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6:07 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss School Employees, Guns

Arkansas lawmakers are set to talk about certifying public school employees to carry guns.

Tuesday's joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in Little Rock comes after a state board voted in September to allow more than a dozen school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.

Central Arkansas Schools
6:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Desegregation Agreement Reached, Joshua Intervenors On Board

From left: Little Rock School Board Members Tara Shephard, Jody Carreiro, Norma Jean Johnson, Greg Adams and C.E. McAdoo discuss the agenda before the start of the meeting
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Three Pulaski County School Districts, the state of Arkansas, a group called the Knight Intervenors and a group representing black families have agreed to settle a decades-long lawsuit.

The settlement would have the state send about 65 million dollars a year to the three districts for four more years among other provisions. The fate of the deal hinged on a Little Rock School Board meeting on Monday.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss Execution Options

Lawmakers are scheduled to discuss alternative methods of carrying out the death penalty in Arkansas.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees are to take up the matter when they meet jointly in Little Rock on Tuesday. 

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.

Some of the state's more than 35 death row inmates are challenging the state's new execution law in court. And the state prison system has said it plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol to include a different drug or drugs.

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Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Petition To Drop Marijuana Laws

Arkansas' attorney general's office has rejected language proposed for a petition that would ask voters to end the state's anti-marijuana laws.

Marjorie LeClair hopes to place a marijuana-related ballot issue before voters next November.

Its language would repeal all laws restricting the production, distribution and sale of cannabis or any products derived from the cannabis plant.

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Traveling In The Natural State
5:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Online Maps To Help Arkansas Drivers Avoid Congested Roads

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

Arkansas drivers may find it easier to navigate around congested roadways as the state Highway and Transportation Department implements a new online map Idrivearkansas.com, providing motorists with real-time traffic updates. Spokesman Danny Straessle says the new program will be much needed in the future.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Attorney Convicted In Case Involving Developer

A Fayetteville attorney has been convicted of helping former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber commit bankruptcy fraud.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal court jury in Fort Smith on Monday found attorney K. Vaughn Knight guilty of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false statements and money laundering.

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Local & Regional News
3:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Tyson Foods 4Q Profit Rises On Beef, Chicken Sales

Credit Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods says its fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 41 percent, driven by higher beef and chicken sales.

The nation's biggest meat producer also provided a fiscal 2014 revenue forecast above analysts' estimates. It anticipates fiscal 2014 revenue of about $36 billion.

Tyson earned $261 million, or 70 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 28. Last year, the Springdale company earned $185 million, or 51 cents per share.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Pulaski County Jail Overcrowded, May Have To Keep Only Most Dangerous

The Pulaski County Detention Center
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

The Pulaski County jail has become critically overcrowded, Sheriff Doc Holladay said Monday, which could result in it only being able to house the most dangerous offenders.

It comes as Arkansas has made changes to the parole system, stiffening rules for when people must be detained for violating parole.  That has greatly increased the number of violators being detained at county jails, waiting for space to become available in state prisons.

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Local & Regional News
11:16 am
Mon November 18, 2013

East Arkansas Instructor Named Teacher Of The Year

A language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School has been named the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

A surprise ceremony was held Monday in Palestine honoring Jonathan Crossley.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says Crossley stood out because of strong student test scores and his innovative teaching approach.

Crossley teaches 11th and 12th grade English and oral communication, and also serves as the drama director and literary coach at Palestine Wheatley.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Arkansas Plant

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.

Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.

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