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Oil Spill Meeting
7:23 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Group Plans Meeting On Mayflower Oil Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill
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A group that's critical of the oil spill in central Arkansas from an ExxonMobil pipeline is holding a meeting to mark the one-month anniversary of the accident. 

The group Arkansans Concerned about Oil Pipelines is to gather at 6 p.m. Monday at Pearce Park in Mayflower.

Thousands of gallons of oil spilled into a cove off Lake Conway and more than 20 homes had to be evacuated.

Environmental testing has shown no oil has leaked into Lake Conway, but hazardous fumes have been registered in the evacuated area, where the cleanup continues. 

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Arkansas Abortion Lawsuit
7:12 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Hearing Set In Suit Over Arkansas 12-week Abortion Ban

A hearing is scheduled next month in a federal lawsuit challenging Arkansas' ban on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

A court document filed Thursday shows that a hearing is set for May 17 in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Reproductive Rights Center on behalf of two Arkansas doctors who perform abortions.

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Ballot Initiatives
6:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Law Restricting Paid Canvassers In Ballot Initiatives Awaits Lawsuit

Canvassers at work.
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Policy Advocates in Arkansas are planning to file a lawsuit challenging a new law which they claim restricts citizens from advancing ballot initiatives through a petition gathering process.

Act 1413 requires paid canvassers to register with the Secretary of State’s office and would criminalize canvassers who solicit fraudulent signatures.

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Gun Control Legislation
4:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Pryor Defends Vote After Criticism from Gun Control Groups, Arkansan with Sandy Hook Ties

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas
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Listen to the report.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is defending his vote last week on gun legislation.

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Chelsea Clinton To Attend Youth Service Day

Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to attend a Global Youth Service Day event Friday in Little Rock.

The Clinton Presidential Center says the event will include more than 175 local high school students, as well as city officials.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the activities include remarks from Mayor Mark Stodola, service projects and cooking and physical engagement sessions.

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Police Shooting
3:39 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Suspect Dead After Morning Shootout With LRPD

One suspected car thief is dead after a shootout this morning with Little Rock Police near North University Avenue and H Street.

LRPD Spokeswoman Sergeant Cassandra Davis said police responded to a call at about 5:41 Thursday morning at 416 N. Pierce St. She said three individuals were reported breaking into cars.

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Local & Regional News
3:34 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

High Court Addresses 2nd Juvenile Life Sentence

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing proceeding for a Little Rock juvenile who was convicted as an adult of capital murder and ordered to serve life in prison without parole.

The high court on Thursday addressed two such cases in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found juvenile mandatory sentences of life without parole to be unconstitutional.

Lemuel Whiteside was 17 when he was arrested in the 2009 death of James London, who was killed in a robbery.

Local & Regional News
9:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

$130 Million Awarded To 92 Arkansas School Districts

More than $130 million has been awarded to 92 school districts for construction projects next year.

The projects were approved Wednesday by the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation.  

The largest single project was granted to the Bentonville School District, which received more than $15 million for the possible construction of a high school.  

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Local & Regional News
8:15 am
Thu April 25, 2013

School Wants To Freshen Memorial To WM3 Victims

The principal of the elementary school that three slain Cub Scouts attended would like to see a memorial spruced up before next month's 20th anniversary of the deaths.  

Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore attended Weaver Elementary School in West Memphis. Principal Sheila Grissom told The Jonesboro Sun that a gazebo at the site needs a face-lift, and she also would like to see 20 yellow rose bushes put in before the May 5 anniversary. 

Grissom has raised $645 of the $2,800 needed.  

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Social Media
6:38 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

2013 Arkansas Legislative Session Was All Atweet

During the legislative session that wrapped up this week, Twitter was used more than ever before by lawmakers to share opinions and debate ideas. KUAR’s Nathan Vandiver has more with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas.

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