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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Skull, Other Remains Found Near Little Rock Jail

Police in Little Rock say a human skull and other remains have been found just south of the Pulaski County jail.

A police report on the discovery says officers were called shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday by a man who said his dogs and found the remains. The report says the man gathered bones that he also found and that detectives later found more and those remains were turned over to the county coroner.

Local & Regional News
3:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Sees Rush Of Last-Minute Exchange Signups

Arkansas officials are seeing a rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law as the enrollment deadline arrived.

State insurance officials said Monday that a large number of people were calling and dropping by signup events around the state.

Monday is the deadline to sign up for coverage on the exchange, a marketplace where consumers and shop for coverage.

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Local & Regional News
9:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Craighead County Closely Watching Voter ID Lawsuit

Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law.

The law was passed last year over Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. It allows in-person voters who don't show identification at the time of voting until Monday after the election to present proper IDs to the election commission to have their votes counted. But it makes no mention of a similar grace period for absentee voters.

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Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

A panel discussion set in Little Rock will review how the Mayflower oil spill last year has affected that community so far, which is about 30 miles northwest of Arkansas' capital city.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Control for Pulaski and Helena-West Helena School Districts Continues

The Arkansas State Board of Education has voted to continue state control over two financially troubled school districts. The board on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to continue state control of the Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.

State education commissioner Tom Kimbrell said both districts still have financial-related issues that require the state's governance. Kimbrell has placed superintendents in each district and established community advisory boards to oversee the schools.

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Local & Regional News
1:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ouachita County Judge Resigns Amid Federal Bribery Charges

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly - who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges - has announced plans to resign.

Hesterly said in a letter of resignation that he will resign April 3 because of "health problems, current circumstances and other concerns."

Hesterly and contractor Harry Clemons Jr. of Bearden were charged in January with conspiring to award a federal disaster-relief grant to Clemons to clean up debris following two tornadoes in 2009 in exchange for Clemons making a contribution to Hesterly's re-election campaign.

Local & Regional News
5:42 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Lawyer Wanted For Manslaughter Turns Self In

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

A Hot Springs lawyer who faces manslaughter charges in a man's death from two years ago has surrendered to police.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 36-year-old Andrea Davis has turned herself in to police Thursday.

Davis will remain in custody until her first appearance in Garland County District Court set for Friday.

Davis and her brother Matthew Davis are charged in the Feb. 29, 2012, shooting death of Maxwell Anderson at Andrea Davis' residence.

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Local & Regional News
3:44 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target

Arkansas officials say more than 33,500 people have signed up for the health insurance exchange set up under the federal health law, well below the numbers they hoped to see before the enrollment deadline next week.

State officials on Thursday said the signup for the exchange, a marketplace where consumers can select health plans, has lagged in comparison to enrollments in the state's "private option" compromise Medicaid expansion.

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Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas GOP Asks To Intervene In Voter ID Lawsuit

The Arkansas Republican Party wants to intervene in a Pulaski County lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law, arguing that the Democratic attorney general can't properly represent GOP voters.

The GOP on Wednesday asked to help defend a state panel that is being sued by the Pulaski County Election Commission for voting to allow absentee voters additional time to present photo identification if they don't include proof with their absentee ballots.

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