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11:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

AG Seeks Dismissal Of Lethal-Injection Document Request

The attorney general's office is asking a judge to dismiss six death-row inmates' request to order the Arkansas Department of Correction to turn over documents about lethal injection drugs under a public records request.

Assistant Attorney General David Curran filed paperwork Friday saying that the documents the inmates are seeking are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Amtrak To Begin Passenger Service In Hope Next Month

A fright train approaches a newly built platform for passenger service, alongside the old Missouri Pacific train station in Hope in August 2012.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Amtrak says its Texas Eagle service will add a stop in Hope beginning next month.

The new westbound passenger service will leave Hope daily at 5:09 a.m. with stops in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.

The eastbound train will leave at 9:18 p.m. daily with stops in Little Rock, St. Louis and Chicago.

The Hope Star reported that the new service will begin April 4. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Hope City Manager Catherine Cook says a May 18 dedication is planned for the Amtrak passenger platform.

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Local & Regional News
7:55 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Report: Uncertainty Surrounds Arkansas Steel Mill Plan

Consultants hired by the Arkansas Legislature say economic development officials overestimated the long term benefits of a proposal to finance a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill and didn't consider uncertainties surrounding the project.  

The Legislature on Thursday released a summary of the report by IHS Global Insight. The company was hired to look at the cost and benefits of the proposed Big River Steel project.  

Gov. Mike Beebe has asked lawmakers to approve a $125 million financing plan for the mill. 

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Local & Regional News
7:53 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

I-40 Reopens After Fatal Wreck Snarls Traffic

Travelers wait outside their vehicles in stopped traffic near the White River Bridge east of Hazan.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Arkansas State Police say Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas has reopened after a multivehicle crash left one person dead and at least a dozen others hurt.  

State Police say a vehicle crashed Thursday morning in the eastbound lane of I-40 near the White River Bridge - then metal debris from the roadway apparently flew up and hit another vehicle, which stopped the single lane of eastbound traffic.  

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Local & Regional News
7:50 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas Senate OKs Guns At Church-Operated Schools

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would allow concealed weapons at churches that also operate private schools.  

The Senate voted 29-4 Thursday and passed the bill by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest.

It would allow - with the church's permission - concealed handguns to be carried at churches that also operate private schools.  

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.  

Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mexican Consulate And UAMS Provide Health Services To Latino Population

(L to R) Dean Jim Raczynski, Chancellor Dan Rahn, and Consul David Preciado
Credit Maggie Carroll

The Mexican government is providing a new source of funding to an ongoing collaboration between University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock. It would provide health services to Mexican people living in Arkansas.

At Thursday's presentation, UAMS and Consulate officials explained how the money will be used. 

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Weather
4:01 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

System Brings Snow, Sleet to Arkansas

Credit flickr.com / Tanya Impeatrice

As a wintry storm system continues to move across the state today residents of Central Arkansas can look out for some icy precipitation early this afternoon.

A recent cold front which passed through the state this week is combining with rain to cause a wintry mix to pour down on much of the state. “So we have a forecast of 1 to 3 [inches] and higher amounts across northeast Arkansas, mainly from Harrison to Newport and places like Jonesboro and Corning and places up there. They could see more than four inches,” says Meteorologist Emily Nipper of the National Weather Service.

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Highway Funding
3:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Voted Down In Committee

A bill that would have directed a portion of state revenue from certain sales taxes to the Highway and Transportation Department failed to pass a house committee Thursday, though its sponsor says it could get another try in committee.

Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, sponsored HB 1418 and says if he does bring it back up, it will have to compete with other bills cutting or reallocating state funding.

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Tattoo and Peircing Regulation
3:34 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Body Art Regulation Bills Head To Arkansas House

Two bills regulating body modification procedures are headed to the full House with support of the tattoo industry.

One bill would set an age limit for piercings without parental consent and another would ban sub-dermal implants. The bills passed the House Public Health Committee Thursday.

The bills' sponsor in the House, democratic Representative Deborah Ferguson of West Memphis, said the industry opposed earlier forms of the legislation but now they are working together.

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Public Speakers
3:34 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

McCain's Little Rock Appearance Postponed

John McCain
Credit flickr.com / Dan Bennet

Those who had hoped to attend a speaking event with John McCain for the Clinton School of Public Service this Friday will have to wait until April to see the U.S. Senator.

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