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3:19 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Murder Suspect, Whose Case Prompted Changes To Parole System, To Change Attorneys

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A Pulaski County judge is reluctantly allowing an eight-time parole absconder who is charged with murder in Little Rock to be given new public defenders, but declined the man's request to represent himself.

Darrell Dennis is charged in the May 10 kidnapping, robbery and shooting death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams. Dennis was free at the time despite multiple felony charges and parole violations.

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Local & Regional News
10:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Longtime Prosecutor In North Arkansas Announces He Won't Run Again

Prosecutor Chris Raff

The longest-serving prosecutor in Arkansas history says he won't seek re-election next year.

Chris Raff has served nearly 32 years as prosecuting attorney for the 17th Judicial District, which covers White and Prairie counties.

The 62-year-old prosecutor tells The Daily Citizen that the timing is right to end his tenure in office.

Raff says his term will end Dec. 31, 2014. He says he has no plans to seek another political position.

Raff was first elected prosecuting attorney in 1982. Since then, he's been elected to the post 12 more times.

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Local & Regional News
8:36 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Delta Regional Authority Puts $150K Into Eastern Arkansas

The Delta Regional Authority is making a $150,000 investment in a sustainable agriculture program in eastern Arkansas.

The group is planning a Wednesday event in Forrest City to mark the start of the funding.

Officials say the money will help East Arkansas Enterprise Community Inc. to work with Arkansas Delta Seeds of Change to assist 100 farmers in the region. The program will assist farmers and entrepreneurs through job training, financial planning, access to equipment and product marketing.

The Metropolitan Opera
5:18 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Dec. 21: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A scene from Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Kiki Porter as Peaseblossom, Thatcher Pitkoff as Moth, Benjy Wenzelberg as Mustardseed, Seth Ewing-Crystal as Cobweb, Matthew Rose as Bottom and Kathleen Kim as Tytania.
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 21 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Highway Officials Accept Bids On Two Projects

Arkansas State Highway commissioners have accepted two bids that total nearly $3 million for road improvements in Pulaski County.

The commission met Monday in Little Rock and approved a $2.2 million bid from Redstone Construction Group, Inc. of Little Rock to widen Scott Hamilton Drive between Interstate 30 and Baseline Road in southwest Little Rock.

Holiday Programming
4:23 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

What You'll Hear On KLRE This Holiday Season

Happy holidays from the staff of KLRE and KUAR!
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR.org

In addition to the holiday-themed programming you can already hear on our regularly scheduled programs, KLRE is running two special programs this holiday season.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25, from 3-6 p.m. KLRE's Matt Patton will air Bach's Christmas Oratorio in its entirety. The work for choir and orchestra depicts the events of the Christian holiday and was intended for performance during the season.

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Health News
2:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Health Department: Raw Milk Poses Serious Risk to Pregnant Women, Children

The Arkansas Department of Health is endorsing the American Academy of Pediatrics' raw milk policy statement.

It's recommending all Arkansans – especially pregnant women, infants and children – avoid consuming raw milk and raw milk products.

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Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Survey Of Arkansas Business Leaders Shows Slight Optimism For 2014

Mike Stafford of CEG Partners discusses the business survey.
Credit Talk Business Arkansas

Talk Business Arkansas — in conjunction with the State Chamber of Commerce and consulting group CEG Partners — released its first “Business Leaders Confidence Survey,” which found that company leaders across Arkansas see sizable revenue growth in 2014 but it may not correlate to hiring or capital investments.

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Local & Regional News
10:54 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Stricter Arkansas Scholarship Rules In Effect In 2014

Higher education officials say fewer Arkansas high school students could receive the state's lottery scholarship because of a rule change set to take effect next year.

Beginning in 2014, students must complete the Smart Core college preparatory curriculum to be eligible for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Previously, students could be eligible for the scholarship without taking the Smart Core classes, provided they had both a 2.5 grade point average and an ACT score of 19 or higher.

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Local & Regional News
8:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Tony Alamo Properties Scheduled For Auction

Six properties in Fort Smith owned by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo have been scheduled for auction next month.

The Texarkana Gazettes reports that the properties include the Alamo Ministries church building, a gym, warehouse, restaurant, restaurant parking lot and a house.

The sale is intended to raise funds to pay $15 million that Alamo was ordered to pay to each of two men after a jury found that he ordered the men beaten, starved and abused when they were children in his ministry.

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