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12:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

School Desegregation Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval

Little Rock School District attorney Chris Heller speaking with reporters outside the federal courthouse.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A federal judge has given preliminary approval for a settlement to resolve the long-running desegregation case involving central Arkansas school districts.

During Friday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Price Marshall questioned representatives of all parties involved, then called it a “fair, reasonable and adequate” proposal.

“It shows hard bargaining with no hallmarks of inside dealing,” Marshall said as he granted the approval.

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8:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

4 Tiger Cubs Born At Little Rock Zoo

There's a baby boom at the Little Rock Zoo. Four tiger cubs were born earlier this month to 5-year-old Suhana and 9-year-old Liku.

The two are Malayan tigers, which are critically endangered with fewer than 500 species remaining in the wild.

The zoo says the four new cubs are "a significant contribution" to the conservation of the Malayan tiger. The cubs were born Nov. 12 and zoo staff say the animals appear to be growing strong.

Workers are using video monitoring equipment to keep an eye on Suhana and her babies in their indoor section of the tiger habitat.

Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

UA Trustees Updated On Fundraising Division Audit

University of Arkansas officials say they're making changes to correct millions of dollars in overspending in its fundraising division.

Leaders of the Fayetteville campus told UA System trustees on Thursday that the school is addressing each of 16 findings from an investigative report by the Division of Legislative Audit.

Officials didn't go into detail at the trustees meeting in Little Rock but said they expect more information when they convene in January.

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6:33 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Papers Filed Seeking End To Desegregation Lawsuit, Hearing Friday

Lawyers for three Little Rock-area school districts, the state of Arkansas and groups of patrons have filed formal court papers seeking an end to a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

Lawyers for the state say the settlement should be accepted because all parties are backing it. They say a remedy that parties agree with is better than one where the parties "must be dragged kicking and screaming."

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5:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

National Adoption Day Celebrated, 13 Arkansas Kids Get New Families

Children and families send off 690 balloons representing the 690 children who the Department of Human Services says have been adopted so far in fiscal year 2013
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.

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2:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Rainfall Expected to Bring More Ducks for Hunting Season

Arkansans hunters taking part in duck season may notice an increased population of game when venturing out during the first days of the season this weekend.

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2:36 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Vote Against Filibuster Changes

Senators Pryor and Boozman

The passing of the so called “nuclear option” in the US Senate Thursday drew opposition from both of Arkansas' Senators. The rule change allows for executive and judicial nominees, other than Supreme Court justices, to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the previous requirement of 60 votes.

Although Senator Mark Pryor voted to consider the change, he was ultimately one of only three Democrats to vote against the measure.

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2:31 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Sign-Ups Continue for State Medicaid Program

More than 58,000 Arkansans have enrolled for coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  That's more than a quarter of the 250,000 candidates, who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty rate.

Eligible residents are also able to purchase subsidized insurance through a new health marketplace, which was established in October.

According to DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb, the latest numbers indicate a positive reaction from consumers.

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1:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Arkansas Supreme Court Reverses Order In Same-Sex Couple Visitation Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a judge's decision barring a man's same-sex partner from staying overnight when his son visits.

In a split decision Thursday, the Supreme Court didn't address the issue of constitutionality but sent the case back to a Pulaski County judge to determine what's best for the child involved in John Moix's case.

The judge had 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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1:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Pulaski Clerk: Gay Marriage Lawsuit A State Issue

A county clerk says a federal lawsuit that challenges Arkansas' 2004 ban on same-sex marriages should be dismissed and the issue considered in state court .

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane said in court papers filed Thursday that a lawsuit filed by three gay couples in July mimics one filed by 11 couples in state court.

Crane says that while the three couples raise federal constitutional issues, marriage licenses are matters of state law and that questions regarding them should be answered in a state court.

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