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6:03 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Republican Primay 4th Congressional: Tommy Moll

Tommy Moll at KUAR
Credit KUAR

This week KUAR talks to the two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District as part of an ongoing series covering select contested primaries.

Democrat James Lee Witt is running unopposed and Libertarian Ken Hamilton already has his party’s nomination.

We begin with Republican Tommy Moll of Hot Springs. He’s a former researcher for a Washington D.C. based think tank and worked with the global investment bank Jeffries. Moll faces Bruce Westerman.

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5:51 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

County Clerk Won't Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

Dick Titus and Zeek Taylor, who have been a couple for 42 years, were among those who getting marriage licenses Saturday in Eureka Springs.
Credit Kat Wilson / Arkansas Times

The court clerk for at least one Arkansas county says she will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the court opens Monday.

The office of Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds released a statement Sunday evening to local media saying it will not be issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage in a decision released Friday. He did not stay his ruling pending appeals, meaning marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples.

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7:29 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Couples Line Up To Get Married After Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

Couples lined up Saturday to get marriage licenses in Eureka Springs.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

State lawyers plan to appeal a judge's decision overturning the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by Arkansas voters in 2004 banning gay marriage. But not before 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in Carroll County.

Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt Saturday, beginning with two women who traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.

Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn says 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in Carroll County.

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6:31 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Fire Protection Licensing Board Director Resigns

State records show the executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board resigned after an audit alleged she improperly charged more than $15,000 to her state credit card.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday that Catherine Gray resigned April 24 - the day before a special board meeting in which preliminary information from the state Office of Accounting's Internal Audit Section was to be presented.

A phone number listed for Gray had been disconnected.

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5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Arkansas's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

An Arkansas judge has struck down the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday that the 2004 amendment violates the rights of same-sex couples by defining marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman.

The ruling comes nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.

McDaniel's office is expected to quickly appeal Piazza's ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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11:51 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Storms Bring Down Trees, Cause Flooding In Arkansas

A mobile home that was knocked off its foundation near Russellville.
Credit KARK-TV

Cleanup is underway after storms moved through Arkansas Thursday night, bringing down trees and causing scattered power outages.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a weak tornado touched down in the western part of the state.

“There was a mobile home in the Russellville area in Pope County that received some damage due to some high winds,” said Kathy Wright, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. There were no reports of injuries.

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11:23 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Bull Shoals Police Chief Indicted, Accused Of Excessive Force

The chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department has been indicted on a charge accusing him of using excessive force during the arrest of a resident.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced Friday that Daniel Sutterfield was charged with one count of deprivation of rights for allegedly using excessive force by kicking, stomping and using a stun gun on a resident who was under arrest.

Eldridge says Sutterfield also struck the resident with the butt of a shotgun after the resident was handcuffed.

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9:06 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Arkansas Literacy Councils Awarded Grant

A nearly quarter million dollar grant has been awarded to Arkansas Literacy Councils, Inc. to support its reading program.

The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded a one-year AmeriCorps grant of $249,895 to the nonprofit organization in Little Rock to support the Arkansas Reads program.

The funding is to support 40 AmeriCorps members who provide one-on-one basic literacy and English as a Second Language instruction to 725 economically disadvantaged adults.

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9:04 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Downpour Causes Flooding In Western Arkansas

No injuries or deaths have been reported after more than a half-foot of rain inundated western Arkansas in a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service says Mena received 5.68 inches of rain in a four-hour period Thursday with a daily total of more than 7 inches. The weather service says the relentless downpour caused creeks and streams to overflow and flooding over roads.

Several people had to be rescued from the high waters, and flash flood emergencies were issued until the rainfall ended Thursday night.

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5:10 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Lawmakers Want Another Cost Estimate Of Private Option

Arkansas Sen. Bryan King (left) and Rep. Joe Farrer speak at a press conference Thursday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A group of Arkansas legislators who have opposed the private option say they’ll ask a legislative committee next month to authorize another analysis of the financial impact of the program.

Republican state Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest says he’s concerned that the program, which uses federal Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low income Arkansans, is on track to cost the state significantly more than had been projected.

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