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7:15 am
Sat June 29, 2013

New Photography Exhibit At The Laman Public Library

Credit Laman Public Library

The Laman Public Library has a new photography exhibit for visitors. “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues” will be displayed until August 24th.

Dan Noble, spokesman for the library, says the exhibit features 90 photographs, some over 100 years old. He encourages people of all ages to come see them.

"It's just a great exhibit...people can just stop by on their lunch break or make a little afternoon out of it but I think the people of Arkansas would really be interested in seeing this," said Noble. 

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5:48 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

What Supreme Court's Ruling on Voting Rights Could Mean for Arkansas

U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

It struck down the law's formula for determining which states must get federal approval before changing election rules.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with John DiPippa of the law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for some analysis on what this decision means for Arkansas.

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5:14 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bishop Welcomes News Hospital Won't Be Sold

Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock says he pleased by news that an agreement to sell Mercy Hot Springs hospital to Capella Healthcare will not take place.

Taylor said Friday that Thursday's announcement that the purchase agreement between Mercy and Capella will expire without a sale is a "welcome" decision.

Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella and Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy Health announced in September plans to merge National Park Medical Center and Mercy Hot Springs.

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5:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Summer Program Offers Enrichment For Gifted And Talented

David O. Dodd Elementary School
Credit Little Rock School District

With school out for the summer, the Little Rock School District is continuing to provide opportunities for students to learn.

One such program took place at David O. Dodd Elementary, where the district’s Summer Enrichment Program held its closing ceremony Friday.

Now completing its third year, the seven day camp utilizes critical thinking and problem solving for third through fifth graders who are proficient or advanced in math and literacy.

This year the theme focused on the study of Native Americans found in Arkansas.

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1:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Nordex To Shutter Jonesboro Wind Turbine Plant

Nordex USA says it is shuttering its Jonesboro production facility that once promised to employ 750 workers.

The plant, which manufactured “nacelles” for large wind turbines said it will complete the orders in its pipeline and then shut the $40 million factory down. Nacelles house the engine and other key turbine components and sit high atop a wind turbine tower.

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12:59 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Founding Father's Document Displayed At Clinton Library

George Washington's copy of the U.S. Constitution will be on display at the Clinton Library from June 29 until July 12.
Credit washingtonian.org

A copy of the U.S. Constitution belonging to former president George Washington will be on display starting Saturday, June 29 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock.

The document, a bound book taken from a private collection, is traveling nationwide and will be shown at all thirteen presidential libraries. It was previously displayed at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta and will continue to the recently completed George W. Bush Presidential Library located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

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6:03 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Hospital Merger Talks Off In Hot Springs

Two health care companies have ended talks about the prospect of merging two Hot Springs hospitals.

Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tennessee and Mercy Health of Chesterfield, Missouri said Thursday that talks are no longer taking place about merging National Park Medical Center and Mercy Hot Springs.

Arkansas Business reports reports that the talks had gone on for more than a year and would have brought the facilities under Capella's ownership.

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5:59 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Arkansas Senators Split On Immigration Bill

Arkansas' U.S. senators have split on legislation that offers the chance at citizenship to the 11 million immigrants now living in the country unlawfully.

Democratic Senator Mark Pryor voted for the historic immigration bill on Thursday, while Republican Senator John Boozman voted against it.

The Senate approved the measure on a 68-32 vote. Pryor called the measure the "strongest border security bill in history" and praised the bipartisan vote for it.

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9:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Arkansas Committee Discusses Differences Between Medicaid and Private Option

Some Arkansas lawmakers are concerned that private insurance in the state may take on characteristics of Medicaid with the implementation of the state's new private option of Medicaid expansion. State officials answered lawmakers questions Thursday at a joint meeting of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committees about what the state's private option may look like.

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7:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Former Arkansas 911 Operator Was Fired From Prior Job

A Little Rock 911 operator who resigned after a woman died following a dispatching delay this year was fired from a previous dispatching job for poor performance.

Documents The Associated Press obtained Thursday show that Candace Middleton had been fired from her job working for the Little Rock suburb of Benton.

Middleton quit her job in Little Rock this month following the January death of 39-year-old Jinglei Yi.

Yi died shortly after calling 911 when she was trapped inside a vehicle in a pond.

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