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12:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

LR Air Force Base Locked Down Amid Report Of Suspicious Person

The Little Rock Air Force Base is on lockdown after reports of a suspicious individual.

Officials say the base in Jacksonville was locked down at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, and emergency personnel are on scene. Gates allowing access to the base have been closed.

A base spokeswoman declined to provide further detail, only saying that the lockdown was prompted by a suspicious person.

More details are expected to be released later Wednesday.

Local & Regional News
10:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Minimum Wage Proposal Needs At Least 15,000 More Signatures

Steve Copley, chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now, which is pushing to raise the state's minimum wage.
Credit AETN

Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday released the number of signatures the petitions needed for Give Arkansas a Raise Now to win a spot on the ballot.

Martin's office on Friday told the group it needed more signatures, but did not yet have an exact figure.

The group has been given until Aug. 18 to submit additional petitions.

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Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Planned US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Gets Commemorative Coin

Rendering of U.S. Marshals Museum
Credit usmarshalsmuseum.com

Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman along with Representative Steve Womack are scheduled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Marshals Service 225th anniversary commemorative coin designs today at the Justice Department in Washington.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Secretary Of State Responds To Complaint About Alcohol Deadline

Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Tuesday said officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties.

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Local & Regional News
1:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference

Active Shooter Simulator
Credit KUAR

The 10th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety.

The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.

He says some educators are also taking interest.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Writer Mara Leveritt Gets 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize

Mara Leveritt (right) in 2012 alongside Jason Baldwin, whose legal case Leverit has written extensively about.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Arkansas writer Mara Leveritt is the recipient of the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize.

The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. Past winners of the Porter Prize include Donald Harington, Morris Arnold and Kevin Brockmeier.

The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state's most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection.

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Local & Regional News
1:42 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Federal Rulings On Affordable Care Act Not Immediately Impacting Arkansas

Arkansas’s eligibility for subsidies through the federal health exchange isn’t being immediately impacted by contradictory federal court rulings over the Affordable Care Act.

In one, a three judge panel in Washington, DC said subsidies that cover low income workers can only be paid in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges. But the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA came to the opposite conclusion.  Arkansas has not set up its own exchange.

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Local & Regional News
11:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Study: Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas Kids Live In Poverty

A new study says that nearly three out of 10 Arkansas kids are living in poverty but the number of children without health insurance has dropped.

The 25th annual Kids Count report from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is being released Tuesday.

It ranked Arkansas 41st in 16 indicators across four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Tue July 22, 2014

University of Arkansas Gets Cancer Research Funds

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors.

The goal of the five-year grant is attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of a secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Group Asks State To Block Alcohol Measure, Claims Deadline Missed

A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.

An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.

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