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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."

Saline Quorum Court shoots down gun restriction law

Saline Quorum Court shoots down gun restriction law


SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - On Monday night, the Saline County Quorum Court shot down an ordinance that would have "banned uncontrolled discharge in a congested area."

The debate started after one woman complained about noise and safety hazards of gunfire, but was rejected because of what Saline County Justice of Peace Mike Creekmore says was ambiguous wording.

"There was a lot of problems with the ordinance and that's why I [motioned for it] to not pass," he said in an interview Tuesday. "I don't think we need any more restrictions on guns we probably just need to enforce the laws we already have on the books."

Complaints about the noise and safety were rolling in for the past year, but Creekmore says other community stakeholders, like Sheriff Jeff Morris, and residents, like gun range owner Hamid Pezeshk, opposed the ordinance as well.

Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit

Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block from the November ballot a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all 75 of the state's counties.

Martin's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed last week by Citizens for Local Rights, which argues the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions to place the alcohol measure on the November ballot. The group argues that the state should have used July 4 as the deadline, rather than July 7. Martin last month certified the measure for the November ballot.

Martin cited a 1999 law that allows election officials to rely on the next business day if a deadline falls on a holiday.

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Group appeals over Saline County alcohol issue

Group appeals over Saline County alcohol issue


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group backed by Walmart and Kum & Go has filed an appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court to let Saline County residents vote on whether not to legalize alcohol in the Nov. 4 election.

Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips ruled in a lawsuit last week that a petition to place alcohol sales on the November ballot in Saline County fell short by nearly 90 signatures. Phillips had disqualified 159 signatures.

But the group called Our Community, Our Dollars say there are enough valid signatures to place the issue on the ballot. They say the Saline County Clerk's Office didn't certify 720 signatures once it believed the threshold to place the issue on the ballot had been reached.

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Robert Reich documentary ‘Inequality for All’ showing at Ron Robinson Theater

Robert Reich documentary ‘Inequality for All’ showing at Ron Robinson Theater

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s ‘Inequality for All’ documentary will show at Ron Robinson Theater Thurs., May 1 at 7 p.m.

Arkansas judge voids state voter ID law

Arkansas judge voids state voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state judge has struck down Arkansas' voter ID law, saying it illegally adds a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

In a decision Thursday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox declared the 2013 law void and unenforceable.

Early voting for the 2014 primary opens in 10 days.

Fox was asked to review the law after questions were raised over how absentee ballots should be handled. He said that upon reading the whole law, he found that none of it was valid.

A separate suit was filed last week challenging the entire law.

Republicans backed the law last year and overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. They said the law was necessary to eliminate voter fraud; Democrats said it was an attempt to disenfranchise voters.

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Bryant city council to hold special meeting

Bryant city council to hold special meeting

BRAYNT, Ark. (BCC) - The Bryant City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM for the purposes of: