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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.

Polling locations for Pulaski Co. school election

Polling locations for Pulaski Co. school election

Election Day for the annual school election is Tuesday. Listed here are the ten polling locations with the school zone race the voters will vote on. The following temporary polling locations have been consolidated and will be in effect for the school election only:

 

Precinct 13E voters will vote at Indian Hills Church, 6801 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock (Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church is the normal voting place for precinct 13E voters)

Precinct 40 voters will vote at Indian Hills Church, 6801 John F.

HRC 'Road to Equality' Tour Comes to Arkansas

HRC 'Road to Equality' Tour Comes to Arkansas

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will be holding a press conference on Saturday, September 17 in Little Rock at the Central Arkansas Library. Arkansas is the ninth stop on HRC’s “On the Road to Equality,” a nationwide bus tour to spread the message of equality.

'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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Arizona Gov. Brewer to headline Ark. GOP dinner

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will speak in Arkansas next month at a state Republican Party dinner.
 
The Republican is slated to appear at the 2011 Governor's Dinner on Oct. 6 in Little Rock.
 
Brewer has gained national attention for her support of an illegal immigration law that toughens enforcement and would have allowed law enforcement to question the status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. She's appealed a federal court ruling against the law to the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
In a statement announcing her appearance, Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says Brewer "has felt the frustration that every American has experienced" due to the policies of President Barack Obama.
 
Tickets for the dinner are $150 and can be purchased at http://www.arkansasgop.org.

Gov. Mike Beebe sets $575M road bond vote

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has set a November date for an election asking voters to renew $575 million in highway bonds to improve state roads.

Beebe was joined by Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials and others at the state Capitol Monday in announcing that the election will be Nov. 8.

The proposal to renew the bonds came after plans for $1.2 billion in highway funding fell through in June when the state's trucking industry pulled support for a five-cent-per-gallon diesel tax increase because of a perceived lack of public support. The trucking industry and business leaders then called on Beebe to ask voters to renew the $575 million road plan that was first approved by voters in 1999.

The bond program would not require a tax increase.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Congressman Tim Griffin talks about reducing nation's debt

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pretty soon, members of a so-called "Super-Committee" will start meeting to figure out how to reduce our nation's debt.

No Arkansas congressional members are on that committee, but they're still offering their thoughts on what should be done. Congressman Tim Griffin is one of them.

He joined Craig O'Neill Thursday to talk briefly about a letter he sent to the committee -- and to answer some of Arkansans questions they have submitted on our THV Facebook page.