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11:21 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Arkansas Court Hears Arguments In Death Row Case

Andrew Engram
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

A lawyer for a death row inmate convicted in the 1997 slaying of a security guard at a North Little Rock mall says the Arkansas Supreme Court should send the prisoner's case back to a lower court for a hearing.

One of Andrew Engram's lawyers, Julie Vandiver, told the state's highest court Thursday that the justices should send his case back to a lower court for a hearing on whether he had good cause to file a petition after a deadline to do so had passed.

Engram was convicted of killing Laurie White. Engram's lawyers say he has an intellectual disability.

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Local & Regional News
9:27 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Court Partially Revives Arkansas School-Funding Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has revived part of a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds its public schools.

On Thursday, justices reversed part of a Pulaski County judge's decision dismissing a lawsuit by the Deer/Mount Judea School District that claims the state has not lived up to the reforms ending the long-running Lake View school funding suit.

The court ruled that Deer/Mount Judea raised new issues that have emerged since the Lake View case ended in 2007.

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9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Judge Reconsidering Order In Tony Alamo Civil Case

Tony Alamo

A judge is reconsidering his order that requires the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries sell several properties to satisfy multi-million dollar judgments against the jailed evangelist. 

The Texarkana Gazette reports that about 100 ministry members attended a bench trial Wednesday at U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant's Texarkana courtroom. 

The members say that the properties are owned collectively by church members and not Alamo, who is serving a 175-year federal prison sentence.

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Federal Government Shutdown Affects Arkansas
5:40 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Beebe: No More State Money For Federal Programs

Gov. Mike Beebe says Arkansas doesn't have any more resources to cover the costs of programs affected by the federal government shutdown, and the state budget administrator says the number of state employees furloughed could rise to more than 4,000.

Beebe on Wednesday told state agency directors in a memo that as of Friday, any programs or employees dependent on federal funding are to be suspended until the end of the shutdown.

Local & Regional News
4:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker Floats Ethics Bills For Session

Warwick Sabin
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

An Arkansas lawmaker is suggesting nearly a dozen changes to the state's ethics and campaign finance laws that he says could be considered if the Legislature is called back to the Capitol for a special session on teacher insurance premiums.

Democratic Rep. Warwick Sabin of Little Rock sent House and Senate members on Wednesday drafts of 11 bills that he's trying to see if there's support for during a special session. Gov. Mike Beebe is considering whether to call lawmakers back to the Capitol to address looming hikes in teacher insurance rates.

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Little Rock Apartment Complex Cited for Discriminatory Behavior

A national group has filed a federal complaint against the owners of a Little Rock apartment complex.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Review Voter ID Rules

Voter casts a ballot.

Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification when they cast a ballot.

A subcommittee of the Legislative Council was scheduled Wednesday to discuss the rules that the state Board of Election Commissioner approved for enforcing the voter ID law.

The Republican-controlled Legislature enacted the law earlier this year when it overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

The rules approved in August closely mirror those outlined in the law, which takes effect in January. 

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Local & Regional News
10:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Is Open Carry Legal in Arkansas? Depends On Who You Ask.

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Whether it's legal to openly carry a weapon, like a handgun, in public in Arkansas may depend on who you ask or where you live. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman examines legislation that took effect this August as gun rights activists are openly demonstrating their interpretation of the law. 

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Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Arkansas State Fair Opens Friday

Rides at the Arkansas State Fair
Credit Jacob Kauffman/KUAR News

The annual state fair will start its ten day run on Friday. Discounted tickets are on sale at Walgreens for two dollars less than tickets available at the door.

Advance tickets will no longer be available past the first day of the fair, and will have to be purchased for full price at the gate, a change made this year.

Mary Smith, Director of Marketing for the fair, says the event is an economic boost for the area.

Smith says new food items will be introduced this year, including deep fried pineapple upside down cake.

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Local & Regional News
5:30 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How The Shutdown Is Impacting One Arkansas Department

Teresa Marks, Director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

One of the organizations in Arkansas that has been impacted by the federal government shutdown is the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Some of the department's employees are paid through federal funds. 

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with the director of that department, Teresa Marks, and has this report.

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