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6:36 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Senate Tracker: An Intense Fight In Arkansas

Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton are competing for a U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas
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  In the first installment of a weekly series looking at Senate races across the country, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson turns to Arkansas, where one of the most intense Senate races in the nation is playing out.

Incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor is being challenged by Republican Congressman Tom Cotton. The two candidates and outside groups have already spent nearly $18 million.

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5:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Report On Human Trafficking Encourages Reform in Arkansas

Lawmakers listen to the report findings.
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A task force on human trafficking has released a report to address the growing problem of forced labor and sexual exploitation in the state.

In 2013, the Arkansas General Assembly enacted the Arkansas Human Trafficking Act and made human trafficking a felony crime. Brad Phelps, Chief Deputy Attorney General, presented the report’s findings to lawmakers today.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gay Couples Oppose Delaying Arkansas Marriage Lawsuit

Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages say they don't want a delay in the case while U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter.

Arkansas officials last week asked a federal judge and the state Supreme Court to suspend in-state challenges while a similar case is being taken to the nation's highest court.

Utah had its gay-marriage ban overturned at the local and appellate court levels and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

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5:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Fayetteville Seeks To Become 'Sanctuary' For Unaccompanied Minors

A coalition of residents is planning to establish Fayetteville as a sanctuary city for unaccompanied Central American child refugees who’ve crossed the U.S. border this year. As KUAF’s Jacqueline Froelich reports, the northwest Arkansas city will be the first in the state to do so

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4:42 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Foundation Meets Fundraising Goal For Restrooms At Big Dam Bridge

A segment of the Big Dam Bridge
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The Big Dam Bridge Foundation has exceeded its money-raising goal for the proposed construction of restrooms on the Little Rock side of the nation’s longest pedestrian and bicycling bridge. Mark Rogers, foundation chairman, says the 67,000 dollars raised thus far came both from individual donations and from the Big Dam Bridge 100, an annual bicycle race. He says many individuals have been willing to donate because the port-a-potties currently in place have developed a reputation for uncleanliness.

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3:34 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Report Claims Arkansas Natural Gas Wells Illegally Fracking With Diesel Fuel

A Natural Gas Well
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A new report claims Arkansas has 168 fracking sites, primarily in the north-central part of the state, that have illegally injected diesel fuel into the ground as a part of natural gas drilling operations.

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Local & Regional News
2:27 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Poultry Plant In Warren To Open, Creating 100 New Jobs

State economic development officials say a newly formed company will open a poultry plant in south Arkansas, creating 100 jobs.

The Arkansas Department of Economic Development says Blue Rooster is finalizing plans to open a poultry deboning operation in Warren. The facility was formerly home to H&L Poultry and work is now underway to get the plant ready for production in October.

Officials say people interested in working at the plant can pick up an application at the Old Warren National Guard Armory beginning Monday.

Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas Candidates For Governor Talk Jobs At Pine Bluff Event

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Candidates for Arkansas governor shared ideas Wednesday for how to prepare the state to meet employment needs.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

District Forced To Consider Consolidation Options Because Of Low Enrollment

A school district in eastern Arkansas is exploring options for consolidation after the state said it doesn't have enough students to continue as an independent public school system.

The coming school year, which starts Monday, will be the last for the Hughes School District as an independent entity.

The Arkansas Department of Education says it will have to consolidate or annex into another district next year because it's had fewer than 350 students for two years in a row.

Local & Regional News
11:50 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Class Action Status Granted In Lawsuit Over Mayflower Pipeline Rupture

Oil flowing from the site of the pipeline rupture in Mayflower.
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Class-action status has been granted in a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil stemming from a 2013 pipeline accident in Mayflower.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock ruled in favor of Arnez and Charletha Harper. They can represent people who currently own property that is subject to an easement for and physically crossed by Exxon's Pegasus pipeline, which runs from Texas to Illinois.

They want the easement canceled or the pipeline removed or replaced.

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