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6:00 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Banned Books Week in Central Arkansas

Credit cals.lib.ar.us

The Central Arkansas Library System is celebrating Banned Books Week this week (22nd-28th) in an effort to promote intellectual freedom. A series of events and plays are being put on in conjunction with the Weekend Theater. Events include a stage production mash-up of A Doll’s House and Clockwork Orange – both of which have been challenged and banned around the country at various times.

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4:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Government Shutdown: Griffin Target of Criticism, Says New Plan Will Be Unveiled Saturday

Representative Tim Griffin
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

Divisions in Congress over funding the federal government are becoming apparent in Arkansas. Pat Hays, the former mayor of North Little Rock for 24 years, is criticizing Republican Congressman Tim Griffin’s role in the government shutdown crisis.

Hays said the issue of funding the Affordable Care Act was settled when it became the law of the land and says it’s clear Griffin doesn’t have the votes needed to defund it.

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3:17 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Arkansas Senators Split On Budget Bill

Arkansas two senators have split on legislation that continues funding government after it was stripped of a House-backed effort to defund the federal health care law.

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Friday voted for the measure intended on keeping the federal government operating through Nov. 15, while Republican John Boozman voted against the measure.

The Senate passed the continuing resolution on a 54-44 vote after voting by the same margin to remove from it a House proposal to defund the federal health care overhaul.

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12:22 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Arkansas Private Option Gets Formal Approval From Feds

Gov. Mike Beebe

The bi-partisan plan crafted by the Arkansas Legislature this year to use federal Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance got a formal approval Friday from the federal government.

It came directly from the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, says Matt DeCample, a spokesman for Governor Mike Beebe.

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11:22 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Second Mistrial for Little Rock Police Officer Accused Of Shooting Suspect

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Members of 15 year old Bobby Moore’s family were visibly upset leaving the Pulaski County Courthouse after Judge Wendell Griffen declared a mistrial. Jurors deliberated for parts of two days before telling the judge they could not reach a unanimous decision.

Prosecuting attorney John Johnson said afterward it’s difficult for jurors to separate the badge from the person. “It’s always going to be hard for a jury to convict a police. We have a defendant in this case who is trading on the good will that other excellent police officers have created in this community,” said Johnson.

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6:38 am
Fri September 27, 2013

9-17-2013 Surveillance Part Two

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5:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Pryor Targets Cotton Over Syria Stance

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is criticizing Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton for supporting military action in Syria, while a conservative group backing Cotton is launching radio ads portraying the Arkansas senator as too liberal.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday targeted Cotton for being the only member of the state's congressional delegation who publicly supports giving the president authority to strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

A website launched by the campaign cited the stance as an example of misplaced priorities by Cotton.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
7:52 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

9-17-2013 Surveillance Part Two

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yesterday today & tomorrow
7:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

9-10-2013 Surveillance Part One

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4:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Arkansas Students Improve Performance On AP Tests

School exams in progress.
Credit AP

Education officials in Arkansas say the number of students in the state taking Advanced Placement tests has increased by 6.6 percent in 2013.

According to the College Board, the nonprofit entity that provides SAT and AP exams, Arkansas’s overall scores on AP tests have also improved with an 8.6 percent increase in the number of exams with a score of 3 or higher out of a possible 5.

Mary Kathryn Stein oversees AP programs for the state’s Education Department.

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