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3:09 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

C-SPAN Bus To Stop in Little Rock

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The C-SPAN bus is making a stop in Little Rock as part of its winter tour.

It'll be at the Clinton Presidential Library tomorrow, Jan.18, from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

Then on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the bus will be at Mount Saint Mary Academy from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and also in the River Market area (River Market Ave. and E. 3rd Street) at The Women's Foundation of Arkansas.

Heath Neiderer with C-SPAN says the bus has been traveling to cities, schools, and universities around the country to demonstrate C-SPAN’s educational and political resources.  

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2:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

4th Annual Reproductive Rights Rally To Be Held Saturday

2013 Rally
Credit Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Abortion rights advocates will be holding their 4th annual Reproductive Rights Rally Saturday on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.

Speakers will include Rabbi Berry Block of Temple B’nai and Adjoa Aiyetero, a professor of UALR's Bowen School of Law.

Ali Taylor, the 2014 rally chair, says they are gathering "to celebrate reproductive justice, the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to raise the children we have in safe and healthy environments."

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12:46 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Arkansas Foodbank Marks 30 Years Of Nutrition

Gov. Mike Beebe speaking Friday at the 30th anniversary event for the Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock is marking three decades of helping supply community food pantries. The organization serves 33 counties in central and southeast Arkansas.

On Friday, the group said it moved nearly 21 million pounds of food in 2013, an increase of 4.5 million pounds over 2012. By 2016, Arkansas Foodbank wants to handle 26 million pounds of food.

Gov. Mike Beebe and his wife, Ginger, attended the ceremony, where Ginger Beebe drew praise from organizers for her help with promoting the food bank.

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8:56 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Judge Delays Oral Arguments On Arkansas Execution Law

A judge has rescheduled oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new lethalinjection law.

The arguments were originally scheduled to be heard Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, but Judge Wendell Griffen delayed the proceedings until Feb. 14.

Nine death row inmates are suing the state over an execution law that legislators enacted last year. That new law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

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10:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The Future Of Arkansas's Private Option

John Selig, Michael Leavitt, Andy Allison (Left to Right)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State lawmakers met Thursday afternoon to discuss the development and future of Arkansas’s Private Option. The joint meeting of the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committees did not make any formal legislative actions but the discussion is significant as the February 10th Fiscal Session approaches.

Legislators will have to decide then whether or not to re-authorize funds for the program. The plan uses expanded eligibility and funds from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to purchase private insurance for nearly 250,000 low income Arkansans.

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6:32 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Arkansas Senators back $1.1 trillion fed budget bill

Arkansas' two U.S. senators have voted for a $1.1 trillion budget bill that eases the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman voted for the measure Thursday that passed the Senate on a 72-26 vote.

The bill funds the government through September and funds every agency of government. It now heads now to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

Local & Regional News
6:28 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Hot Springs Attorney, Who Was Involved With AG, Arrested On Theft Charge

A Hot Springs attorney with whom Attorney General Dustin McDaniel admitted having an extramarital relationship has been arrested on a felony theft charge over a trailer reported stolen that was found at her home.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said 36-year-old Andrea Davis had been arrested that morning on a charge of felony theft by receiving property valued at more than $1,000. Davis has an initial court date scheduled for Jan. 28.

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2:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Presents Budget To Lawmakers

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is presenting its budget to legislators and is not asking for an increase for the next fiscal year.

DHS Director John Selig told legislators on Thursday that he appreciates how tight general revenues are.

The Joint Budget Committee is delaying until Tuesday a discussion of the private health insurance option that legislators adopted last year to expand the Medicaid program.

Selig says the private option has $400 million in federal money for this fiscal year.

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11:14 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Jan. 18: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" with Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin.
Credit Lee Broomfield / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, in an archival broadcast from October 5th, 2013, which will air Saturday, January 18 from noon-4 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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11:11 am
Thu January 16, 2014

New Trial Ordered For Arkansas Death Row Inmate

Booking photo of Rickey Dale Newman.
Credit Ark. Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate who confessed to the murder and mutilation of a woman at a transient camp in 2001.

Justices on Thursday reversed Rickey Dale Newman's 2002 capital murder conviction in the slaying of 46-year-old Marie Cholette near Van Buren in Crawford County.

Newman's attorney argued that Newman was mentally unfit to understand court proceedings or help with his defense, and the court agreed.

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