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3:46 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arkansas AG Approves Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour by 2017.

The proposal by the group Give Arkansas a Raise Now got the nod Friday and can begin gathering voter signatures. Organizers want to get the measure on the November ballot.

The initiated act would raise the current minimum wage of $6.25 per hour to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015.

One year later, it would go up 50 cents to $8 per hour and would top out on Jan. 1, 2017, at $8.50 per hour.

Local & Regional News
11:06 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Report: Arkansas Revenue Up In December, Above Forecast

Arkansas finance officials say an early deposit from securities fees kept the state's revenue above forecast and ahead of expectations in December.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration on Friday said the state's net available general revenue totaled $472.1 million in December. That's $15.6 million above last year and $2.8 million above forecast.

The state's net revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 totals $2.5 billion, which is $85.2 million ahead of last year and $32.2 million above forecast.

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10:59 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Feds End Blueway Program, Which Sparked Controversy In Arkansas

The White River near Flippin, Arkansas.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The National Blueways System is being dissolved amid opposition from property owners and lawmakers who feared the conservation recognition program would lead to increased regulation and land seizures. U.S.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday that the Connecticut River Blueway would retain its designation as a National Blueway, but that there would be no such further designations.

Jewell's statement about the decision was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its wider release.

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Local & Regional News
8:38 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Legal Center Challenges Baxter County Nativity Scene

A Washington, D.C.-based legal center is telling the Baxter County officials to remove a nativity scene from the courthouse lawn or face a lawsuit.

A letter from Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller says the display is "a monument to Christianity" and an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The letter to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass, Mountain Home Mayor David Osmon and Mountain Home attorney Rick Spencer - who donated the display to the county - says a county resident contacted the center about the display.

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Local & Regional News
4:41 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Not Pushing Yet For Darr Removal

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving an ethics hearing last month in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas legislative leaders say they're not pushing yet to remove Lt. Gov. Mark Darr from office, as calls grow for the Republican official to step down after being cited for campaign finance and ethics violations.

Senate President Michael Lamoureux and House Speaker Davy Carter stopped short Thursday of demanding Darr's resignation after he agreed to pay $11,000 in fines for 11 violations over his campaign's spending.

The two also said it's too early to discuss the possibility of impeachment proceedings against the lieutenant governor.

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3:14 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Arkansas Food Bank Reports Record Year

Credit arkansasfoodbank.org

The Arkansas Food Bank is reporting that it distributed a record amount of food in 2013. The Food Bank’s warehouse tallied 20,915,960 pounds of food last year, about 4.5 millions pounds above 2012’s amount. Spokesman Tyler Lindsey said a group effort by all the Food Bank’s staff members led to a successful year in distributing products.

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Local & Regional News
2:55 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Light Snow Possible In Central Arkansas This Weekend

Much of Arkansas could see wintry weather over the coming weekend.

A cold front moved into the state, bringing much cooler temperatures on Wednesday. John Lewis, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, says another cold front will move through Saturday.

“It looks like there’s a little bit more moisture with this one so maybe a little bit of light rain initially, changing to maybe a little bit of light snow and we’re looking mainly at the northern half of the state late Saturday night into Sunday morning,” Lewis said.

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12:33 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Jan. 4: The Magic Flute

A scene from the abridged, English-language holiday presentation of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, January 4, 2014 from noon-2 p.m. on KLRE with a live broadcast of the company’s holiday presentation, an abridged, English-language production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

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Local & Regional News
11:37 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Arkansas Voters May Decide Minimum Wage Increase

Organizers of an effort to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas are awaiting Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s decision on their proposed ballot measure.

The group, Give Arkansas A Raise Now, wants to increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour over a three-year-period. Stephen Copley oversees the campaigns efforts. He says growing economic inequality is a serious issue.

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8:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

February Hearing Set In Alamo Property Issue

A hearing is scheduled in February regarding a properties associated with convicted evangelist Tony Alamo.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Thursday that U.S. Magistrate Barry Bryant set the hearing to consider claims by Alamo followers that they - not Alamo - own the properties that include houses in Fouke and Texarkana and a gym in Fouke.

Bryant has already ordered the auction of six properties to partially satisfy a $30 million judgment Alamo owes two men who a jury found were abused when they were children in Alamo's ministry.

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