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6:04 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Local Fast Food Workers Join Nationwide Strike, 11 Arrested

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of a nationwide strike, about 50 to 100 protestors gathered outside a McDonalds in downtown Little Rock Thursday, demanding higher pay for fast-food workers. Little Rock Police say 11 of the protesters, who blocked off a portion of Broadway Street, were arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to move back onto the sidewalk. 36-year old Twanna Scales is a divorced mother of three and works at the McDonalds on Broadway. She said the tactic of blocking traffic is meant to get people talking.

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5:02 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

AG McDaniel Alleges Former Fire Licensing Official Made Unauthorized Purchases

AG Dustin McDaniel (D)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging she used a state charge card to make unauthorized purchases. Thursday's lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court also alleges Catherine Gray wrongly obtained reimbursements for personal expenses.

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4:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Makes Payments For Ethics Violations

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving the Arkansas Ethics Commission hearing in December.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has repaid the state nearly $11,000 he owes for improper reimbursements he received before stepping down earlier this year. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said Thursday that Darr paid the state $10,973, the amount legislative auditors said he received in improper mileage reimbursements as lieutenant governor.

The AG's office said the payment removes the need for any litigation to retrieve the money from Darr.

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4:25 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Arkansas Congressmen Seek Purple Heart Answers In Recruiting Center Shooting

Members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Defense to finish a report on whether two Arkansas military members who were shot outside a Little Rock recruiting center should be eligible for Purple Hearts.

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack also said in the letter Thursday that eligibility should be reviewed for victims of the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

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11:31 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Request Denied For Justices To Recuse Themselves On Gay Marriage Case

Arkansas' highest court has denied a request by same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban that any justices planning to seek re-election recuse themselves from the case.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied the motion asking any justice expecting to run for re-election anytime in the future to consider not hearing the appeal of a state judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The court did not elaborate on the reason for the denial.

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8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Boozman Speaking To Chamber About EPA Rules

Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman is speaking to a group of Arkansas business leaders about the federal government's proposed new rules for power plant pollution.

Boozman on Thursday was scheduled to speak at an event held by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas at the group's downtown Little Rock office.

The group has been holding forums with members of the state's congressional delegation about the proposed rules.

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5:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike Is Placed On November Ballot

Steve Copley Minimum Wage Give Arkansas A Raise Now
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A measure to raise the state’s minimum wage will be on the November ballot, according to an announcement from the secretary of state’s office Wednesday. The measure, if passed by voters, would incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage of $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

Steve Copley chairs the group that put the issue on the ballot. He said now that the measure is on the ballot it’s time for Give Arkansas A Raise Now to regroup for the general election. 

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3:59 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

August State Revenues Beat Projections After Lackluster July

After lower-than-expected revenue numbers for the first month of the fiscal year, the state of Arkansas’s tax collections have picked up steam with the release of the latest monthly revenue report. The Department of Finance and Administration says that in August, the state collected $457 million dollars in gross general revenue and about $398.3 million in net available revenue. Both numbers come in above last year’s amounts and above this year’s forecast.

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3:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Campaign Finance Reformers Call On Pryor To Back Amendment

Senator Mark Pryor
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A coalition of people and organizations seeking to limit the role of money and special interest spending in elections turned in over 7,000 petitions to Senator Mark Pryor’s office Wednesday. The group is calling on Pryor to support a proposed constitutional amendment reforming campaign spending.

Paul Spencer, with the Arkansas campaign and ethics reform group Regnat Populus, said he’s unsure why Pryor hasn’t joined 50 other Senators supporting the proposal by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) to reverse much of the US Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision.

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2:35 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

EPA Gives $3 Million To Fight Water Pollution In Arkansas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $3 million to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to support management of nonpoint-source water pollution.

The federal agency says the $2,988,000 in total funds will be used for a variety of projects designed to improve water quality in several priority watersheds - including the Illinois River, Bayou Bartholomew, Strawberry River and L'Anguille River.

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