News

Pages

Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

State Treasurer Martha Shoffer To Have Hearing On Extortion Charges

A mug shot of Martha Shoffner after she was arrested Saturday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to go before a federal judge Monday, after being arrested over the weekend on charges of extortion.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell says agents arrested Shoffner Saturday at her home in Newport.

The Democrat serving her second term has been under scrutiny because of how her office has handled state investments.

Legislative auditors say that in 2011, 11 bonds were sold from the state’s investment portfolio before they had matured, resulting in a net loss of more than $434,000 worth of earnings.

Read more
Local & Regional News
1:01 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Most Arkansas Schools Opting Out Of Campus Gun Law

So far, no Arkansas colleges or universities are permitting faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

A law approved in the just-completed legislative session allows higher education institutions to decide whether to allow the weapons.

At least nine colleges and universities have voted to opt out of the new law.

Trustees for the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are scheduled to vote Thursday on allowing guns.

Read more
Native Americans Research Center
5:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Art Collection Exhibits Stereotypes Of Native Americans

Credit Sequoyah National Research Center

A research center collecting writings and art of Native Americans hopes Arkansans will be more aware of racial issues.

Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR had just received a $20,000 grant to preserve Herschfelder-Molin Collection which depicts stereotypes of Native Americans.

Read more
Treasurer Arrested
8:35 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Arkansas Treasurer Arrested For Extortion By FBI

Ark. Treasurer Martha Shoffner was booked into the Pulaski County Detention Center at 4:29 p.m. Saturday on charges of extortion. She is scheduled for a federal court hearing Monday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner has been arrested for extortion by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being held in Pulaski County Jail.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell said Shoffner was arrested Saturday at her home in Newport and is scheduled for a federal court hearing Monday. Brunell said Shoffner was arrested on charges of "extortion under color of official right." Brunell said she would have more details Monday.

Read more
Arkansas Cooks
5:10 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Loblolly Creamery in Little Rock

Electronic Citation
5:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Electronic Traffic Tickets Can Take Effect In Arkansas

Arkansas Law Enforcement officials are working on a program to issue traffic citations electronically.

They say if it goes into effect, it could speed up the process and enhance the safety of police officers.

Spokesman Bill Sadler with the State Police says this is beneficial.

"The officer is not spending as much time along the side of the road. We all know from experience that the longer you're on the side of the road with a violator, the chances of something going wrong increases with the amount of time," said Sadler.

Arkansas Politics
9:51 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislators Say So Long, Carter Says Some Other Time

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter said the state should loosen its term limit restrictions for state legislators and consider open primary elections as ways to better represent its populous.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

State lawmakers met briefly this morning to formally adjourn the legislature, making for a quiet end to an otherwise action packed legislative session.

Read more
Local & Regional News
4:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Downtown Little Rock Amphitheater Renovations Are Complete

Credit Rivermarket Info

After nearly a year of renovation work, Little Rock’s Amphitheater is back in business.

Formerly known as the Riverfest Amphitheater, and now the First Security Amphitheater, the venue hosts many events throughout the year, including next week’s Riverfest and the summer series Movies in the Park. 

DeAnna Korte, Executive Director of Riverfest, says the repair effort was a collaboration.

Read more
Local & Regional News
1:03 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Judge Grants Injunction In Arkansas Abortion Ban Case

State Senator Jason Rapert, sponsor of the 12-week abortion ban, speaking to reporters after Friday's ruling
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge has granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion Friday for a preliminary injunction against the ban, set to take effect in August.

The state's Republican-led Legislature enacted the ban in March by overriding a veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

Read more
Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Won't Run For Governor

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he won't seek the Republican nomination for governor next year. Carter announced Friday he won't be joining the gubernatorial race. 

Carter said last month he might seek the Republican nomination. Carter was elected House speaker last year after Republicans won control of the state Legislature in the November election. The 38-year-old has served in the state Legislature since 2009.

Read more

Pages