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3:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Re-striping Pavement At I 430/I 630 Interchange Is Scheduled For Thursday And Friday

I 430/I 630 interchange under construction
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As work continues on the Big Rock Interchange, where Interstates 430 and 630 meet in west Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is sending crews Thursday and Friday to re-stripe pavement at the east bound lanes.

The re-striping has been postponed twice due to bad weather.

Spokesman Danny Straessle says there may be some detours and rolling lane closure to make sure the paint is dry before motorists drive by.

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Local & Regional News
3:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto Of 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer speaks to reporters after the House voted to override Gov. Beebe's veto of the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward, giving the state the country's most restrictive abortion laws and setting the stage for a certain court challenge.

A day after the Republican-led state Senate voted to override Beebe's veto, the GOP-controlled House voted 56-33 to do the same. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

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Abortion Legislation
2:15 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto, OKs 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) said lawmakers were responding to the people of Arkansas when they voted for the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives has overridden by a vote of 56 to 33 the Governor’s veto of a controversial bill that restricts abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill will take effect 90 days after the conclusion of this year’s legislative session after the Senate voted 20-14 to override the veto Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway is the sponsor of SB 134, also called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. It prohibits a pregnant woman from having an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Local & Regional News
12:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Arkansas House Panel Advances Voter ID Bill

A House panel on Wednesday advanced legislation requiring Arkansas voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot over objections that the measure would be burdensome to voters and the state.

By a 13-6 vote, the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the voter ID bill proposed by Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest. The panel last week delayed a vote on the measure so that a fiscal impact study could be performed.

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Pryor-Boozman Talk Guns-Sequester
11:21 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Discuss Spending Cuts And Guns

left to right: Mark Pryor and John Boozman

As the consequences of automatic federal spending cuts begin to seep into daily life, Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says his office is already fielding calls from concerned citizens. Pryor says the sequester will have long-term implications.

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Abortion Legislation
6:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Analysis: 12-Week Abortion Ban May Stand After Ark. Senate Veto Override

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe is taking overrides of his vetos by the Republican-majority legislature in stride. He told press last week, lawmakers have to vote their mind.

Veto overrides in Arkansas: uncommon, but not rare.

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.  It now heads to the Arkansas House.

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Arkansas minimum wage
6:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Arkansas Increase In Minimum Wage Fails In Committee

Arkansas Capitol

An effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage failed to make it out of a House committee Tuesday. The measure by Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono would have increased the state's minimum wage by two dollars to $8.25 for all employees, except part-time student workers at universities.

“I don’t think the facts will show that the minimum wage increase is really harmful to the economy,” said Wilkins.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ark. House Passes Bill For Trial Court Assistants

  The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to create new court charges to resolve a funding shortfall for the state's trial court assistants. 

Lawmakers voted 86-4 on Tuesday to pass the measure, with two lawmakers voting present.

The bill would impose a new $25 fine for violating the mandatory seat belt law or failing to present proof of insurance during a traffic stop. It would also raise money by charging a $50 fee to expunge misdemeanor charges and tightening some loopholes in the court fee structure.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ark. Senate Votes To Restrict Body Art Procedures

Man gets dermal implant.
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  The Arkansas Senate has voted to ban body art procedures that involve inserting objects under the skin or purposely scarring people.

By a 26-4 vote, the Senate on Tuesday approved a measure that bans body art procedures known as dermal implanting and scarification. The measure now heads to the House for a vote.

The legislation defines dermal implanting as the insertion of an object under the skin for decoration or ornamentation.

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Local & Regional News
11:37 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Contract On Medicaid

Arkansas Capitol Building
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Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $220,000 contract with a consultant to review Medicaid and other public assistance programs, despite objections from Democrats over the way the agreement was handled.

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