in the August 2012 death of Bobby Moore III. Hastings says Moore tried to run him over while he was working a burglary complaint.

Prosecutors say evidence did not support Hastings' recollection.

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