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7:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

9-10-2013 Surveillance Part One

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4:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Arkansas Students Improve Performance On AP Tests

School exams in progress.
Credit AP

Education officials in Arkansas say the number of students in the state taking Advanced Placement tests has increased by 6.6 percent in 2013.

According to the College Board, the nonprofit entity that provides SAT and AP exams, Arkansas’s overall scores on AP tests have also improved with an 8.6 percent increase in the number of exams with a score of 3 or higher out of a possible 5.

Mary Kathryn Stein oversees AP programs for the state’s Education Department.

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4:13 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Jury Deadlocked in Retrial of Former Little Rock Police Officer; Told To Come To Resolution

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A jury is struggling to reach a verdict this hour in the retrial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter for shooting a suspect.

It's the second day of deliberations in the trial of 27-year-old Josh Hastings. The jury has been deliberating since 10:20 a.m. and has been sending notes back-and-forth through the courtroom throughout the afternoon. 

The jury reported it was deadlocked and Judge Wendell Griffen asked them to come to a resolution.

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4:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Weekend Festival to Showcase Local Music, Activities

The second-annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival will be hitting downtown Little Rock this weekend with music, crafts and activities.

The free event, started in 2012 by the Central Arkansas Library System and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, spotlights the state's eclectic array of music from all areas of notoriety.

The purpose of Arkansas Sounds is largely built upon the idea of music preservation -- something for which the state, according to CALS spokeswoman Susan Gele, has little outlet.

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3:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

TARP Regulator Says Controversial Program ‘Cost Practically Nothing’

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Tim Massad, Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability with the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the featured speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.

Massad oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which provided financial support to the nation’s financial institutions and housing markets during the Great Recession in 2008. The controversial TARP plan was approved and began implementation in September 2008, and is nearing its 5-year anniversary this month.

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2:45 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Broadband Conference Assessing State's Internet Future

State business, education and policy leaders are meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock to discuss strategies for deploying more broadband throughout Arkansas.

The Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference, spearheaded by Connect Arkansas, is being held Thursday and Friday.

While the room during the opening presentation was full of experts in the field, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) made no pretense that he should be included on the list.

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5:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge Holding Hearing On Arkansas Sex Offender Law

A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker's effort to block enforcement of the law while Parker challenges its constitutionality.

The law was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year and took effect Aug. 16.

Parker was convicted in 2000 of possessing child pornography, but has long maintained his innocence and had his medical license reinstated in 2005.

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5:19 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments About Iraq Veteran

Arkansas' highest court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in 32-year-old Steven Russell's case on Thursday.

Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year.

Russell's attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.

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3:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Boozman: Defund Obamacare Efforts Will Fail In Senate

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Congressional Republicans have not been able to reach a consensus on how to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Media reports of a heated discussion in the Senate Republican Conference between John Boozman of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas underscores a growing disagreement in the party over how to tackle “Obamacare.” 

Some in the GOP want to amend the law, while others are willing to defund it even if that means shutting down the government.

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2:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Arkansas Official to Answer Questions at Mayflower Oil Spill Town Hall

A town hall meeting from this summer.
Credit KUAR

Nearly six months out from the oil spill in Mayflower residents are getting a chance to speak directly with a state official at a town hall at Hendrix College this Thursday from 1-7 p.m. Emily Lane with the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group said it’s been a struggle to get public officials to listen to residents at public forums.

Dr. William Mason, the Emergency Response Branch Chief at the Arkansas Department of Health, is among the first and will participate in a 60 minute Q & A.

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