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2:18 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Federal Judge Denies New Hearing In Arkansas Slayings

A federal judge has rejected a request for a new hearing for an Oklahoma man on federal death row for the slayings of an Arkansas family.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes ruled Tuesday that Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla., needed to obtain authorization from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to file another petition challenging his death sentence.

Lee was convicted in federal court in the 1996 slayings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy Mueller, and their young daughter, Sarah.

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Local & Regional News
12:33 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Centers For Children In Jonesboro Gets $1 Million Gift

The Centers for Children at Jonesboro has received a $1 million gift aimed at expanding the access of specialized pediatric health care to families in northeast Arkansas.

Centers for Children is a collaboration between Arkansas Children's Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Department of Pediatrics.

There are now seven different specialty clinics in Jonesboro, including neurology, cardiology, surgery and urology.

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Local & Regional News
10:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Man Jailed In Death Of Arkansas Sheriff's Deputy

Authorities say an Oklahoma man has been jailed on a second-degree murder charge in the traffic death of a southwest Arkansas sheriff's deputy.

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was killed Monday in a three-vehicle crash near Lewisville.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, Richardson was driving Michael Lee Ackart of Tulsa, Okla., to a homeless shelter in Miller County.

The Metropolitan Opera
9:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

March 22: Wozzeck

A scene from Berg's "Wozzeck."
Credit Cory Weaver / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wozzeck conducted by Met Music Director James Levine Saturday, March 22 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Arkansas US Rep. Tom Cotton Weds Over Weekend

Tom Cotton
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has married his girlfriend during a small ceremony over the weekend.

Cotton's Senate campaign said the freshman lawmaker married Anna Peckham, an attorney from Virginia, at a small wedding ceremony with family and close friends on Saturday. The two are currently on a honeymoon during the congressional recess, campaign spokesman David Ray said.

Ray declined to say where the wedding was held or where the couple was honeymooning.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

In Race For Governor, Hutchinson raises $167K, Ross $140K

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson has outraised Democratic rival Mike Ross for the second month in a row but still faces a gap in money on hand in the race for Arkansas' top office.

Hutchinson reported on Monday raising $167,262 in February, compared to the $140,558 Ross raised in the same month.

Monday was the deadline for statewide candidates to file monthly campaign finance reports.

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State of the City
4:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Little Rock Mayor Talks Obesity, Violence & Infrastructure In Annual Address

File photo of Mayor Mark Stodola delivering a speech.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

In his latest “State of the City” Address, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola called for new efforts to end childhood obesity and violence among young African American males in the city. At the Centre at University Park Monday before several city leaders and community members, Stodola delivered his annual address, pointing out many of the city’s successes and several problem areas.

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Local & Regional News
3:32 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Actor Jeff Bridges Brings Attention to Child Hunger in Arkansas

Actor Jeff Bridges and Share Our Strength CEO Bill Shore
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The actor known for True Grit and The Big Lebowski stopped by a Little Rock elementary school Monday to have breakfast with students and to talk about child hunger in America. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman covered the event featuring Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges.

After breakfast, students at Stephens Elementary gathered to take part in games promoting healthy foods while Jeff Bridges and leaders from a number of Arkansas hunger relief organizations mingled with teachers and onlookers.

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Labor & The Economy
1:50 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Down, Still Higher Than Nation

Figures released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Monday show an increase in the number of workers who’ve found a job. The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of one percent to 7.3 percent in January, compared to December. It’s also two-tenths of a percent lower from the same time last year.

Dr. Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Economic Advancement says overall the numbers show positive trends in the state’s economy.

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Local & Regional News
11:17 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Arkansas Governor Names Chief Of Staff To UA Board

Gov. Mike Beebe has named his chief of staff and close friend Morril Harriman to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Beebe's office on Monday announced that Harriman would replace Sam Hilburn on the UA panel, an appointment that expires in March 2024.

Beebe's spokesman said Harriman will continue to serve as Beebe's chief of staff. Harriman, 63, has served as Beebe's chief since the governor took office in 2007.

Beebe called Harriman, with whom he served in the state Senate, his "best friend and most trusted ally" during his political career.

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