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State preparing in case liquor sales get approved

State preparing in case liquor sales get approved


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of 3 questions voters might see on the November ballot this year could make alcohol sales legal in all 75 Arkansas counties.

Even if voters approve that measure, there will still be lots of work to do at state and local levels to implement the plan.

Arkansas Business Online Editor Lance Turner says officials are already making plans.

Michael Langley, the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, tells Arkansas Business that he's already been thinking through the possible new law.

If voters do approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment he's got a plan of action on tap to implement the law, which would go into effect on July 1.

Southside Batesville residents ask for incorporation

Southside Batesville residents ask for incorporation


BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Residents of Southside have filed a petition to incorporate their community as a city to avoid possible annexation into Batesville.

The group Keep Southside Free From Annexation filed a petition of incorporation Monday and signatures were verified Tuesday. A hearing is set for Oct. 24 before County Judge Robert Griffin, who will determine whether the petition is legal.

Last month, the Batesville City Council voted to place on the Nov. 4 ballot a plan to annex Southside into the city. The judge says he plans to rule on the request for incorporation before the election.

Keep Southside Free From Annexation Co-Chairman Brandon Gay says about 2,000 residents live in the proposed incorporation area.

Bella Vista, which was officially formed in 2006, was the last Arkansas city to incorporate.

Advocates to educate disabled voters

Advocates to educate disabled voters


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 23, 2014) - Disability Rights Center of Arkansas (DRC) and Arkansas State Independent Living Council will host voter education events around central Arkansas on Wednesday and next Tuesday.

Sha Stephens the executive director of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council will be available for interviews on site at the voter registration and education event. These are education events set up to provide people with disabilities with information about voter registration, the right to vote, and the upcoming election.

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24

UCP Adult Habilitation Center-North

401 N. Olive

North Little Rock, AR. 72114

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30

UCP Adult Habilitation Center-South

Political ads: Negative vs. positive

Political ads: Negative vs. positive


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The competition between political candidates in Arkansas is heating up this year and so are their ad campaigns. With the Senate race in the national spotlight, candidates are pulling out all the stops, and that includes bashing their opponent. But do negative ads really make an impact? And how do they hold up against positive campaigns?

Dr. Greg Schufeldt, a political science professor at UALR, studies the influence of negative ads versus positive ads. He says it's all in the eye of the beholder, or rather, the political party you're affiliated with because everyone sees the facts differently.

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."

Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion

Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When the Supreme Court returns from break next month, its focus will be on the freedom of religion for prisoners.

On October 7th, they'll argue if prison officials can prohibit Muslim inmates from growing beards required by their faiths.

The case was originally brought by Arkansas inmate, Gregory Holt. At his 2012 hearing, prison officials said the strict policy was a result of security concerns.

Right now, more than 40 state prisons allow the beard.

The exceptions, according to Holt's brief, include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.


Special meeting on Southside to be held at UACCB

Special meeting on Southside to be held at UACCB

BATESVILLE, Ark. (BATESVILLE) - The City of Batesville announces that in order to provide more comfortable accommodations for the expected large turnout of citizens concerning the proposed annexation south of the river, a special meeting of the Batesville City Council to consider the proposed annexation ordinance will be held on MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM in INDEPENDENCE HALL on the UACCB campus.

(Source: City of Batesville)