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BACC preps for board nominations

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is preparing its Board of Directors for 2016.

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

For all elections results, go to our real-time elections page: http://www.thv11.com/elections/

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015.

The GOP on Tuesday won at least 62 seats in the 100-member House, while Democrats took at least 34. Results are pending on four races.

In the 35-member Senate, Republicans will hold a 24-11 margin after winning all four races decided Tuesday.

Republicans also won all seven constitutional offices.

In 2012, Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, clinching 51 seats. Afterward, lawmakers passed one of the strictest abortion laws in the country and approved a voter ID law - but both laws were later found unconstitutional.

Legislators also passed a bipartisan plan to expand health coverage to more than 200,000 people by using Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for poorer Arkansans.

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 will have extended election coverage throughout the evening, as well as offer real-time results as they come in.

How to watch coverage:

1. On THV11's main channel: KTHV

2. 11.2 WeatherNation (formerly THV2)

   - Over the air: 11.2

   - Little Rock Comcast: 233

   - Conway Corp: 170

   - Wehco (Hot Springs/Pine Bluff): 247

3. Live online at thv11.com (Mobile friendly)

Where to find real-time results: www.thv11.com/elections

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban

Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group of gay couples is asking Arkansas' highest court to uphold a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing the U.S. Supreme Court is indicating that such bans are unconstitutional by not taking up similar cases.

The couples on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The couples cited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. They also requested oral arguments before the court.

Piazza's ruling led to 541 gay couples receiving marriage licenses before the decision was suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.