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5:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Gov. Beebe Tours Pulaski County Neighborhood Hit By Tornado

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe stopped at a central Arkansas home where three people were killed as he toured residences damaged by a tornado at the edge of the Pulaski County line.

Sunday's tornado that authorities say left at least 15 people dead obliterated the central Arkansas family's home, killing a father and his two daughters.

Beebe said Tuesday that while it was heart-breaking to speak with the father's other two daughters who survived the twister, it was heart-warming to see other Arkansans lend a helping hand to those in need all across the state.

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5:11 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Grants Stay Voter ID Ruling

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location in March.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court has temporarily stayed a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law and given both sides until Friday to make their case about whether the restriction should remain in place.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the state's request to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's decision voiding the new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Fox ruled the restriction violated Arkansas' constitution. Fox issued the ruling in a case that had focused on absentee ballot rules.

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5:09 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Federal Agency Gives Osceola $1.2 Million Jobs Grant

The U.S. Commerce Department is awarding a $1.2 million grant to Osceola so the city can build infrastructure to support a planned $1.1 billion steel mill.

The department's Economic Development Administration says the money will go toward water and sewer improvements needed for operation of the Big River Steel mill.

Local & Regional News
2:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Moratorium Issued For Hog Farms In Buffalo River Watershed

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is to consider changing rules to ban big hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.

The panel has enacted a six-month moratorium on issuing new permits for large confined animal operations in the area of the Buffalo National River. That will give members time to decide whether to change the rules to block large animal operations.

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1:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Panel Asks Court To Block Voter ID Enforcement In Primary

A sign outside a Pulaski County polling location reminds voters to have a photo ID.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Pulaski County Election Commission and a group of four voters are asking Arkansas' highest court to prevent the state from enforcing a voter ID law in an upcoming election after it was struck down by a judge.

The commission on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to deny the state's request to stay Judge Tim Fox's ruling, which voided the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

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1:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Federal Aid Approved For Victims Of Tornado In Faulkner County

Gov. Mike Beebe, alongside Faulkner County officials and political leaders, asking for quick approval of federal aid Monday in Mayflower.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

President Barack Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for an Arkansas county hit hardest by a tornado that killed 15 people.

Gov. Mike Beebe and the state's congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated Faulkner County a major disaster area.

Beebe had requested the federal aid on Monday, and the delegation earlier Tuesday asked the White House and FEMA to quickly approve the help.

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9:12 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Arkansas Storm Victims Offered Phone-Charging Site

Residents of central Arkansas who lost power during a tornado are being offered a chance to charge their electronic devices at mobile generators deployed near heavily damaged areas.

AT&T says it has set up a temporary cell tower near Mayflower and now has six sites set up as charging stations. The company reminds people that text messages go through quicker than phone calls when the call volume is heavy.

In Mayflower, the charging stations are at the high school and middle school.

In Vilonia, the stations are at City Hall and the Beryl Baptist Church.

Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Storm Surveys Continuing For Arkansas Tornado

The National Weather Service is continuing its survey of the deadly tornado that struck Arkansas on Sunday.

Warning coordination meteorologist John Robinson says surveys of the storm track will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. Two forecasters also plan to fly the track with the Civil Air Patrol on Wednesday.

Robinson says the tornado is now considered at least an EF3 but a final rating isn't expected until late Wednesday.

Local & Regional News
8:42 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Arkansas Prison Phone Call Rates Too Steep, Say Advocates

File photo of prison inmates inside Cummins Prison in southeast Arkansas.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Department of Corrections will soon decide on the future of inmate telephone services at its meeting on Tuesday. The Department’s current contract with Global Tel Link is expiring this year and advocates say the high rates charged for phone calls are unfair for inmates and their families.

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4:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Arkansas Election Board Seeks Stay Of Voter ID Ruling

The Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a judge's ruling that found the state's new voter ID requirement as unconstitutional.

The board filed a request Monday asking justices to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's ruling that threw out the voter ID law, which the Legislature passed last year. Fox made the ruling in a case that focused on absentee ballots.

Early voting begins May 5 for the May 20 primary election.

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