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11:07 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Mark Stodola Says He'll Seek 3rd Term As Little Rock Mayor

File photo of Mayor Mark Stodola.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says he's running for re-election this fall, saying he believes there's more progress to be done in economic development and other issues in Arkansas' most populous city.

Stodola on Thursday announced plans to seek a third term this fall. A former local prosecutor, Stodola was first elected mayor in 2006 and won re-election in 2010.

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8:40 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Flash Flood Watch For Western And Central Arkansas

A flash flood watch has been issued in western and central Arkansas as a large storm system heads into the state.

The watch is in effect in western Arkansas Thursday morning and will go into effect in central Arkansas, including the Little Rock area, on Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service says widespread heavy rains are expected to affect the state from Thursday through Friday night. Forecasters say some areas in central Arkansas could see 3 to 5 inches of rain from Thursday night until Friday night.

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6:53 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Nearing Opening

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Tickets are available for opening day tours of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home next month. The opening for Arkansas State University's newest Heritage Site is set for Aug. 16.

The event begins with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Dyess Colony Administration Building. The ceremony itself is free and open to the public and features remarks by the Cash family.

Timed tours of Cash's boyhood home will be offered on the hour, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., for $10 per person.

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6:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Central Arkansas Officials Tout New Fuel For Bus Fleet

CATA Bus

Fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness, cleaner air are all benefits a handful of local officials are praising with the dawning of the Central Arkansas Transit Authority's new, soon to be introduced natural gas fleet.

CATA is being recognized for its efforts to convert its fleet of buses to use Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG, as a fuel. The conversion comes as city leaders increasingly talk up the benefits of bolstering public transportation in the area. The authority will be receiving 15 new CNG buses, starting next summer, says executive president Jarrod Varner.

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5:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Arkansas Lottery Pursues Tweaks To Auditing

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Lottery Commission is pursuing some adjustments to its auditing process in an effort to retain some revenue. Numbers released Tuesday show the lottery’s revenue dropping for a second consecutive year resulting in nearly $9 million dollars less in scholarship funds.

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3:33 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Couples Ask Judge To Strike Down Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Lawyers for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional.

The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban.

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3:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New Little Rock Police Chief Aims To Restore Trust In Law Enforcement

Police Chief Kenton Buckner
Credit Kentucky State Police

Little Rock's new Police Chief Kenton Buckner is in his third week on the job after moving from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was assistant police chief.

KUAR reached out to members of the community who have concerns about the Little Rock Police Department and then sat down with Chief Buckner to get his thoughts.

A full transcript of the interview follows:

How do you account for the recent increase in violent crime here?

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2:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups

File photo of Leslie Rutledge at KUAR in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races after she won the Republican nomination in a contest where she was targeted heavily by two outside groups.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club on Wednesday, Rutledge said she'd support requiring any group that spends money on ads that mention candidates by name to disclose their spending and donors to the state. Rutledge said she wasn't pushing for such a change as part of a legislative package.

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1:43 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Arkansas Minimum Wage Proposal Meets Initial Signature Count

A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.

Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were submitted for the proposed initiated act backed by Give Arkansas a Raise Now. The group needs 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

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11:04 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Nutrition Center At Arkansas Children's Hospital To Get New Director

Arkansas Children's Hospital
Credit Wikipedia

The Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital will have a new director for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The hospital says Sean Adams will serve as the center's director beginning in October. He'll also be professor and chief of the Division of Developmental Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Adams is now an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, and is a research leader with the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center.

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