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Local & Regional News
4:44 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Attorneys Want Gag Order In Machete Slayings Case

A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge is expected to rule next week on a request for a gag order and to seal investigative records in the case of a man charged with using a machete to kill two Fort Smith men.

The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday that a hearing is
scheduled for Tuesday.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Forum
4:40 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

White House Drug Policy Adviser Plans Arkansas Talk

The nation's drug policy adviser to the White House is to address an Arkansas forum on prescription drug abuse.

Drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske is to speak Thursday at the summit in Little Rock.
During the spring, Kerlikowske announced a change in focus to the nation's way of addressing persistent drug addiction problems.

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Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Boozman Says Student Loans Need Long Term Fix

Credit Russell Powell / AP

Senator John Boozman says both Democrats and Republicans are working together to resolve the Student Loan interest rate increase on federal Stafford loans. He says a bipartisan group consisting of two Democrats, an Independent, and three Republicans have come together to come to a long-term agreement.

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University Education
2:46 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Bowen Law School Gets New Dean

Michael Hunter Schwartz
Credit ualr.edu

A new dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law is settling into his job. Michael Hunter Schwartz was announced as the Law School’s dean this week.

Schwartz gained over 20 years of law teaching and administering experience at Western State University, Charleston School of Law and Washburn University.

He says he was first attracted to Bowen after conducting a workshop there 2 years ago. He has a few long-term plans for the school, including finding ways to reach those who find it hard to access legal services.

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Local & Regional News
1:55 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Arkansas At Risk For Wildfires

Little Rock Fire Department officials are warning area residents to be extra careful when grilling food outdoors or when using lawn equipment that can create sparks.

Drought-like conditions have made grass and forage extremely dry and ultimately put Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline, and 66 other Arkansas counties at moderate risk for wildfire danger.

Captain Edwin Wolf works with the Little Rock Fire Department.

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Local & Regional News
12:48 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Harrison Man Named To Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Governor Mike Beebe announces new Game and Fish Commissioner Ken Reeves.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

At a time when the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is working to restore public confidence after several controversies, a new member was appointed Wednesday.

Governor Mike Beebe announced that Ken Reeves, a vice-president and general counsel for FedEx Freight in Harrison, will replace outgoing commissioner Ronald Pierce of Mountain Home.

Reeves is the seventh member of the panel, which oversees hunting and fishing regulations.

He  says he wants to build on work the Game and Fish Commission has done to attract young people to outdoor recreational activities.

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News About Public Radio
7:44 am
Wed July 17, 2013

'Tales From the South' Creator Wins Governor's Arts Award

Paula Morrell

Paula Morrell, whose weekly radio show "Tales from the South" on KUAR features Arkansas storytellers and writers, has won the Folklife Award.

The award is part of the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards.

The Governor's Arts Awards were sponsored and announced by the Arkansas Arts Council and highlight outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas.

Congratulations Paula and the whole "Tales From the South" team! 

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bridge Work Will Close Lanes In Hot Springs

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says bridge maintenance work on Highway 7 and Highway 70 will require lane closures in Hot Springs.

The department says crews will be repairing bridge navigational lights on two bridges crossing Lake Hamilton.

The repairs will require closing the southbound outside lane on Highway 7 - also known as Central Avenue - and the westbound outside lane on Highway 70 - which is also known as Airport Road/ Both repairs will take place on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Former Education Commissioner To Lead Arkansas Group

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock says a former education commissioner will lead a non-profit group that works to improve math, science and English education in the state.

Former Education Commissioner Kenneth James will take over as president of the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science starting on Oct. 1.

James replaces Tommie Sue Anthony, who is retiring. T

Local & Regional News
6:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Wording Of Abortion Amendment

Arkansas' attorney general has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would declare that life begins at conception.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Tuesday cited ambiguities with the measure proposed for the 2014 ballot by a group called Personhood Arkansas. McDaniel must certify the measure before the group can begin gathering the 78,133 signatures from registered voters needed to place the question on the ballot.

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