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1:43 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Arkansas Minimum Wage Proposal Meets Initial Signature Count

A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.

Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were submitted for the proposed initiated act backed by Give Arkansas a Raise Now. The group needs 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

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11:04 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Nutrition Center At Arkansas Children's Hospital To Get New Director

Arkansas Children's Hospital
Credit Wikipedia

The Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital will have a new director for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The hospital says Sean Adams will serve as the center's director beginning in October. He'll also be professor and chief of the Division of Developmental Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Adams is now an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, and is a research leader with the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center.

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10:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Arkansas Lottery Revenue Continues To Drop

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and net proceeds have dropped for the second straight year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports this year's revenue slipped by $29.5 million to $411 million. The amount raised for college scholarships declined by almost $9 million. The lottery projects net proceeds will continue to drop.

Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said Tuesday the revenue dip can be attributed to drops in sales of scratch-off and Powerball tickets.

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10:51 am
Wed July 16, 2014

$450 Million Project To Replace I-30 Bridge Over Arkansas River Halted

The Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River at Little Rock.
Credit KARK-TV 4

A $450 million bridge building project in Little Rock has been halted by the Federal Highway Administration.

The agency wants engineers to explore other ways to ease congestion on the Interstate 30 corridor near the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports it may take six to nine months for officials to decide whether to replace or rehabilitate and modify the existing bridge.

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9:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Bull Shoals Police Chief On Trial For Excessive Force

A trial has begun for the chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, who is accused of using excessive force against a suspect.

The Baxter Bulletin reports prosecutors allege Daniel Sutterfield kicked and beat a domestic abuse suspect with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace.

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6:48 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Arkansas GOP's Attorney General Nominee Speaking At Governor's Mansion

Republican Attorney General nominee Leslie Rutledge is scheduled to talk about her candidacy to members of the Political Animals Club. Rutledge is to speak to the group Wednesday at a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Little Rock.

She's a former attorney for former Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee who won the GOP nomination for the post in a runoff election in June. Rutledge is running against Democratic nominee and state Rep. Nate Steel, who won his party's nomination without opposition in the May primary.

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2:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Man Charged With Capital Murder Fit To Stand Trial

Darrell Dennis
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A lawyer says a man charged with capital murder in Arkansas has been declared fit for trial after a mental evaluation.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a lawyer for Darrell Dennis says his client can stand trial. He adds Dennis won't challenge the finding.

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12:26 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock

David Pryor (right) watches Patrick Hays (left) address supporters in a North Little Rock coffee shop.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A familiar face in Arkansas politics – former Governor and Senator David Pryor – is out on the campaign trail in support of his son Senator Mark Pryor’s reelection bid against Republican Tom Cotton.

At a campaign event in a North Little Rock coffee shop Tuesday morning the elder Pryor argued the influence of special interest money is unparalleled compared to when he held office.

“We’d never heard of some of these very, very influential wealthy, wealthy interest groups that try to implant their own philosophy in legislation. They did not exist at that time,” said Pryor.

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11:33 am
Tue July 15, 2014

More Clinton White House Records To Be Released Through LR Library

The National Archives says it plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on Friday, part of a months-long disbursement of White House records.

About 20,000 pages of records from Clinton's two terms have been released since February. The papers are being closely monitored by media organizations and historians as former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton considers a second presidential campaign.

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10:47 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Lawyers Say Man Sentenced To Death Is Mentally Ill

Mug shot of Frank Williams Jr.
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

Lawyers for a man who was sentenced to death for an Arkansas murder more than 20 years ago argue their client has a mental disability.

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