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6:40 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Complaints Filed Against Arkansas Attorney General Candidates

Two ethics complaints have been filed against two Arkansas attorney general candidates, and they both involve campaign ads.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a Little Rock attorney filed a complaint with the state's ethics commission against Republican candidate Leslie Rutledge. He argues she violated several rules when she appeared in a TV ad produced and paid for by an out-of-state group.

Rutledge's campaign said in a statement the complaint is just a distraction created by her opponents in her bid for the attorney general's office.

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Local & Regional News
3:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Northeast Arkansas Site Removed From List Of Most Polluted Places In Nation

The former Superfund site is in Greene County near Paragould.
Credit encyclopediaofarkansas.net

The site of a former auto equipment company in northeast Arkansas has been removed from a national list of one of the most environmentally dangerous places in the country. On Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency removed the former Monroe Auto Equipment Company site near Paragould from a list of Superfund sites.

EPA spokesperson Jennah Durant said the plant stopped using the area to dispose of waste in 1978 and the site was hazardous for decades.

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Local & Regional News
1:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

AG Holder In Arkansas Says Ferguson Highlights Need For Collaboration

Attorney General Eric Holder speaking Wednesday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Holder told a group of mayors and police chiefs that the shooting of Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the protests that followed show the need for expanded collaboration among law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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Aging in Arkansas
12:37 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

When Should I Start Taking Social Security?

There are some things to consider before applying for Social Security. The earliest age you can apply, unless you have a long-term disability, is 62. At that time you can receive 75% of what you would have received if you had waited for full Social Security, accessed at 65 to 67, depending on your birth year.

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Local & Regional News
8:55 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Arkansas Sees Growth In AP Test Takers, Scores

The Arkansas Department of Education says more students are taking Advanced Placement tests - and scores on those exams are going up, too. The department says more than 25,000 students took the tests last school year, which is a nearly 5 percent increase over the previous year. Students who score a 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 can receive college credit hours. More than 14,000 tests received scores of 3 or higher, marking a 6.4 percent increase from a year earlier. The most popular AP exams in Arkansas last year were English language, English literature, U.S.

Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Ask Arkansas Court To Strike Marriage Ban

A group of gay couples is asking Arkansas' highest court to uphold a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing the U.S. Supreme Court is indicating that such bans are unconstitutional by not taking up similar cases.

The couples on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Hutchinson Endorsed By Small Business Group, Promises Tort Reform

Asa Hutchinson accepting NFIB endorsement.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses on Tuesday. The group represents some small companies in the state.

Speaking from the Bush Room at the Holiday Inn Presidential Hotel in Little Rock, Hutchinson said tort reform is important to the NFIB and something he wants to pursue.

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Local & Regional News
5:08 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Must Now Decide Constituionality of Marriage Ban Alone

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear cases appealing same-sex marriage bans in five states. In May, the Arkansas State Supreme Court suspended a judge’s decision to void a 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. 

The state Supreme Court has not yet issued a ruling. Jay Barth is a political scientist at Hendrix College. He says some experts speculate state justices have been awaiting a decision on the matter from the nation’s highest court.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Bill Clinton Rallies College Students In Northwest Arkansas

Former President Bill Clinton is in his old haunts of northwestern Arkansas, hoping to rally college students into voting for Democrats next month.

With its candidates for governor and U.S. Senate running neck-and-neck with Republicans, the Democratic Party wants to ensure left-leaning young people turn out for the midterm elections. Clinton held rallies this week at three of the state's largest universities.

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Local & Regional News
10:57 am
Tue October 7, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Likely To Allow Arkansas Muslim Inmate's Beard

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court appears likely to side with an Arkansas prison inmate who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard.

The justices on Tuesday took up their first religious liberty case since the Hobby Lobby case bitterly divided them in June over whether family-owned corporations could mount religious objections to paying for women's contraceptives under the health care overhaul.

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