Local & Regional News
6:03 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Highway 549 To Open To Traffic Wednesday


Arkansas highway officials say Highway 549 in Texarkana is set to open to traffic. 

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the highway that's part of the Interstate 49 corridor will open during the day Wednesday. The corridor will connect the Gulf of Mexico to Canada with part of the roadway crossing western Arkansas.

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Highway 549 in Texarkana was held April 30th with plans to open the road last week. However, poor weather conditions in the region contributed to a delay in opening the stretch to traffic. 

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9:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Arkansas Author Helps Parents Make Play Time Educational, Musical

Author and music teacher Amy Au with her daughter.

With research drawing positive associations between music lessons and IQ, many new parents may wonder how they can encourage their young one’s experiences with the arts more effectively.

One Little Rock author has come out with a children’s book she hopes will help parents bring their child’s early educational experiences to life.

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Arkansas Abortion Laws
6:22 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Opponents: Now Is Time To Challenge Arkansas Abortion Ban

Opponents of an Arkansas law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say they don't need to wait until the restriction is enforced to challenge its constitutionality.

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Monday responded to the state's request that a federal judge dismiss their lawsuit over the abortion ban. A hearing is scheduled Friday morning over the groups' request for a preliminary injunction against the ban.

Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Helena, Pulaski Co. Districts Continue In Distress

The Helena-West Helena and Pulaski County school districts are to continue under state control.

The state Education Board approved separate measures on Monday to keep the districts under the label of fiscal distress.

The board also approved appointment by Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell of community advisory boards for each of the districts.

Both districts were credited with making progress but the Education Department said each has remaining issues that need to be resolved.

The districts will remain under state control for the 2013-2014 school year.

Local & Regional News
6:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Security Squadron Deployed From Fort Smith

Members of the 188th Security Forces Squadron have left Fort Smith for deployment to an undisclosed airbase in the Middle East.

The last of about 15 airmen left Monday and will be attached to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing where they will help install security and aircraft protection at the base. About half of the group left Fort Smith for the base on Sunday.

Tech. Sgt. Josh Lewis told the Times Record that the airmen will spend about six months deployed.

Arkansas Education
4:53 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Arkansas Ed. Board Approves Voluntary Bradley Annexation

The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to allow the Bradley School District in southwest Arkansas to merge with the adjacent Emerson-Taylor School District.

The Bradley School Board sought the change because it is hovering near the 350-student minimum that the state requires districts maintain to continue operating independently.

Bradley Superintendent Gammye Moore said merging with the Emerson-Taylor School District would bring no major changes, such as closed schools.

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Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Little Rock Film Festival This Week


The Little Rock Film Festival enters its seventh year this week. Viewers, critics, and directors will descend onto Main Street for over one hundred films, panels, and events from May 15th to 19th. 

Justin Nickels (note: not Nichols), a programmer with the festival says the festival dates are especially advantageous to Arkansans wishing to preview films before they reach wider audiences,

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2014 Governor Race
3:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

State Rep. Debra Hobbs Running For Arkansas Governor

State Rep. Debra Hobbs (R-Rogers) says she'll run for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2014 and begin her campaign in June.

Rep. Debra Hobbs says she's seeking the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor next year.

The third-term lawmaker from Rogers on Monday said she'll formally launch her bid for the state's top office after June 17, but said she's already decided to run. Hobbs is the third Republican to announce a bid for governor next year.

Hobbs has served in the state House since 2009 and hasn't faced a primary or general election opponent for her seat. Hobbs said she hoped to initially raise at least $500,000 for her bid.

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Bicyclist Death
3:37 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Danville Bicyclist Dies In Collision

Credit Steven Vance / Flickr

Arkansas State Police say a 64-year-old man was struck and killed while riding his bicycle on a state highway in Yell County.

State police say the collision happened Sunday night on Arkansas 27 in Danville. A preliminary report says Bobby Wayne Gist was riding his bike northbound when he was struck from behind by a man driving a pickup truck.

Police say the driver told authorities he did not see Gist on the bicycle. The driver was not injured in the collision.

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UA Tuition
3:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

UA Board Of Trustees To Vote On Tuition Increases

North Tower of Old Main on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville.
Credit Clinton Steeds /

A University of Arkansas Board of Trustees committee is meeting this week to review proposed tuition and fee increases at its campuses across the state.

The Fiscal Affairs Committee meeting begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Little Rock.

Institutions that have proposed tuition and fee increases exceeding 3.5 percent have been asked to appear. They include the University of Arkansas-Little Rock; UA-Fort Smith; UA-Monticello; and UA-Pine Bluff. The proposed increases range from 4.9 percent at UALR and UAPB and 5.4 percent at UAM to 10 percent at UAFS.

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