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The Arkansas Department of Health and Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. have announced the completion of the sale of the department's in-home health care operations for $39 million.

The finalized sale was announced Monday.

The state announced last August it was phasing out the program that provides in-home services to about 3,380 people.

Rock Region Metro transit buses CAT central arkansas transit
David Monteith / KUAR

The cost of a bus ride in central Arkansas is under review after voters denied a quarter-penny tax increase to Rock Region Metro earlier this year.

A policy, which will outline if and when to consider fare increases, as well as more clearly defining who qualifies for discounted passes, will be proposed to the board of directors in the coming months.

Becca Green, director of public engagement for the transit system, says no specific fare increases have been proposed yet.

Police In Arkansas Meeting With Black Communities To Improve Relations

Aug 1, 2016
Jonesboro Police
Jonesboro Police Department

Recent police-involved shootings and the targeting of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge has the nation on edge. Black communities and law enforcement throughout the country are struggling to find peace, unity, understanding, and trust with each other, including in Arkansas.

education schools
arkansas.gov

A New York securities and class action law firm has proposed a $300 million settlement with Wall Street financial service giant State Street Corp. on behalf of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the lead plaintiff in a federal case going back more than five years.

Former President Bill Clinton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton's childhood home has reopened, seven months after the historic structure was intentionally damaged by fire.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

Major work to two runways at Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is about to begin, with airport officials hoping to minimize the impact on travelers.

The airport’s general aviation runway, known as Runway 18/36, is to close by the middle of August and not reopen until February, says airport spokesman Shane Carter. That will shift arriving and departing planes to one of two commercial runways.

An Arkansas panel has recommended tying higher education funding to factors such as degree completion, a move that supporters say will help make the case that the state's colleges and universities need more money.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday adopted the framework for a new "outcome-based" funding plan for the state's colleges and universities. Currently, most of the state's higher education funding formula is tied to student enrollment.

In Focus
Channel 8, KAIT

In 1979, one month into Bill Clinton’s first gubernatorial term, Jonesboro’s “In Focus” TV anchor Jack Hill put the spotlight on 32-year-old Hillary Clinton.

“You're not a native. You've been educated in liberal, Eastern universities. You are less than 40. You don't have any children. You don't use your husband's name. You practice law. Does it concern you that maybe other people feel that you don't fit the image that we have created for the governor's wife in Arkansas?” asked Hill. 

You can watch the full interview below.

Bill Clinton Hope Home House
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The home in Hope where former President Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life is set to reopen following a Christmas Day fire.

National Parks Service officials told reporters that volunteers and employees are unpacking boxes in an effort to have the home ready for visitors on Saturday.

The Christmas Day fire that was called arson damaged the exterior and some of the interior of the home and graffiti was found on a sidewalk and on a door of the home. Authorities did not immediately return phone calls Thursday for comment on whether any arrests had been made.

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A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for medical use fell short of the number of valid signatures required but will have 30 days to make up the difference.

To qualify for the ballot, proposed amendments this year must collect 84,859 signatures. According to a letter sent by the secretary of state’s office to David Couch of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, 72,309 of the 99,629 signatures the group submitted were valid.

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