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3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Marijuana Ballot Wording

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The Arkansas attorney general's office has certified the wording of a ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

The Wednesday opinion opens the way for the measure's sponsor, Robert L. Reed, to begin gathering petition signatures in hope of placing the measure on the ballot.

According to the proposal, voters would decide whether to approve making it legal to grow and possess marijuana and all products derived from the cannabis plant.

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2:42 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Arkansas Tourism Officials Marketing The State To Motorcyclists

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The ultimate biker song could serve as a marketing campaign for a new push from state tourism officials, reports Talk Business & Politics.

In the last two years, Arkansas has begun marketing its scenic highways to motorcyclists who are far from the drifter image painted in cult classic films like “Easy Rider.” We’re not talking Hell’s Angels, says Arkansas Tourism director Joe David Rice.

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2:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Plane Reports Flap Failure, Lands Safely At Little Rock Airport

An American Eagle flight that reported an apparent mechanical problem has landed safely at Little Rock's airport.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport spokesman Shane Carter says the aircraft landed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Carter says the plane was a scheduled flight from Dallas to Little Rock with 46 people on board.

The airport activated its emergency response after the pilot reported a flap failure on the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Turnout Light As Early Voting Begins For Runoff Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site during last month's primary election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Election officials say turnout is light around the state as early voting begins for a primary runoff highlighted by an increasingly bitter fight for the Republican attorney general nomination.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 3,708 voters had cast a ballot by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the June 10 primary runoff. Martin's office has predicted only 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in the runoff.

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8:47 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Rutledge Outraises Sterling In Arkansas Attorney General's Race

David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge pose for a photo before a debate at KUAR.
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Leslie Rutledge is reporting raising more than twice the amount rival David Sterling has in the final days of their bid for the Republican attorney general nomination. But she's reporting having far less in the bank ahead of next weeks' runoff election.

Rutledge on Tuesday reported raising nearly $59,000 between May 21 and May 31, compared to the $24,750 Sterling reported during the same period. The two Little Rock lawyers are facing off in the June 10 Republican primary runoff for Arkansas attorney general.

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8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Majestic Hotel Owner Given 60 Days To Clean Up Rubble After Fire

File photo of the fire that destroyed part of the Majestic Hotel in February.
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The owner of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has been given 60 days to clean up the rubble left over from a fire that destroyed a large part of hotel complex in February.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality sent a letter Monday to Garrison Hassenflu, who owns the corporation that owns the Majestic property. The letter also says Hassenflu must submit a plan within 10 days detailing a removal plan for the debris at the Majestic site.

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9:32 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Bill Clinton: Presidential Libraries Help Give Context To Today's Debates

Former President Bill Clinton speaking Tuesday evening at a conference on presidential historic sites.
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Former President Bill Clinton says libraries and other sites around the country honoring the nation's past commanders in chief give Americans the context to understand how past debates affect current political fights.

Speaking at a conference focusing on presidential historic sites, Clinton said Tuesday that teaching the public about the history surrounding former presidents' decisions helps guide them about issues facing the country now.

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5:40 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium

Gretchen Hall, chief executive officer of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and Jim Rice, chief operating officer, pose on the stage of Robinson Center Music Hall.
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Hear the report by KUAR's Michael Hibblen.

Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall will soon be closing its doors to begin two years of renovations to modernize the facility.

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4:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Struggling To Find Workers, Poultry Industry Calls For Immigration Reform

Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods poultry house in Washington County, Ark.

The head of the Poultry Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying that his industry is currently struggling to find workers.

Marvin Childers said that without reform, the price of food is sure to skyrocket.

“If we don't do something, we're going to drive the price of food completely out of reason for Arkansans and Americans,” said Childers. “We need employees. We need to find a way to make certain that the people that are here that we get them on some path to citizenship.”

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9:57 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Report: Arkansas Revenue Dips In May

State finance officials say an expected drop in corporate income tax collections in May pushed Arkansas' revenue below predictions and below the same month last year.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the state's net available revenue in May totaled $315.4 million. That's $18.8 million below last year and $24.7 million below forecast.

The state's revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $52.9 million above forecast.

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