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7:28 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock

North Little Rock Police Department car.
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Police have identified a North Little Rock man found shot to death Sunday morning. North Little Rock Police say 28-year-old Michael Cook was found dead shortly after midnight.

Police responded to a report of gunshots and found Cook lying in the middle of the street with a single visible gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Cook was not carrying identification. Police canvassed the neighborhood and ran his fingerprints to try to identify him. They eventually asked the public for help. Police named Cook Sunday night.

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4:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Protesters Dispute Possible Immigration Reform Outside Mexican Consulate

Eddie Hard protests outside the Mexican Consulate for more restrictive immigration laws.
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About 15 protesters met in the parking lot outside the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock on Friday to rally for stricter immigration laws in Arkansas and protest the increase of migrant children from Central America crossing the United States border with Mexico.

Kenny Wallis of Keep Arkansas Legal said he hopes the state will pass a self-deportation law like the one in Alabama, which would allow law enforcement officers to stop individuals they believe are undocumented.

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4:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends

Arkansas Education Association Director of Pubic Affairs Corey Biggs
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Advocates of increasing technology use in education are continuing to push for opening up the state’s broadband network to K-12 public schools.

The Arkansas Research Education Optical Network, or ARE-ON, is a network for universities and research institutions that has superior bandwidth capacity compared to commercial internet. Advocates argue it would provide cheaper service too, particularly to rural school districts. 42 states have similar public networks but a 2011 law made Arkansas the only state prohibiting public school access.

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2:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Republicans Tout Anti-Tax Message; Romney And Christie To Visit Next Month

Arkansas Republicans are touting a tax-cutting, anti-regulation message and expressing confidence they'll complete a takeover of the state's top offices as they meet for their annual convention.

The GOP's nominees for statewide and congressional office told delegates gathered for the convention Saturday the GOP was well-positioned to continue its gains in what had once been a Democratic stronghold in the otherwise solidly Republican south.

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1:57 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Jury Finds Bulls Shoals Police Chief Not Guilty On Two Counts

A jury has found Bull Shoals police chief not guilty on two counts and a mistrial was ordered on a third count.

The Baxter Bulletin reports the jury reached the verdict in the case of Daniel Sutterfield late Friday evening.

Sutterfield was found not guilty on charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report. A mistrial was declared on the count of use of excessive force.

The charges were related to the July 2013 arrest of Nicholas Dore on suspicion of domestic abuse.

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5:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Measure Given More Time For Signatures

Supporters of a plan to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage have been given 30 more days to circulate petitions and collect signatures after falling shy of the signatures needed to put their proposal on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Friday told the Give Arkansas a Raise Now campaign that it had fallen short of the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed to qualify the proposed initiated act for the November ballot.

Martin's office said that more than 3,000 of the 64,135 signatures submitted by the group had been tossed out.

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12:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

More Time Given To Collect Signatures For Alcohol Ballot Measure

Supporters of a proposal to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas are being given 30 more days to gather signatures after falling short in their effort to win a spot on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said Friday that the group behind the proposed constitutional amendment needs an additional 17,133 signatures from registered voters to be approved for the ballot.

Proposed constitutional amendments need at least 78,133 signatures to go before voters.

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11:29 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.2 Percent, Lowest In 5 Years

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent.

According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008. The agency says four industry sectors posted job losses in June, with the biggest drop coming in state and local government.

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8:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

North Arkansas Police Chief On Trial For Excessive Force

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 The trial against the Bull Shoals police chief who's accused of using excessive force against a suspect is expected to end this week. Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest.

He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.

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6:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Garbage Dumped in Jonesboro Historic Black Cemetery

Arkansas police are looking for whoever used a historic black cemetery as a garbage dump.

The Jonesboro Sun reports someone left trash at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery. Discarded items include two mattresses, a sound system speaker box and new clothes.

Jonesboro Parks Director Wixson Huffstetler contacted police when he discovered the trash early Wednesday morning. He says the cleanup was ongoing Thursday.

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