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9:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Faulkner County To Request Temporary Circuit Judge

Mike Maggio

Leaders in Faulkner County say they'll ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to appoint a temporary judge to handle the caseload left by the vacancy of Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.

Earlier this year, the high court removed cases from Maggio's docket and assigned them to other judges amid investigations of ethics violations by Maggio. On Tuesday, the Faulkner County Circuit Court agreed to ask the Supreme Court to appoint a special judge on a permanent basis until the first of the year, when Troy Braswell takes over the Division II judgeship.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Dispute Over Accuracy of Anti-Hutchinson TV Ad

Screenshot of Democratic Governors Association Ad
Credit DGA

A non-partisan watchdog group is finding fault with a Democratic Governors Association-funded ad attacking former Republican congressman and Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson. FactCheck.org, part of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, says several claims made in a television ad criticizing Hutchinson for excessive spending as an undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security are misleading.

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Local & Regional News
3:50 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

French Hill Weighs in on Iraqi Intervention and the Minimum Wage

2nd Congressional Candidate Republican French Hill
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Republican congressional candidate French Hill said Wednesday he would support air strikes in Iraq if President Barack Obama finds them necessary. US officials confirmed Wednesday that the Iraqi government has asked for air support to fend off Sunni insurgents overrunning vast swaths of the country and threatening Baghdad.

Hill spoke with reporters following remarks to the Political Animals Club at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Open Records and the State Legislature

A state representative says he's drafting a bill that would require government boards that go into closed session to record the proceedings and have them reviewed by a prosecutor to ensure they didn't discuss matters that should have been public.

Local & Regional News
8:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Sets Reading Club Events

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott is to hold a reading event this summer that will include a retreat.

The center announced Tuesday that the event will have a theme centered on the "Lost Generation" of books by American writers who emerged after World War I. They group is closely identified with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck and others.

Registration is $100, and that includes three novels and meals throughout the Sept. 5-7 retreat at the museum.

Local & Regional News
8:56 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Teacher Insurance Fixes

Arkansas House and Senate leaders are counting votes for two bills aimed at addressing looming insurance increases for public school employees as they see whether there's enough support for a special session on the issue.

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Local & Regional News
12:05 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Building Up to Major Changes for Private Option

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State officials laid out their plans for implementing three new components to Arkansas's Private Option during a meeting of a legislative oversight committee Tuesday. Key changes to the government-purchased private health plan for low-income residents include extending co-pays to some of the poorest private option recipients.

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson said changes set to begin in February 2015 bring the state into relatively uncharted territory, requiring federal approval.

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Local & Regional News
3:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Citing Unjust Regulations, Hair Braiders Sue Over Licensing Requirements

Shop owners Nivea Earl and Christine McLean, the two Arkansas plaintiffs in the lawsuit, give a hair braiding demonstration.

Arkansas is one of three states facing a lawsuit over the licensing requirements for African-style hair braiding.

The Virginia-based Institute for Justice has filed the lawsuit, saying the requirement that hair braiders get cosmetology licenses to practice is unjust and unreasonable.

Attorney Paul Avelar with the Institute says cosmetology courses violate a hair braider's right to economic freedom because it requires spending thousands of dollars on schooling that does not teach braiding or test on it.

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Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Volunteers Still Needed For Arkansas Tornado Help

Relief groups in Faulkner County say more volunteers are needed to continue with the cleanup efforts from the April 27 tornado.

Arkansas Dream Center Executive Director Drew Davis says 5 to 6 homes still need to be demolished, and about two dozen sites need extensive cleanup work. The EF4 tornado that hit Vilonia and Mayflower killed 15 people and caused extensive damage.

Local & Regional News
4:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Buffalo National River Conservationists Push for Size Limits on Hog Farms

Inside C & H Hog Farms near Mount Judea
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is considering a proposed permanent ban on future large-scale hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed. The commission is taking public comments in Harrison Tuesday night over concerns waste run-off will pollute the National River.

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