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4:31 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Fire Danger for Western Three-Fourths of Arkansas

The National Weather Service said the danger of fire is elevated across much of Arkansas because of windy conditions and low humidity and burn bans remain in effect in three counties.

The weather service said the danger of fire continued on Sunday in about the western three-fourths of the state.

Local & Regional News
5:37 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Two of Six Stolen Dogs Back at Texarkana Animal Shelter

Same Type of Dogs Stolen
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  The director of an animal shelter in Texarkana says two of the six pit bulls stolen from the shelter earlier this week have been found and returned and a third stolen dog has been spotted.

Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center Director Connie Slater told the Texarkana Gazette two dogs were found Thursday and a third was seen in downtown Texarkana but has not been caught. Slater says one of the recovered dogs is being treated for a neck wound.

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5:13 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Beebe Highlights the Big Issues in the Upcoming Fiscal Session

Inside the Capitol
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High profile issues will be dominating much of the the Arkansas Legislature's agenda next month. They're expected to address a special election to replace the resigning Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr, craft a long-term fix to public school employee insurance hikes, consider expanding jails in the wake of probation problems and reforms, and the future of the Private Option.

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5:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Panel: Absentee Voters In NE Arkansas Must Show ID By Tuesday

The Craighead County Election Commission is giving dozens of absentee voters who cast their ballots without proof of identification in a special state Senate election extra time to show their ID in order for their votes to be counted under a new law.

The commission on Friday voted unanimously to treat ballots submitted without proof of identification the same as those cast in person without photo ID, giving the absentee voters until noon Tuesday to show ID.

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3:09 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

C-SPAN Bus To Stop in Little Rock

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The C-SPAN bus is making a stop in Little Rock as part of its winter tour.

It'll be at the Clinton Presidential Library tomorrow, Jan.18, from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

Then on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the bus will be at Mount Saint Mary Academy from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and also in the River Market area (River Market Ave. and E. 3rd Street) at The Women's Foundation of Arkansas.

Heath Neiderer with C-SPAN says the bus has been traveling to cities, schools, and universities around the country to demonstrate C-SPAN’s educational and political resources.  

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2:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

4th Annual Reproductive Rights Rally To Be Held Saturday

2013 Rally
Credit Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Abortion rights advocates will be holding their 4th annual Reproductive Rights Rally Saturday on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.

Speakers will include Rabbi Berry Block of Temple B’nai and Adjoa Aiyetero, a professor of UALR's Bowen School of Law.

Ali Taylor, the 2014 rally chair, says they are gathering "to celebrate reproductive justice, the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to raise the children we have in safe and healthy environments."

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12:46 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Arkansas Foodbank Marks 30 Years Of Nutrition

Gov. Mike Beebe speaking Friday at the 30th anniversary event for the Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock is marking three decades of helping supply community food pantries. The organization serves 33 counties in central and southeast Arkansas.

On Friday, the group said it moved nearly 21 million pounds of food in 2013, an increase of 4.5 million pounds over 2012. By 2016, Arkansas Foodbank wants to handle 26 million pounds of food.

Gov. Mike Beebe and his wife, Ginger, attended the ceremony, where Ginger Beebe drew praise from organizers for her help with promoting the food bank.

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8:56 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Judge Delays Oral Arguments On Arkansas Execution Law

A judge has rescheduled oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new lethalinjection law.

The arguments were originally scheduled to be heard Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, but Judge Wendell Griffen delayed the proceedings until Feb. 14.

Nine death row inmates are suing the state over an execution law that legislators enacted last year. That new law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

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10:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The Future Of Arkansas's Private Option

John Selig, Michael Leavitt, Andy Allison (Left to Right)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State lawmakers met Thursday afternoon to discuss the development and future of Arkansas’s Private Option. The joint meeting of the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committees did not make any formal legislative actions but the discussion is significant as the February 10th Fiscal Session approaches.

Legislators will have to decide then whether or not to re-authorize funds for the program. The plan uses expanded eligibility and funds from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to purchase private insurance for nearly 250,000 low income Arkansans.

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6:32 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Arkansas Senators back $1.1 trillion fed budget bill

Arkansas' two U.S. senators have voted for a $1.1 trillion budget bill that eases the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman voted for the measure Thursday that passed the Senate on a 72-26 vote.

The bill funds the government through September and funds every agency of government. It now heads now to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

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