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6:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Arkansas Crime Victims Awarded Nearly $277,000 In October

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' attorney general says the state Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $276,956 to victims of crime in October.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Monday that awards were made in 204 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 19 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime may be eligible for compensation from the state's Crime Victim Reparation Program for unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and funeral costs. Compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services.

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5:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Review Report On Prison Overcrowding

Arkansas lawmakers are considering how to address prison overcrowding in the state. A legislative committee met Monday to discuss a report which proposes the construction of a 1,000 bed maximum-security prison funded by a 30-year, $231 million “wrap around” bond issue paid for with a $2 increase on car tags.  

 

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2:45 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Governor-Elect Asa Hutchinson Names Budget Director

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says a key legislative leader will be his budget director after he takes office next year.

Hutchinson on Monday named Republican state Rep. Duncan Baird of Lowell to serve as his budget director. Baird is currently the co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee and ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for state treasurer in May.

Hutchinson also said campaign spokesman J.R. Davis would serve as his communications director and campaign manager Jon Gilmore would be his deputy chief of staff.

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5:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Reactions To President's Immigration Order Mixed In Arkansas

While Arkansas's congressional delegation has expressed a disliking for President Obama's executive order to expand legal rights to unauthorized immigrants, some state groups who've advocated for reform are viewing the order with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Mireya Reith, director of Arkansas United Community Coalition, calls the order a long-awaited “first step forward.”

“For us, more than anything, this is a reaffirmation of family values which we hold dear in our state of Arkansas and an opportunity to really keep families together,” she says.

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3:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thousands In Arkansas To Benefit From Obama Immigration Order

At least 14,000 Arkansas immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from being deported.

The estimate from the immigrant-advocacy group Arkansas United Community Coalition came a day after Obama announced the sweeping immigration action - which was panned by Arkansas politicians but hailed by human rights activists.

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1:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Poyen Teacher Is Named 2015 Arkansas Teacher Of The Year

Arkansas Teacher of the Year Ouida Newton

Ouida Newton, a math teacher at Poyen High School, has been named the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made Friday during a surprise notification event in Poyen in Grant County.

Newton currently teaches math for grades seven through 12 at the high school. During her 34-year career, she has taught math, Algebra I and II, sixth-grade science, pre-algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, trigonometry, transition to college math and physics.

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12:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level Since 2008

Arkansas’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly six years sitting at six percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Workforce Services. At this point last year the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.

Michael Pakko, an economist with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said the latest report is another encouraging sign of growth.

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11:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Attorney General Warns Residents To Use Caution Shopping Online

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning residents to use caution when they go online to shop for gifts this holiday season.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert this week ahead of the Dec. 1 "Cyber Monday," when tens of millions of Americans shop online.

To stay safe, McDaniel says consumers should make sure to shop websites of reputable retailers and avoid giving sensitive financial information like a credit card number unless it's appropriate - such as on an order form.

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11:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Arkansas Plans Highway Lane Closures Over Busy Thanksgiving Travel Season

Arkansas drivers will encounter 28 miles of lane closings on major highways over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The  Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that four major highways will have construction-related lane closures: Interstates 40, 430 and 530, plus U.S. 67.

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11:28 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Governor Beebe Sets April Special Election For State Senate Seat

Former state Sen. Michael Lamoureux

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has set a special election for April 14 to fill the vacant state Senate seat that had been held by the incoming governor's new chief of staff.

Beebe on Friday called for a special election to fill the District 16 seat held by former Senate President Michael Lamoureux, a Republican. Lamoureux resigned to work as Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff.

Primary elections for the seat will be held Jan. 13, with runoffs set for Feb. 10 if required. Candidates can file to run between noon Monday and 5 p.m. on Dec. 1.

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