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2:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Handgun Discovered At Maumelle High School Prompting Lock Down

Authorities say Maumelle High School briefly went on lockdown after a handgun was discovered in a classroom.

Pulaski County Special School District spokeswoman Deb Roush says the school went on lockdown at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday after someone saw a student with a gun.

Roush says Maumelle police responded quickly, and an 18-year-old student was taken into custody.

Maumelle police say officers discovered a .25-caliber handgun on a bookshelf in a classroom. No one was injured, and police say the threat is over.

Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Election Commission Asks Court To Deny GOP Bid To Enter Voter ID Suit

A sign at the entrance of a Pulaski County polling location last month in Little Rock reminds voters that a photo ID is required
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Pulaski County Election Commission is asking a judge to deny the Arkansas Republican Party's request to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law.

The commission on Monday asked a Pulaski County judge to reject the GOP's effort to help defend a state panel's decision to allow absentee voters who don't submit a copy of their photo identification with their ballot additional time to turn in their ID.

The commission is suing the state Board of Election Commissioners, saying the state board overstepped its bounds.

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Metropolitan Opera
10:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

April 12: Andrea Chénier

Marcelo Álvarez as the title role of Giordano's "Andrea Cheniér."
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier Saturday, April 12 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring

Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas.

Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas.

Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000.

Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

McDaniel on Monday filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.

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Local & Regional News
6:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pryor Holds Small Lead On Cotton In High-profile U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor holds a three-point lead over his Republican rival, Congressman Tom Cotton, in the latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll.

Pryor, whose seat has been highly targeted for a Republican pick-up, leads the first-term Fourth District Congressman 45.5% to 42.5%. Only 8% are undecided.

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Local & Regional News
6:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Little Rock Leaders Promote Safety for Pedestrians

Sharon Priest with City Year members in background
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

As foot and bicycle traffic continues to increase in downtown Little Rock, officials are working to make pedestrians safer as they traverse some of the state’s busiest roadways.

Officials gathered at one of the busiest intersections in Little Rock, LaHarpe and President Clinton Avenue in the Rivermarket, to promote pedestrian safety for their month-long “Heads Up Downtown!” campaign.

Sharon Priest with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership said more activity downtown is making pedestrian safety concerns a growing priority.

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Talk Business & Politics
5:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

4/07/14: Talk Business & Politics

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Local & Regional News
3:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Man Charged With Murder In Prank Death Of Little Rock Teen

Prosecutors have formally charged a man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl when he fired a gun into a car full of teenagers he thought had vandalized his car.

Authorities on Friday charged 48-year-old Willie Noble with one count of first-degree murder and six felony counts of committing a terroristic act.

Police said Noble's car was spattered with eggs, mayonnaise and toilet paper on Feb. 14, and he told investigators he waited for the pranksters to return. When a carload of seven teenagers appeared about 45 minutes later, police say Noble fired.

Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks at the event

Local government officials and the Arkansas Department of Health are trying to raise awareness about issues like obesity, childhood hunger, fitness and nutrition for National Public Health Week.

On Monday, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, representatives from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and others gathered at the Big Dam Bridge to advocate for various educational initiatives.

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