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7:43 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

'Big Library Read' To Showcase E-Book Benefits

Credit Central Arkansas Library System / cals.lib.ar.us

The Central Arkansas Library System is set to take part in a worldwide event beginning Wednesday called the “Big Library Read.”

It’s a giant book club of sorts where participants all simultaneously check out the same book via e-readers.

Carol Coffey with CALS said it’s a pilot program to promote libraries e-book offerings.

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Education Policy
7:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Changes Coming For Arkansas Charter School Approval, School Choice

Credit Arkansas Department of Education / arkansased.org

The Arkansas General Assembly this session enacted legislation on both public charter school authorization and inter-public school transfers. Phyllis Stewart, Arkansas Department of Education Chief of Staff, explains how both measures will work to expand school choice options.

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News About Public Radio
6:42 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

KUAR Wins Seven Awards In Arkansas SPJ Contest

KUAR staff members pose with their awards. From left to right, Nathan Vandiver, Karen Tricot-Steward, Michael Hibblen, Chris Hickey (holding Malcolm Glover's award) and Ann Nicholson.
Credit Doug Steward

KUAR won seven awards for its news and arts coverage at the 2013 Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists contest.

During an awards banquet Monday evening, the station learned four were first place winners, two won second place and one was a third place winner.

SPJ is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the U.S. Part of its mission is to encourage high standards and ethical behavior in journalism, while promoting and supporting diversity in the industry.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

16 Defendants Charged In A Drug Trafficking Operation

Attorney General Chris Thyer announces arrests of drug cartel members at a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday  that 16 people have been charged with conspiring to distribute hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout Arkansas. 

Idalia Ramos Rangel, better known as “Big Momma” or “La Tia”, is the highest ranking member indicted of leading the drug trafficking organization.

The Gulf Cartel is based out of Matamoros, Mexico but works in several U.S. areas, including inmates who were serving time in the federal prison in Forrest City.  

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State Parks System
5:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Newest Arkansas State Park Moving Into New Phases

The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.

Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.

The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.

Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Minor Earthquake in New Madrid Seismic Zone

Credit www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northeast Arkansas town of Trumann at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. It's the latest in a series of seismic events occurring over the last several months near the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Scott Ausbrooks, the Geohazards Supervisor with the Arkansas Geological Survey, says that although the magnitude was not severe, even small increases in magnitude results in an exponential release of energy. Ausbrooks says,

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Mountain Snail Dropped From Endangered List

The Mount Magazine shagreen.
Credit Earthsky.org

A dime-sized snail found only on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas has become the first invertebrate to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the Magazine Mountain shagreen has been taken off the endangered list.

Wildlife service southeast region Director Cindy Dohner says the wildlife service, the US Forest Service, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission worked together to remove threats and protect the habitat of the snail.

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Local & Regional News
1:36 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

One Injured In Blast At Arkansas Gunpowder Supplier

Authorities say one person suffered severe burns after an explosion at a gunpowder supplier in western Arkansas.  

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the explosion was reported Tuesday morning at Black Powder Inc. near Clarksville.  

Chief Deputy Jerry Dorney says only one person was inside the building at the time of the blast. That person was taken by helicopter to a Little Rock hospital.  

The sheriff's office says the scene has been secured and investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding.

Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Schools Are Voting Against Allowing Firearms

Another school has decided to opt out of the state law allowing staff and faculty to carry firearms on college campuses.

Northwest Arkansas Community College’s board of trustees voted against allowing guns after reviewing student and faculty surveys.

Steven Hinds, director of public relations for the college, says students were surveyed about the issue.

"When the student government looked at the issue, deciding whether or not they were going to sign the resolution…they voted unanimously in favor of opting out of Act 226," said Hinds. 

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Local & Regional News
6:03 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Highway 549 To Open To Traffic Wednesday

Credit arkansashighways.com

Arkansas highway officials say Highway 549 in Texarkana is set to open to traffic. 

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the highway that's part of the Interstate 49 corridor will open during the day Wednesday. The corridor will connect the Gulf of Mexico to Canada with part of the roadway crossing western Arkansas.

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Highway 549 in Texarkana was held April 30th with plans to open the road last week. However, poor weather conditions in the region contributed to a delay in opening the stretch to traffic. 

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