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6:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas Dems Vying For Governor Both Tout Education

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter told reporters Friday that his opponent for the Democratic nomination for Governor, former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross is switching his position on federal health care overhaul after Ross praised the private option of Medicaid expansion approved by the Arkansas legislature.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Both Democratic Candidates for Governor in Arkansas say the private option of Medicaid expansion was the best deal available to the state but disagree on the bulk of the federal health care overhaul.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross spoke to members of the Delta Grass Roots Caucus Friday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
3:32 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Clintons Attend Little Rock Airport Ceremony

Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have returned to  Arkansas for a dedication ceremony at the Little Rock airport that now bears their names.  

The Clintons spoke Friday and recalled their first experiences with the airport that now serves about 2.2 million passengers annually.  

The former president said he first flew out of the Little Rock airport when he was in college and says that thanks to the airport, they've always been able to find their ways back home.  

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Local & Regional News
3:26 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas AG Seeks Executions For 7 Felons

Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state's governor to set execution dates for seven death row inmates.  

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sent seven letters to Gov. Mike Beebe late Thursday requesting that execution dates be set for Don Davis, Stacey Johnson, Jack Jones, Jason McGehee, Bruce Ward, Kenneth Williams and Marcel Williams.  

The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters on Friday.  

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Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta To Celebrate Latino Culture

The Clinton Presidential Center Park will be the site of the 15th  annual Cinco De May Fiesta Saturday, celebrating Latino culture with activities planned to attract residents from around the state.

Michel Leiderman, an organizer for the event, says in addition to appearances by local and state officials, attendees can look forward to many different activites.

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Weather
11:05 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Historic May Snowfall in Northwest Arkansas

Razorback statue decked in snow the morning of Friday, May 3, 2013, in Madison County, Arkansas. It's the first recorded May snow in Arkansas.
Credit U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Darrin Henderson

The first recorded snowfall in Arkansas in the month of May has covered the ground in at least five counties.

Snow began falling in the overnight hours in the northwestern portion of the state.

It's still possible central Arkansas could see some light snowfall or a mix on Saturday.

The latest accumulating snow for Little Rock on record is 0.8 inch on March 30, 1987.

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Local & Regional News
12:02 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Groups Focus On Pryor With Ads, Visit On Gun Legislation

Credit pryor.senate.gov

As one of five Democrats who opposed expanding background checks for firearm sales, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas is facing pressure from gun control groups who are urging him to rethink a position they suggest could haunt him during his re-election bid next year.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday brought the father of a student killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting last year to Arkansas in the hopes of arranging a meeting with the two-term senator.

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Local & Regional News
11:53 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Top Political Leaders Debate Best Ways To Help The Delta

Former President Bill Clinton speaking to the Delta Grassroots Caucus Thursday night in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Many of the state’s top political leaders – and those aspiring for office – are taking part in a conference considering the best ways to revive the poverty-stricken Delta region.

The two-day Delta Grassroots Caucus started Thursday night with participants hearing from the Republican candidates for Arkansas governor, a freshman congressman and former President Bill Clinton.

“For the first time, literally in a generation, the larger demographic and other forces that are working on the world will help the Delta region,” Clinton said.

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Local & Regional News
7:44 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Arkansas AG Sues Greenbrier Used Car Dealer

The Arkansas attorney general's office is suing a Faulkner County used car dealer, claiming the business sold vehicles to which it didn't have clear title.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Thursday sued Carco of Arkansas Inc. of Greenbrier, which the office says is owned by J. Eric Turner.

The lawsuit claims that Carco sold cars when it had not fully paid for the vehicles and thus did not have the titles. The cars were acquired from auctions and other dealers.

Local & Regional News
7:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Suicide Rate Up For Middle-Aged Arkansans

A government report says the rate of suicide among middle-aged Arkansans rose by more than 50 percent percent from 1999 to 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday that there were 144 suicides among the 35-64 age group in 1999 for a rate of 14.8 suicides per 100,000 population. The report says there were 245 suicides in that age group in 2010 for a rate of 22.8 per 100,000 and an increase of 54.2 percent over the decade.

The CDC report is based on death certificates and says people ages 35 to 64 account for about 57 percent of suicides.

Cultural Event
4:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program

Credit toadsuck.org

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

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