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AG: Ruling 'clear' no voter ID for election

AG: Ruling 'clear' no voter ID for election


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state's top lawyer and top election official say the Arkansas Supreme Court's decision striking down a voter ID law means the requirement to show photo identification before casting ballots won't be in effect for the November election.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the court's decision is "clear" that the law doesn't apply to the upcoming election. Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins Monday.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said the ruling means the law reverts back to what it was before voter ID took effect this year, and voters won't be required to show photo identification at the polls.

The court unanimously struck down the law on Wednesday, saying it violated the constitution by adding a qualification for voting.

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday... Read More

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.

Bill Clinton headlines Arkansas Democratic rallies

Bill Clinton headlines Arkansas Democratic rallies


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - "It's tough," Kimberly Blanks explained how life was surviving on just $6.50 per hour worked. Blanks continued, "$6.50 is absurd. Irrational for some, but reality for Kimberly Blanks. "As a full time student, especially, you cannot live off of minimum wage," she added.

Minimum wage requirements is just one of many issues former President Bill Clinton addressed to this crowd at University of Central Arkansas. Clinton said, "We need to reform the student loan program, we need to find a way to help people refinance those loans at lower interest rates, we need to give everybody a chance to pay it back as a percentage of their income."

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.

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.

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