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4:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cooler Weather Slowing Arkansas Rice Development

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Arkansas agriculture officials say the cool weather this summer is slowing development of the rice crop and will delay the harvest.

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Board Tells Clarksville Superintendent He Can't Arm Teachers and Staff

Dr. David Hopkins, Superintendent
Credit csdar.org

A license to allow some teachers and staff in the Clarksville School District to carry concealed handguns and work as armed guards was suspended Wednesday. The vote by the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies came in the wake of an opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that using the licensing law to arm staff violates state law.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New Arkansas Police Cars Have Fewer Markings To Avoid Detection

One of the new State Police patrol cars.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

The Arkansas State Police are deploying a new fleet of patrol cars that officials say will help keep highways safer.

The cars do not have roof-mounted flashing blue lights and are marked with the State Police seal only on the passenger side.

Major J. R. Hankins is commander of the Highway Patrol Division’s western region. He says the modern vehicles come in different colors and have been designed to blend in with ordinary traffic. 

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Little Rock Tech Park
7:22 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New Locations Pitched As Tech Park Board Is To Meet

File photo of the board considering locations for the Little Rock Technology Park meeting in May.
Credit Arkansas Times

Hear the report by KUAR's Michael Hibblen.

As efforts continue to determine the best place to build a Little Rock Technology Park, three new potential locations are being proposed.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Plan To Arm Teachers, Staff

A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Late Soldier

Flags at the Arkansas Capitol are being flown at half-staff to mark the death of a soldier from Little Rock who was killed in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Sgt. Jamar Hicks died at Forward Operating Base Salerno during a Sunday attack.

Soldiers from Idaho and Texas were also killed in the attack.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says Arkansas flags may be flown at half-staff at any Arkansas public building for up to three days after notification of a fallen service member.

Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Secretary Of State Plans Appeal Of Judge's Ruling On Private Attorneys

The Arkansas Secretary of State plans to appeal a Pulaski County judge’s ruling over the office’s use of private lawyers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

On Monday, Judge Tim Fox disqualified the private attorneys Secretary of State Mark Martin hired for $200 an hour to represent him in a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Matt Campbell, an attorney and political blogger who says Martin did not comply with his requests for certain records.

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Local & Regional News
12:58 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Parolee At Center Of Controversy Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

A convict who remained free despite numerous parole violations has pleaded not guilty to killing an 18-year-old man in Little Rock.

Forty-seven-year-old Darrell Dennis entered the plea Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court to charges of capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the May 10 death of Forrest Abrams.

Dennis told reporters as he was being led from the courtroom that he did not kill Abrams. Prosecutors say they haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas House Majority Leader Westerman Announces Candidacy For U.S. House

Bruce Westerman

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman Tuesday formally announced he is running for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, email this statement:

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Local & Regional News
8:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas King Commission Prepares Symbolic March On Washington

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of events in the state to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

King Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough says a reenactment of that historic march during Civil Rights Movement will take place in Little Rock in an effort to promote dialogue and encourage Arkansans to end violence.

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