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8:55 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Civil War Group Approves 2 New Historical Markers

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved two new historical markers in Benton and Phillips counties.

The two markers announced Wednesday will be placed in Rogers and Helena-West Helena. The first will be placed at Hobbs State Park and will commemorate Peter Van Winkle's Mill, which was destroyed in the war.

The commission also approved a historical marker to commemorate the Lick Creek Skirmish in east Arkansas. That marker will be placed within Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena.

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8:49 am
Thu July 10, 2014

New Programming Director For Hot Springs Film Fest

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced its new programming director.

Film critic and journalist Lauren Wissot will join the festival and collaborate with festival executive director Courtney Pledger to bring documentary films from across the world to Arkansas.

This year's film festival will take place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel in town.

The film festival is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and is attended by documentary film lovers, filmmakers and noted special guests.

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8:40 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Secretary Of State: Don't Block Arkansas Voter ID Law

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site in March warns voters to be ready to show a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.

Martin's office on Wednesday asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny a motion lift the stay on his decision against the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Fox ruled the law unconstitutional in May, but suspended his decision. That ruling has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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6:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Business Leaders Tout Poll Showing Arkansans Want Immigration Reform

American farms are facing a dwindling supply of farm workers.

Business and agriculture leaders in the state are touting new poll results showing 66 percent of likely Arkansas voters favor granting legal status of some kind to immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

The poll's release is part of a national day of action today in favor of immigration reform.

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3:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.

Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.  Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.

“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.  "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."

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2:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Reward Offered In Death Of Endangered Birds In Arkansas

A nesting least tern pair in the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A reward is being offered for information on the deaths of several Interior least terns found on a small island in the Arkansas River.

Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations.

The endangered birds are found anywhere along the Arkansas River, from the Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River.Their main nesting area is a section of the river from Clarksville downstream to Pine Bluff.

A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths.

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1:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

UALR & UCA Ink Deal For Five Year Men's Basketball Series

The University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have reached an agreement to play each other in men's basketball in each of the next five seasons.

The schools announced the agreement Wednesday.

The teams will play each other at Little Rock during the 2014-2015 season, then twice a year in Conway and Little Rock over the next four seasons.

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11:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission

Gov. Mike Beebe (second from the left) listens as new Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner Andrew Parker speaks during Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Mike Beebe has named a former liaison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to serve a seven year term on the panel.

At the announcement Wednesday at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, Beebe said Andrew Parker has an ideal background for becoming a commissioner.

"A love for the outdoors, an understanding that hunting and fishing in Arkansas is a major past time, a major educational experience, a major family experience, a major economic engine and a corollary with the tourism that is so important for our state," Beebe said.

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10:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Bull Shoals Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Excessive Force Charges

The Bull Shoals police chief has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.

Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking and stomping Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest. He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.

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7:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update

Executive Director of the Health Insurance Marketplace Cheryl Smith
Credit KUAR

State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees.

The director of the Employee Benefits Division, Bob Alexander, said the state has directed districts to help part-timers find state and federally funded navigators.

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