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3:49 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Advances Arkansas Voter ID Legislation

The Arkansas House has passed a bill that would require state voters to present photo identification  before casting a ballot.

The measure passed on a 51-44 vote Wednesday. The bill still has to go before the Senate for final passage. The upper chamber will have to concur on an amendment for the legislation to go to Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
2:39 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Arkansas Panel Debates School Choice Law Rewrite

A lawmaker says removing race as the main factor in deciding whether a student can transfer to another  district would give parents more control on educational choices for their children, but opponents warn the idea could lead to segregation.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday debated Republican Sen. Johnny Key's proposal to rewrite a 1989 school choice law that a federal judge struck down last year.

Key's proposal removes the part of the law that the judge rejected.

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Local & Regional News
1:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Arkansas Panel Says Voter ID Bill Vote Can Proceed

A House panel says that a bill requiring Arkansas voters to show photo identification can be approved by the Legislature on a simple majority vote, rejecting arguments from opponents that the state's constitution requires a two-thirds supermajority on the measure.

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend to the speaker that voter ID bill was properly referred to the House from the Senate on a 23-12 vote, one vote shy of a two-thirds majority.

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Local & Regional News
12:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

UCA Faculty Senate Votes Against Guns On Campus

The University of Central Arkansas' Faculty Senate is recommending that its campus not allow concealed handguns, despite a new state law that allows faculty members to carry the weapons.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that the Faculty Senate passed a resolution Tuesday to support President Tom Courtway's stance to ban the concealed weapons.

The gun law, which was passed by the Legislature last month, won't take effect until 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

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Local & Regional News
11:52 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Propose UA-ASU Football Matchup

It may take a state law for the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves to meet up on  the football field.

A pair of Arkansas lawmakers has filed legislation that would require the two football teams to meet up for one football game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The bill by Republican Rep. Andy Mayberry of Hensley and Democratic Rep. Harold Copenhaver of Jonesboro would require at least $250,000 of the ticket sales from the game to go to charity.

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InArkansas.com
10:40 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Food Truck Thursdays Return to SoMa in Little Rock Tomorrow

Green Cuisine is one of many food truck vendors that will debut the 2013 Food Truck Thursday season.

Spring is almost here and that means food trucks will be back doing what they do best -- serving up delicious grub to the masses.

Tomorrow (March 14), food trucks will convene at The Bernice Garden, 1401 S. Main St., for Food Truck Thursdays.

From 5 - 8 p.m., several food truck vendors will debut the 2013 season. Vendors include The Food Truck, The Southern Gourmasian, Green Cuisine, Clyde & Kiddo's, Excaliburger, Pizzeria Santa Lucia and The Sugar Shack Sweets & Treats.

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Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Central Arkansas Children's Library Opens Saturday

The Children’s Library and Learning Center opens Saturday, March 16, with a celebration open to the public. 

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Judicial Discretion
6:07 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas House Panel OKs Alternative Sentencing Bill

An Arkansas House panel has advanced a proposal to allow judges in the state to establish court-directed rehabilitation programs where they can send defendants as an alternative to prison or probation.

Under the proposal, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, defendants would see their case dismissed and records expunged in exchange for successfully completing the program. The option would be available to people charged with certain felonies but excludes those accused of sex offenses or crimes committed against minors or people over 65 years old.

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Children's Health Care
5:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Children's Hospital To Accept Aetna Patients

Arkansas Children's Hospital says patients with Aetna health insurance will soon receive in-network care at the hospital and its clinics.

The hospital says it's finalized a contract with Aetna Health Insurance Company so those covered by the insurer can receive in-network rates beginning Friday.

Beth Petlak, the executive director of Children's Healthcare System Physician Hospital Organization, says the arrangement will allow the hospital to reach more families throughout the region. Aetna has more than 60,000 members in Arkansas.

Freedom of Information
5:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Senate OKs FOI Exemption For Accident Reports

The Arkansas Senate has unanimously approved keeping the names of children involved in motor vehicle accidents from being released to the public.

The Senate voted 35-0 Tuesday to exempt the identities of minors listed in motor vehicle accident reports from being released under the state Freedom of Information Act. The proposal now heads to the House for a vote.

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