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8:25 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Arkansas Man Challenging Judge Barring Partner At Home

The state Supreme Court is hearing an Arkansas man's challenge to a judge's ruling that prohibits the man's same-sex partner from being present when his son visits him at home overnight.

Justices on Thursday are scheduled to hear oral arguments in John Moix's challenge to a Pulaski County judge's order placing restrictions on his visitations with his 12-year-old son. The judge ruled that Moix's partner cannot be present at his home when his son is visiting overnight, citing a policy of prohibiting unmarried cohabitation in the presence of a child.

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8:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Hearing To Begin For Former Arkansas Lottery Official

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for a former Arkansas lottery security official charged with stealing and cashing almost half a million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.

The hearing for former deputy security director Remmele Mazyck is to begin Thursday morning in Little Rock.

Mazyck pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud and money laundering charges in July.

Lottery's director Bishop Woosley fired Mazyck in November 2012 after learning about the ticket thefts.

TSA Implements Pre-Check At Little Rock Airport
6:23 am
Thu November 7, 2013

New Security Program Means Shorter Wait For Air Travelers

An air traveler arrives at a security checkpoint at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Transportation Security Administration and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport are implementing a new screening process the two entities say will speed up the overall wait time for passengers. In a news conference Wednesday, officials with the TSA and the Little Rock Airport gave reporters a look at how the expedited process works for travelers who have already signed up.

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5:23 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Lawmakers: Army Won't Eliminate ASU's ROTC Program

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say the U.S. Army is withdrawing, for now, its proposal to eliminate Arkansas State University's ROTC program.

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman made the announcement Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, whose district includes ASU.

The lawmakers said the Army will keep the program open for an additional year while it re-evaluates its program criteria.

The Army announced last month that it was ending ASU's ROTC program.

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5:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Nine Arkansas Schools Awarded Top Honor In Rankings

Nine Arkansas schools have been singled out for high honors in a state Education Department accountability report.

Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced Wednesday that the schools earned "exemplary" status.

The report was issued Tuesday, but the department was still working to determine which schools deserved the exemplary designation.

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5:14 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Federal Agency Proposes $2.6 Million In Penalties Against ExxonMobil

A federal agency is proposing more than $2.6 million in civil penalties against ExxonMobil after one of the company's pipelines ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released a document on Wednesday citing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for nine probable violations of pipeline safety regulations.

The company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower on March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the community about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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4:50 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Task Force Created To Combat Human Trafficking in Arkansas

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, alongside Arkansas legislators, announcing the creation Wednesday of a task force to investigate human trafficking.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Wednesday the establishment of a task force to combat forced labor and sex trafficking in the state.

Its creation was part of the Human Trafficking Act, which was passed this year by the Arkansas Legislature.

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3:43 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Federal Cuts Prompt Increased Demand at Food Banks

Arkansas food banks are struggling for supplies to meet high demands after cuts were made to federal food stamp programs.

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1:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Arkansas Board Of Corrections To Meet Next Week

Governor Mike Beebe listens Monday as Benny Magness, chair of the Arkansas Board of Corrections, speaks at Monday release of a report on problems with the parole system.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Board of Corrections is scheduled to meet next week following the release of a report that outlines problems within the state's parole system. The board is to meet Nov. 13 in Little Rock.

The meeting comes after Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday released the findings of an investigation about the Department of Community Correction.

The Arkansas State Police report found systemic problems with the parole system but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officials after a man who was on parole was charged with murder.

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11:20 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Average Price Of Gas In Arkansas Dips Below $3

The price for regular unleaded Friday at a gas station in Conway.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Drivers, rejoice: The average price of a gallon of gas in Arkansas has dropped below $3.

The AAA says the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $2.98 on Wednesday. That's down from $3.04 a week ago and $3.13 a month ago.

Drivers in northwest Arkansas are seeing the cheapest prices among the state's metropolitan areas.

The AAA says the average price is $2.89 in Fort Smith and $2.90 in Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers.

The national average Wednesday was $3.23 per gallon, down from $3.34 a month ago.

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