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6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Arkansas Schools To Adopt New 'Next Generation Science' Cirricula

The new public education standard known as “Common Core” is now being taught in 44 states including Arkansas, but the state is also among 26 states drafting new K thru 12th grade science standards, called “Next Generation Science.”

KUAF’s  Jacqueline Froelich reports.

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Local & Regional News
2:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Arkansas's Unemployment Rate Improves to 2009 Level

Arkansas and US Unemployment Rates
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The latest jobs report shows another of month of positive trends in Arkansas. Figures released Friday by the Department of Workforce Services report the state’s unemployment rate dropping from 7.1 percent to 6.9 percent.

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9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.

Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Shoe Company Laying Off 56 In Hot Springs

A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.

Munro & Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.

Last year, Munro & Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.

CEO Bruce Munro says the company has moved some operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive.

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8:59 am
Fri April 18, 2014

US Agency To Reopen Public Comment On Mussels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas.

The two threatened species are the Rabbitsfoot mussel and the Neosho Mucket mussel. Under the Endangered Species Act, the service must consider areas thought to be crucial to a species' conservation and to mark them as a critical habitat.

The proposed critical habitat for the two mussel species consist of about 783 miles of rivers and streams in Arkansas.

Local & Regional News
6:37 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Report Shows Racial Disparities in Employment for Arkansans

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

State unemployment rates are above the national average and African-Americans are experiencing joblessness at nearly three times the rate of whites according to a report released Thursday. Six percent of white residents in Arkansas are unemployed while 16 percent of African-Americans are jobless. The current overall state unemployment rate is 8 percent.

Senior Policy Analyst Eleanor Wheeler said the effect is not limited only to the welfare of individual families.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Arkansas's Same Sex Marriage Ban Awaits Its Ruling

Plaintiffs Kendall Wright and Julia Wright
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A decision on whether or not Arkansas’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage will be re-affirmed or lifted is still being weighed after litigators presented nearly three hours of arguments Thursday. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said he will have a written judgment within two weeks.

Speaking afterward, Jack Wagnor, an attorney for the plaintiffs, framed the court’s future decision in the context of similar litigation nationally.

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4:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What Survey Finds About The Economics Of Race In Pulaski County

A panel moderated by Senator Joyce Elliott discusses the economics of race at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.
Credit Karen Tricot Steward / KUAR

A telephone survey of residents in Pulaski County shows whites are significantly more likely to be very satisfied with their quality of life and education level than blacks and Hispanics.

The findings are part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's annual survey on racial attitudes. This year's survey focused on economic issues.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ouachita County Names New Interim County Judge

The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county's previous leader resigned.

The court this week named Amy Varner-Olvey as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike Hesterly.

Hesterly is awaiting trial on federal fraud charges that accuse him of awarding a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract in exchange for a campaign contribution. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.

More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.

Late last year, Piazza refused to grant a motion by the state that sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but he also refused to grant a motion by the couples suing, who asked him to block enforcement of the ban.

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