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12:16 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Report Details Problems With Arkansas Parole System

Governor Mike Beebe speaking at a press conference Monday morning at the Capitol about the report.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An investigation into the Arkansas Department of Community Correction found “systemic problems” with its parole system.  But Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials say steps are already being taken to address people who violate parole, but aren’t being picked up and returned to prison.

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9:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Nucor Challenge To Big River Steel Air Permit Will Delay Superproject

A challenge to Big River Steel’s air quality permit by Nucor Steel will delay or could trip up the $1.1 billion superproject planned for northeast Arkansas, but state officials expressed confidence that the steel mill will go forward.

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6:10 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Voters In NLR's Park Hill To Decide Whether To Allow Alcohol Sales

Signs line John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Park Hill asking voters to support the alcohol proposal.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Early voting starts Monday for residents of a historic North Little Rock neighborhood to consider repealing a ban on the sale of alcohol.

It has been almost half a century since residents of Park Hill voted to prohibit alcohol sales. The neighborhood is along both sides of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, between Interstate 40 and McCain Boulevard.

Former North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick, who today is president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, says the ban has kept the area from reaching its full potential.

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5:38 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Bridge Painting In Little Rock Will Mean Lane Closure

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a lane of Highway 10 in Little Rock will be closed this week.

The work will be on the arched bridge located between Chester Street and Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock. The work will require closing the westbound outside lane of the highway - which is also known as Cantrell Road - near the bridge.

The bridge was built in 1927 and is 135 feet long and 30 feet wide. The latest survey indicates an average of 15,500 vehicles use the bridge each day.

Local & Regional News
2:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Recent Rains Slow Harvest In South Arkansas

The harvest of summer crops and the planting of winter wheat, especially in south Arkansas, has been slowed by recent rains that dumped up to 3 inches in some areas.

Chicot County Extension Staff Chairman Gus Wilson says the delays are the most since 2009 and he's just hoping that the wheat won't have to be replanted. In Prairie County, Extension Staff Chair Brent Griffin says about 25 percent of the bean crop is still in the field.

Local & Regional News
7:45 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Arkansas Based Poultry Plant Opens Second Location

Chicken provider, Pilgrim’s Pride has closed its plant in Batesville, but Ozark Mountain Poultry is opening a second location in the vacant plant Monday, November 11th.

The Rogers based company is expanding its production capacity, creating 250 new jobs and doubling the amount of poultry it provides to the restaurant industry.

Currently it provides about 1.5 million pounds of poultry to places like Sam’s Club and Jason’s Deli each week. Ed Fryar, Ozark’s CEO, says he is happy to keep production in-state.

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6:09 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Arkansas Delegation Set to Vote on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Bill

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It's expected the US Senate will hold a test vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, this Monday. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more on where Arkansas's congressional delegation stands on the bill. 

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4:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Arkansas Home Sales Up 18 Percent From Last Year

The Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday that home sales are up 18% from this time last year.

Realtor Carolyn Cobb with Coldwell Banker says several things have contributed to the market’s current success.

"Factors just being interest rates remaining low, and people moving before school starts or getting houses closed so they can get their children in school," said Cobb. 

Cobb says the Arkansas housing market experienced a decrease in 2006 and is now leveling off. But the average price for the 43 county area surveyed was down about $1,500 from last year.  

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3:32 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Beebe Warns of Domino Effect if Private Option Not Funded

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe (D) warned lawmakers Friday of possible ramifications if the private option, the state’s alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law, is not funded in the upcoming fiscal session.

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12:47 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Tornado Confirmed In Storms That Hit NE Arkansas

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado was responsible for some of the storm damage in northeast Arkansas.

No one was hurt in the rough weather in Caraway on Halloween night but some structures had roofs pulled off and windows broken from the high winds.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports that the tornado was rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning it had winds of between 86 mph. and 110 mph.

Authorities say damage was reported in the Craighead County towns of Caraway and Monette after the storms hit Thursday night.

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