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4:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Turnout Expected To Be Light For Arkansas Primary Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location in a local March election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas election officials are predicting 20 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary election. 

In Pulaski County, Director of Elections Bryan Poe expects it to be a little under that.

"In our office, we are estimating between 15 and 18 percent.  That translates to somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 registered voters, just about in line with previous primary elections, if not a little bit lighter," Poe said.

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3:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Allegations of Election Irregularities in Jefferson County

State Election Commissioner and Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

At the end of early voting, with polls set to open for Election Day, calls for election monitors and investigations into the Jefferson County Clerk’s office made their way to the State Board of Election Commissioners Monday. State Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer, in his capacity as a county election commissioner, said he’s asking for prosecutors and the State Police to investigate a number of alleged violations.

Soffer said Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal-Johnson has repeatedly ignored election laws including absentee ballot registering procedures.

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3:36 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Noted University Of Arkansas Wine Researcher Dies

Justin Roy Morris, a prominent University of Arkansas grape and wine researcher, has died. He was 77.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture announced that Morris died Monday. Spokesman Dave Edmark said Morris had been ill for some time.

Morris was a professor in the Food Science Department and director of the Institute of Food Science and Engineering at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. He retired in 2009. That was the same year he was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.

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2:09 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

$2 Million Approved To Help Arkansas Tornado Recovery Efforts

The aftermath of the tornado that hit Arkansas last month.
Credit National Weather Service

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that more than $2 million has been approved to help Arkansans recover from last month's severe storms.

FEMA has approved nearly $1.7 million in Housing Assistance to individuals and families in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties whose property was damaged or destroyed. More than $355,000 was also approved to be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

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11:23 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Speaker Davy Carter To Ask For Insurance Special Session

File photo of House Speaker Davy Carter.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) isn’t a lame-duck speaker just yet.

In an interview with Talk Business & Politics, airing Monday night on KUAR, Carter said he’ll fight a potential impeachment push regarding the same-sex marriage legal controversy and he said he will ask Gov. Mike Beebe to call a special session soon to fix school insurance plans.

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11:06 am
Mon May 19, 2014

US Senator Boozman Of Arkansas Eager To Return To Work

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. John Boozman says the Arkansas lawmaker is eager to return to work following heart surgery, but that it may take several more weeks before he is fully recovered.

The 63-year-old Republican underwent emergency heart surgery April 22 after being rushed to the emergency room. The procedure was to repair a tear in his aorta after being diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection.

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8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Lea, Yang Vying For GOP Nod For Auditor

The two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor are touting their background and experience as they run for an office responsible for writing the state's checks and best known for helping Arkansans reunite with unclaimed property.

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8:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Arkansas Students Graduate Amid Tornado Recovery

Less than a month after a deadly tornado outbreak devastated their community, more than 200 students graduated from high school in Vilonia.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 209 seniors graduated during a ceremony Saturday on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Last month's storms that tore across the state killing 15 people were not far from the students' minds.

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6:14 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape

Downtown Little Rock c. 1958.
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, initiating efforts to integrate schools around the country and especially in the American South where black and white children received largely unequal opportunities for education.

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5:30 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

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