David Wallace

Anchor / Reporter

Radio veteran David Wallace began his news and sports reporting career while in college in 1976. These days, it is more of a hobby than a main job. He anchors weekends and is on-call as a reporter-at-large for KUAR. Since moving to Little Rock in 1991, he has won 14 statewide first-place awards for radio journalism. His primary job now is with the state Department of Workforce Services at the Little Rock Workforce Center. He is single with a black lab named Hagan.

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Tom Cotton
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Using the Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the state Capitol grounds as the backdrop, Congressman Tom Cotton unveiled the Veterans for Cotton Coalition Sat.

The coalition boasts more than 400 Arkansas veterans from every corner of the state, according to the campaign.

"Washington, D.C. would be a better place if it had more people that more people who reflected the values of leadership, duty, courage, service," Cotton said in announcing the coalition.

"If we had leaders who would do what my drill sergeant taught me to do--the hard right over the easy wrong."

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The crowd that converged on the Little Rock Board of Directors meeting Tuesday night will have to wait another three months to voice its opposition to the proposed Mapco gas station and convenience store at Broadway and Third Street downtown. 

The board voted to defer the matter at the request of the applicants, who reached out to City Director Lance Hines in a phone call earlier Tuesday.

Directors were to take up an ordinance to change the zoning of the area from urban use to commercial development.

With scandal breaking in the United States Veterans Administration, Governor Mike Beebe wants to make sure people know the difference between the federal V-A and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those are two distinct agencies with distinct missions, and Beebe said in his weekly media address the state Department of Veterans Affairs has not contributed to the problems on the national VA. 

"[O]ur Arkansas department is best known for operating two residential facilities in Little Rock and Fayetteville," Beebe said. 

Governor Beebe with Reporters
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  Governor Mike Beebe told a statewide television audience Thursday night the legislature will leave an $86-million "hole in the budget" if it reverses course from last year and ends the private option for the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The funding for the private option must be re-appropriated each year. Lawmakers are expected to decide its fate in the fiscal session now underway at the capitol.

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A massive renovation of Little Rock's venerable Robinson Center won the overwhelming approval of Little Rock voters Tuesday with more than 72 percent favoring the use of part of the city's hospitality tax to fund the $73.5 million project.

Turnout was light with only 6,988 of the approximately 114,000 eligible voters showing up at the polls. Supporters of the plan blamed sparse turnout on the harsh winter weather over the last week, but they were happy with the results.

They’re finally getting around to honoring the designer of the Arkansas flag, 100 years after it was created.

Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka created what we now use as the Arkansas state flag and unveiled it at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs in 1913.

The design is the familiar diamond-shaped blue band on a red background with 25 white stars signifying Arkansas as the 25th state.

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  The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly radio address for Aug. 30:

As Arkansas students in grades 9 through 12 begin a new school year, their teachers have new expectations for their academic achievements.

The north Arkansas town of Harrison has long been associated with the Ku Klux Klan, creating an image that city leaders say is just not true.

News articles about Harrison’s inglorious past and proximity to the home of national Knights of the K-K-K Director Thom Robb trend toward the top of internet searches of information about the Boone County town.

Robb lives in nearby Zinc Arkansas but for years used a Harrison post office box.

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Arkansas has made progress on positive strides against human trafficking in the Natural State during the past year, according to a recent report by a global organization that aims to eliminate the worldwide problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. 

In its 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, the Polaris Report ranked Arkansas in the top tier of states that have passed significant laws to combat human trafficking.

Arkansas was also recognized as one of the four most improved states, according to the report.

The moral of this story is the moment when the jury says, “Guilty” is not a good time to lose track of the defendant.

Twenty-four year old Rolandis Chatmon already had three previous felony convictions and a record of bad behavior in prison.

So, when a Faulkner County Circuit Court jury came back with a guilty verdict on three new counts of aggravated armed robbery and one theft-of-property charge, he knew the penalty would be bad.

So, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports, he ran.

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