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5:56 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Sheriff: Siblings Drown On Greers Ferry Lake

Greers Ferry Lake

Authorities say a brother and sister drowned while swimming in Greers Ferry Lake over the weekend.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Chetana Armbya was swimming with her 33-year-old brother, Narain Armbya on Saturday when the accident occurred.

The sheriff's office says Chetana Armbya was struggling in the water and her brother swam out to her to help. Authorities say both disappeared from view before they could reach their nearby pontoon.

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Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Saline County Sheriff Arrested For Intoxication

Benton police say Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington has been arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

A news release from Benton Police Lt. Kevin Russell says officers called to a Benton restaurant Saturday night by witnesses who said an intoxicated person was getting into a vehicle found Pennington sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot and suspected he was intoxicated.

The release says Pennington became belligerent and was taken to the police department - but was not arrested due to the "unique situation" and was later released to a family member.

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Local & Regional News
5:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

New Highway Tax To Take Effect In Arkansas

Arkansas's sales tax jumps by half a cent Monday with the proceeds funding state highway improvements.

Voters OK'd the temporary tax last year to help address a shortfall in highway funds. The $1.8 billion raised will be added to other revenue to provide $6 billion in road funding during the next decade.

State highway officials say Arkansas needs about $23 billion to tackle all the necessary projects. With the increase, Arkansas' new sales tax rate will be 6.5 percent.

Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Deadline Looming for Voter ID Comment

Tomorrow is the deadline for public comment regarding the new Voter ID law, according to the office of the Secretary of State.

The law, also known as Act 595, requires Arkansans to present a photo identification to election officials at the time of voting.  Despite being vetoed by Governor Mike Beebe, the law was put into effect earlier this year and has been met with controversy since its enactment.

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Not Necessarily Nashville
8:00 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist June 29, 2013

Marty Stuart- Hobo's Prayer (The Pilgrim)
Emmylou Harris- Gone (Songbird Sampler)
Bill Hearne- Lucky That Way (From Santa Fe To Las Cruces)
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell- Who You Gonna Take (Love Has Come For You)
Della Mae- Like Bones (This World Oft Can Be)
Junior Brown- I'm Headed Back To Austin Tonight (Volume Ten)
Steve Earle- After Mardi Gras (The Low Highway)
Amy Garland- Down Girl (Hang A Light)
Jimmy LaFave- Hard Travelin' (Woody Guthrie At 100)

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
8:30 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Hippies - long version

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Local & Regional News
7:15 am
Sat June 29, 2013

New Photography Exhibit At The Laman Public Library

Credit Laman Public Library

The Laman Public Library has a new photography exhibit for visitors. “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues” will be displayed until August 24th.

Dan Noble, spokesman for the library, says the exhibit features 90 photographs, some over 100 years old. He encourages people of all ages to come see them.

"It's just a great exhibit...people can just stop by on their lunch break or make a little afternoon out of it but I think the people of Arkansas would really be interested in seeing this," said Noble. 

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Local & Regional News
5:48 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

What Supreme Court's Ruling on Voting Rights Could Mean for Arkansas

U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

It struck down the law's formula for determining which states must get federal approval before changing election rules.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with John DiPippa of the law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for some analysis on what this decision means for Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:14 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bishop Welcomes News Hospital Won't Be Sold

Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock says he pleased by news that an agreement to sell Mercy Hot Springs hospital to Capella Healthcare will not take place.

Taylor said Friday that Thursday's announcement that the purchase agreement between Mercy and Capella will expire without a sale is a "welcome" decision.

Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella and Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy Health announced in September plans to merge National Park Medical Center and Mercy Hot Springs.

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Local & Regional News
5:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Summer Program Offers Enrichment For Gifted And Talented

David O. Dodd Elementary School
Credit Little Rock School District

With school out for the summer, the Little Rock School District is continuing to provide opportunities for students to learn.

One such program took place at David O. Dodd Elementary, where the district’s Summer Enrichment Program held its closing ceremony Friday.

Now completing its third year, the seven day camp utilizes critical thinking and problem solving for third through fifth graders who are proficient or advanced in math and literacy.

This year the theme focused on the study of Native Americans found in Arkansas.

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