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Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Drew Pritt, an openly gay Democratic activist who ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 as the first openly gay candidate for statewide office in Arkansas, has announced he will challenge Tim Griffin for U.S. Congress in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.
"I believe this is going to be an unorthodox year in American politics," said Pritt. "I believe Americans need someone in U.S. Congress who understands the struggles of being unemployed, owning a small business or who understand what it means to be denied basic civil rights because of who you love or choose to share your life with. I believe most of all its time to stop being politically safe and lets truly be a democracy where we stand by our pledge when it says liberty and justice for all. All means all, not just some. That means civil liberties and economic liberty for ALL Americans, not just some. I am running for U.S.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Governor appoints 43 to state commissions

Governor appoints 43 to state commissions




LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Kenneth Baim, Pine Bluff, reappointed to the Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2018.

Mary Bassett, Fayetteville, reappointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Roger Carter, Hot Springs, reappointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Rick Collins, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Taskforce.

Gay military ban ends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 17 years after a ban on openly gay U.S. service members was implemented, "don't ask, don't tell" has been lifted.

The policy that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private was first implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Since then it's been the source of a cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. 

Catherine Crisp with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) says this is an historic moment for the entire nation.

"This is a policy that never should have happened," says Crisp.

Crisp's partner of 17 years served in the Army and they both experienced first-hand the effects of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RSM) -- Our third interview is with Eric McDaniel of the Stonewall Democrats, a gay activist political organization that made headlines recently when addressed by Gov. Beebe earlier this year. CLICK HERE to listen.

Stonewall was caught up in controversy when leaders in the organization refused to publicly criticize the governor for making what some viewed as unfavorable remarks regarding gay rights in Arkansas. McDaniel has taken heat for this decision, and addresses that here in this interview. What do you think? Should the Stonewall Democrats have rebuked Gov. Beebe's comments, or did they do the right thing?

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Financial woes in Alexander lead to resignation

ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) -- A special city council meeting was held Tuesday night because both the general fund and the police fund have balances of negative $2,500 each.

City officials say it was after longtime bookkeeper Gerry Rainey resigned that city employees began looking through financial documents that only Rainey and Mayor Paul Mitchell had access to.

That's what spurred Tuesday's special city council meeting.

Tensions were high at the start of the meeting. Every one of the council members asking budget committee member and councilman Michael Huck, "Where is all the money?"

Huck released four different budgets that could possibly put the city back on track. His proposal would cut close to $5,000 from the $16,000 deficit the city is facing.

Harold 'Lacy' Landers dies at 84

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- Harold "Lacy" Landers, 84, of Benton, passed away August 20, 2011 in Bryant. He was born June 28, 1927 in Benton to the late Virgil and Josie Landers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, Ralph Landers, Vera Landers Lorenzo, Watt Landers, Carl Landers, Lucy Landers Crawford and Bob Landers, and Granddaughter, Lorie Black.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Lea; two daughters, JoNell Mallory and husband Jim, Lisa McGuire and husband, Steve; three grandchildren, Mistie Black and her father, Bill Black, Todd McGuire and wife, Meagan, and Brice McGuire; three great-grandchildren, Laci Larsen, Luke Larsen and Beckett McGuire; brother, Jim Landers; sister, Mamie Landers Chisholm; John Landers, special nephew, and many other relatives and friends.