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3:25 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Groups Argue Over Alcohol Measure In Briefs To Arkansas Supreme Court

Supporters and opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas are arguing in briefs before the state Supreme Court whether the measure should remain on the November ballot.

Attorneys for Citizens for Local Rights, the group opposed to the measure, argued Thursday that the proposal doesn't completely explain to voters the impact its passage would have and that the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for it.

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1:11 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Exhibit On Arkansas Times Showcases 40 Years

Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times turns 40 this year. The publication’s playfulness, its literary and investigative ambitions, have survived a battle between two daily papers, arson and a crisis in the journalism industry. The Historic Arkansas Museum is currently showing an exhibition on the paper’s history. 

The first edition of the Union Station Times, later to become The Arkansas Times, told readers, "When muck arises it will be raked." In 1974, 22- year-old Alan Leveritt published the first edition with a $200 donation.

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10:32 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Convictions Of Two On Death Row

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of two men sitting on death row in separate rulings.

Justices on Thursday upheld the capital murder convictions of Derek Sales and Gregory Decay, both of whom were sentenced to death. Sales was convicted in the April 16, 2005, slaying of Willie York of Bradley County. Decay was convicted in the April 3, 2007, shooting deaths of Kevin Jones and Kendall Rice of Fayetteville.

Local & Regional News
9:08 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Election Commission: Maggio Wants Filing Fee Back, Push For Accountability

State Board of Elections Commissioner Stu Soffer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The State Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday followed up on lingering election complaints and whether or not to reimburse former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio for his campaign filing.

Earlier this month the Judicial Discipline and Disability Committee gave Maggio a lifetime ban from serving on the bench. Maggio admitted to posting inappropriate comments online, removing evidence, and leaking confidential adoption information among other violations. Election Commissioner Stu Soffer said Maggio didn’t provide an explanation for why he feels he should be reimbursed.

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9:03 am
Thu September 25, 2014

State Asks Court To Dismiss Wage Measure Challenge

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss a Little Rock businessman's lawsuit trying to block a proposed minimum wage increase from the November ballot. Martin's office on Wednesday asked the court to dismiss Jackson T. Stephens Jr.'s lawsuit challenging the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 by 2017. Martin's office earlier this month certified the proposal for the ballot. Stephens, the son of Stephens Inc. co-founder Jackson T.

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5:09 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Death Of Arkansas Prison Inmate Being Investigated As Homicide

The Arkansas Department of Correction says a state prison inmate at the department's Varner Unit at Grady has died.

Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said Wednesday that 29-year-old John Dobson died Tuesday afternoon and state police are investigating. She says the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Wilson said she can't release other details, other than to say it does not appear a weapon was used.

Dobson was serving a five-year prison sentence for a theft of property conviction in Independence County. He had been in custody since January 2013.

Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Former Romney VP Pick Paul Ryan In Arkansas for Hutchinson

Gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson (R)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Former vice presidential contender Paul Ryan was in Arkansas Wednesday fundraising for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson. Congressman Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee and is a possible Presidential contender in 2016.

University of Arkansas political scientist Janine Parry said visits from national figures lend some legitimacy to campaigns but it’s mostly about bringing in money.

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3:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Arkansas Literary Festival Celebrates Banned Books Week

A movie version of The Perks of Being A Wallflower will be shown in a free screening at the Ron Robinson Theater on thursday

As part of a national celebration, the Arkansas Literary Festival and the Central Arkansas Library System will be hosting an event Thursday night for banned books week (Sept. 21-27). Started in 1982 by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week calls attention to the most challenged books in libraries, bookstores and schools across the country.

At number eight on the ALA’s 2013 list of most challenged and banned books is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which will also be the focus of Central Arkansas’s celebration.

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2:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Arkansas AG: Secretary Of State's Office To Defend Voter ID Law

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location advises voters to have a photo ID ready.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the secretary of state's office will argue for upholding the state's voter ID law when the case goes before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

McDaniel on Wednesday announced that he agreed to yield the argument time to Secretary of State Mark Martin's office. Justices are set to hear oral arguments in the case Oct. 2.

McDaniel, a Democrat, represents the state Board of Election Commissioners in the case. Martin is a Republican.

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2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Groundbreaking Held For US Marshals Museum In Fort Smith

A rendering of what the U.S. Marshals Museum will look like.
Credit www.usmarshalsmuseum.com

Formal groundbreaking has been held in Fort Smith for a U.S. Marshals Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River overlooking Oklahoma.

Federal, state, tribal and local officials that included U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman; Rep. Steve Womack; Gov. Mike Beebe; Principal Chief George Tiger and marshals services officials were among the estimated crowd of 1,000 that turned out for Wednesday's ceremony.

The groundbreaking took place on the 225th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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