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12:12 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Arkansas Legislator Jim Hill Dies At 74

Former Arkansas legislator Jim Hill died Wednesday at his home in the southwest Arkansas town of Nashville.

Hill, a Democrat, served in the state House from 1993 to 1996, then in the state Senate, including one year as the Senate president pro tempore during the 84th General Assembly.

In a statement, Governor Mike Beebe, who served alongside him in the legislature, said:

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Arkansas Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes

Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.

A report released by the Economic Policy Institute and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, shows changes in the tax code could result in a fairer system that strengthens economic growth.

Jim Nickels represents an AFSCME Council in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Arkansas Governor Beebe Announces Intent To Pardon 7

Governor Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons.

Beebe's office said Tuesday that each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. 

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Local & Regional News
10:57 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Little Rock Voters Back Robinson Makeover By Big Margin

Architect's vision of the renovated performance hall at Robinson Center.
Credit LittleRock.com

A massive renovation of Little Rock's venerable Robinson Center won the overwhelming approval of Little Rock voters Tuesday with more than 72 percent favoring the use of part of the city's hospitality tax to fund the $73.5 million project.

Turnout was light with only 6,988 of the approximately 114,000 eligible voters showing up at the polls. Supporters of the plan blamed sparse turnout on the harsh winter weather over the last week, but they were happy with the results.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Delta Authority Provides $175,000 To Education Program

The Delta Regional Authority has announced it will provide $175,000 to the STRIVE vocational education program in eastern Arkansas.

Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced the investment Tuesday with state and local officials in Marianna.

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Special Program
5:28 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

KUAR To Air Mandela Special Wednesday Evening

Nelson Mandela
Credit Photo courtesy of Mayibuye/Robben Island

KUAR will air Mandela: An Audio History on Wednesday, December 11, at 9 p.m.

The hour-long special radio program tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with and against him.

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the program weaves together first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings.

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Local & Regional News
2:44 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The American Red Cross Encourages People To Donate Blood

Credit Arkansas Red Cross

The American Red Cross in Arkansas is encouraging people to donate blood throughout the holiday season.

More than 30 blood drives across the state were cancelled due to the recent ice storm, leaving the organization short by about 1,000 donors. Marci Manley, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, says historically the winter months are a tough time for collecting enough blood donations.

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Repair Work On Ice-Damaged Little Rock Roads

The ice may be melting after the storm, but significant road damage it still being repaired. The City of Little Rock’s Public Works Department is working to fix potholes and ice issues around town.

Operations Manager Eric Petty says the lingering cold temperatures have made cleanup efforts difficult. He said Tuesday that the city is still cleaning up residential areas and potholes throughout the city.

Local & Regional News
1:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Ashdown Council Allows Mayor To Talk With About Deadly KCS Rail Crossings

A Kansas CIty Southern freight train passes through Ashdown in 2011.
Credit flickr

Ashdown city council members say Mayor Carroll McLarty can talk with Kansas City Southern railroad officials about plans to close some crossings in the city.

The railroad has suggested closing at least two of the town's crossings, where four people have died in train-vehicle accidents since 2009.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Tuesday that McLarty told council members that they owed it to the public to do so something.

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Local & Regional News
10:44 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Little Rock Police Work 124 Accidents On Slick Roads

Cars sliding on icy roadways on Sunday.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Little Rock police say they've worked 124 vehicle accidents since wintry weather hit the state last Friday.

The police department says 60 accidents involved damages of more than $1,000, while 64 accidents had damages estimated at less than $1,000.

Sleet and freezing rain shut down schools and many businesses for days.

On Tuesday, the first day that schools reopened in Pulaski County, traffic was slow-moving but roads were mostly clear, except for a few icy patches.

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