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5:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Plan To Arm Teachers, Staff

A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Late Soldier

Flags at the Arkansas Capitol are being flown at half-staff to mark the death of a soldier from Little Rock who was killed in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Sgt. Jamar Hicks died at Forward Operating Base Salerno during a Sunday attack.

Soldiers from Idaho and Texas were also killed in the attack.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says Arkansas flags may be flown at half-staff at any Arkansas public building for up to three days after notification of a fallen service member.

Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Secretary Of State Plans Appeal Of Judge's Ruling On Private Attorneys

The Arkansas Secretary of State plans to appeal a Pulaski County judge’s ruling over the office’s use of private lawyers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

On Monday, Judge Tim Fox disqualified the private attorneys Secretary of State Mark Martin hired for $200 an hour to represent him in a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Matt Campbell, an attorney and political blogger who says Martin did not comply with his requests for certain records.

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12:58 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Parolee At Center Of Controversy Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

A convict who remained free despite numerous parole violations has pleaded not guilty to killing an 18-year-old man in Little Rock.

Forty-seven-year-old Darrell Dennis entered the plea Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court to charges of capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the May 10 death of Forrest Abrams.

Dennis told reporters as he was being led from the courtroom that he did not kill Abrams. Prosecutors say they haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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11:56 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas House Majority Leader Westerman Announces Candidacy For U.S. House

Bruce Westerman

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman Tuesday formally announced he is running for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, email this statement:

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Local & Regional News
8:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas King Commission Prepares Symbolic March On Washington

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of events in the state to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

King Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough says a reenactment of that historic march during Civil Rights Movement will take place in Little Rock in an effort to promote dialogue and encourage Arkansans to end violence.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue August 13, 2013

I-40 Lane To Close In North Little Rock For Work

Arkansas highway officials say that pavement work on Interstate 40 will require crews to close a westbound lane of the highway in North Little Rock.

The work on the westbound outside lane is planned for Wednesday and Thursday at the Young Road Overpass, just east of the Crystal Hill overpass in the western side of the city.

Crews will be making repairs to a site damaged in a March 7 fatal accident in which a tractor-trailer struck the overpass support and caught fire.

Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Bass Pro To Start Hiring For Little Rock Store

Bass Pro Shops is about to start hiring for an Outdoor World store it is opening in southwest Little Rock.

The company says a job fair begins Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 21 at the Metroplex Event Center on Colonel Glenn Road near Interstate 430.

The company says it is looking for full-time and part-time workers in a variety of roles. The store will also have a Tracker Marine Boat Center.

Bass Pro says it is looking for cashiers, customer service and receiving clerks, as well as people to work in various store departments.

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5:46 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Gay Marriage Ballot Measure

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal the Arkansas constitution's ban on gay marriage.

McDaniel on Monday cited several problems with the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Arkansans for Equality.

The proposed amendment must be approved by the AG's office before the group can begin gathering signatures to place it on the ballot next year.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

On The Campaign Trail For Senate With Pryor And Cotton

Sen. Mark Pryor poses with workers at Remington Ammunition plant in Lonoke.
Roby Brock/ Talk Business

While Election Day is still about 15 months away, the race for Senate in Arkansas already has the tone of a match up heading into the home stretch.

Rep. Tom Cotton last week announced he is running for the Republican nomination and hit the road making campaign stops throughout the state.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is also stepping his campaign appearances as Congress is in recess.

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