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7:39 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

GOP Candidate Tom Cotton Defeats Incumbent Mark Pryor For Senate

Rep. Tom Cotton speaking last week in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas, in an expensive and heated race that the GOP viewed as crucial to its efforts to win the Senate.

The 37-year-old Cotton was elected Tuesday to a six-year term in the Senate. The two rivals and outside groups had spent millions and blanketed Arkansas airwaves with a barrage of television ads during the campaign season.

The 51-year-old Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and easily won re-election in 2008 without a Republican opponent.

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Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Healthy October Pulls Arkansas Tax Revenues Ahead Of Last Year

October state tax collections rose a healthy 8.1% above last year and pulled 4.7% above forecast, but that simply moved year-to-date numbers into a slightly better position.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released its October revenue report that showed net available general revenues totaling $402.8 million for the month, up $30.0 million above last year and $18.2 million above forecast.

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Arkansas Election 2014
12:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Arkansas Voters Go To The Polls, With The GOP Feeling Optimistic

A voter taking part in early voting last week in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas Republicans are looking to complete a sweep of the state's major political posts in Tuesday's election, believing that voter dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama would undermine Democratic candidates.  

Polls will remain open until 7:30 p.m. and anyone in line by that time is to be allowed to cast a ballot.

TOP OF THE STATE TICKET

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Local & Regional News
8:25 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Statewide Recycling Slogan, Report To Be Released

The state's new recycling slogan and logo are scheduled to be announced during a celebration to mark America Recycles Day.
 
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will announce the winner of the slogan contest and unveil the coordinating logo during the Nov. 14 event at the agency's headquarters in North Little Rock America Recycles Day is Nov. 15.
 
In addition to the announcements, ADEQ will also release the 2014 State of Recycling in Arkansas report.
 

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Local & Regional News
5:12 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Ending On A High Note: The Political Jingle Lives In Arkansas

An image captured from President Eisenhower's 1952 jingle "I Like Ike."
Credit youtube.com

Amidst an unprecedented flurry of political ads the nearly abandoned political jingle carries on in Arkansas. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman takes a look at some of this year’s more lyrical campaign ads.

This story is best listened to because it’s about jingles but is also available in text below.

This election season a few political ads cut through the regular onslaught of negative spots, presenting a much different tone.

[music] “Karen Sealy Garcia, thirty years keeping track of money. Karen Sealy Garcia, thirty years and nothing funny.”

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Arkansas Election 2014
6:27 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Final Campaign Push From Senate Candidates In Arkansas

Sen. Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton

The nationally watched U.S. Senate race in Arkansas is nearing the end much the same way it began 15 months ago: with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton trading familiar jabs over who will put the state's interests first.

The Senate rivals and the candidates in the state's high-profile governor's race made their closing arguments to voters Monday on the eve of a midterm election where Republicans hope to complete a sweep of statewide offices.

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Arkansas Election 2014
6:19 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Early Voters Wait In Line At Polling Site In Downtown Little Rock

Early voters waited about 30 minutes in downtown Little Rock Monday morning.
Sarah-Koditschek KUAR

On the final day of early voting, the wait was about a half-hour for those casting a ballot at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock. Some said they were surprised by the wait, but that the line was moving at a moderate pace.

Several said they were ambivalent about the major races, but always vote. Others said ballot issue five, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017, spurred them to turnout.

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Local & Regional News
4:30 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

City Recommends More Warning Signs After Accident At LR Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo
Credit InArkansas.com

Officials are recommending that more warning signs be placed throughout the Little Rock Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the jaguar exhibit and was seriously injured.

The city of Little Rock released its investigative report Monday into last month's incident. The review says that proper emergency procedures were followed in the case and that the jaguar exhibit complies with regulations.

Zoo employees used fire extinguishers to frighten away the jaguars until a ladder was brought and an employee rescued the child. The boy has since been released from the hospital.

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Arkansas Political Spending
2:22 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Political Advertising A Record High In Arkansas

This year’s election cycle has brought millions of dollars to Arkansas media in the form of political advertising. Doug Krile is the executive director of Arkansas Broadcasting Association. He says the amount of money being spent on advertising is vastly more than years prior. 

“The amount of money being spent in Arkansas is unreal. The flood gates have really opened up,” he says. "What I’m hearing from our members is that, yes, this is unique. This has never happened before.”

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At the Symphony
2:14 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Corigliano, Beethoven and Blue Jeans

Guitarist Sharon Isbin will perform Corigliano's Troubadors - Variations for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra.
Credit arkansassymphony.org

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's third performance in its 2014-2015 Stella Boyle Masterworks Concert Series includes works by John Corigliano and Beethoven.

ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson takes us through the program the symphony will perform Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.

The program includes

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