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3:01 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

And They're Off: Racing Season at Oaklawn and Wagering Statewide to Begin

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The live horse racing season is set to begin at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs Friday and there are some significant changes to wagering options.

A new program will allow bets to be placed from anywhere in Arkansas on electronic devices like phones and computers for local, national and international races.

Despite some concerns, Media Relations Manager Jennifer Hoyt said she doesn’t expect betting from home or on the go to impact attendance or revenue for local businesses.

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Local & Regional News
1:58 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas High Court Told Death Row Inmate Incompetent

Rickey Dale Newman mug shot.
Credit Ark. Dept. of Correction

A lawyer for a condemned inmate convicted of a Crawford County killing told the Arkansas Supreme Court that Rickey Dale Newman was "functionally incompetent" to understand his capital murder charge and participate his defense.

Attorney Julie Brain told the court Thursday that Newman has an IQ of 67 and that he couldn't meet the standard of "rationally" assisting in his defense. She says the trial judge was wrong to have ruled him competent.

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Local & Regional News
12:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Death Sentence Upheld In Killing of Arkansas Police Officer

Mug shot of Jerry Lard.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction for a man sentenced to death for fatally shooting a police officer during a traffic stop in northeast Arkansas.

The court on Thursday rejected a request for a new trial and upheld the death sentence for Jerry Lard, who was convicted in the 2011 shooting death of Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt.

The court rejected several of Lard's arguments, including his objection to prosecutors showing jurors dash-cam videos of the shooting.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas Highway Department Busy with Winter Road Conditions

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Rainfall and near freezing conditions made Arkansas roadways hazardous as ice remained in parts of the state Thursday. Public Information Officer Randy Ort, with the Highway and Transportation Department, said road crews have been kept busy.

“No extra crews, but they are working extra hours. As long as there’s a threat for ice or precipitation on the roadways we’re going to be out. We haven’t had to bring anybody extra in but they are working around the clock, 12 hours on 12 hours off, throughout the duration,” said Ort.

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The Metropolitan Opera
11:08 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Jan. 11: Die Fledermaus

A scene from the Act 2 ballet in Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus."
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die FledermausSaturday, January 11 from noon-4 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
8:54 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas Court To Hear Appeal From Death Row Inmate

Arkansas Supreme Court justices are to hear an appeal from a death row inmate who says he was mentally unfit when he was tried in 2002 for the murder and mutilation of a woman at a transient camp outside of Van Buren.

Rickey Dale Newman was convicted in the 2001 death of 46-year-old Marie Cholette. After a one-day trial, he was sentenced to death.

The high court is to hear oral arguments at 10 a.m. Thursday. Newman had said he wanted to be executed but changed his mind in 2005 after an execution date had been set for him and had his attorney apply for a stay.

Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Little Rock Home For Recovering Addicts Sparks Neighborhood Controversy

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A historic structure near downtown Little Rock has been the site of a recent neighborhood controversy as nearby residents object to its use as a new home for recovering substance abusers. KUAR’s Chris Hickey has a look the home’s mission, what those neighbors are saying, and how local officials are dealing with it all.

 

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Local & Regional News
6:14 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Plenty Of Unknowns In How To Impeach Arkansas Lt. Governor

Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

One of his fellow Republicans says Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's impeachment is "inevitable" unless he resigns over an ethics scandal.

If legislators are going to try to impeach Darr, though, they're going to first have to write the rules for the process, which has not been used in Arkansas in more than 140 years.

House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday that he soon hopes to appoint a bipartisan committee to examine the options for impeaching Darr, who refuses to resign.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Arkansas AG Seeks Default Judgment In Legal Dispute

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a motion for default judgment against a Massachusetts-based real-estate company accused of breaching a contract with the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.

McDaniel says in a statement that the judgment was filed Wednesday against National Timber Partners LLC of Williamstown, Mass.

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Local & Regional News
4:55 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Little Rock-based Acxiom Begins Laying Off Employees

Acxiom Corp. began a round of layoffs this week that corporate leaders suggested would be forthcoming when they last reported earnings.

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