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5:15 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Arkansas Senate Fails To Pass Racial Impact Legislation

The Arkansas Senate has rejected legislation that would have required racial impact  statements for any legislation that creates new criminal offenses or changes existing sentencing laws.  

The Senate voted 15-10 on Friday in favor of the bill by Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock requiring the statements, which would detail how legislation would affect minorities in the state. It needed 18 votes in the 35-member Senate.  

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Raw Milk Legislation Passes Arkansas House

A proposal to allow Arkansas farmers to sell unpasteurized milk has won approval from the state House. 

Lawmakers on Saturday voted 60-19 to permit the sale of "raw" milk from cows and goats at the farms where it's produced. Farmers would be allowed to sell up to 500 gallons per month on average.  

Supporters of the legislation, which was sponsored by Republican Rep. Randy Alexander, said the government shouldn't restrict consumers' freedom to purchase unpasteurized milk.  

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Arkansas Oil Spill
4:35 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

ExxonMobil Revises Estimate Of Barrels Spilled

ExxonMobil has put a number to its estimate for the volume of oil that spilled at Mayflower. State officials had estimated between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels were set loose in last week's accident.

On Friday, ExxonMobil said 5,000 barrels spilled and said it is conducting a response adequate for a 10,000-barrel spill. No one was hurt in the March 29 pipeline rupture but more than 20 homes had to be evacuated. There is still no estimate for when those people can return.

Local & Regional News
9:45 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Hollingsworth Insists On Order At Pine Bluff City Council Meetings

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth

No more disruptive outbursts in Pine Bluff City Council meetings. 

That’s the message of Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, who has grown tired of interruptions and loud cross-talk, not only by members of the audience, but by aldermen themselves.

Friday, she announced plans to hire a Sergeant-at-Arms and a Parliamentarian to be on duty during council meetings. She said at the meeting Friday she won’t hesitate to have someone removed if they’re disrupting the proceedings.

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Arkansas Week
6:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

KUAR's Hibblen Hosts "Arkansas Week"; Talks Media Access To Oil Spill Site

Michael Hibblen

KUAR's Michael Hibblen addresses issues surrounding media access to the Mayflower oil spill site and other issues in the news this week.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
5:34 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

First Lawsuit Filed Over Mayflower Oil Spill

The first lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court over the Mayflower oil spill that occurred one week ago today.

The 16-page lawsuit seeks 5-million dollars in damages and was filed by two women who are live in the neighborhood where the oil spill occurred.

The lawsuit was filed by themselves and “all other similarly situated, to obtain monetary relief.”

The case has been assigned to District Judge Brian Miller and Magistrate Jerome Kearney.

Mayflower Oil Spill
4:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What Does the Mayflower Oil Spill Mean For Central Arkansas’ Drinking Water?

Major pipelines of Arkansas.
Credit Arkansas Geological Commission

Many residents in central Arkansas have been concerned after hearing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announce there is oil in Lake Conway as a result of the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture in Mayflower.

One of the many questions this raises is, “What does this mean for our drinking water supply?” 

John Tynan is Watershed Protection Manager with Central Arkansas Water, which provides drinking water for about 400,000 people in area.

“We have two sources of [water] supply: Lake Maumelle and Lake Winona. Lake Conway, which is

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New Jobs In Arkansas
3:59 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

500 New Jobs In Fort Smith, Arkansas Starting July

Credit kangarealty.com

Fort Smith’s Regional Chamber of Commerce says hundreds of new jobs will be created in the city.

In July, a new Health Management Regional Service Center will employ 500 people and generate more than $21 million in gross annual compensation.

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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Pryor Among 4 Senate Dems Silent On Gay Marriage

Credit pryor.senate.gov

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is in a shrinking group of Democratic senators who haven't announced their support for gay marriage.

Two freshman Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said Friday that they support gay marriage.

So far, 49 Democrats, two independents and two Republicans have announced their support for gay marriage.

There are now only four Democrats in the Senate who have not expressed support for gay marriage: Pryor, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia.

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Local & Regional News
2:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Arkansas House Panel OKs License Plate Readers Rules

An Arkansas House panel has approved legislation to regulate the use of devices that photograph license plates.

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to pass a bill that would restrict who can use license plate readers and limit how long data captured by license plate readers could be kept.

The Associated Press reported last month that Little Rock police have a license plate reader, but don't have a policy for how long the department keeps the data.

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