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4:00 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Little Rock Included In National Train Day

People lined up Saturday to tour an Amtrak train on display outside Little Rock's Union Station.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

National Train Day was expanded this year to include Little Rock, with an event Saturday at the city's Union Station.

Families lined up on the platform to tour an Amtrak train that was on display. 

Jerry Driscoll and his family from Beebe had never been onboard an Amtrak train, only riding short tourist lines in recent years, and decided to see what cross country rail travel could be like.

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Local & Regional News
3:40 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Ex-UCA Administrator Wants Felony Trial Moved

Jack Gillean

Former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff Jack Gillean wants his felony trial moved out of  Faulkner County.  

Gillean is charged with felony commercial burglary for allegedly giving keys to a UCA student who stole tests from professors' offices. Gillean has denied the allegation.  

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that defense attorneys for Gillean took their change of venue request to Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles Clawson Jr. on Friday.

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Infant Death
5:25 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Pine Bluff Man Charged In Death Of 2-Month-Old Son

A Pine Bluff man has been charged with first-degree murder in the suffocation death of his 2-month-old son.

KATV reports that Ivory Jones appeared in court Friday where his bond was set at $250,000 for the death of Corey Jones.

Authorities say Corey died of suffocation. Ivory Jones said the child was smothered by the family dog.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a 4-year-old in the same home has been taken into state custody.

Medicaid Audit
5:22 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Arkansas Audit Questions $1.3M In Medicaid Payments

A federal judge says a group that wants to help defend Arkansas' law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can't participate in a hearing over an effort to block the restriction.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Friday ruled that Concepts of Truth can't participate in the May 17 hearing over the abortion ban. The Wynne-based anti-abortion counseling group has asked to intervene in the lawsuit.

Wright agreed with opponents of the law that the group shouldn't participate since it asked to intervene nearly two weeks after the hearing was ordered.

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High Achieving Grad
5:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

18-year-old To Graduate UA With Triple Major

Raymond Walter will bring home a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Arkansas this weekend with a triple major in mathematics, physics and economics - and he's only 18.

Walter graduated from Mountain Home High School when he was 14. He and his father, Hal, relocated to Fayetteville so Raymond could begin coursework at UA.

Hal serves as Raymond's caregiver because Raymond has a severe form of muscular dystrophy that requires him to use a motorized wheelchair.

Arkansas Abortion Laws
5:15 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Judge Excludes Group From Hearing On Abortion Ban

A federal judge says a group that wants to help defend Arkansas' law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can't participate in a hearing over an effort to block the restriction.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Friday ruled that Concepts of Truth can't participate in the May 17 hearing over the abortion ban. The Wynne-based anti-abortion counseling group has asked to intervene in the lawsuit.

Wright agreed with opponents of the law that the group shouldn't participate since it asked to intervene nearly two weeks after the hearing was ordered.

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Pre-K Program
4:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report: Pre-K Program Shrinks Academic Gap

Cute Pre-K students wanting to be in a picture
Kezia Nanda

The Arkansas Department of Education and the state Department of Human Services are working together to fund a Pre-K program for less fortunate children.

As KUAR’s Kezia Nanda reports, officials said research shows that since the program started, the education gap between economically-disadvantaged and affluent children has shrunk.

The event was held at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock, which hosts one of the Pre-K programs supported by a state-funded program for economically-disadvantaged students, called the Arkansas Better Chance or ABC.

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Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Arkansas Group Raises Awareness About The Needs Of Incarcerated Moms

Arkansas Department of Community Correction Women's Choir sings at the State Capitol for the 19th Annual Mothers in Prison, Children in Crisis Event.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Advocates for families affected by incarceration took part in an event at the Capitol Friday. Dee Ann Newell runs Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, a nonprofit that raises awareness about the growing numbers of incarcerated mothers and the issues that affect their children.

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Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Arkansas Nuclear Plant Death Still Under Investigation

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they don't yet know why a crane collapsed at Arkansas Nuclear One, killing a worker.  

Wade Walters died March 31 after a 525-ton piece of equipment fell on top of him. Eight others were injured.  

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a meeting Thursday in Russellville to discuss the results of an inspection it conducted after the fatal accident.

Commission branch chief Geoffrey Miller says the crane should have been able to handle the weight and that investigators still don't know why it failed.  

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Shorter College
6:38 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Shorter College In North Little Rock Gets First Official Graduate In 15 Years

One of the main buildings on the campus of Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Over the next few weeks, colleges and universities across Arkansas will host Commencement ceremonies to celebrate the academic achievements of graduates. This Saturday, one private two-year college in North Little Rock will have its first official graduate in nearly 15 years.

Wilhelm Cedric Hawkins has a long history with Shorter College.

“My grandmother went to school here, my mother went to school here, and also my father so I figure that I could follow the family tradition,” said Hawkins, as he walks through halls of the main building on campus.

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