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10:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Begin Budget Hearings In Advance Of Next Year's Session

Arkansas lawmakers have begun talks about crafting next year's budget, with a midterm election and uncertainty about the state's finances looming.

The Arkansas Legislative Council and Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday began hearings to talk about funding for the state's agencies as lawmakers prepare for next year's legislative session. The panel planned to begin the hearings focusing on smaller boards and agencies.

Outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe's administration is set to present his balanced budget proposal to the committee on Nov. 13.

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9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Legislators Fume Over Parole Board After Recent Murder

Parole Board Commissioner Abraham Carpenter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Intense media coverage of the murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter last week is causing a stir in the state legislature. A meeting Monday between lawmakers and parole officials turned contentious.

It didn’t take long for the tone and atmosphere in the Judiciary committee to turn hostile, as legislators let their frustrations known to Parole Board members. Representative Sue Scott of Rogers told Parole Board member Abraham Carpenter to get ready for an emotionally-tinged string of remarks.

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Local & Regional News
8:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Mike Ross And Asa Hutchinson To Square Off In Live Debate

Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off for their second live televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.

The two ex-congressmen are scheduled to face off Tuesday night at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in a debate being broadcast by Little Rock television station KATV. The debate will also air on KUAR.

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6:58 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Grant To Arkansas Company Making Compostable Bag

A company affiliated with the University of Arkansas that makes a compostable bag as a substitute for plastic bags has been awarded a $741,221 grant by The National Science Foundation.

The grant to cycleWood Solutions announced Monday will help the company accelerate the commercialization of the Xylobag. Company officials say Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville is stocking the bags and that there are commitments from two undisclosed retail chains to stock the bags.

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Local & Regional News
2:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Former President Clinton Asks Arkansans To Avoid Protest Vote

Bill Clinton speaks at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Former President Bill Clinton is urging Arkansas voters to not use the midterm election as a protest vote against the White House as he kicks off a series of rallies to help Democrats in his home state.

Clinton on Monday praised the state's top Democratic candidates as people willing to work with both parties for the good of Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
12:57 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State-By-State Look At Gay Marriage Bans In Light Of Supreme Court Action

A couple kiss while standing in line at the Pulaski County Courthouse in May while waiting to get a marriage certificate.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.

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Local & Regional News
7:12 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Nearly 10,000 Homes and Businesses Without Power In Central Arkansas

Nearly 10,000 homes and businesses are without electricity after severe thunderstorms hit central Arkansas overnight, downing power lines and knocking tree limbs onto roadways.

Entergy Arkansas says the bulk of the outages are in Pulaski County, where 7,700 customers were without electricity Monday morning. The Storm Prediction Center says the storms knocked down several trees, while quarter-size hail was reported in western Arkansas.

No injuries have been reported.

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News About Public Radio
6:56 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Storm Causes KUAR And KLRE Power Outage

KUAR and KLRE were off the air for several hours Monday morning due to after an outage caused by an overnight storm. The stations were without power since 3:16 this morning until shortly before 7 a.m.

General Manager Ben Fry said the University of Arkansas Little Rock Facilities Management worked to get the stations' power back on the air. 

“There have been several power outages on campus. One of them [affected] the power that comes into the control rooms for KUAR and KLRE. It’s [turned] off the power for our vital systems,” he said.

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Local & Regional News
1:15 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Suspect In Realtor's Death Transferred To State Prison

Arron Michael Lewis
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County authorities say the suspect in the kidnapping and slaying of a real estate agent has been transferred from the county jail to the state prison system.

County Sheriff Doc Holladay told reporters that 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction after his parole was revoked Friday. Lewis was paroled in Arkansas in August 2013 after serving time for theft.

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Local & Regional News
10:40 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Clinton, Holder To Talk To Chiefs About Race And COPS

Recently resigned U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (right) will join former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Presidential Library in a lecture on race and community policing.
Credit sloggingtowardliberty.blogspot.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to address a group of mayors and police chiefs gathering in Little Rock next week to discuss race and community policing. The U.S. Conference of Mayors will host a forum Wednesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

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