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Thanksgiving Special Programming
5:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Rising Seas With Host Alex Chadwick, From BURN: An Energy Journal

Neal Conan in Greenland
Photo by Gretel Ehrlich

While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its assessment of threats to 50 major cities worldwide. Parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years.

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Thanksgiving Programming
5:16 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Ties That Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special

Danny and Annie Perasa remember their first date.
Courtesy of StoryCorps

KUAR will air Ties That Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special this Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 2 p.m in place of the second hour of Here and Now and again at 9 p.m. after Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.

Ties That Bind takes a look at StoryCorps' past 10 years with its creator Dave Isay, NPR's Scott Simon and some of the program's most memorable participants just in time for the National Day of Listening.

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Local & Regional News
2:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Forecasters Expect Weekend Winter Weather in Northwest Arkansas

Freezing rain and sleet build on a side-view mirror last winter in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The National Weather Service has issued a forecast that calls for a possible mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow to enter parts of Arkansas this weekend.

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Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Fort Smith Approves Bonds For Gerber Expansion, Creates Jobs

Fort Smith has approved the issuance of up to $150 million in industrial development revenue bonds for an expansion at Gerber Products Co.'s plant in the city.

Deputy City Administrator Jeff Dingman says the expansion will lead to 90 new jobs and increased production at the plant, which makes cereal.

Gerber will be responsible for making payments on the bonds - not the city.

Dingman says industrial revenue bonds will lead to lower property taxes for the project. The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved the bond ordinance on a 5-0 vote Tuesday.

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Race for Governor
1:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hutchinson Talks About School Safety At Arkansas Event

File photo of Asa Hutchinson, speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Republican gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says school safety should be a fundamental part of an adequate education for students.

Hutchinson made the comments Wednesday when he spoke to members of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during a gathering in Little Rock.

Hutchinson was named the head of a National Rifle Association committee studying ways to improve classroom safety after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at a Connecticut school.

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Local & Regional News
6:16 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Discuss Execution Options

Lawmakers are trying to figure out how Arkansas' prison system can carry out death sentences.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees took up the matter when they met Tuesday in Little Rock.

The state hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.

Arkansas' prison system has said it plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol to include a different drug or drugs and some of the state's more than 35 death row inmates are challenging Arkansas' new execution law in court.

Local & Regional News
4:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Lawmakers Want To Hear From Board Head Who Approved Arming Teachers

Lawmakers want to hear from the head of a state board that voted this year to allow more than a dozen Arkansas school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met jointly with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Hutchinson said the head of the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies was supposed to meet with the committees on Tuesday. But that board's chairman, Ralph Sims, missed the meeting.

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Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Passenger Satisfaction Study For Clinton National Airport Positive

Over 80% of recently surveyed customers said they were satisfied with their travel experience at Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. 

The survey was released Tuesday and comes after receiving the title of “worst airport” in the country last month by Travel + Leisure  magazine.

Little Rock now ranks in the middle among about 100 airports across the U.S., says airport spokesman Shane Carter. 

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Local & Regional News
4:08 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Federal Judge Sets Friday Hearing On Desegregation Lawsuit

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe, speaking to reporters last month.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A federal judge wants lawyers for the state, three Little Rock-area school districts and interveners to return to court Friday to discuss a proposal to end a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

Arkansas has spent $1 billion to help the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts achieve and maintain a racial balance.

The Little Rock and North Little Rock districts have been declared desegregated and Pulaski County's partially so.

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Local & Regional News
2:33 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

OSHA Cites Welspun Tubular In Little Rock For Workplace Violations

The sign at the entrance to Welspun's Little Rock facility.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock for two alleged violations that OSHA says exposes workers to possible amputation hazards.

OSHA is proposing a $77.000 fine. Phone calls and emails to the Little Rock plant and Welspun headquarters in India were not immediately returned.

OSHA said in a news release Tuesday that the company failed to use electrical equipment in accordance with manufacturer instructions and failed to install equipment to prevent pipes from moving and crushing workers.

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