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5:08 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Brooks Robinson Returning to Oldest Ballpark in the State

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The oldest still in use baseball park in Arkansas, Lamar Porter Field, is the subject of major renovation and fundraising plans this summer.

The field, located in the heart of Stifft Station in Little Rock, is celebrating it's 77th year of use with its most famous player Brooks Robinson next month. Robinson spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles from 1955 to 1977.

Holt McConnell, a member of the Lamar Porter Revitalization Committee, recalled the legacy of the Hall of Famer.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Two More In Custody In Arkansas Drug Case Tied To Cartel

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer announces arrests of drug cartel members at a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR

Federal prosecutors in Arkansas say two more men are in custody after they were indicted in a cocaine conspiracy case linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

Spokeswoman Cherith Beck for the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Arkansas says U.S.

Marshals arrested Mervin Johnson in Little Rock on Wednesday. Beck says Dwatney Noid turned himself in on Wednesday, the day after an indictment charging them and 14 others was unsealed.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Arkansas Correction Agency Loses Drug Company Account

The Arkansas Department of Correction says a pharmaceutical company has closed its account after the state last month acknowledged plans to use its anti-seizure drug phenobarbital in executions.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press that West-Ward Pharmaceuticals officials notified the agency Wednesday that the company was closing the prison system's account.

The agency said last month that it would use phenobarbital in executions, even though the barbiturate has never been used in U.S. lethal injections.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Wed May 15, 2013

ASU Warns Halter: Stop Using 'Arkansas Promise'

Arkansas State University is warning Bill Halter that it owns the trademark to the "Arkansas Promise  Scholarship" and says the Democrat needs to stop using a similar phrase in his campaign for governor.

One of Halter's policy proposals is called the "Arkansas Promise."

The program would pay college tuition for Arkansas high school graduates who maintain a 2.5 grade point average, attend school in state and qualify for the state's lottery scholarship.  

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Bomb Threat
7:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Twitter Bomb Threat Turned Up Fake

A bomb threat made via twitter to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock Tuesday didn’t disrupt activities.

Captain Edwin Wolf of the Little Rock Fire Department says a search of the building didn’t turn up any explosives.

He says bomb threats for the presidential library are rare.

"We get this occasionally for schools, high schools, things like that, but not for the Clinton Library, it's not very common," Wolf said.

Central Arkansas Library System Events
7:43 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

'Big Library Read' To Showcase E-Book Benefits

Credit Central Arkansas Library System / cals.lib.ar.us

The Central Arkansas Library System is set to take part in a worldwide event beginning Wednesday called the “Big Library Read.”

It’s a giant book club of sorts where participants all simultaneously check out the same book via e-readers.

Carol Coffey with CALS said it’s a pilot program to promote libraries e-book offerings.

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Education Policy
7:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Changes Coming For Arkansas Charter School Approval, School Choice

Credit Arkansas Department of Education / arkansased.org

The Arkansas General Assembly this session enacted legislation on both public charter school authorization and inter-public school transfers. Phyllis Stewart, Arkansas Department of Education Chief of Staff, explains how both measures will work to expand school choice options.

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News About Public Radio
6:42 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

KUAR Wins Seven Awards In Arkansas SPJ Contest

KUAR staff members pose with their awards. From left to right, Nathan Vandiver, Karen Tricot-Steward, Michael Hibblen, Chris Hickey (holding Malcolm Glover's award) and Ann Nicholson.
Credit Doug Steward

KUAR won seven awards for its news and arts coverage at the 2013 Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists contest.

During an awards banquet Monday evening, the station learned four were first place winners, two won second place and one was a third place winner.

SPJ is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the U.S. Part of its mission is to encourage high standards and ethical behavior in journalism, while promoting and supporting diversity in the industry.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

16 Defendants Charged In A Drug Trafficking Operation

Attorney General Chris Thyer announces arrests of drug cartel members at a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday  that 16 people have been charged with conspiring to distribute hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout Arkansas. 

Idalia Ramos Rangel, better known as “Big Momma” or “La Tia”, is the highest ranking member indicted of leading the drug trafficking organization.

The Gulf Cartel is based out of Matamoros, Mexico but works in several U.S. areas, including inmates who were serving time in the federal prison in Forrest City.  

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State Parks System
5:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Newest Arkansas State Park Moving Into New Phases

The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.

Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.

The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.

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