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8:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Train Derailment Repairs Cause Detour In NE Arkansas

Parts of a northeast Arkansas highway will be closed through at least Friday as crews make repairs following last week's train derailment.

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8:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan

The Pulaski County School District and its patrons are asking a federal judge to approve a change to its desegregation plan to accommodate a $10 million plan to improve student achievement.

Wednesday's hearing comes as the district works to become officially desegregated, as the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts already have. The three districts have received more than $1 billion in special state desegregation aid since 1989 but have reached a settlement to end the payments.

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10:58 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Leslie Rutledge Defeats David Sterling For Republican AG Nomination

David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge during an interview last month at KUAR.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Tuesday’s Republican run-off election between Attorney General candidates Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling ended with Rutledge winning the nomination.

Unofficial election returns showed Rutledge with a 59% to 41% advantage.

Rutledge survived an onslaught of out-of-state spending from two third-party groups. Iowa-based American Future Fund spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the primary to promote Sterling’s candidacy, and in the run-off a D.C.-based group, Judicial Crisis Network, spent hundreds of thousands against Rutledge.

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10:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Flippo Beats Burris For Arkansas Senate Seat, Ferguson Wins House

The Republican nomination for State Senate District 17 was won by 201 votes by Scott Flippo, who defeated Rep. John Burris, the former House Majority Leader. The unofficial vote count was 3,913 for Flippo to 3,712 for Burris. 

If the results stand, Flippo will replace GOP Sen. Johnny Key, who was not seeking re-election to the north-central Arkansas Senate seat. There is no Democratic challenger, so the Republican nominee is the de facto winner.

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6:17 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

McDaniel and Law Enforcement Tout Improvements In Combating Metal Theft

North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Law enforcement officials are touting their efforts to combat metal theft by presenting an award to members of the North Little Rock Police Department. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday the gold-painted commendation in the form of a commonly stolen item – a catalytic converter - is a result of the success of police use of a private electronic reporting system

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3:57 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Disaster Recovery Centers In Arkansas To Close After April Tornado

The aftermath of the April tornado, with cars and trucks tossed into a lake in Faulkner County.
Credit National Weather Service

State and federal emergency management officials say disaster recovery centers that were set up following the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in Arkansas will soon be closed.

The state and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery centers in Mayflower and Vilonia will close Saturday at 2 p.m.

Survivors of the storms can visit the centers for information form 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The centers are at 600 Highway 365 in Mayflower and at 1122 Main Street in Vilonia.

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3:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Arkansas House Members Request EPA Field Hearing On Carbon Rule

Arkansas' four U.S. representatives are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold a field hearing in Arkansas on the agency's proposed carbon rule.

The EPA rules announced June 2 set a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent nationwide from 2005 levels. The goal's deadline is 2030.

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1:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Special Session To Address Teacher Insurance Looking More Likely

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

All part-time school and state employees as well as many spouses of full-time employees would be ineligible for insurance benefits under two draft bills discussed during a meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees Tuesday.

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10:58 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Highway Panel Approves Bids For Jacksonville Projects

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved several bids for road improvements in the Jacksonville area.

The largest of the bids announced Tuesday is a nearly $42 million project to reconstruct and widen 1.3 miles of U.S. 67 in Jacksonville.

The project includes replacing the bridges over Redmond Road and Main Street, and resurfacing interchange ramps. Work on that project is set to begin within the next month and should be complete in early 2016.

Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Polls Open In Arkansas For Primary Runoff Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site for Tuesday's runoff election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Polls are open for Arkansas voters to cast ballots in a handful of primary runoff contests. Polling locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The only statewide race on the ballot is the Republican runoff for attorney general between Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling. The winner will face Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel and Libertarian nominee Aaron Cash in November.

A light turnout is likely Tuesday, with about 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters expected to cast ballots.

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