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1:17 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Report Says Poor Quality Roads Costly For Arkansas Motorists

Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, speaks at Tuesday's release of the report at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A report released Tuesday says Arkansas motorists are losing about $2 billion a year through higher vehicle costs because of the poor condition of roads and bridges.

The non-profit national transportation research group TRIP says 32 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads in urban areas and 23 percent in rural areas are in poor condition. 23 percent of Arkansas bridges, the group says, are in need of repair, improvement or replacement.

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10:45 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Senator Wants Arkansas Lottery Under Higher Education Control

Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, has pre-filed a bill to abolish the Arkansas Lottery Commission and establish control of the lottery’s operations under the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

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10:41 am
Tue January 6, 2015

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Speak In Arkansas

Antonin Scalia
Credit U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Marshals Museum officials say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will headline the first of three Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series presentations.

The three-year series will welcome leaders from the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of the U.S. government to Fort Smith to speak about the U.S. Marshals' rich history to each branch. Scalia's lecture is scheduled on Feb. 26.

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8:25 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Hutchinson, Legislative Leaders To Offer Preview Of Session

Incoming Governor Asa Hutchinson, speaking to reporters in this file photo from November, after winning the election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders are set to speak to editors and reporters from around Arkansas about the upcoming session of the Legislature.

Hutchinson, incoming House Speaker Jeremy Gillam and Senate President Jonathan Dismang are scheduled to speak at a Tuesday forum sponsored by the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

The 2015 legislative session begins Jan. 12. Hutchinson will be sworn in Jan. 13.

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10:12 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Fort Smith Settles Clean Water Act Violations With $255 Million Plan

Fort Smith National Historic Site
Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Arkansas’s second largest city, Fort Smith, will embark on 12-year, $255 million upgrade to its sewer and water treatment operations as part of a settlement regarding a decade of Clean Water Act violations. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman talked to the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief of the Municipal Enforcement Branch Loren Denton about where untreated waste ended up and the prospects of cleaner water.

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4:23 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

State Board Of Education To Review Little Rock Schools

The Arkansas State Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to review the Little Rock School District’s progress addressing its six schools in academic distress.

Little Rock School Board member Leslie Fisken recently sent a letter to State Board of Education member Vicki Saviers describing the local school board as “dysfunctional.”

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3:58 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Heavy Rains Cause Arkansas River To Rise, Small Craft Advisory Issued

A tugboat pushes barges up the Arkansas River at Little Rock in this file photo from December 1, 2013. Commercial traffic is not being impacted by the small craft advisory.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River from Little Rock downstream.

The corps said Monday that heavy rains have caused flows in the river to rise, making strong currents and large debris a threat to pleasure craft. Small craft advisories are issued when flows exceed 70,000 cubic feet per second. 

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3:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Colette Honorable Resigns PSC For Federal Position, Beebe To Name Replacement

Colette Honorable
Credit Arkansas Times

Arkansas Public Service Commission chair Colette Honorable has officially resigned from her post and will be sworn in as early as this afternoon to her new role on powerful Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Honorable was approved by the U.S. Senate before Christmas for the FERC position.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission," Honorable said in a statement.

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12:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Incoming Governor Names New Arkansas Prisons Chief

Wendy Kelly
Credit ADC

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named a chief deputy of the Arkansas Department of Correction as the new head of the state's prison system.

Hutchinson on Monday announced that Wendy Kelley would serve as the department's director after Hutchinson takes office. Hutchinson is set to be sworn in as governor on Jan. 13.

Kelley is currently the department's chief deputy director, a post she has held since January 2014. Previously, she served as the deputy director for health and correctional programs from 2006 and 2013. She is replacing interim Director Larry Norris.

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11:27 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Legendary Arkansas Political Gathering Set For Saturday

The 72nd annual Gillett Coon Supper will take place on Saturday, Jan. 10 in the tiny southeast Arkansas hamlet.

The community and political event is typically a must-stop trip on the annual political circuit. Always in early January, it is usually the first post-holiday event for candidates and elected officials.

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