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Emily Walkenhorst

General Assignment Reporter

Recent Stories by Emily Walkenhorst

UA System opens benefits to gay spouses

updated: 06/29/2015 10:45 p.m. Discuss

The 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.

Health advocates optimistic about Clean Power Plan

posted: 06/29/2015 4:43 a.m. Comments 2

As 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.

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

posted: 06/27/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Gov. 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.

Breeders sue county Humane Society

posted: 06/26/2015 4:31 a.m. Discuss

The 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.

JPs allocate $2.7 million for tax-suit repayment

posted: 06/24/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The 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.

Pulaski County notebook

posted: 06/24/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Alcohol 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.

LR recycling complaints rise

posted: 06/22/2015 4:39 a.m. Comments 2

Little 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.

Environment notebook: Hazard-reporting app iPhone ready

posted: 06/20/2015 4:51 a.m. Discuss

An 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.

Governor opposes putting Quapaw land in trust

posted: 06/19/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Gov. 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.

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

posted: 06/15/2015 4:45 a.m. Discuss

For 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.

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