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Governor's Weekly Radio Address
6:55 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Governor's Radio Address Touts 'Private Option'

Arkansas is moving forward with a new plan to implement part of the Affordable Care Act to pay for health insurance for the state’s working poor now that the legislature has wrapped up its business.

Governor Mike Beebe used his weekly radio address to highlight the benefits of the state’s new “private option” of expanding health insurance with money intended for Medicaid.

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Community Service
6:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Chelsea Clinton Urges Teens To Push Service With Social Media

Chelsea Clinton helped pack food boxes at the Arkansas Rice Depot Friday after a lunchtime discussion with are high school students to emphasize the importance of community service.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging kids to use social media and technology to encourage their peers and parents to participate in community service.

Chelsea Clinton visited with students from several Little Rock High Schools during a lunchtime panel discussion Friday. The topics ranged from health and technology to her likelihood of running for political office. Clinton said not now.

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Proper Disposal Of Medications
4:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Properly Disposing Drugs Will Protect Kids, Environment, And Potential Abusers

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The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a 2007 study found that Arkansas rank the highest in the number of teen abuse of prescription pain relievers.

In its effort to protect children, potential abusers, and environment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with over 300 agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the state Department of Health, the Sheriff's Associations, the Governor’s Office, and the Board of Pharmacy, to provide locations for public to bring unneeded and expired medications.

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Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Community And Environmental Groups To Mark One-Month Anniversary Of ExxonMobil Spill

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An event Monday will mark the one-month anniversary of the rupture of an oil pipeline in Mayflower. More than 200 thousand gallons of raw crude was spilled in the residential neighborhood.

Glen Hooks is with the Sierra Club, one of several organizations taking part on Monday. 

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2:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Forecasters Call For Some Chance Of Hail And Damaging Winds Friday And Saturday

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Some hail and damaging wind can be seen in the south east area of Arkansas Friday and Saturday. 

Meteorologist Julie Lesko, with the National Weather Service, said, “We do expect showers and thunderstorms much of Friday and especially during the overnight hours into Saturday morning.”

“Best chance of anything severe in Arkansas will be Saturday afternoon and that is just chance of maybe larger hail and gustier wind but that mainly south of Little Rock area and south east Arkansas,” said Lesko.

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Peabody Changes Brands
7:56 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Peabody Hotel In Little Rock To Become Marriott Next Week

Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Officials say the Peabody Hotel in downtown Little Rock will switch over to the Marriott brand next week.

Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Gretchen Hall says the changeover will happen Wednesday.

Hall says the Peabody's signature ducks will take their last march in Little Rock within the next week.

In December, the Advertising and Promotion Commission signed an agreement to lease the Peabody to a Tennessee-based investment company, which settled on the Marriott brand. 

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Oil Spill Meeting
7:23 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Group Plans Meeting On Mayflower Oil Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill
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A group that's critical of the oil spill in central Arkansas from an ExxonMobil pipeline is holding a meeting to mark the one-month anniversary of the accident. 

The group Arkansans Concerned about Oil Pipelines is to gather at 6 p.m. Monday at Pearce Park in Mayflower.

Thousands of gallons of oil spilled into a cove off Lake Conway and more than 20 homes had to be evacuated.

Environmental testing has shown no oil has leaked into Lake Conway, but hazardous fumes have been registered in the evacuated area, where the cleanup continues. 

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Arkansas Abortion Lawsuit
7:12 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Hearing Set In Suit Over Arkansas 12-week Abortion Ban

A hearing is scheduled next month in a federal lawsuit challenging Arkansas' ban on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

A court document filed Thursday shows that a hearing is set for May 17 in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Reproductive Rights Center on behalf of two Arkansas doctors who perform abortions.

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Ballot Initiatives
6:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Law Restricting Paid Canvassers In Ballot Initiatives Awaits Lawsuit

Canvassers at work.
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Policy Advocates in Arkansas are planning to file a lawsuit challenging a new law which they claim restricts citizens from advancing ballot initiatives through a petition gathering process.

Act 1413 requires paid canvassers to register with the Secretary of State’s office and would criminalize canvassers who solicit fraudulent signatures.

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Gun Control Legislation
4:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Pryor Defends Vote After Criticism from Gun Control Groups, Arkansan with Sandy Hook Ties

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas
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Listen to the report.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is defending his vote last week on gun legislation.

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