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Interview with Peter Sagal
5:26 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Peter Sagal Plays Arkansas News Quiz, Talks New Constitution Series

Peter Sagal
Credit www.pbs.org

To mark the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, a new public television series featuring NPR host Peter Sagal will debut Tuesday, May 7, at 8 p.m. on AETN.

To celebrate the series, KUAR's Jacob Kauffman interviewed Sagal, starting with a special Arkansas news quiz he made for Sagal with a Constitutional bend. 

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Congressman Griffin On ‘Cotton For Senate’ Bandwagon

Congressman Tim Griffin on Talk Business Arkansas.

Congressman Tim Griffin (R) says Fourth District Cong. Tom Cotton will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2014 even if “he doesn’t know it yet.”

Griffin appeared on Talk Business Arkansas this week to discuss the Senate race, GOP politics and the latest from the Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower.

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Rabies Alert
4:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Arkansas On Track For Record Number Of Rabies Cases

The number of rabies cases in Arkansas has increased to 84 so far this year.

Pope, Johnson, Yale and Garland Counties are reported to have the most number of cases.

State Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Susan Weinstein, calls the increase very alarming and says pets and kids need to be protected.

“Our normal yearly average is about 50 rabid animals a year and we’re up to 84, but we’re not even half way through the year. So it appears that we’re on track to have a record year this year,” said Weinstein.

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Local & Regional News
4:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Arkansas' Auditor Won't Seek Re-Election In 2014

Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels says he won't seek re-election in 2014.

Daniels, a Democrat, has been a fixture at the Capitol for decades and his Monday announcement makes the statewide auditor office an open seat on next year's ballot.  

Daniels served as state Lands Commissioner for 18 years, starting after his election in 1984. Term limits didn't let him run again in 2002, but he was elected secretary of state that year, serving eight years and then wining election as auditor in 2010.  

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Arkansas Foodbank
4:11 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

New CEO Announced For Arkansas Foodbank

The former head of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been named the new CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank. 

Rhonda Sanders said she’s excited about the opportunity. 

“I really fell in love with the food banking industry, the mixture of charitable organization, helping people get their life on track and get the food they need, while also operating in the business environment.”

Sanders said the Arkansas Foodbank aims to allocate 18 million lbs. of food this year.

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Community Development In Helena-West Helena
7:01 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part One

Tommie Gause at Freedom Park in Helena-West Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

The City of Helena-West Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas is no stranger to the hardships that have plagued many communities across the country during the economic downturn.

High unemployment, a struggling education system, political upheaval, a crumbling infrastructure, and even unresolved racial inequalities were once the hallmarks of this unified city in the impoverished Arkansas Delta. However, new research findings show some positive demographic trends and community development projects have some residents saying Helen-West Helena is finally making a comeback.

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Local & Regional News
6:41 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Prosecutor: No Credible New Evidence In Deaths Of 3 West Memphis Boys

A prosecutor says no credible new evidence has come up to point to a new suspect in the killings of three West Memphis Cub Scouts 20 years ago.

Eight-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers disappeared 20 years ago Sunday. Their bodies were found the next day. Prosecutor Scott Ellington told The Jonesboro Sun that his office gets calls and tips weekly - but no credible evidence has been presented to change his opinion that the three men originally convicted in the case are guilty.

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Children's Hospital
6:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas Children's Hospital Hires CEO, Bates Retires

Arkansas Children's Hospital is getting a new leader.

The Little Rock hospital announced Friday that Dr. Jonathan Bates is retiring as president and chief executive officer and Marcella "Marcy" L. Doderer will step into the position in July.

Bates' retirement is effective June 30, and Doderer is to start July 15.

The change was announced by the hospital board chairman Tom Baxter.

Doderer is vice president and administrator at Children's Hospital of San Antonio. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School.

Pegasus Pipeline Spill
6:17 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

ExxonMobil Completes Pipeline Repair In Missouri

Officials with ExxonMobil have repaired an oil pipeline in southeast Missouri, where a leak was discovered earlier this week.

A resident near Doniphan, Mo., found oil leaking in his yard Tuesday. All told, about one barrel - roughly 42 gallons of crude oil - leaked from the Pegasus pipeline. The cause remains under investigation.

The repair was completed Friday.

The pipeline running from Illinois to Texas already was out of service after a much larger breach in Arkansas in March, but that doesn't mean there wasn't oil inside.

Arkansas 2014 Election
6:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas Dems Vying For Governor Both Tout Education

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter told reporters Friday that his opponent for the Democratic nomination for Governor, former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross is switching his position on federal health care overhaul after Ross praised the private option of Medicaid expansion approved by the Arkansas legislature.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Both Democratic Candidates for Governor in Arkansas say the private option of Medicaid expansion was the best deal available to the state but disagree on the bulk of the federal health care overhaul.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross spoke to members of the Delta Grass Roots Caucus Friday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

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