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5:49 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Open Carry Demonstration Delayed Because of Chick-Fil-A Shooting

Arkansas Carry
Credit arkansascarry.com

Arkansas Carry, the group behind a march in August where attendees openly carried firearms, is postponing its next demonstration in Jonesboro. The death of a 17 year old last week caused by accidentally self-inflicted gun shot wounds at a Chick-Fil-A caused the group to postpone the event until October 6th.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Pipeline Information Dispute May Result In A Lawsuit

Central Arkansas Water says it may file a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The utility company has requested safety information since April, signed a confidentiality agreement in late August, and has yet to receive access to the information about the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March. 

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Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Agriculture Experts Warn Arkansas Farmers About Hay Fires

GREAT BALES OF FIRE -- Stacked round bales ablaze in this file photo taken in August 2013 in Miller County.
Credit Doug Petty / Univ. of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Recent rain has curbed wildfires in some parts of Arkansas, but agricultural experts say those showers will do little to improve conditions in areas suffering from extreme drought conditions.

Dr. Jon Barry is a forester and volunteer firefighter in southwestern Arkansas. As a specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Barry says hay fires in some pastures can be difficult to extinguish and some hay bales can spontaneously combust.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part Two

Cristina Randolph is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Recent estimates by the U.S. Department Education show more than 298,000 Arkansans lack basic reading skills.

Many adults seek out help from tutors because they never learned how to read in grade school. However, a growing number of adults are participating in literacy programs for a different reason. 

“What I’m trying to do is have a normal life and do things I like to do,” said Cristina Randolph, while sitting in a study room at the Main Library in downtown Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
5:09 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Wildfire in Southeast Arkansas

Wildfire Risk Map of Arkansas
Credit arkfireinfo.org / Arkansas Forestry Commission

Crews with the Arkansas Forestry Commission are battling a wildfire in Bradley County in south Arkansas that began Wednesday and has grown to nearly 1,500 acres. The blaze was thought to be contained earlier this week but has since grown damaging one of the county's chief industries, pine tree plantations, and three homes.

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Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Rates Coming Next Week

Arkansas Insurance officials say they're releasing information next week about the rates on plans offered on the marketplace set up under the federal health care law.

State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford on Thursday told a legislative panel he expected to be able to release the information about the plans on Monday, a little over a week before open enrollment for the health insurance exchange begins on Oct. 1.

Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arkansas Death Row Inmate Dropping Appeals Again

Karl Roberts

An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of raping and killing his 12-year-old niece says he wants to be executed. Karl Roberts initially didn't file an appeal, but changed his mind in 2004.

In Polk County court Wednesday, he told Judge J.W. Looney: "I'm ready to go."

The Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith reported that Roberts said that while he would like to live, he has to take responsibility for the death of Andria Nichole Brewer, who died in 1999.

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Local & Regional News
2:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating five years of operation throughout the month of September.

The Center opened its doors September 19, 2008. It is the youngest museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The public was invited to enjoy cake, refreshments, and door prizes during lunch today to celebrate. Mayor Mark Stodola also made an appearance and proclaimed today as Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Day.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part One

Sammy King is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

In Central Arkansas, one out of 10 adults struggles to read. These Arkansans often have a tough time paying bills, understanding street signs, and completing basic tasks because of an inability to comprehend written words.

For many, this can be an embarrassing secret to live with. However, one organization and its affiliates are taking steps to improve adult literacy in the state. 

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Disability Rights & Public Health
6:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

DHS Will Give HIV Test Results To School District, Angering Advocates

The Department of Human Services will continue with plans to send HIV test results of three students to the Pea Ridge School District, despite protests from the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas. The Center plans to file a lawsuit against DHS for what they say is a violation of federal law and the privacy of the three students.

As director of the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, Tom Masseau says if a student is HIV positive, that shouldn't change how the school district should treat him or her. He says this case will have wider implications.

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