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5:46 am
Wed July 10, 2013

State Hospital Worker Fired For Hitting Patient

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a worker at the State Hospital has been fired for hitting a patient with a closed fist.

The hospital on Tuesday dismissed the worker for failing to follow proper guidelines.

Officials say the worker was hit by a patient last Wednesday. The worker responded by punching the patient, who needed a trip to the hospital for stitches.

DHS didn't name the worker because he can still file an appeal. The employee was placed on administrative leave the day of the incident, pending the outcome of an investigation.

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8:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Plan For The River Trail Is Approved By Little Rock Officials

The Little Rock Board of Directors has approved a plan to build a connecting section of the River Trail for bicyclists, which would help them navigate a section of Cantrell Road.

The connector section includes a loop behind the old marina building just west of the Dillard's corporate headquarters.

Dillard's has not yet agreed to allow the trail to extend behind its property, so the trail will wind in front of the building and connect with the sidewalks along Cantrell for a stretch.

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5:54 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Pryor 3rd In Nation In Receiving Lobbyist Money

Mark Pryor
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A new ranking compiled by the nonpartisan “Center for Responsive Politics” shows that in the first quarter of 2013, Senator Mark Pryor is third in the nation for members of Congress receiving donations from lobbyists.

Arkansas’s lone congressional Democrat, who is seeking reelection, has amassed $85,100 from lobbyists so far this year, putting him behind Democrats Max Baucus of Montana and Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

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Local & Regional News
5:21 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

USGS Studying New Madrid Earthquake Seismic Zone

The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting low-level flights across sections of Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee this week looking for clues about the New Madrid earthquake fault zone.

The USGS begins conducting the flights Wednesday over a 1,400-square-mile area across southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee.

Crews will be measuring the magnetic field of the earth and underground rock formations to help locate concealed faults associated with the New Madrid seismic zone.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Arkansas Group Submits Gay Marriage Proposal For 2016

A group has asked Arkansas' attorney general to approve the wording of a measure legalizing gay marriage for the 2016 ballot.

The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality on Tuesday asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to certify the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize same-sex marriage.

If McDaniel certifies the measure, the group can begin gathering signatures needed to place it on the ballot.

If approved by voters, the amendment would state that the right to marry shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender and sexual orientation.

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Local & Regional News
4:13 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Ex-Arkansas Treasurer's Trial Delayed To 2014

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A federal judge Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner who is facing charges of extortion and bribery charges.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes granted Shoffner's request to delay her trial, which had been set to begin July 29th. It’s now scheduled to start on March 3rd, 2014.

Her attorney said last week that they needed more time to prepare her defense.

Shoffner was indicted last month on 14 federal counts of extortion and bribery.

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Local & Regional News
2:38 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Arkansas Is Drying Out, With Fire Danger Increasing

Weather forecasters say Arkansas is showing signs of a developing drought and the state Forestry Commission is warning of a heightened fire danger.

After ample rainfall in the cooler months, precipitation levels have fallen below normal in recent weeks.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued an advisory that moisture levels in vegetation have dropped to the point that the danger of wildfires is heightened.

The Forestry Commission lists all of the state except northeast Arkansas at a moderate danger of wildfires.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Carter Named Centennial Bank President

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter has been named Regional President of Centennial Bank.

Tuesday’s announcement comes as the company is merging with Liberty Bank of Jonesboro.

Eric King, Marketing Manager with Centennial Bank, says Carter has previously served as Division President at the company, and his familiarity with the bank and northeast Arkansas helped in the decision to hire Carter.

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Local & Regional News
11:07 am
Tue July 9, 2013

New Homeless Children’s Center Expected In Little Rock By Summer 2014

An artist rendering of the Our House Children's Center.
Credit Our House

Officials with Our House, a Little Rock-based nonprofit organization that serves homeless families, say construction is underway for a new Children’s Center. 

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 19,000 square foot facility is scheduled for Wednesday. Georgia Mjartan is executive director of Our House.

When complete,  the Center is supposed to be a safe place where homeless youth can receive a nutritious meal and participate in educational and fun activities.

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Local & Regional News
6:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Arkansas AG Says New Gun Law Doesn't Allow Open Carry

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a new gun law approved this year doesn't allow the open carry of handguns in public, despite the argument by gun rights advocates.

McDaniel on Monday said in an advisory opinion that a law that made technical corrections concerning the possession of handguns in certain places didn't allow open carry.

Arkansas law allows the carrying of a handgun on a journey, and the measure signed into law earlier this year defines a journey as traveling "beyond the county in which the person lives."

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