2014 Governor Race
3:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

State Rep. Debra Hobbs Running For Arkansas Governor

State Rep. Debra Hobbs (R-Rogers) says she'll run for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2014 and begin her campaign in June.

Rep. Debra Hobbs says she's seeking the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor next year.

The third-term lawmaker from Rogers on Monday said she'll formally launch her bid for the state's top office after June 17, but said she's already decided to run. Hobbs is the third Republican to announce a bid for governor next year.

Hobbs has served in the state House since 2009 and hasn't faced a primary or general election opponent for her seat. Hobbs said she hoped to initially raise at least $500,000 for her bid.

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Bicyclist Death
3:37 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Danville Bicyclist Dies In Collision

Credit Steven Vance / Flickr

Arkansas State Police say a 64-year-old man was struck and killed while riding his bicycle on a state highway in Yell County.

State police say the collision happened Sunday night on Arkansas 27 in Danville. A preliminary report says Bobby Wayne Gist was riding his bike northbound when he was struck from behind by a man driving a pickup truck.

Police say the driver told authorities he did not see Gist on the bicycle. The driver was not injured in the collision.

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UA Tuition
3:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

UA Board Of Trustees To Vote On Tuition Increases

North Tower of Old Main on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville.
Credit Clinton Steeds /

A University of Arkansas Board of Trustees committee is meeting this week to review proposed tuition and fee increases at its campuses across the state.

The Fiscal Affairs Committee meeting begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Little Rock.

Institutions that have proposed tuition and fee increases exceeding 3.5 percent have been asked to appear. They include the University of Arkansas-Little Rock; UA-Fort Smith; UA-Monticello; and UA-Pine Bluff. The proposed increases range from 4.9 percent at UALR and UAPB and 5.4 percent at UAM to 10 percent at UAFS.

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Guns and Higher Ed
3:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

2-Year School In Forrest City Opts Out Of Gun Law

Another Arkansas college has opted out of a new state law that allows faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on campus.

East Arkansas Community College's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the law, passed this year by the Legislature. The Times-Herald reports that the board decided that hiring extra armed security officers would be a better option for the two-year school in Forrest City.

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History & Culture In Helena-West Helena
7:04 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Two

The Delta Cultural Center on Cherry Street in downtown Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Helena-West Helena is part of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. According to U.S. Census data, the county’s population decreased over 17 percent in the last ten years, which means by some estimates the population is less than half of what it was in the 1950s. However, new community-led efforts in Helena-West Helena seek to make the area’s history and culture a catalyst for investment and growth.

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Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Next Step Is Signatures For Arkansas Steel Plant

The $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill that's planned for Osceola could be under construction later this year, but a number of things have to happen before dirt can be turned for the superproject. 

The plant is awaiting rulings from two state regulators and it still must get signatures from financial backers and state officials before work can start.

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Public Meeting
4:15 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Tire Waste Permitting Procedures To Be Discussed At Meeting

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a public meeting on the permitting process for entities dealing waste tires in the state.

On Wednesday, representatives from regional governments, businesses and individuals are expected to attend and discuss the two types of permits: one for collection centers and one for waste tire processors.

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Local & Regional News
5:45 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Rahm Emanuel Speaks to Clinton School Graduates

Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke as commencement speaker to the 34 student graduating class from the University of Arkansas - Clinton School of Public Service. Emanuel is most noted for his time as White House Chief of Staff to Barack Obama and as a senior advisor to President Clinton.

Emanuel opened his remarks by saying, "Let's be honest, it was a bit of a culture shock when I came down here to the people of Little Rock. They sent a Jewish kid from Chicago who danced ballet to a place where everyone loved razorback hogs."

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Local & Regional News
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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