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5:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hillary Clinton To Attend Arkansas Library Dedication

Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to Little Rock as the city dedicates a children's library named after the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential contender.

The Central Arkansas Library System on Wednesday said Clinton will be on hand for the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The library's board voted last week to name the library for Clinton, in honor of her work on issues regarding children's health and education as Arkansas' first lady.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Charges Possible For Arkansas Driver Who Hit Cyclists

 Prosecutors are considering filing charges against a 21-year-old driver who struck and injured a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Prosecutor John Bell said Wednesday that authorities are investigating why the driver crashed into a group of 13 cyclists on Tuesday afternoon near McCrory, Ark., about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
2:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Delay in Employer Health Care Mandate Gives Business More Time

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford
Credit insurance.arkansas.gov

The decision by the federal government to give a one-year delay before larger businesses will be required to provide health insurance means that Arkansas employees without coverage will instead receive federal subsidies to buy one of several private insurance plans in newly-formed exchanges.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says he believes the delay is a prudent step ensuring businesses have adequate time to understand regulations and implement changes.

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Local & Regional News
1:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Arkansas Police Investigate Police Shooting Of Suspect

Arkansas State Police say a Rockport police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect in a Walmart store parking lot.

Troopers identified the dead man as 34-year-old Brandon Rennie Turner of Donaldson.

Officers were searching for a certain pickup truck Wednesday after a robbery at the Wishbone store near Bismarck.

A Rockport officer spotted the vehicle, which pulled over at a Walmart store.

After ordering the driver to step from the truck, the officer said he heard a gunshot and returned fire.

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Local & Regional News
1:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Fort Smith Man Pleads Innocent In Machete Deaths

A judge has entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of a Fort Smith man accused of killing two men with a machete.

George Kinsey is charged with capital murder in the June 26 attack that killed 39-year-old Brandon Prince and 32-year-old Nathan Young.

Fort Smith television station KHBS reports that a judge on Wednesday ordered that Kinsey be appointed a public defender, though it wasn't immediately clear if one had been assigned.

Authorities say the victims were outside a house on North D Street when Kinsey walked by and exchanged words with the men.

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Local & Regional News
1:26 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Five Still Hospitalized After Car Hits Bicyclists

A Massachusetts-based summer camp program says one person remains in critical condition after a car crashed into a group of bicyclists on a cross-country trip.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon near McCrory, about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Arkansas State Police say a car driving north on Arkansas 17 crashed into a group of 13 bicyclists also traveling north.

The cross-country trip was organized by Overland Summer Camps, which provides summer programs for kids age 10 to 19.

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University Education
6:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Students At UALR React To Loan Interest Rate Hike

UALR Students
Credit UALR Facebook page

After interest rates on new Stafford student loans for low income applicants doubled this week, many wonder if Congress will be able to arrive at a solution to keep rates low. On the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, some students reacted to news of the rate hike.

“It’s sort of the sacrifice you make if you’re going to do years of education. You know, there’s those years of income you don’t get a lot of times and so you [ask yourself] which one is going to put you further,” said H.L. Moody, who has been going to college off and on for the past ten years.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
12:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Mayflower Residents Express Concerns About Long-Term Health Risks From Oil Spill

A marker notes where ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline runs, as KUAR's Jacob Kauffman speaks with resident Linda Lynch.
Credit Maggie Carroll/ KUAR News

Many residents in Mayflower who live near where an oil pipeline ruptured three months ago are expressing growing frustration with ExxonMobil, along with state and federal officials.

They did not live in the neighborhood where many were evacuated after the oil spill and fear they could suffer long-term health consequences from exposure to the fumes.

Walking through her yard recently, Linda Lynch pointed to where the Pegasus pipeline is buried beneath she and her neighbor's yards and to where crews worked in the months after the March 29 spill.

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Local & Regional News
7:48 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Lawsuit Filed To Overturn Arkansas' Gay Marriage Ban

A lawsuit has been filed in state court seeking to repeal Arkansas' ban on gay marriage.

A group of 11 same-sex couples on Tuesday asked a Pulaski County judge to overturn the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2004 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The amendment also bars the state from recognizing same-sex unions from other states.

The lawsuit was filed less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings supporting same-sex couples.

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Local & Regional News
7:47 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Former Arkansas Treasurer Seeks Delay In Bribery Trial

Martha Shoffner as she left federal court after an initial appearance on June 27.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to delay her trial over charges she steered state investments to a bond broker who paid her more than $36,000 in cash.

Shoffner on Tuesday asked for a continuance in her trial, which had been scheduled to begin July 29.

Shoffner's attorney said in a one-page filing that more time was needed to prepare for trial.

Shoffner was indicted June 5 on 14 federal counts of extortion and bribery charges.

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