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4:09 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

School Official: Hiding From Gunman A "Failed Policy"

The superintendent of an Arkansas school district that wanted to let teachers and janitors carry 9mm handguns on campus says the district will find other ways to protect its 2,500 students.

The Clarksville district trained 20 employees as security guards but Arkansas' attorney general said the workers cannot carry weapons at school.

Superintendent David Hopkins on Friday decried what he called the "failed policy of lock the door and hide."

After the deaths last year of 20 students at a Connecticut school, several states explored ways to protect pupils.

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2:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Corliss Williamson Leaves UCA For Sacramento

Corliss Williamson
Credit inarkansas.com

University of Central Arkansas Head Coach Corliss Williamson is leaving the university to coach the Sacramento Kings.

Williamson has a history with the team. The Kings drafted him in 1995 from the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Williamson led the Razorbacks to their only NCAA Basketball Championship and was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player in 1993-1994.

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1:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Arkansas State Police Told to Buy 130 New Cameras

Arkansas lawmakers have authorized a plan to spend more than $950,000 in federal funds to purchase 130 new patrol-car cameras for Arkansas State Police.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant would allow for Pannin high-resolution police cameras to be installed in more than a third of the state's patrol cars to replace broken or outdated equipment. 

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11:12 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Arkansas' Revenues Above Forecast in July

 

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says the state started off its fiscal year above forecast by nearly 2 percent.

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5:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Detour Expected This Weekend In West Little Rock

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas highway officials say there will be a detour at the Interstate 430/630 interchange this weekend in Little Rock.

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5:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Sen. Mark Pryor To Speak At Arkansas Rice Expo

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is speaking about the farm bill and other agriculture issues at the Arkansas Rice Expo.

Pryor on Friday was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the expo, which will be held at the Grand Prairie Rice Center in Stuttgart.

Pryor is a Democratic two-term lawmaker who's seeking re-election next year. Pryor chairs the agriculture subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The speech is Pryor's first in Arkansas since The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton planned to challenge the senator next year.

Frank Deford Comes to Little Rock
5:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Tickets On Sale Now: Public Radio Welcomes Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford

Frank Deford

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The Friends of KLRE/KUAR will host a fundraiser featuring an evening with legendary sportswriter and public radio commentator Frank Deford on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m.

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4:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack Says Farm Bill Crisis Looms

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Credit minnesota.publicradio.org / Minnesota Public Radio

Congress will recess for the rest of the month Friday and the fate of the Farm Bill still has not been settled. Both chambers passed separate versions, but the House broke with a 40 year tradition and removed SNAP funding, commonly referred to as food stamps, from their version of the legislation.

Not a single Democrat supported that version. Republican Tom Cotton was the only member of the Arkansas delegation who voted against previous incarnations of the bill containing SNAP funding.

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4:39 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Quapaw Satisfied With Handling of Artifacts at Big River Steel Mill

Quapaw Tribe Flag
Credit quapawtribe.com

Quapaw leaders and state officials appear to have reached an amicable solution to the presence of artifacts at the proposed location of the $1.1 billion dollar Big River Steel Mill. The site in eastern Arkansas contains a burial mound, a village with 14 structures, and numerous other artifacts. The news came after a closed meeting Wednesday in Osceola. 

John Berrey, Chair of the Business Committee for the Quapaw, says he was pleased that state officials share his concerns.

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4:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Arkansas AG: Schools Can't Arm Teachers, Staff

Arkansas' attorney general says school districts can't use a state law to employ teachers and staff as licensed, armed security guards on campus.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday said in an opinion issued by his office that the Arkansas board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies doesn't have the authority to license school districts to employ teachers and staff as armed guards.

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