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1:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hutchinson Talks About School Safety At Arkansas Event

File photo of Asa Hutchinson, speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Republican gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says school safety should be a fundamental part of an adequate education for students.

Hutchinson made the comments Wednesday when he spoke to members of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during a gathering in Little Rock.

Hutchinson was named the head of a National Rifle Association committee studying ways to improve classroom safety after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at a Connecticut school.

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6:16 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Discuss Execution Options

Lawmakers are trying to figure out how Arkansas' prison system can carry out death sentences.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees took up the matter when they met Tuesday in Little Rock.

The state hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.

Arkansas' prison system has said it plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol to include a different drug or drugs and some of the state's more than 35 death row inmates are challenging Arkansas' new execution law in court.

Local & Regional News
4:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Lawmakers Want To Hear From Board Head Who Approved Arming Teachers

Lawmakers want to hear from the head of a state board that voted this year to allow more than a dozen Arkansas school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met jointly with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Hutchinson said the head of the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies was supposed to meet with the committees on Tuesday. But that board's chairman, Ralph Sims, missed the meeting.

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Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Passenger Satisfaction Study For Clinton National Airport Positive

Over 80% of recently surveyed customers said they were satisfied with their travel experience at Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. 

The survey was released Tuesday and comes after receiving the title of “worst airport” in the country last month by Travel + Leisure  magazine.

Little Rock now ranks in the middle among about 100 airports across the U.S., says airport spokesman Shane Carter. 

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Local & Regional News
4:08 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Federal Judge Sets Friday Hearing On Desegregation Lawsuit

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe, speaking to reporters last month.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A federal judge wants lawyers for the state, three Little Rock-area school districts and interveners to return to court Friday to discuss a proposal to end a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

Arkansas has spent $1 billion to help the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts achieve and maintain a racial balance.

The Little Rock and North Little Rock districts have been declared desegregated and Pulaski County's partially so.

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2:33 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

OSHA Cites Welspun Tubular In Little Rock For Workplace Violations

The sign at the entrance to Welspun's Little Rock facility.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock for two alleged violations that OSHA says exposes workers to possible amputation hazards.

OSHA is proposing a $77.000 fine. Phone calls and emails to the Little Rock plant and Welspun headquarters in India were not immediately returned.

OSHA said in a news release Tuesday that the company failed to use electrical equipment in accordance with manufacturer instructions and failed to install equipment to prevent pipes from moving and crushing workers.

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12:31 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Study: Arkansas Provides Parents And Teachers Better Access To Data

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A new report by the Data Quality Campaign, or DQC, highlights the work done in Arkansas to improve student achievement through the use of educational data.

The DQC is a nonpartisan national advocacy group and its recent state-by-state analysis offers new details about the way Arkansas elected officials, teachers, and school administrators have instituted data-sharing policies that aid student performance in early childhood education, K – 12, and postsecondary schools. Aimee Guidera oversees the work of the DQC.

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12:19 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas AG: Deal Ready To End Desegregation Suit

McDaniel speaking to reporters last week about the desegregation agreement.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says an agreement is in place to end a decades-long desegregation lawsuit involving three Little Rock-area school districts.

McDaniel spoke to reporters on Tuesday about two hours before the proposed settlement was to be presented to a federal judge.

The agreement would eventually end state money flowing to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts.

School patrons involved in the litigation are also on board with the settlement.

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Local & Regional News
12:12 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Oil Spill Damages Exceed $70 Million, ExxonMobil Says

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A new report says the March oil spill in Mayflower has caused an estimated $70.5 million in damages for ExxonMobil.

The figures were reported in an updated accident report submitted late last month to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Exxon's pipeline ruptured March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the community about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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6:07 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss School Employees, Guns

Arkansas lawmakers are set to talk about certifying public school employees to carry guns.

Tuesday's joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in Little Rock comes after a state board voted in September to allow more than a dozen school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.

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