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10:16 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Former HOF Employee Accepts Plea Deal In Fraud Case

Credit Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

A former official at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge after auditors found a $118,300 shortfall.

Jennifer W. Smith pleaded guilty to a single count of access device fraud.

Sentencing guidelines suggest she'll face about a year in prison. A plea agreement says Smith must make $70,000 in restitution in 45 days.

Prosecutors said the 47-year-old abused a Hall of Fame credit card for a 5-1/2 year period ending in November 2012. Smith was fired last December.

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Programing Changes
4:42 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

KUAR Adds All Songs Considered. What's Your Opinion?

All Songs Considered joins the KUAR lineup Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Credit npr.org

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, KUAR will add NPR's All Songs Considered to its Tuesday evening schedule.

All Songs Considered is hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton. Along with occasional guests, they curate the best of what's new in popular music for the public radio audience.

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Arkansas Sheriff Reverses Course, Says He Will Retire

An Arkansas sheriff who pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and public intoxication has reversed course once again and now says he will retire.

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington said in a letter dated Friday that he will retire effective Oct. 1.

Pennington said the same thing on Aug. 30, but he later changed his mind and said he wanted to finish his term and run for re-election.

Pennington didn't immediately respond to a phone message on Friday, and his latest letter doesn't explain why he changed his mind again.

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Local & Regional News
3:57 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Arkansas Girl Recovering From Rare Infection Can Swim

A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who has been recovering from a rare and often-fatal brain infection went swimming for the first time since she got sick.

Kali Hardig went swimming Friday at a pool at Arkansas Children's Hospital. That marks a milestone because health officials believe Kali became sick after a trip to an Arkansas water park this summer.

The brain-eating amoeba that caused Kali's infection is often found in warm freshwater. That amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, typically enters the body through the nose when people are swimming or diving.

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Local & Regional News
3:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

September Is National Recovery Month

Joy Figarsky delivering the Governor's proclamation at a recent press conference about National Recovery Month.
Credit Arkansas Department of Human Services

September is National Recovery Month, and the state’s Department of Human Services is working to raise awareness about mental issues, substance abuse and recovery.

32 percent of adults in Arkansas report having “poor mental health,” which is slightly higher than the 30 percent national average.

Kate luck, spokeswoman for the Department, says this percentage encompasses several issues.

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

TSA Pre-Check Expands To Little Rock Airport

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
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Airport lines checking shoes, belts, laptops, and liquids may be a thing of the past for some travelers passing through Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

A nearly two-year-old program, TSA Precheck, is coming to the airport this year and offers U.S. citizens in frequent-traveler programs a no-cost option to bypass most security checks.

Also, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program qualify to participate. 

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Notes on Music
2:29 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

The Definition of Sampling

It’s not unusual for composers to quote part of another person’s composition in their own work to elicit a mood or image.  Two works which exemplify this practice are quotes of the Star Spangled Banner, depicting the American Lt. Pinkerton, in Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, and Tchaikovsky’s use of the Russian and French national anthems in his 1812 Overture.

Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Great Arkansas Cleanup Starts This Weekend

Credit Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission

The annual Great Arkansas Cleanup starts this weekend, and people from around the state will come together to clean up community areas.

The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is organizing volunteers from various groups, including boy scouts, girl scouts, neighborhood associations, and rotary clubs.

Over 800,000 pounds of litter was collected last year, with the help of over 11,000 volunteers from around the state.

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Local & Regional News
11:52 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Arkansas Officials To Mark National Recovery Month

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is holding an event to encourage people recovering from behavioral health issues to speak out.

The state is marking National Recovery Month on Friday with a news conference and celebration on the Clinton presidential library lawn in downtown Little Rock.

The event will include a governor's proclamation and stories of substance abuse and mental health recovery from those who are living it.

Local & Regional News
5:52 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Prosecutor: 5 Sentenced In Arkansas Drug-trafficking Case

Federal prosecutors say five people have been sentenced to prison or probation following an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization that was distributing methamphetamine in the northwest Arkansas area.

Prosecutors say the five people sentenced this week were charged in an eight-count indictment filed in March.

Online court records show that all five pleaded guilty to various charges in April. Prosecutors say the charges follow an investigation into an organization involved in distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in northwest Arkansas.

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