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Ex-Sen. Gilbert Baker returns to UCA teaching job


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has returned to the University of Central Arkansas campus as a faculty member in the Department of Music.

The move comes less than a week after Baker resigned his position as executive assistant to UCA President Tom Courtway. Baker tells the Log Cabin Democrat that he resigned because he did not want to be "a distraction" to the university.

UCA says Baker is a nine-month faculty member at the rank of assistant professor. Courtway says Baker still has tenure at the university.

Baker resigned his administrative position after an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article detailed his connections to officers of political action committees tied to Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, who is currently under investigation by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Law change creates possible public auction deals

Law change creates possible public auction deals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a boost coming to public auctions pushing to get tax money back from delinquent properties.

The state's biggest public sale arrives Tuesday at Verizon Arena.

A recent change in the law starts bidding at how much is owed in taxes, not assessed value.

Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, said that it's changing the crowd at the sale.

"And it's bringing more folks out. People that may not have had as deep a pocket can actually come out and be involved in the bidding," said Thurston.

Bidding can begin possibly thousands of dollars lower, but be aware, even if you pay a small amount at the auction, there are still several possibly steep expenses that come with tax delinquent property.

 

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (USPS) – Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their tax returns. This year is no different. Filers have until 12 midnight on Tuesday, April 15 to drop off their completed returns. The Postal Service will not be adding any additional window hours or collection times.

Officer in Charge Paula McDore is urging customers to be aware of this change. "The latest window hours and collection time is 8:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Processing & Distribution Center located at 4700 E. McCain, North Little Rock."

"Customers can be assured all mail dropped in the blue collection boxes at the Processing & Distribution Center location until 8 p.m. will receive an April 15 postmark. Although the deadline is Tuesday April 15, customers are urged to drop off returns as early as possible," says McDore.

The Postal Service offers the following advice to tax filers:

33-time Grammy winners to visit UCA

33-time Grammy winners to visit UCA

By Holly Morrison

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

 

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — University of Central Arkansas Public Appearances will host musicians Chick Corea and Béla Fleck at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.  

Two historic classical musicians have joined their talents for a 2014 tour across the U.S. Corea and Fleck joined forces with their Grammy-winning album The Enchantment.

“We are excited to bring these two highly acclaimed musicians to the University of Central Arkansas campus,” said Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances.  Amanda Horton. “They have amazing talent, and their success in the music industry has been proven through their combined 33 Grammys.”

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

World's Largest Mobile Pet Adoption Event comes to Conway

World's Largest Mobile Pet Adoption Event comes to Conway

Conway, AR (NSALA) – North Shore Animal League America’s 2014 Tour For Life – the world’s largest national cooperative life-saving mobile pet adoption event – will arrive in Conway, AR to partner with Maumelle Friends of the Animals for a special life-saving event at Petsmart, 3480 Landers Road, North Little Rock, AR 72117 on Friday, April 4, 2014 beginning at 11 AM – 4 PM.

In partnership with PURINA ONE®, Tour for Life is aimed at reinforcing the importance and advantages of shelter pet adoptions and familiarizing communities with their local shelter.  

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

Weather links to hold onto with the possibility of severe weather headed our way: