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Arkansas Abortion Law
6:33 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arkansas Asks Court To Uphold 'Heartbeat' Test In Law

Arkansas is defending its 12 week abortion ban in federal court in Little Rock.
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Arkansas is asking a federal judge to uphold the part of a state law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy that requires doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before performing the procedure at that point.

The attorney general's office on Friday asked a federal judge to uphold that portion of the law as constitutional while the challenge to the 12-week ban is being considered. A trial has been set for next year on a lawsuit filed by two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions.

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Severe Weather
6:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arkansas Governor Declares Disaster From Recent Storms

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared six counties disaster areas as a result of recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Arkansas.

Beebe on Friday declared Cross, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott and Van Buren Counties as state disaster areas. Judges in all six of the counties have already made their own disaster declarations as well.

A statement from Beebe's office says damage assessments from the storms are not complete and more counties are expected to be added to the disaster declaration.

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Severe Weather
6:27 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Flood Damages Arkansas 28 In Scott County; Road Closed

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State highway officials have closed Arkansas 28 in Scott County because floodwaters from the Fourche La Fave River undermined approaches to several bridges and other structures.

Heavy rains overnight pushed the river out of its banks. Spokesman Danny Straessle of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says Arkansas 28 has been closed from Parks to the Yell County line.

Straessle said fast-moving water washed out several sections of the highway near bridges and other structures.

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Local & Regional News
5:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Body Found On UALR Campus, No Foul Play Suspected

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A body was found on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus Friday morning. 

A student walking to class discovered the body, described as an "18 year old, white male”, in Coleman Creek, across from the Fine Arts Building. The Little Rock Police Department is conducting further investigations.  

Sergeant Cassandra Davis says that "no foul play is suspected" and that the police department is unsure if the body was "washed into the creek" by the previous night's storm. 

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Judge Rejects Guilty Plea From Ex-Arkansas treasurer

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer speaking with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner and prosecutors had agreed on terms of a plea deal, but Friday afternoon it was rejected by a federal judge.

“There were questions that I wasn’t comfortable with,” Shoffner told reporters as she left the courthouse in Little Rock.

Judge Leon Holmes questioned her during the hearing, asking if she understood the terms of the plea. She said “Yes.”

He also asked if Shoffner had taken the payments from a bond broker as alleged by prosecutors. She said “Yes, but it was offered. I didn’t demand it.”

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Camp For High Schoolers
4:10 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Basketball Camp For Students From Small Towns

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A free four day basketball camp for students from small towns is beginning on Monday.

We Believe Basketball Camp is for junior and senior high school students from DeValls Bluff, Hazen, and Biscoe to learn basketball skills as well as spend time with working people who came from small towns.

Camp director, JP Arnold, said the camp is for students who can’t afford going to a summer camp.

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Students
3:46 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Start Of Summer Break For Most Central Arkansas Students

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Today is the last day of school for most students in Central Arkansas.

As students are out for the summer, officials are asking drivers to be on the lookout for students who may be walking, biking or skateboarding.

Deborah Roush is with the Pulaski County Special School District.

“The Pulaski County School District has had two students in the last three weeks involved in hit-and-run accidents. They’ve been pedestrians. And we really want to make sure that all of our kids are safe over the summer,” said Roush.

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Severe Weather
9:28 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Police: 'Confirmed Fatalities' In Arkansas Floods

Arkansas State Police say there are "confirmed fatalities" in western Arkansas where a county sheriff and game warden went missing in floodwaters overnight.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler would not say how many deaths were confirmed from the flooding or whether they involve the missing sheriff and warden.

Sadler says the pair went missing while checking on a home in the Y City area where floodwaters had risen.

A dispatcher with the Scott County Sheriff's Office says flooding is widespread and water rescues are underway in the county.

Severe Weather
9:14 am
Fri May 31, 2013

More Heavy Storms On Tap For The Midwest

Authorities say a driver died when strong winds knocked a tree onto his car in rural Arkansas as thunder storms and several tornadoes swept through the Midwest.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the man was killed late Thursday in Tull, 30 miles southwest of Little Rock.

The National Weather Service says up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Thursday, injuring nine people and damaging several structures.

More bad weather is on tap for Friday.

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Severe Weather
6:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

9 Hurt In Arkansas Storm; Widespread Panic Delayed

At least nine people were injured when storms hit western Arkansas, including seven people hurt when tornadoes struck in Clark and Montgomery counties.

State emergency officials attributed seven injuries Thursday to tornadoes and two to a lightning strike. State emergency spokesman Tommy Jackson said four people were hurt near Oden in Montgomery County and three were hurt in Clark County. Damage was reported to homes, trees and power lines.

Two adults suffered serious injuries near Rogers in a lightning strike, according to Jackson.

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