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8:54 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas Court To Hear Appeal From Death Row Inmate

Arkansas Supreme Court justices are to hear an appeal from a death row inmate who says he was mentally unfit when he was tried in 2002 for the murder and mutilation of a woman at a transient camp outside of Van Buren.

Rickey Dale Newman was convicted in the 2001 death of 46-year-old Marie Cholette. After a one-day trial, he was sentenced to death.

The high court is to hear oral arguments at 10 a.m. Thursday. Newman had said he wanted to be executed but changed his mind in 2005 after an execution date had been set for him and had his attorney apply for a stay.

Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Little Rock Home For Recovering Addicts Sparks Neighborhood Controversy

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A historic structure near downtown Little Rock has been the site of a recent neighborhood controversy as nearby residents object to its use as a new home for recovering substance abusers. KUAR’s Chris Hickey has a look the home’s mission, what those neighbors are saying, and how local officials are dealing with it all.

 

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Local & Regional News
6:14 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Plenty Of Unknowns In How To Impeach Arkansas Lt. Governor

Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

One of his fellow Republicans says Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's impeachment is "inevitable" unless he resigns over an ethics scandal.

If legislators are going to try to impeach Darr, though, they're going to first have to write the rules for the process, which has not been used in Arkansas in more than 140 years.

House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday that he soon hopes to appoint a bipartisan committee to examine the options for impeaching Darr, who refuses to resign.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Arkansas AG Seeks Default Judgment In Legal Dispute

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a motion for default judgment against a Massachusetts-based real-estate company accused of breaching a contract with the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.

McDaniel says in a statement that the judgment was filed Wednesday against National Timber Partners LLC of Williamstown, Mass.

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Local & Regional News
4:55 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Little Rock-based Acxiom Begins Laying Off Employees

Acxiom Corp. began a round of layoffs this week that corporate leaders suggested would be forthcoming when they last reported earnings.

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Local & Regional News
2:38 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

School Districts Cancel Evening Activities

Several schools are closing early in western and northern parts of the state because of freezing drizzle and sleet, and some school districts in central Arkansas are canceling evening activities.

The Pulaski County Special School District, Little Rock School District,  and the North Little Rock School District all say after-school events, including athletics, are called off. 

Local & Regional News
12:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Boozman: Farm Bill Efforts Moving Forward

Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says efforts are underway to finalize provisions in the federal farm bill. A group of congressmen and senators are expected to meet Thursday to approve additional changes to the conference report.

“As you start putting ideas in the form of legal language, it takes time. Those ideas then have to be scored by the Office of Management and Budget. Hopefully we will get this thing wrapped up soon,” said Boozman.

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Local & Regional News
11:14 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Attorney: Paul Bookout Contributors Getting Cash Back

Paul Bookout

An attorney for former state Sen. Paul Bookout says the former lawmaker has begun refunding campaign contributions made by individuals to his 2012 re-election bid.

Bookout's attorney, Bill Stanley, says checks began going out late last month to campaign contributors. Bookout, a Democrat and former state Senate president, resigned Aug. 20.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission ruled that Bookout spent more than $53,000 from his re-election bid on clothing, home theater equipment and dozens of other personal items. He was fined $8,000 and reprimanded by the panel.

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Local & Regional News
7:54 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Freezing Rain, Sleet Possible In Parts Of Arkansas

Freezing rain and sleet are possible in parts of Arkansas as a wintry storm system makes its way through the state A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday for the northern two-thirds of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says the system will begin as rain Wednesday morning before transitioning to a wintry mix. 

Forecasters say central Arkansas will likely see rain or sleet, while northern Arkansas is expected to see snow and sleet.

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Arkansas Real Estate
6:04 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Fewer November Home Sales In Arkansas, 2013 Good Overall

November 2013 wasn’t a very good month for home sales in Arkansas. The number of single family residences sold decreased by about two percent compared to the same period the previous year. Despite that drop, data still show that the total number of home sales last year had been outpacing 2012. Bob Walker, realtor for Coldwell Banker and past president of the Arkansas Realtors Association, says November 2013 was largely an anomaly and he expects home sale numbers to continue to rise.

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