Local & Regional News

Local & Regional News
4:43 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Federal Disaster Loan Deadline Nears

Arkansas businesses that sustained economic damage following storms, tornadoes and flooding in April have one month left to apply for a federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Little Rock Purse Museum One Of Only A Handful In The World

The Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

It’s the only one of its kind in the United States and one of only three in the world. Located on Main Street in Little Rock is the ESSE Purse Museum. Laura Hardy, public relations director, says when people learn about it, “The reaction is usually like, ‘What the heck is a purse museum’ or, ‘Oh my gosh that is so cool.” 

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Local & Regional News
10:15 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Fatal Crash On Indiana Road Wipes Out Rogers Family

An Arkansas family of five perished Fri. in this Indiana crash with a tractor-trailer.
Credit WTHR-TV, Indianapolis

  TIPTON COUNTY, IN – An Arkansas family of five died in crash on an Indiana highway, Indianapolis TV station WTHR and ArkansasMatters.com are reporting. 

  Friday morning, Indiana State Police say the family from Rogers was traveling in a 2001 Jaguar southbound on US-31 near 250 in Tipton County.   The driver lost control, over corrected, went off the road into the median and entered the northbound lanes.

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Local & Regional News
7:57 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sale Of Commemorative US Marshals Coins To Benefit Arkansas Museum

A rendering of the U.S. Marshals Museum under construction in Fort Smith.

Three coins commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service will go on sale next month.

The Marshals Service says the coins, including a gold $5 coin, a silver dollar coin and a copper-nickel clad half dollar coin, will be available for purchase in limited quantities beginning Jan. 29. The designs for the coins were unveiled in July.

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Local & Regional News
7:36 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Little Rock Moviegoers Appreciate Freedom To See 'The Interview'

The Riverdale 10 in Little Rock.
Credit Arkansas Times

Theatre patrons are expressing appreciation to a Little Rock movie house showing a film that generated international controversy.

The Riverdale 10 theatre scheduled showings of "The Interview," a comedy depicting the assassination of the North Korean leader.

Kay Trice and her husband drove from Stuttgart to Little Rock to see the movie with their daughter. She says she appreciated the freedom to do so.

Sony Pictures had called off the release after threats from Internet hackers. The president and others criticized that decision and the company reversed its position.

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Local & Regional News
7:12 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Governor-Elect Hutchinson Tax Proposal To Dominate Upcoming Session

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in this file from October, just before the Nov. 4 elections.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Lawmakers say incoming Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's call to reduce taxes for the middle class by $100 million a year will dominate any tax cut debate in the Legislature next year.

Several other proposals are likely to be on the table. House and Senate leaders have said they plan to put forward legislation enacting the tax cut that Hutchinson made a focus of his successful bid for governor.

They predict the plan will easily win support early on in the session that begins Jan. 12.

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Local & Regional News
9:23 am
Thu December 25, 2014

North Arkansas County Sued Over Nativity Scene

The American Humanist Association filed suit this week over the nativity scene at the Baxter Co. Courthouse.
Credit Kevin Pieper/The Baxter Bulletin

A disclaimer posted with a Nativity scene at an Arkansas courthouse didn't protect Baxter County officials from a federal lawsuit.

The American Humanist Association and a Baxter County resident filed a lawsuit Tuesday saying the display is an improper endorsement of religion and asking that the scene be taken down. 

They complain that the chief administrator of the county has refused to put up a "Happy Solstice" banner at a resident's request.  

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Arkansas's Medicaid Expansion
8:24 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Dismang: Boundaries Of Arkansas's Medicaid Plan To Be Tested In New Year

State Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) says the state's Medicaid expansion plan will have to change if it is to survive.

The head of the state Senate and an architect of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid plan says legislators are weighing changes to the system that will test how much flexibility the federal government will allow.

Under Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion, the state uses federal money to buy private insurance for low-income residents. Senate President Jonathan Dismang has said the program will have to change dramatically in order to survive another year after several candidates who vowed to end the program were elected last month.

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Arkansas Highways
9:43 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Arkansas Highway Department Pulls Projects

Arkansas highway officials say three road projects set for 2015 won't go out for bids next month amid questions about federal funding.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday $30 million worth of projects in Lee and Phillips counties, Crawford County and Franklin County won't be on the Jan. 27 bid list.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Rutledge Pleased Outgoing AG Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge at KUAR during the 2014 May primary run-off.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Outgoing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Tuesday his intent to appeal a federal judge in Little Rock's decision striking down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. McDaniel said he had hoped the state Supreme Court would have ruled, suggesting it may have affected his decision to appeal, before Friday's deadline for a federal appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman spoke with the state's next attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, who will take McDaniel's position and the cases on same-sex marriage in mid-January.

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