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1:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Writer Mara Leveritt Gets 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize

Mara Leveritt (right) in 2012 alongside Jason Baldwin, whose legal case Leverit has written extensively about.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Arkansas writer Mara Leveritt is the recipient of the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize.

The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. Past winners of the Porter Prize include Donald Harington, Morris Arnold and Kevin Brockmeier.

The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state's most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection.

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1:42 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Federal Rulings On Affordable Care Act Not Immediately Impacting Arkansas

Arkansas’s eligibility for subsidies through the federal health exchange isn’t being immediately impacted by contradictory federal court rulings over the Affordable Care Act.

In one, a three judge panel in Washington, DC said subsidies that cover low income workers can only be paid in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges. But the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA came to the opposite conclusion.  Arkansas has not set up its own exchange.

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11:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Study: Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas Kids Live In Poverty

A new study says that nearly three out of 10 Arkansas kids are living in poverty but the number of children without health insurance has dropped.

The 25th annual Kids Count report from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is being released Tuesday.

It ranked Arkansas 41st in 16 indicators across four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Tue July 22, 2014

University of Arkansas Gets Cancer Research Funds

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors.

The goal of the five-year grant is attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of a secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Group Asks State To Block Alcohol Measure, Claims Deadline Missed

A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.

An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.

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Local & Regional News
5:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Medical Pot Measure Wording

Credit npr.org

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

McDaniel's office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot.

The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

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Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Invasive Beetle That Kills Trees Confirmed In Three Arkansas Counties

The emerald ash borer, which has been found in three Arkansas counties.
Credit David Cappaert / Michigan State University

State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties.

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Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Credit wikipedia.org

Asa Hutchinson’s gubernatorial bid is getting the support of some national Republican figures. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is the subject of speculation over a possible 2016 Presidential bid – and 2012’s GOP nominee Mitt Romney are visiting the state to host fundraisers next month.

Political scientist Hal Bass of Ouachita Baptist University says their visits might be more about helping their own political ambitions than Hutchinson’s.

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10:57 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Trial Rescheduled For Man Charged In Arkansas Mom's Death

A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors.

Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.

Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later.

Local & Regional News
10:23 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Panel Approves Leasing Space For State Prisoners

The Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock.
Credit pcso.org

A state panel has approved a deal to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding.

The Board of Corrections on Monday approved leasing the satellite unit of the Pulaski County jail for $1 to house inmates that have been backed up at county facilities across the state.

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