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3:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

UALR Offers Land For Tech Park Without Eminent Domain

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson
Credit KUAR

A nearly 22 acre site adjacent to UALR was formally recommended to the Little Rock Technology Park Board by an advisory board Tuesday. The Oak Forest site, as it is known, has 56 residences of which UALR owns nearly half.

Chancellor Joel Anderson said the reasons for proximity to research institutions like UALR or UAMS has been overlooked.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Cotton Blasts Pryor On Health Law In First TV Ad

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is using the first television advertisement in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to criticize the incumbent senator over the federal health care law.

Cotton's campaign on Saturday began airing a 30-second television spot in the Little Rock area accusing Pryor of exempting Congress from the federal health care law. Pryor's campaign on Monday called the claim "blatantly false."

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Local & Regional News
2:55 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Elder Care Rights Groups Rally At Arkansas Capitol

Participants gather at the State Capitol for the 10th Annual Residents' Rights Rally.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Supporters of nursing home reform in Arkansas are continuing efforts to get community leaders and organizations involved with efforts to improve elder care facilities. 

Organizers of the Tenth Annual Residents’ Rights Rally assembled on the steps of the State Capitol Monday to commemorate National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month. 

Martha Deaver, president of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, says the rights and safety of the vulnerable must be protected.

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Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Exxon Tears Down Two Homes In Mayflower

Photo of March oil spill in Mayflower

Exxon Mobil is demolishing two homes in Mayflower that have oil trapped beneath their foundations after the March oil spill.

Company spokesman Aaron Stryk calls it an effective and efficient way to ensure any remaining oil is removed.

Stryk says the overall work process on the two home sites will take closer to two weeks because all debris must be removed, contaminated soil will be excavated and replaced with clean soil, and then the two lots will be graded and sodded.

The former owners of the two houses sold them to Exxon as part of a compensation plan.

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Local & Regional News
10:25 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market

The new pay-and-display machines in the River Market.
Credit Arkansas Times

Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.

From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack Wrenn oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.

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Local & Regional News
6:51 am
Mon October 7, 2013

FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents

FBI agents conduct a raid.

The FBI is investigating after an electricity substation was set on fire and a power line was intentionally cut in Lonoke County. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the incidents. Authorities say Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its substation in Keo on Sept. 29. 

The FBI says the blaze was intentionally set and someone scratched "YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S." into a metal control panel outside the substation.

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Local & Regional News
12:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Forcing the Issue: Open Carry March in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Lilyan Kauffman

The gun-rights group Arkansas Carry continued to force the issue of openly carrying firearms in Jonesboro Sunday. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman walked with the group and has this report.

They walked down Main Street with handguns openly holstered on their hips contending a law in effect since August allows for the open carrying of firearms. Scott Vaughn, an organizer of the event, made their purpose clear at the outset. 

“Basically, most everybody’s probably right handed so we’ll walk on the west side of Main Street so that our guns are able to be seen.”

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Programming
4:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

KUAR Adds TED Radio Hour, Brings On Full Hour Of Latino USA. What's Your Opinion?

This weekend, KUAR is bringing two new programs from NPR to its airwaves with the TED Radio Hour and Latino USA.

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Local & Regional News
4:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Annual Autism Fundraiser Raises Money For Research And Advocacy Efforts

Credit Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The annual Autism Speaks fundraiser begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with a walk-or-run 5k at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Over 2,000 people are expected to attend “Arkansas Walks Now” to support research and advocacy efforts.

Co-chair Dawn Itzkowitz says Arkansas receives grant funding from the walk.

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Local & Regional News
3:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Open Carry Advocates to March in Jonesboro, Disagree with Attorney General on Law

Credit arkansascarry.com

A firearms law passed earlier this year opened the door for a myriad of interpretations on whether or not it is legal to openly carry firearms in the state. The open carry advocacy group Arkansas Carry is taking their interpretation to the streets this Sunday.

In what will be their third march the group plans to openly carry firearms in the city of Jonesboro. Nicholas Stehle, with Arkansas Carry, said they’ve had to consider the opinions of law enforcement.

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