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5:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Judge Replaces Juror At Former Little Rock Policeman Trial

A judge has replaced one of the 12 jurors selected at the trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a burglary suspect.

A prosecutor on Tuesday had raised questions about the man, who works for the city of Little Rock.

Josh Hastings faces a trial in the August 2012 death of Bobby Moore III. Hastings says Moore tried to run him over while he was working a burglary complaint.

Prosecutors say evidence did not support Hastings' recollection.

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5:54 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Governor Beebe Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration

Gov. Mike Beebe has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for 12 Arkansas counties that were affected by severe storms, tornadoes and floods beginning in late May.

Beebe's office said Tuesday that those 12 counties are Cleburne, Cross, Garland, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Woodruff.

The governor's office says the disaster declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage.

Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Seeks To Uphold Verdict In Drug Case

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state's highest court to uphold a $1.2 billion fine leveled against Johnson and Johnson and a subsidiary over the marketing of an antipsychotic drug.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the state Supreme Court asking justices to uphold the ruling over the drug Risperdal.

The drug makers have appealed the ruling. A Pulaski County jury last year ruled the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with the drug.

Attorneys general from 35 states asked to file briefs defending the fine, as did 65 legislators.

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3:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Arkansas AG Seeks To Uphold Verdict In Drug Case

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who Tuesday filed a brief with the Arkansas Supreme Court, asking justices to uphold the fine against Johnson and Johnson.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state's highest court to uphold a $1.2 billion fine leveled against Johnson and Johnson and a subsidiary over the marketing of an antipsychotic drug.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the state Supreme Court asking justices to uphold the ruling over the drug Risperdal.

The drug makers have appealed the ruling.

A Pulaski County jury last year ruled the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with the drug.

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1:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Arkansas Governor To Hold Off On Scheduling Executions

Now that nine death row inmates have challenged Arkansas's new lethal injection law and urged a judge to rule that the Department of Correction can't use a 2013 execution law to put them to death, Governor Mike Beebe has put execution dates on pause.

Even though the attorney general has asked the governor to set execution dates for the inmates, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample told KUAR News on Tuesday that the governor's decision comes as the Department of Correction plans to rewrite its lethal injection procedures  and the inmates' case works its way through court.

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1:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Lawyers Seeking Jurors For LR Policeman's Trial

Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

The defense team for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a burglary suspect is asking prospective jurors whether they've ever had to name a snap decision at work.

Josh Hastings was fired after the death last August of Bobby Moore III.

Hastings' trial opened this week in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Defense lawyer Bill James asked potential jurors Tuesday to consider whether they've ever had to make quick decisions while working.

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Local & Regional News
11:53 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Potential Bike Lanes On South Main Street Spark Debate

Credit In Arkansas

The City of Little Rock is holding a meeting Thursday to consider reducing the number of lanes on South Main Street to add bike lanes and calm traffic. 

Cycling enthusiasts are not the only ones interested in the potential bike lanes.  Residents and officials are on both sides of the debate are speaking up on the issue.

Bud Laumer is an instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and professor of sustainable land use planning and transportation at UCA.

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8:14 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Beebe Wants Review Of Arkansas Parole System

Arkansas' governor says the state's parole system needs review after a parolee was charged in a Little Rock murder.

Darrell Dennis was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Dennis had been arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 following an aggravated robbery conviction - and that he skipped parole revocation hearings.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lt. Governor and Mayflower Mayor: Oil Spill Clean-Up A Success, Area Better Than Before

The Marsh
Jacob Kauffman

Lt. Governor Mark Darr and Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland toured clean-up efforts undertaken in the aftermath of the March oil spill in Mayflower. 

Darr and Holland toured the still-empty neighborhood in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, where residents have been told they can come back to their homes but none have elected to do so.

The two also toured the marsh adjacent to Lake Conway, where much of the oil eventually collected.

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