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6:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Doctors: Keep Group Out Of Arkansas Abortion Case

Opponents of an Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say a counseling group shouldn't be allowed to help defend the new restriction in federal court. 

Two doctors who are suing the state over the 12-week ban asked a federal judge Tuesday to deny Concepts of Truth's request to intervene in the lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state on behalf of the abortion providers.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve $16.5M For Exchange

Arkansas lawmakers have approved spending nearly $16.5 million in federal funds to move the state closer toward setting up an insurance marketplace under the health care law. 

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Tuesday approved spending the grants for setting up the insurance exchange, which will be run as a partnership between the state and the federal government. 

The state has received more than $43 million total from the federal government for the exchange.

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Religion
6:28 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Sikh Temple Opens in Rogers, One Planned for Little Rock

A new Sikh Temple has opened in Rogers, Arkansas. One is also in the planning stages in Little Rock.

The temple in Rogers is the second in the state, serving a growing Sikh community in Northwest Arkansas.

Jacqueline Froelich with content partner KUAF in Fayetteville visited the temple in Rogers and filed this report providing us a glimpse into their religious tradition.

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Arkansas Water Plan Meetings
3:57 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Arkansas Water Plan Meetings Set For June

Credit Arkansas Water Plan

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is scheduling a series of public meetings throughout the month of June that will allow Arkansans to ask questions and make comments on updating the Arkansas Water Plan.

Edward Swaim with the Commission says the plan is about identifying what the state's water resources are, what the water needs are, and where programs or policies need to be implemented to best manage water resources.

Swaim says this is the second of four rounds of public meetings.

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Local & Regional News
1:57 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Little Rock Student Goes to National Spelling Bee

7th Grader Chythanya Murali
Credit www.spellingbee.com

A seventh grader from LISA Academy in Little Rock is the sole contestant from Arkansas in the National Spelling Bee taking place this week. Chythanya Murali is competing in the nation's most prominent spelling stage, covered by ESPN. Murali's coach and LISA Academy's High School assistant principal Judith Knieling says Murali's natural curiosity enables her to succeed.

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Local & Regional News
11:58 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Arkansas Home Sales On The Rise In April

New findings out this week show home sales are on the rise throughout Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas Realtors Association say there was a 16 percent increase in the number of homes sold in the state in April, when compared to the same month a year ago.

Additionally, the average price of homes sold in April 2013 increased by over three percent. 

After surveying 43 counties, the Association discovered the average price of homes sold increased from $153,591 in April 2012 to $158,887 in April 2013.

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Local & Regional News
11:32 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Arkansas Foodies Get Free Meals On National Burger Day

Burgers

With Memorial Day over, many Arkansans have put their grills away. However, two Back Yard Burger restaurants in central Arkansas are offering a special meal deal to customers Tuesday in honor of National Burger Day.

Elyse Hammett works with the Back Yard Burger chain in Arkansas. She says Burger Day began in Michigan in the 1930s and later became an annual event enjoyed by foodies nationwide.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Alamo Transferred To Federal Facility In Oklahoma

Tony Alamo

Officials say jailed evangelist Tony Alamo has been moved from a federal prison in Marion, Ill., to a Bureau of Prisons Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City. 

Alamo is serving a 175-year sentence after he was convicted in Arkansas for taking minor girls across state lines for sex. 

The Texarkana Gazette reports Alamo has been housed in several prisons since his 2009 sentencing.

According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, investigators allege that Alamo is still controlling his ministry from behind bars.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Springdale Leads Growth In Latest Census Estimates

New U.S. Census estimates show that more than half of Arkansas' cities and towns saw population drops over the past 10 years - even as the state's overall population grew by 9 percent. 

Recent population estimates show that 308 cities and towns in Arkansas had population declines between 2002 and 2012. The largest drop was in Pine Bluff, where the population decreased by more than 6,800 over the 10-year period. Springdale led the 194 cities that gained in population.

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Books News
12:10 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Author And Humorist David Sedaris Comes To Little Rock

Credit David Sedaris Books

Comedian, author, and frequent public radio contributor, David Sedaris, will be in Little Rock on Tuesday for his spring book tour.  

We called him up to find out more about what he likes to read, his typical day, and his latest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Some interesting tidbits interview: 

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