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9:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Author Charles Portis To Be Honored In Little Rock

"True Grit" author Charles Portis is being honored at a ceremony at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Portis will be awarded The Porter Prize lifetime achievement award Thursday night.

The Porter Prize is given out annually to an Arkansas writer, while the lifetime achievement award is handed out every five years.

Previous lifetime achievement award winners are novelist Donald Harington and poet Miller Williams.

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Local & Regional News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

2 Lawsuits Challenge Judicial Candidates In Conway

Two lawsuits have been filed challenging the eligibility of two people running for separate judgeships in Faulkner County.

The lawsuits allege that candidate Angela Byrd and current Circuit Judge H.G. Foster are ineligible for the ballot because both had their law licenses temporarily suspended for not paying annual state-bar fees.

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7:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

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Arkansas Transportation
6:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Plan Launched To Improve Bicycling in Arkansas

Robert Patten, senior designer with Toole Design, and Ron Copeland, director of UALR Partnership, look at maps during Wednesday's meeting.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A series of public meetings are being held around Arkansas, as officials work to develop a state plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian availability.

“I think our main goal is to find out from the people what are some of the bike and pedestrian issues," Robert Patten, a national planner with Toole Design Group, told  a small gathering Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

He said they're considering issues like safety and access for people wanting to be able to bicycle in areas that may not have dedicated lanes or bike trails.

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Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Arkansas Revenue Numbers Above Forecast

Revenue numbers released Wednesday show collections over $43 million above forecast. John Shellnutt, an economist with the Department of Finance and Administration, said key areas showed significant change compared to the previous month and same time period last year.

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Local & Regional News
3:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mike Ross Unveils Major Pre-K Proposal for Gubernatorial Campaign

Mike Ross reading to children at Fair Park Early Childhood Center
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Advocates of access to pre-K education gained a major supporter today when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross announced his plan to offer pre-K to every four year old in the state. The Democratic hopeful’s $37 million a year plan would provide free pre-K by 2025 to all four year olds whose families make less than 300 percent of poverty, with reduced rates for families with higher incomes.

Ross said the state’s existing ABC program doesn’t have the capacity to serve the demand for early childhood education statewide

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Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Prosecutor Clears Bald Knob Chief In Shooting

A prosecutor has cleared the Bald Knob police chief in a shooting that wounded a woman at a convenience store.

Prosecuting attorney Chris Raff says Chief Tim Sanford was justified in his use of force in the March 24 shooting of 34-year-old Amy Renee Collins of Cave City. Authorities say Sanford was investigating a reported stabbing when he
shot Collins after she allegedly ran toward him with a knife in her hand.

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Local & Regional News
8:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

AG Rejects Wording On Arkansas Alcohol Ballot Item

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties will have to try again for approval of the wording of their ballot item.

The state attorney general's office on Tuesday rejected the wording of the proposed Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.

The drive for the amendment is being organized by attorney David Couch.

Local & Regional News
5:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Wording Rejected For Proposed Ethics Reform Ballot Item

The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would institute tougher ethics laws for state public officials.

The group Regnat Populus was told Tuesday that the phrasing of its ballot proposal contains ambiguities and can't be approved, as is. The group can try again.

Backers want to institute tighter regulations for campaign finance and lobbying.

Local & Regional News
4:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Mayors Honor Those Who Have Served Their Communities

Beau Cooper and Sherice Loftin are with GardenCorps.
Credit Kezia Nanda/KUAR News

People who volunteer to help their communities in central Arkansas were honored on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

The ceremony took place in front of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith saluted Beau Cooper and Sherice Loftin from his city.

Cooper is a volunteer with GardenCorps, which cares for 19 gardens in the city.

He said he is happy to be giving back to his community by weeding and planning the gardens in North Little Rock.

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