A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.
State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.
The lawsuit names officials from around the state, including county clerks and the state of Arkansas. The government wants the case dismissed, while those who sued are seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the amendment.
A meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Thursday found Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr misused over $12,000 of tax payer money. The findings show Darr improperly spent over $9,000 on travel expenses and over $2,000 from his state credit card.
KUAR is scheduling special programming for the holiday week of December 23-27. We're adding music programs week nights beginning at 9 p.m. Selected Shorts also has a series of shows with a holiday theme, which will air Tuesday-Thursday at 10 p.m.
Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., KUAR will air a block of special programming for the holiday.
The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season will continue with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine at 12:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, December 14 on KLRE Classical 90.5.
Prosecutors in Washington County said they have found no evidence of criminal activity. Their finding comes in the wake of an investigation by the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit that found four issues of concern.
The Division of Legislative Audit previously found a duplicate expense payment, an improper deposit, a treasurer that partially “obscured deficits,” and contradictory statements made under oath between former UA spokesman John Diamond and Chancellor David Gearhart pertaining to the shredding of documents.
For the past decade, Arkansas health officials have taken significant steps to curb obesity in the state. But Arkansas still ranks third nationally in the percentage of obese adults, at nearly 35 percent of its total population last year. On Thursday and Friday, more than 60 public health experts and officials from around the state will convene at Petit Jean Mountain for a summit to assess ideas for dealing with the epidemic over the next ten years. KUAR’s Chris Hickey spoke with two officials about previous policy efforts and what Arkansas can do about obesity in the future.