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2:09 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Arkansas Lottery Commission Wants Lawsuit Dismissed

The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.

Assistant Attorney General David Curran on Thursday asked the justices to dismiss Alpha Marketing's lawsuit after a lower court last year refused to do so.

The Lottery Commission has said it should be immune from the lawsuit, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled in 2012 that the lawsuit could not be barred under the sovereign immunity doctrine, which prohibits lawsuits against the state.

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Inman Announces Bid For Arkansas Secretary Of State

A longtime election official from Little Rock says she's seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas secretary of state next year.

Susan Inman on Thursday said she's running for the party's nomination to challenge Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Martin was elected in 2010 and has said he's running for a second term.

Inman serves on the state Board of Election Commissioners and the Pulaski County Election Commission.

She is also president of the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association.

Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Arkansas AG Doesn't Object To Group Joining Abortion Suit

The Arkansas attorney general's office says it has no objection to an anti-abortion group's request to help defend a new law banning the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy.  

The attorney general's office on Thursday responded to the request by Concepts of Truth to intervene in the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the new restriction.

The Wynne-based group provides counseling to women considering getting an abortion and to women who have had the procedure.  

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Technology Park
9:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Little Rock Tech Park Board To Pause Site Selection, Review Purpose

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board decided at its May meeting to meet again in two weeks to discuss the tech park's purpose and which types of businesses might take advantage of it.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board is putting off selection of a site for the city’s tech park in order to discuss the specific types of research businesses that might be attracted to it.

The main topic of discussion for the Little Rock Tech Park Board has focused on site selection, but at its meeting Wednesday, members began delving into the basic purpose for the park and whether they need to consider two sites rather than one.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Crystal Bridges Expands Rockwell Exhibit Hours

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is expanding its Saturday hours for viewing of the popular Norman Rockwell exhibition. Regular Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. But the Rockwell exhibit, the museum store and the coffee bar will be open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays through the end of its run May 27. 

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Beebe Lends Name To Effort To Combat Hunger

Gov. Mike Beebe

Anti-hunger organizations are getting ready for the nation's most expansive food drive.The "Stamp Out Hunger" drive is set for Saturday, and Gov. Mike Beebe is holding an event at the Arkansas Capitol at 9:30 a.m. 

Thursday to promote the food collection. Letter carriers on their regular routes Saturday are to pick up food left by mailboxes.The effort is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
8:38 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

4-30-2013 Tinkering

Tinkering has always been a way to improve on just about anything. Every generation has its tinkerers. This week's program discusses the ways we have changed...or maybe haven't changed over time.

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Economic Development
2:29 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Power Transmission Company To Create 50 New Jobs In Little Rock

MISO company officials (left), Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Governor Beebe and Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable joined MISO president and CEO John Bear in announcing that the power transmission company would be bringing up to 50 high paying jobs to the city in the next 12 to 18 months.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A power transmission company says it will locate a regional hub in Little Rock, a move that company officials say will bring between 30 and 50 high paying jobs to the state in the near future.

Governor Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined state economic development officials as well as representatives from Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator, or MISO, at the state Capitol to announce the new jobs.

MISO handles power transmitted on the nation’s electric grid and Beebe said the mostly-high tech jobs would pay an average of $85,000 a year.

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Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Group Asks To Intervene In Arkansas Abortion Case

An anti-abortion counseling organization in Arkansas is asking to intervene in the federal case over a state law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.  

Attorneys for Concepts of Truth, Inc. asked a federal judge to intervene as a defendant in the lawsuit challenging the new abortion restriction.

The Wynne-based organization provides counseling to pregnant women who are considering having an abortion and says it operates a national call center to counsel women who have had the procedure.  

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Local & Regional News
1:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Arkansas Officials Didn't Know About Fugitive's Health

Arkansas prison officials say they didn't know a 63-year-old fugitive was sick when they sought his return from Michigan.  

But Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's not the agency's role to make judgments about whether Lester Stiggers should be brought back to the Arkansas prison system he fled in 1970.  

Arkansas this year asked Michigan to return Stiggers.

Michigan is considering it, even though the state previously refused similar requests.  

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