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2:16 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Arkansas Tops Food Insecurity Rankings

Credit arkansasfoodbank.org

Arkansas ranks second in the percentage of people living with food insecurity according to a report released this week by the Department of Agriculture. It says nearly 20% of Arkansans don’t know where their next meal will come from and the state also ranks first in the category, “very low food security.”

Tyler Lindsey with the Arkansas Food Bank says they’re watching as Congress considers reducing funds for SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps.

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Local & Regional News
1:49 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

LR Police Fire Officer Accused Of Displaying Gun

Jeffrey Harris

A Little Rock police officer has been fired after he allegedly displayed a gun at a bar in Fayetteville.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassandra Davis released Jeffrey Harris' termination letter on Thursday.

The letter dated Wednesday says Harris drew his weapon and waved it at people at a bar in April.

The letter says Harris also used profane language and made a "racially derogatory statement during the incident."

Davis says Harris has 10 days to appeal his termination. It's not clear whether Harris has a lawyer.

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Arkansas Music
1:11 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Book Looks At Notable Arkansas Musicians And Events

A new book now on sale looks at the history of music in Arkansas.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music was put together by the same folks responsible for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.

It features profiles of well known Arkansas natives like Johnny Cash, Al Green, Levon Helm and Glen Campbell, as well as lessor known, but significant musicians like southern gothic artist Tav Falco and the sombrero-wearing couple Elton and Betty White, who were known for their graphic sexual lyrics.

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Local & Regional News
1:09 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Arkansas District Says State Hasn't Lived Up To Promises

Attorneys for an Arkansas school district say disparities in teacher salaries and transportation show that the state hasn't lived up to the promises of the reforms enacted to end a long-running school funding case.

Attorneys for the Deer/Mount Judea School District on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to revive its lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education.

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Local & Regional News
6:38 am
Thu September 5, 2013

3 GOP Candidates File For Arkansas State Senate Race

Three Republicans have filed to run for their party's nomination for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a Democratic lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations.

John Cooper, Chad Niell and Dan Sullivan filed paperwork Wednesday to run for the state Senate seat that had been held by Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout. Bookout resigned last month after the state Ethics Commission said he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, home theater equipment and other personal items.

Local & Regional News
6:32 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments In Funding Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court is hearing a school district's request to revive its lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education.

Justices on Thursday were scheduled to hold oral arguments over the Deer/Mount Judea school district's lawsuit that the state's current school funding system violates the state's Constitution. A Pulaski County judge dismissed the district's case in 2011 and rejected a motion to reconsider it, ruling that the district's claims had previously been addressed in the long-running Lake View school funding case.

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Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Former President Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at his presidential library in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton to help build support for the federal health care law as a key phase of the reform nears.

He made a detailed argument in Little Rock for why it needs to be implemented.

Speaking to an invitation-only crowd at the Clinton Presidential Center, the former president said opponents of the Afford Care Act have been effective at building opposition to the law.

"I’m still amazed at how much misunderstanding there is about the current system of health care," he said.

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Local & Regional News
3:15 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

August Numbers Reflect Increase in State Revenue

  Revenue collections for August rank above forecast, according to reports by the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration.

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Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Investigation Nearly Done In Faulkner County Escape

The Faulkner County sheriff says the investigation is nearly complete into how three inmates escaped from the jail last month.

Sheriff Andy Shock says he expects the probe to be finished this week.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports the inmates got out the afternoon of Aug. 17 when they peeled back a recreation yard fence, jumped a barbed wire fence and then stole a vehicle from a nearby business.

The inmates were all caught within several days, one of them in Oklahoma City. They'd been facing drug and theft charges.

Local & Regional News
6:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Clinton To Defend Health Care Law With Arkansas Speech

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton is returning to his home state to defend the federal health care overhaul as a key part of the 2010 overhaul nears implementation.

Clinton is scheduled Wednesday to speak about the law at his presidential library in downtown Little Rock. 

His speech comes less than one month before the public can start signing up for the health care exchanges, which will be crucial to the law's success or failure.

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