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4:39 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Judge Keeps Stay On Arkansas Voter ID Ruling

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location notifies voters to have a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An Arkansas judge is for now keeping a stay on his ruling against a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday formally entered his decision that Arkansas' new voter ID law is unconstitutional.

The five-page order formalizes a May 2 ruling Fox issued from the bench. Fox then said he wouldn't block the state from enforcing the law during the primary, and Friday's order kept the stay on his decision.

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Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Arkansas Legislators Look At Keno Ban For Special Session

There is a move by some legislators to include a ban on monitor games by the Arkansas lottery if there is a special session called this summer.

A special session is a possibility so legislators can address health insurance plans for public school employees. But Gov. Mike Beebe's office said Friday that he's still waiting to see a proposal on the insurance matter and that no one has discussed the lottery issue with him yet.

Local & Regional News
2:29 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Rutledge Gets Former Opponent's Endorsement in Republican AG Runoff

(from left) Leslie Rutledge, Patricia Nation
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Leslie Rutledge, one of two candidates in a runoff election for the Arkansas nomination for Attorney General, Friday received the endorsement of third place candidate Patricia Nation. Rutledge said she wants Nation to actively bring support.

“Patricia I don’t want you to be behind me in this effort. I want you to be right beside me on the campaign trail and moving forward because we need her voice, we need her experience,” said Rutledge.

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River Navigation
1:47 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Arkansas Waterways To Get Boost From Federal Water Legislation

A map of ports in Arkansas
Credit waterways.arkansas.gov

Now that Congress has overwhelmingly passed a water resources bill, which awaits President Obama’s signature, officials who oversee Arkansas’s navigable waterways say infrastructure along the state’s rivers will likely benefit. All members of the state’s congressional delegation supported the legislation.

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Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Recovery Efforts From Arkansas Tornado Strike Progresses

A father and children wait for Pres. Obama during a visit to Vilonia after the deadline tornado.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

State and federal emergency management officials say progress is being made in the recovery from deadly tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Arkansas on April 27.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that nearly $2.3 million in individual assistance has been distributed to tornado survivors and that more than half the storm debris has been collected.

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Local & Regional News
9:17 am
Fri May 23, 2014

HUD Awards Grants To Arkansas Organizations

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $91,000 in federal grants to six Arkansas organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to

prevent future foreclosures.

HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Trevino announced the grants Thursday that are to be used to help the agencies find suitable housing for low income families or to help the families keep the homes they have.

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Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Fort Smith Medical College Gets $14 Million Donation

Officials say construction could begin early next year on a planned medical college in Fort Smith.

The proposed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is to be built at Fort Chaffee. Earlier this year, officials announced a target opening date of fall 2017, but college president Kyle Parker says the school could open as early as August 2016.

The college has hired Dr. Kenneth Heiles as dean. Heiles had served as associate dean of graduate medical education at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Local & Regional News
5:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Arkansas's Five Most Endangered Historic Places For 2014

Members of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas announce the Fragile Five: 2014 List of Arkansas's Most Endangered Places.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Thursday released its annual "Fragile Five" ranking of the most endangered historic places in the state.  Three are in Hot Springs, one is a Little Rock neighborhood, while the other represents the cultural heritage of American Indians.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Faith Leaders Rally to Uphold Arkansas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Derick Easter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A little under one week after Arkansas’s Supreme Court stayed a ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban hundreds gathered Thursday to urge the court to uphold the ban. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

Over 200 supporters of the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman took to the state Capitol steps in one of the largest public displays the state has seen on the issue.

Pastor Derick Easter called for unity and the imposition of a biblical definition of marriage.

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Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Nearly $3 Million In Grants Announced For Five Arkansas Airports

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is one of five airports getting nearly $3 million in grants.
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Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

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