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1:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jury Gets Manslaughter Case In Trial Of Little Rock Officer

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Jury deliberations have begun in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

Defense lawyers for Joshua Hastings on Wednesday rested without calling any witnesses.

The prosecution rested Tuesday after putting on a full day of testimony. Hastings is accused of being reckless by shooting into a car driven by 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr., who was breaking into vehicles with two other juveniles.

Jurors left the courtroom just before noon to begin their work.

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Local & Regional News
10:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Man Who Escaped California Prison Arrested In Arkansas

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a California prison in 1977 has been captured in Arkansas, where he was living under an alias.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office says 69-year-old Michael Ray Morrow was arrested without incident Monday in Jessieville.

Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Morrow gave details of his escape from the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Morrow was serving a sentence of 5 years to life in prison or 10 years minimum for a robbery conviction.

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Local & Regional News
10:09 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Grant Supports Campus-based Childcare In Arkansas

An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant to establish or fund campus-based childcare services for lower-income parents involved in higher education.

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena will receive $20,064 for the program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is giving nearly $9.2 million to similar campuses across the country for the program.

Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

National MS Society To Host First Annual Fundraising Auction

The National MS Society is hosting the first annual auction and fundraiser this Thursday at 6 pm, at Next Level Events. 

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Multiple Sclerosis research and services, as many Arkansans are directly impacted by the autoimmune disease. 

Tina Ward, with the Society's Arkansas Chapter says a lot of the money will go to direct service work, such as paying for patients' utility bills. 

Ward says the National MS Society also works in advocacy to educate the public and those affected directly by MS.

Local & Regional News
3:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas Will Shine A Light On Adult Literacy Efforts

The fifth annual Shine a Light on Literacy event will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas will host the event and First Lady Ginger Beebe is scheduled to speak.

The event will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and a silent auction featuring works from local artists and authors. Hannah K. Vogler, event coordinator for Literacy Action, says some unique trips and experiences will also be auctioned. She says improving adult literacy is very important for society.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Little Rock Considers Renovation Plan For Performance Hall

Robinson Center Music Hall
Credit Flickr

Little Rock city leaders are to decide next Tuesday on whether to allow voters to decide a proposal to fund the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

Tuesday evening the Board of Directors heard a presentation detailing upgrades to the facility.  Earlier in the day advocates for the project detailed it for reporters.  You can view a PDF of the presentation here.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Research On Obesity Enters New Phase At Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital are continuing efforts to prevent childhood obesity.

Dr. Elisabet Borsheim is working with a team of six scientists to determine the ways metabolism, exercise, physiology, and nutrition affect weight gain.

“We are in the process of building a Physical Fitness Lab where we will study the influence of exercise on how carbohydrates, protein, and fat is handled in the body,” said Borsheim.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Beebe Bringing Together Involved Parties to Look Into Teacher Insurance Hike

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An expected hike of nearly 50 percent for teacher insurance premiums at the start of 2014 had officials meeting at the Capitol Monday. Governor Mike Beebe said a consensus between teachers, superintendents, and lawmakers are needed before a special session is convened to address it.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Crawford Says Don't Blame Republicans for Shutdown Crisis

Republican Representative Rick Crawford
Credit crawford.house.gov

The looming possibility of a government shutdown has first district Republican Representative Rick Crawford saying it would be President Obama’s fault. The potential shutdown is the result of a strategy by some House Republicans to pass a budget without including funding for the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate is majority Democrat and any budget not including funding for health care programs is unlikely to pass and garner the President’s signature but Crawford said otherwise.

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The Affordable Care Act
1:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Arkansas Releases Rates For Insurance Exchange

Rates were announced Monday for the 71 health insurance plans that will be sold through the exchange created by the Affordable Care Act.

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