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1:20 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Pres. Obama Arrives In Arkansas For Tornado Damage Tour

President Obama greeted upon his arrival at the Little Rock Air Force Base by Colonel Patrick Rhatigan, Gov. Mike Beebe, Sen. Mark Pryor, Little Rock Mark Stodola and Congressman Tim Griffin.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

President Barack Obama has arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base ahead of his planned tour of tornado damage in Arkansas.

Air Force One landed around midday Wednesday. After exiting the plane, Obama greeted Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin and other leaders.

The White House says Obama plans to meet with families who were affected by the tornado, first responders and recovery workers.

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11:24 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Trial Reset For Man Charged In Arkadelphia Deaths

A judge has delayed the upcoming capital murder trial for a man accused of killing an Arkadelphia man and his two young stepdaughters.

The trial for Riakos Lizana was set to begin May 28, but Circuit Judge Robert McCallum has granted a defense motion to delay proceedings.

Lizana is accused in the December 2012 slayings of 4-year-old Marley Crutchfield, 6-year-old Adiele Crutchfield and the girls' stepfather, Bobby Jean Galbraith.

Local & Regional News
9:48 am
Wed May 7, 2014

President Obama To Visit Tornado Damaged Areas In Arkansas

Credit whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama is scheduled to tour tornado devastated neighborhoods in Arkansas Wednesday afternoon and talk with victims.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discussed plans briefly during Tuesday’s daily press briefing.

“The president already issued a disaster declaration and he looks forward to meeting with the victims, their family members, first responders, and local and state government officials in the wake of these storm and these tornadoes,” Carney said.

The President was invited to visit the state by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

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9:02 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Clinton Center Preps For Chihuly Glass Exhibition

The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is preparing to host a temporary exhibition of blown glass works by artist Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly's artworks go on display May 17. Organizers say Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chihuly are to attend an invitation-only reception on May 16.

The show will run through Jan. 5.

Curators are to use indoor and outdoor spaces at the Clinton Center to display the works, which present extremes of shape, color and form.

One of Chihuly's pieces is in the Clinton Center's permanent collection. 

Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Saline And Craighead Counties Collect Signatures To Go Wet

Credit drugfree.org

A committee called "Our Community, Our Dollars" is collecting signatures to make Saline County in central Arkansas and Craighead County in northeast Arkansas wet counties.

Starting this week through early July, residents in the two counties can sign a petition to allow the sale of alcohol.

Jay Allen, president of the organization that began the petition drive, said this would give voters a chance to voice their opinions.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Republican Primary Governor: Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson
Credit Shawn Thew / NPR

This discussion with Asa Hutchinson is the third installment of KUAR's interviews with gubernatorial candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

The final candidate interview in the gubernatorial primary series is with Hutchinson's Republican opponent Curtis Coleman.

Previously KUAR spoke with Democrats Lynette Bryant and Mike Ross.

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Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Health Department Issues E-Cigarette Advisory

The Arkansas Health Department is cautioning consumers to be aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which use vapor to deliver nicotine.

The agency says the practice known as 'vaping' exposes consumers to harmful chemicals. Health officials said Tuesday that e-cigarettes are unregulated and pose health risks to users and people who breathe second-hand fumes.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Potential Impact of President's Trip to Arkansas

On Wednesday President Barack Obama, at the request of Democrat Mark Pryor, is expected to tour tornado damage in what will be his first trip to Arkansas since becoming President. 

Jacob Kauffman: I’m joined by Hal Bass a political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University. Thanks for joining us.

Bass: Glad to be here.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Osceola Approves Revenue Bonds For Steel Mill

The Osceola City Council has unanimously approved the issuance of $1.5 billion in industrial revenue bonds for the planned Big River Steel mill.

The council approved the ordinance Monday night. Under the agreement, the city will take the title for the property then lease it back to Big River Steel for $1 a year.

According to the Blytheville Courier News, the agreement also calls for Big River Steel to pay 35 percent of regular millage taxes to the city annually for 20 years.

Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Vilonia Couple Whose Kids Killed In Tornado In Stable Condition

After a deadly tornado ripped its way through central Arkansas, the mother of two boys killed in the storm and her husband are in stable condition in a Little Rock hospital.

A family friend says that Daniel and April Smith suffered multiple injuries caused by last week's EF4 tornado, but are in stable condition.

Friend Jessica Sowards says Daniel has a skull fracture, deep cuts and a shoulder injury. April has a broken pelvis, hairline fractures in both of her legs, minor lacerations and had suffered a collapsed lung.

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