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3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Local Opinions About Federal Government Shutdown

As the federal government shutdown continues into its second week, people across the country are expressing their concerns. 

The coffee shop is a natural meeting point for conversation and debate, and Starbucks is taking advantage of this by offering a petition for people to sign. It calls for a bipartisan end the shutdown.

Kate Althoff, a self-described “professional volunteer,” said she is tired of the situation and believes others share her worry.

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12:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Teachers Help Students Meet Economics Standards With Support From The Federal Reserve

High school students review class assignment.
Credit Roy Kaltschmidt / Flickr

Arkansas high school students are now expected to pass a semester-long course in economics. The new state mandate is a requirement for graduation. 

In order to help students meet course standards, a coalition of groups created an economics curriculum and training sessions for teachers in the state.

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5:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Stay Granted In Case Over Exxon Pipeline Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill

A judge has granted federal prosecutor's request to stay proceedings in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower.

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Thursday granted the request for a stay in the case because of the partial government shutdown. 

Prosecutors said in a court document Wednesday that most attorneys with the U.S.

Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.

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5:39 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico

A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents' home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.

Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.

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7:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rally To Be Held In Little Rock Calling For Immigration Reform

Arkansas Capitol

Though talk of immigration reform has died down amidst recent political squabbles over the federal government shutdown and other issues, immigrant activists continue to push the issue both nationally and locally.

Saturday a number of community organizations, labor unions and faith organizations, plan to rally at the state capitol to protest deportations and support comprehensive legislation that would overhaul the country’s immigration system.

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2:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pryor Campaign Calls On Cotton To Pull TV Ad After Politifact Rates It ‘False’

A nonpartisan news source that fact-checks campaign political ads says a new TV ad from Cong. Tom Cotton (R) is “false” and the Mark Pryor Senate campaign is calling on Cotton to pull the plug on the spot.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton unveiled a new TV ad declaring that incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D) cast “the deciding vote” for Obamacare and voted “himself and everyone in Congress special subsidies” to protect them from Obamacare, the new federal health law.

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11:21 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Arkansas Court Hears Arguments In Death Row Case

Andrew Engram
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

A lawyer for a death row inmate convicted in the 1997 slaying of a security guard at a North Little Rock mall says the Arkansas Supreme Court should send the prisoner's case back to a lower court for a hearing.

One of Andrew Engram's lawyers, Julie Vandiver, told the state's highest court Thursday that the justices should send his case back to a lower court for a hearing on whether he had good cause to file a petition after a deadline to do so had passed.

Engram was convicted of killing Laurie White. Engram's lawyers say he has an intellectual disability.

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9:27 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Court Partially Revives Arkansas School-Funding Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has revived part of a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds its public schools.

On Thursday, justices reversed part of a Pulaski County judge's decision dismissing a lawsuit by the Deer/Mount Judea School District that claims the state has not lived up to the reforms ending the long-running Lake View school funding suit.

The court ruled that Deer/Mount Judea raised new issues that have emerged since the Lake View case ended in 2007.

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9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Judge Reconsidering Order In Tony Alamo Civil Case

Tony Alamo

A judge is reconsidering his order that requires the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries sell several properties to satisfy multi-million dollar judgments against the jailed evangelist. 

The Texarkana Gazette reports that about 100 ministry members attended a bench trial Wednesday at U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant's Texarkana courtroom. 

The members say that the properties are owned collectively by church members and not Alamo, who is serving a 175-year federal prison sentence.

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Federal Government Shutdown Affects Arkansas
5:40 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Beebe: No More State Money For Federal Programs

Gov. Mike Beebe says Arkansas doesn't have any more resources to cover the costs of programs affected by the federal government shutdown, and the state budget administrator says the number of state employees furloughed could rise to more than 4,000.

Beebe on Wednesday told state agency directors in a memo that as of Friday, any programs or employees dependent on federal funding are to be suspended until the end of the shutdown.

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