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12:40 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Hutchinson Selects Bill Bryant As New Arkansas State Police Director

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson named has Bill Bryant, formerly of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, as the new director of the Arkansas State Police. Bryant is a resident of Little Rock.

Stan Witt, the current director of the state police, announced yesterday that he would not be retained in the post.

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12:17 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Arkansas Research Alliance Names Five Inaugural Fellows

Gov. Mike Beebe, speaking at Wednesday's announcement of the Arkansas Research Alliance.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Research Alliance launched a new program to recognize and reward research talent in the state with a program called ARA Fellows.

Five universities – Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff – were recognized for their research efforts in a press conference at the state capitol.

ARA Fellows are nominated by his or her chancellor and receive a $75,000 grant paid over three years.

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5:41 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Louisiana Coffee Maker Opens Arkansas Depot

A Louisiana coffee maker says it has opened a new sales and distribution center in Little Rock. Community Coffee of Baton Rouge said Tuesday its 10,000-square-foot facility in west Little Rock will serve stores in the capital city plus Bentonville, Conway, Fayetteville, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff. The Little Rock location is the 28 for Community in the southeastern United States. The company says it has distributed coffee in the area for more than a decade. Community Coffee was founded in Baton Rouge in 1919.

Local & Regional News
6:05 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Incoming Governor Hutchinson To Replace Head Of Arkansas State Police

Col. Stan Witt

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson has told the head of Arkansas State Police that the agency will have a new director after Hutchinson takes office next year.

Col. Stan Witt told employees Tuesday that Hutchinson had told him that he won't be staying on as director of State Police when the new governor is sworn into office in January.

A spokesman for Hutchinson confirmed that Hutchinson didn't plan to keep Witt as ASP director. Hutchinson has not announced who he'll name as Witt's replacement.

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5:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Hear Recomendations To Address Prison Overcrowding

Arkansas Lawmakers are considering ideas to address prison overcrowding in advance of the 2015 session of the Arkansas Legislature.  

On Tuesday, members of a committee heard the findings of a report that suggests re-entry programs, a possible tax credit for businesses that hire offenders and establish community-based organization to bolster support programs.

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2:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Arkansas Reports Incease In Revenue For November

Arkansas finance officials say a rise in sales and income tax collections last month pushed the state's revenue above last year's figures and expectations.

The Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday said the state's net available revenue in November totaled $391.1 million, which was $41.4 million above the same month last year and $24.8 million above forecast.

The state's revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 totaled $2.1 billion, which is $24.8 million above forecast.

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1:35 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Hearing For Arkansan Nominated To Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Arkansas Public Service Commission Chair Colette Honorable, who has been nominated to the powerful Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be front-and-center before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources on Thursday.

Honorable’s Senate hearing to consider her nomination to FERC will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 in Room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

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12:25 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

LR Air Force Base Renaming Part Of Street After Vilonia Tornado Victim

Master Sgt. Dan Wassom
Credit U.S. Air Force

A portion of a street at the Little Rock Air Force Base will be renamed for an airman killed while protecting one of his daughters from a tornado at Vilonia last April.

This Saturday, the head of the Air National Guard will present the Airman's Medal to the family of Master Sgt. Dan Wassom and preside over the renaming of a street. Wassom was a member of the 189th Airlift Wing.

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10:03 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Arkansas NFL Agent Says Pay For College Athletes Is Nearing

J.R. Carroll at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

J.R. Carroll, one of two agents in Arkansas representing NFL players, said Monday the prospect of college athletes receiving better compensation has never been better. Speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service Carroll, also a professor in sports law at the University of Arkansas, said after a whirlwind year of court rulings the path has been laid for stipends for student-athletes but not professional-level salaries.

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4:51 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

2016 Campaign Finance Ballot Proposal Submitted To Arkansas Attorney General

Regnat Populus Chairman Paul Spencer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office is considering the wording of campaign finance reform proposal that one grassroots group would like to get on the 2016 general election ballot. The ballot question was submitted Monday.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman sat down with the Chairman of Regnat Populus, Paul Spencer, at a bakery in Little Rock and asked him what the proposal seeks to change about elections.

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