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Emily Walkenhorst

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UA System opens benefits to gay spouses

Wait for enrollment period waived for 31-day window

Subscriber onlyThe University of Arkansas System has opened a 31-day benefits program enrollment period for same-sex spouses, implementing a policy 13 months in the making after Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Continue reading...

Health advocates optimistic about Clean Power Plan

Subscriber onlyAs utilities and environmentalists await the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement later this year of the final federal rules to reduce carbon, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions for existing power plants, health advocates are optimistic about what's in it for them. Continue reading...

Amended hog-farm plan: 5-year ban, then decision

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson and environmental advocates have amended a proposal banning all future medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed, suggesting a five-year ban instead. Continue reading...

Breeders sue county Humane Society

Woman guilty of 5 counts of animal cruelty says seizure of other dogs illegal

Subscriber onlyThe owners of an Austin dog-breeding operation have filed a federal lawsuit against the Pulaski County Humane Society, arguing their civil rights were violated when the nonprofit organization seized 137 dogs from their property in 2012 after allegations of abuse. Continue reading...

JPs allocate $2.7 million for tax-suit repayment

Subscriber onlyThe Pulaski County Quorum Court approved Tuesday night appropriating $2.7 million from Little Rock for the refunding of illegally collected property taxes in 2008 that benefited the Central Arkansas Library System. Continue reading...

Pulaski County notebook

Subscriber onlyAlcohol ordinance changes approved The Pulaski County Quorum Court approved 15-0 Tuesday night changes to a county ordinance that established permit fees and supplemental taxes for selling alcoholic beverages in unincorporated areas of the county. Continue reading...

LR recycling complaints rise

Pickup delayed by truck breakdowns, contractor says

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock officials have fielded more than twice as many complaints about recycling not being picked up in the first five months of 2015 than in the same period of 2014. Continue reading...

Hazard-reporting app iPhone ready

Subscriber onlyAn iPhone and iPad app for reporting environmental hazards to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is now available in the Apple App Store, the department announced in a news release Wednesday. Continue reading...

Governor opposes putting Quapaw land in trust

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson and his staff have urged the Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma's application to place 160 acres in Pulaski County into federal trust, expressing uncertainty over its the future use. Continue reading...

New, state-of-the-art scoreboard at Verizon Arena not a priority

Subscriber onlyFor the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament this year, SEC officials loaded up their own 12-by-20-foot LED television screen and hauled it to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Continue reading...

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