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9:18 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Group Wants To Help Defend 12-Week Abortion Ban

An anti-abortion group based in Texas wants to help Arkansas officials defend the state's 12-week abortion ban before a federal appeals court.

The Justice Foundation on Monday asked to file a friend of the court brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending the Arkansas law prohibiting most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The group said it wanted to file the brief on behalf of women who it said had suffered physical and psychological injuries because of their abortions.

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9:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Work Begins On Restoration Of House Chamber

House Chamber of the Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Work has begun on a $1 million restoration of the Arkansas state House chamber.

Construction crews on Monday began a historic restoration project in the chamber where the 100-member House meets. The project includes restoring cracked pieces of stained glass, restoring plaster in the ceiling that has received water damage and restoring the House chamber's chandelier. A historic paint analysis has been conducted to return the chamber to its original colors.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Prosecutor Says He Won't File Charges Over UA Testimony

File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Pulaski County prosecutor says conflicting testimony from University of Arkansas officials isn't enough to warrant criminal charges under the state's perjury laws.

Prosecutor Larry Jegley reviewed testimony from a legislative hearing last fall about reported problems at the university's Division of Advancement. At the hearing, former UA spokesman John Diamond told lawmakers that school officials ordered him to "get rid" of records regarding a multimillion dollar deficit in the division.

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Talk Business & Politics
6:30 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

6/2/14: Talk Business & Politics

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Local & Regional News
4:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Arkansas Electric Group Knocks Obama Emissions Plan

An Arkansas electric cooperative says an Environmental Protection Agency plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will reduce utility companies' use of coal in favor of more expensive fuels.

The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation says it was disappointed by the implications of Monday's announcement by the Obama administration to cut carbon dioxide emissions from plants over the next 15 years.

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Arkansas Business Report
3:59 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

6/2/14: Arkansas Busienss Report

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Corporation To Build New Rice Mill At Port Of Pine Bluff

Economic development officials say a new rice mill is headed to Pine Bluff. The state announced Monday that Southwind Milling Co. LLC will build a rice mill at the city's port.

The corporation is part of Optimum Group, which has been farming in Mississippi Delta states since 2010.

Construction of the new mill is expected to begin immediately at the site in the Pine Bluff Port's Harbor Industrial District. Officials say the plant will be operational by February 2015 and will initially employ 25 people.

Local & Regional News
12:24 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Three Races Top Ballot As Early Runoff Voting Starts

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting opens Tuesday for Arkansas' primary runoff, though state election officials aren't expecting many people to take part.

Just 21 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters showed up for April's primary. And with only one statewide race headed to a runoff, the Secretary of State's office says only around 4 percent of voters - or about 30 people per precinct - are expected.

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Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Public Comment Sought On Clinton Birthplace Site

The National Park Service is accepting public comment on possible changes or improvements to the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site in Hope.

The public comment period opened last week and runs through June 30. The park service hopes to identify projects that can document the historic character of the neighborhood as experienced by former president Bill Clinton.

Clinton was born in Hope in 1946 and lived in the home with his mother and grandparents for four years.

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Local & Regional News
9:11 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending

The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after April's deadly storms is ending.

Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by Monday.

Residents must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster they no longer have a job, a place to work or could not get to their place of work because of the damage.

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