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5:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Medical Pot Measure Wording

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

McDaniel's office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot.

The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

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2:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Invasive Beetle That Kills Trees Confirmed In Three Arkansas Counties

The emerald ash borer, which has been found in three Arkansas counties.
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State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties.

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12:54 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
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Asa Hutchinson’s gubernatorial bid is getting the support of some national Republican figures. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is the subject of speculation over a possible 2016 Presidential bid – and 2012’s GOP nominee Mitt Romney are visiting the state to host fundraisers next month.

Political scientist Hal Bass of Ouachita Baptist University says their visits might be more about helping their own political ambitions than Hutchinson’s.

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10:57 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Trial Rescheduled For Man Charged In Arkansas Mom's Death

A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors.

Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.

Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later.

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10:23 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Panel Approves Leasing Space For State Prisoners

The Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock.
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A state panel has approved a deal to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding.

The Board of Corrections on Monday approved leasing the satellite unit of the Pulaski County jail for $1 to house inmates that have been backed up at county facilities across the state.

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7:28 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock

North Little Rock Police Department car.
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Police have identified a North Little Rock man found shot to death Sunday morning. North Little Rock Police say 28-year-old Michael Cook was found dead shortly after midnight.

Police responded to a report of gunshots and found Cook lying in the middle of the street with a single visible gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Cook was not carrying identification. Police canvassed the neighborhood and ran his fingerprints to try to identify him. They eventually asked the public for help. Police named Cook Sunday night.

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4:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Protesters Dispute Possible Immigration Reform Outside Mexican Consulate

Eddie Hard protests outside the Mexican Consulate for more restrictive immigration laws.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

About 15 protesters met in the parking lot outside the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock on Friday to rally for stricter immigration laws in Arkansas and protest the increase of migrant children from Central America crossing the United States border with Mexico.

Kenny Wallis of Keep Arkansas Legal said he hopes the state will pass a self-deportation law like the one in Alabama, which would allow law enforcement officers to stop individuals they believe are undocumented.

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4:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends

Arkansas Education Association Director of Pubic Affairs Corey Biggs
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Advocates of increasing technology use in education are continuing to push for opening up the state’s broadband network to K-12 public schools.

The Arkansas Research Education Optical Network, or ARE-ON, is a network for universities and research institutions that has superior bandwidth capacity compared to commercial internet. Advocates argue it would provide cheaper service too, particularly to rural school districts. 42 states have similar public networks but a 2011 law made Arkansas the only state prohibiting public school access.

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2:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Republicans Tout Anti-Tax Message; Romney And Christie To Visit Next Month

Arkansas Republicans are touting a tax-cutting, anti-regulation message and expressing confidence they'll complete a takeover of the state's top offices as they meet for their annual convention.

The GOP's nominees for statewide and congressional office told delegates gathered for the convention Saturday the GOP was well-positioned to continue its gains in what had once been a Democratic stronghold in the otherwise solidly Republican south.

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1:57 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Jury Finds Bulls Shoals Police Chief Not Guilty On Two Counts

A jury has found Bull Shoals police chief not guilty on two counts and a mistrial was ordered on a third count.

The Baxter Bulletin reports the jury reached the verdict in the case of Daniel Sutterfield late Friday evening.

Sutterfield was found not guilty on charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report. A mistrial was declared on the count of use of excessive force.

The charges were related to the July 2013 arrest of Nicholas Dore on suspicion of domestic abuse.

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