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6:26 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Texarkana Mayor Chooses Golf Job Over Re-Election

The Texarkana mayor says he will manage a golf course rather than seek re-election.

Mayor Wayne Smith said Monday at City Hall that he would have run for a second term if he hadn't gotten the golf job. He announced he has taken a job as operational manager of the New Haven Golf Course.

He was elected mayor in 2010. His last day is Dec. 31. Smith says he's a golfer and called the new job "an ideal situation." He says he'd like to get his golf game into single digits.

Smith says former State Rep. David Haak's decision to run for mayor didn't influence his decision.

Local & Regional News
3:38 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Couples Ask Justices To Recuse In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Same-sex couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban are asking any state Supreme Court justices who plan on seeking re-election to recuse from the case, arguing a legislative resolution supporting the prohibition could sway their opinion.

The couples on Monday filed a motion asking any justice expecting to run for re-election anytime in the future to not hear the appeal of a state judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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3:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Hutchinson Vows To Fight EPA On Proposed Clean Air Rules

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Monday in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal government's proposed rules for power plant emissions. He says the recommended changes, designed to reduce global warming by limiting carbin-dioxide emissions, would disproportionately impact Arkansas compared to other states.

At a press conference Monday at his campaign office in Little Rock, Hutchinson said electricity bills would increase 20 to 40 percent in Arkansas if the proposed standards are enacted.

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3:03 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

University of Arkansas Meets Fundraising Goal

An Arkansas university has announced it has raised more than $100 million in private gift support for the fourth year in a row.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville announced Monday that it's raised $113.3 million in fiscal year 2014. The amount surpasses the school's goal of $108 million. The private gift support includes cash, planned gifts and new pledges received from July 2013 through June of this year.

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Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Arkansas Professor Flies Kites For Research Into Drought-Tolerant Plants

An Arkansas agriculture professor is using a kite to take aerial photos of soybean fields in his research to develop more drought-tolerant plants.

The Southwest Times Record reports University of Arkansas professor Larry Purcell is using the kites to get around a federal agency's rules on flying remote controlled aircrafts for commercial purposes.

Local & Regional News
10:41 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Arkansas Starts Fiscal Year Below Forecast

Arkansas finance officials say sluggish corporate and sales tax collections pushed the state's revenue below forecast and the same month last year as it began the fiscal year.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration on Monday said the state's net available revenue totaled $403.1 million, which is $7.1 million below the same month last year and $9.8 million below forecast. Arkansas' fiscal year began July 1.

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Local & Regional News
6:57 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Delta Exhibition Honors Regional Artists

David Balin, in his garage studio, who is the Grand Award Winner at the 56th annual Delta Exhibition.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Annual Delta Exhibition is in its 56th year at the Arkansas Arts Center. It includes over 13,000 entries from over 450 artists from the Mississippi Delta region. This year, most of the works in the exhibition are paintings and many have a narrative style. They tell stories about the people or landscapes they depict.

David Bailin draws and paints on large canvases in his home garage studio in Little Rock. He uses erasure marks and paints with coffee rinds to create shape and texture in his pieces.

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Local & Regional News
6:14 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Jessieville Superintendent Resigns Amid DWI Charge

The superintendent of the Jessieville School District has resigned more than a week after being arrested in Texas for driving while intoxicated.

Andy Curry's resignation was announced Saturday night following a 90 minute special school board meeting that was held behind closed doors.

Curry was arrested July 24 in Euless, Texas, while on vacation. Police say Curry was stopped after an officer saw him twice drive into a curb.

Local & Regional News
10:21 am
Sat August 2, 2014

FAA Reimburses Clinton National Airport $1.9 Million To Cover Land Purchases

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Credit littlerock.com

The Federal Aviation Administration is making an installment payment of nearly $2-mil. to Clinton National Airport to reimburse the purchase of land for future development.

The purchase of property north of Dassault Falcon Jet began in 2006 and totaled $10.6-mil. The payment is just one installment in what will amount to a total reimbursement of $8.7-mil.

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Local & Regional News
5:14 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Local Fast Food Workers Protest For Higher Wages

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

After the general counsel for National Labor Relations Board said this week fast-food chain McDonald’s could be held liable along with its franchises for any labor violations, a demonstration was held outside one Little Rock restaurant on Friday.  

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