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3:29 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Pet Owners Are Encouraged To Keep Animals Inside As Temperatures Drop

A puppy at the Little Rock Animal Village.
Maggie Carroll/ KUAR News

As temperatures continue to change drastically from day to day, people are bundling up to fight the cold. But what about their pets? 

Leaving pets outside in this weather is considered abuse and under city ordinance owners can be taken to court and charged with animal cruelty. Tracy Roark is asking pet owners to keep animals indoors.

"Pets should be part of your family, and you should treat them as part of your family. They have feelings, and they have a heart. When it is cold like this bring them in," said Roark.

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12:52 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Arkansas Unemplyment Rate Ticks Down Slightly In December

The end of 2013 saw a drop in the unemployment rate in Arkansas. The state Department of Workforce Services released numbers showing the unemployment rate dropped one tenth of a percentage point in December, to 7.4 percent. Over the same period, the national rate dropped to 6.7 percent from 7.0 percent. The total civilian labor force rose by 2,600, according to the report.

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Local & Regional News
10:07 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Light Snow, Chilly Temperatures Impacting Arkansas

Light snow accumulated on a windshield in Little Rock from Tuesday's flurries.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Light snow is falling in parts of Arkansas as cold temperatures settle over the state.

The National Weather Service says a dusting of snow occured Tuesday in many areas, with the brunt of the wintry weather hitting south of the state.

Roads are clear throughout Arkansas, except for snow in some areas between Mena and Fort Smith.

An unusual winter system carrying snow and ice is expected to hit coastal areas this week, including Pensacola, Fla., New Orleans and Savannah, Ga.

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Local & Regional News
6:34 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Arkansas State Senator To Be Sworn In Tuesday

John Cooper

A new state senator from northeast Arkansas chosen in a special election earlier this month is being sworn in to his seat.

Republican John Cooper was scheduled to be sworn in to the state Senate at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Cooper was elected to the state Senate seat that was vacated by former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout.

Bookout resigned last year after he was fined by the state Ethics Commission for spending thousands from his campaign on personal items.

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Arkansas Forestry Commission Warns Of High Wildfire Danger

Red counties are those with burn bans in place, as of 2 pm Monday
Credit Arkansas Forestry Commission

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says brisk winds and low humidity have combined to create a high wildfire danger across the state.

Winds exceeding 10 mph are forecast for most counties Monday. Humidity levels will also be below 40 percent, which makes grass, shrubs and trees even more combustible than they already are.

The commission says the wildfire danger is forecast to continue through the week.

Burn bans are currently active in 49 Arkansas counties, and state foresters advise against any outdoor burning to reduce the wildfire threat.

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Local & Regional News
11:50 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Arkansas Sees Drop In Students Needing Remediation

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education says the number of students who aren't academically prepared for college continues to drop.

According to the department, 8,667 out of 20,064 students needed to take a remedial college class in 2013. That's a rate of 43.2 percent - and it's down from 55 percent in 2009.

The report tallies the number of first-time students who scored below 19 in at least one area of the ACT college admissions test.

Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Smoke From Wildfire Problem for Jessieville, Hot Springs Village

The U.S. Forest Service says smoke from a 200-acre wildfire northwest of Lake Ouachita State Park could affect residents of Jessieville and Hot Springs Village.

Officials said Sunday that residents who are sensitive to smoke should remain indoors and keep their windows closed to minimize exposure. The fire was being allowed to burn to existing barriers such as roads or creeks, resulting in less damage to natural resources. But forecast changes in wind patterns prompted officials to try to contain the wildfire using trails, roads, lake shore and natural barriers.

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Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Wildfire Touches Trails Near Lake Ouachita

The U.S. Forest Service is battling a 50-acre wildfire northwest of Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. Forest Service officials say the blaze began about noon Friday and has closed all trails within the Little Blakely Trail System. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire is located in a remote location and away from private lands or structures. Officials say it is expected to burn over the next several days.

Local & Regional News
2:46 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Central Arkansas Library System Introduces Instant Video And Music Streaming

The library is making access to films and music easier for the public. Beginning Monday, the Central Arkansas Library System will offer instant streaming of TV shows, movies, music, and audio books through Hoopla Digital.

The program comes at no cost to those using it and it can be accessed via www.cals.org or the hoopla app on a smart phone. Lee Ann Blackwell, with the library system, says it is important to mix books with the latest technology.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Federal Judge May Consolidate Lawsuits Against Whirlpool

Credit Arkansas Times

A federal judge is weighing whether to consolidate two lawsuits against Whirlpool Corp. over pollution at its former factory in Fort Smith.

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