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1:09 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Arkansas District Says State Hasn't Lived Up To Promises

Attorneys for an Arkansas school district say disparities in teacher salaries and transportation show that the state hasn't lived up to the promises of the reforms enacted to end a long-running school funding case.

Attorneys for the Deer/Mount Judea School District on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to revive its lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education.

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6:38 am
Thu September 5, 2013

3 GOP Candidates File For Arkansas State Senate Race

Three Republicans have filed to run for their party's nomination for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a Democratic lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations.

John Cooper, Chad Niell and Dan Sullivan filed paperwork Wednesday to run for the state Senate seat that had been held by Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout. Bookout resigned last month after the state Ethics Commission said he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, home theater equipment and other personal items.

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6:32 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments In Funding Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court is hearing a school district's request to revive its lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education.

Justices on Thursday were scheduled to hold oral arguments over the Deer/Mount Judea school district's lawsuit that the state's current school funding system violates the state's Constitution. A Pulaski County judge dismissed the district's case in 2011 and rejected a motion to reconsider it, ruling that the district's claims had previously been addressed in the long-running Lake View school funding case.

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3:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Former President Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at his presidential library in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton to help build support for the federal health care law as a key phase of the reform nears.

He made a detailed argument in Little Rock for why it needs to be implemented.

Speaking to an invitation-only crowd at the Clinton Presidential Center, the former president said opponents of the Afford Care Act have been effective at building opposition to the law.

"I’m still amazed at how much misunderstanding there is about the current system of health care," he said.

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3:15 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

August Numbers Reflect Increase in State Revenue

  Revenue collections for August rank above forecast, according to reports by the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration.

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12:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Investigation Nearly Done In Faulkner County Escape

The Faulkner County sheriff says the investigation is nearly complete into how three inmates escaped from the jail last month.

Sheriff Andy Shock says he expects the probe to be finished this week.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports the inmates got out the afternoon of Aug. 17 when they peeled back a recreation yard fence, jumped a barbed wire fence and then stole a vehicle from a nearby business.

The inmates were all caught within several days, one of them in Oklahoma City. They'd been facing drug and theft charges.

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6:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Clinton To Defend Health Care Law With Arkansas Speech

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton is returning to his home state to defend the federal health care overhaul as a key part of the 2010 overhaul nears implementation.

Clinton is scheduled Wednesday to speak about the law at his presidential library in downtown Little Rock. 

His speech comes less than one month before the public can start signing up for the health care exchanges, which will be crucial to the law's success or failure.

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6:03 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Razorbacks Set Aside T-shirt Gun After Man Injured

Razorback Stadium

The University of Arkansas says it won't use a T-shirt launcher at War Memorial Stadium this weekend after a marketing intern was injured at last weekend's game.

The school said Tuesday a pneumatic launcher was lying on the artificial turf when it discharged Saturday. 

An intern was treated at a hospital and released. A loud explosion rang from the southeastern corner of Razorback Stadium during the first quarter of Saturday's game with Louisiana-Lafayette.

Medical personnel were seen later responding to an injured person who was taken away on a stretcher.

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5:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Fort Smith To Open Urban Deer Hunt Season

Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Fort Smith is joining the list of cities that allow properly licensed hunters to kill deer within the city limits. 

A special bow-hunting season opens Saturday at Chaffee Crossing and ends Jan. 31.

To qualify for the hunt, archers are required to pass the International Bowhunter Education course, have insurance and pass a shooting proficiency test.

City leaders say as many as 100 people could hunt during the five-month season.

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5:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Arkansas AG Reaches Settlement With Nevada-based Firm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas has reached a settlement with a Nevada telecommunications company accused of continuing to bill consumers after they had cancelled their long-distance telephone services.

McDaniel filed suit against Consumer Telcom, Inc., in 2010, alleging the company charged for "bundled" services that many Arkansans were unaware they had purchased.

In the settlement, the company agreed to make clear what type of services they are receiving and provide explicit instructions on how to cancel them.

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