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1:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

UALR Receives $1 Million Endowment For Non-Traditional Students

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been selected for a $1 million endowment that will support scholarships for non-traditional college students who want to return to school to finish their college education.

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11:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Attorney General Again Asks For Stay Of Arkansas Gay Marriage Ruling

An employee with the Pulaski County Clerk's office explains how to fill out paperwork for a marriage license Monday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.

McDaniel's office on Wednesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling against the gay marriage ban is needed because some clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

About 400 licenses have been issued so far, mostly in Pulaski and Washington counties.

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10:07 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Vandals Cause $60,000 Damage To Walnut Ridge Airport

Authorities are investigating after at least two vandals caused $60,000 in damage to the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Airport manager Michelle Anthony says surveillance video captured the vandalism Saturday night. The video shows two ATVs entering airport property late Saturday. Over the course of an hour, the ATVs circled the runway, destroying at least nine runway lights and two signs.

Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Wed May 14, 2014

EPA Orders Clean Harbors To Pay $581k Penalty

The Environmental Protection Agency says Clean Harbors El Dorado L.L.C. has agreed to pay a more than $581,000 penalty for improperly identifying and disposing of hazardous waste; improper storage of hazardous waste; and failure to comply with air emissions standards at its plant in El Dorado.

The EPA says the violations were discovered during inspections.

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5:47 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Democrat Mike Ross Outraises Republican Asa Hutchinson For Governor

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross has raised nearly half a million dollars in his bid for Arkansas governor, surpassing his chief Republican rival as the two prepare for their respective primaries next week.

Ross reported Tuesday raising $491,153 since April 1 in his bid for the state's top office. Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson reported raising $240,375 during the past month.

Tuesday is the deadline to file fundraising reports ahead of the May 20 primary.

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2:14 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Private-Public Funds Bolster Plan for Ben E. Keith Foods Expansion in Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe at Tuesday's Ben E. Keith announcement. Company President Mike Roach is at far left, and company General Manager Rusty Mathis is at far right.
Credit Lee Hogan / Arkansas Business

Ben E. Keith Foods said it will spend $60 million to transfer operations from two existing facilities in Central Arkansas to a new larger facility, adding 74 jobs to an existing workforce of 260.

State and federal officials Tuesday touted additional investments from the government as a primary impetus for the development of a Mid-South Regional Headquarters for distribution in North Little Rock.

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11:28 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Lawyers For Same Sex Couples: Don't Suspend Gay Marriage Ruling

Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples are asking Arkansas' highest court to reject efforts to suspend a judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Attorneys for the couples asked the state Supreme Court Tuesday to deny motions to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision regarding the 2004 constitutional amendment and 1997 law banning same-sex marriage.

The attorney general and four counties named in the suit have asked justices to suspend Piazza's ruling.

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10:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Saline & Marion Counties Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses For Gays

Couples lined up Monday to get marriage licenses in the Pulaski County Courthouse.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A chief deputy clerk in Saline County says her office will suspend issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until they hear from the state's highest court.

The office Monday issued six certificates. Chief Deputy Clerk Darlene Westbrook said Tuesday they're waiting for the Arkansas Supreme Court to rule on whether same-sex marriages are legal in the state.

In east Arkansas, the Marion County clerk says her office will also stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses. County Clerk Dee Carleton said Tuesday two men from Yellville received their license on Monday.  

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9:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

11 Counties Added To Tornado Disaster Relief Declaration

Arkansas' congressional delegation says Gov. Mike Beebe has added 11 counties to the state's major disaster declaration request to help in the recovery from last month's deadly storm.

The two senators and four U.S. House members say in a news release that they wrote to President Barack Obama and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier Monday in support of Beebe's request.

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6:14 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Republican Primary 4th Congressional: Bruce Westerman

Bruce Westerman
Credit Arkansas Times

This week KUAR talks to the two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District as part of an ongoing series covering select contested primaries.

Democrat James Lee Witt is running unopposed and Libertarian Ken Hamilton already has his party’s nomination.

The second installment for 4th District is with Bruce Westerman of Garland County. He’s an engineer, State Representative, and former state House Majority Leader. Westerman faces Tommy Moll.

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