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9:51 am
Wed August 21, 2013

New Arkansas Panel On Charter Schools Meets

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell has named six staff members who will serve with him on a newly formed committee to review charter school applications.

The Charter Authorizing Panel held its first meeting Wednesday at the state Department of Education in Little Rock.

The panel was created under a bill signed into law earlier this year that changes the way Arkansas approves charter schools.

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6:08 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Take Up Rules For Voter ID Law

A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year.

The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The rules closely mirror the law the Republican-controlled Legislature approved in April when it overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the voter ID legislation.

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5:55 am
Wed August 21, 2013

2 Convicted In Arkansas Adoption Fraud Ordered To Pay $1.2M

A former co-owner and a former employee of a closed Little Rock adoption agency have been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties to former clients and the state of Arkansas.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Pulaski County judge on Tuesday ordered the payments by former Adoption Advantage owner Donna Gail Hight and ex-employee Jacklyn Potter.

They were convicted in April of deceptive trade practices after prosecutors said prospective adoptive parents paid thousands of dollars in upfront fees for adoptions that never took place.

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5:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Former Pipeline Safety Agency Head Defends Testing of Mayflower's Pegasus Pipeline

Brigham McCown
Credit Jacob Kauffman

After the oil spill in Mayflower, many local officials have expressed skepticism about pipeline testing and oversight. Wednesday a former head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration spoke about the issue at the Clinton School of Public Service and took pointed questions about the matter. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports. 

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5:43 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker Steps Down From Senate Seat

Democratic state Sen. Paul Bookout is stepping down from his Senate seat after a state ethics panel said he spent thousands of dollars from his campaign on personal items such as women's clothing and home theater equipment.

Bookout announced Tuesday he was resigning immediately from the state Senate seat that he has held since 2006. Bookout served as president of the state Senate in the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.

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5:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

3rd Faulkner County Jail Escapee Caught In Oklahoma

The last of three men who escaped from the Faulkner County jail last weekend has been found and arrested in Oklahoma City.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office announced that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson was found and arrested by U.S. marshals at an Oklahoma City motel about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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3:43 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

UALR Debuts Bicycle Patrols To Increase Security On Campus

UALR Police Lt. Johnny Smith, who trains officers for the bicycle patrols, rolls through a breezeway on campus.
Credit Sheila Clark / KUAR

As the new school year begins, students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will see a new addition to their campus: officers on bicycle patrol.

UALR Police Chief Edward Smith says having officers patrolling the campus on bicycles will give them an advantage over patrolling in cars.

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3:29 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Missing Dog Found In California, Reunited With Family In Arkansas

Credit County of San Diego Department of Animal Services

 A family in Rogers will be reunited with their lost dog Tuesday night, after spending two months apart. The eight year old Pomeranian, Koda, is arriving in Arkansas from San Diego, California.

The dog was brought to the Department of Animal Service’s attention and scanned for identification. His microchip identified him as an Arkansas native and a San Diego-based non profit offered to pay for his trip home.

Daniel DeSoussa, County of San Diego Animal Services Deputy Director says preparing for situations like these are important.

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2:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Organizers Prepare For Little Rock Marathon Training Sessions

The 2014 Little Rock Marathon

The 2014 Little Rock Marathon is over seven months away, but organizers say now is the time for participants to prepare for race day. 

Geneva Hampton is the marathon’s executive director. She says informational meetings over the next few weeks will ensure people are ready for training programs.

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11:05 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker: No Updates About Legislative Office

A Democratic state senator who was fined and reprimanded by an Arkansas ethics panel says he doesn't have any updates about his intentions at the Legislature.

Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he resigned from his position with St. Bernards Healthcare on Monday because he felt it was best for both him and the hospital.

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