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11:53 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Top Political Leaders Debate Best Ways To Help The Delta

Former President Bill Clinton speaking to the Delta Grassroots Caucus Thursday night in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Many of the state’s top political leaders – and those aspiring for office – are taking part in a conference considering the best ways to revive the poverty-stricken Delta region.

The two-day Delta Grassroots Caucus started Thursday night with participants hearing from the Republican candidates for Arkansas governor, a freshman congressman and former President Bill Clinton.

“For the first time, literally in a generation, the larger demographic and other forces that are working on the world will help the Delta region,” Clinton said.

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7:44 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Arkansas AG Sues Greenbrier Used Car Dealer

The Arkansas attorney general's office is suing a Faulkner County used car dealer, claiming the business sold vehicles to which it didn't have clear title.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Thursday sued Carco of Arkansas Inc. of Greenbrier, which the office says is owned by J. Eric Turner.

The lawsuit claims that Carco sold cars when it had not fully paid for the vehicles and thus did not have the titles. The cars were acquired from auctions and other dealers.

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7:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Suicide Rate Up For Middle-Aged Arkansans

A government report says the rate of suicide among middle-aged Arkansans rose by more than 50 percent percent from 1999 to 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday that there were 144 suicides among the 35-64 age group in 1999 for a rate of 14.8 suicides per 100,000 population. The report says there were 245 suicides in that age group in 2010 for a rate of 22.8 per 100,000 and an increase of 54.2 percent over the decade.

The CDC report is based on death certificates and says people ages 35 to 64 account for about 57 percent of suicides.

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4:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program

Credit toadsuck.org

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

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2:33 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

DHS Answering Insurance Inquiries, Sending Private Option Waiver To Feds

John Selig, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, talks with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas.

On the heels of last week’s legislative session where state lawmakers approved the “private option” health insurance plan, Arkansas Medicaid leaders are already working to move the proposal forward.

The new law, known as the Health Care Independence Act, outlines the framework for allowing Arkansas to use Medicaid expansion money from the federal government to subsidize health insurance for low-income workers in a forthcoming health insurance exchange.

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1:34 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Man Sought After Posing As Officer Near Pocahontas

Randolph County authorities say they're still searching for a man who posed as a police officer and stopped a driver near Pocahontas.  

Sheriff Gary Tribble told The Jonesboro Sun Thursday that authorities have determined the man who made the stop on April 2 was not a police officer.  

Tribble says the imposter first stopped the driver inside the Pocahontas city limits and directed the person to a location outside the city.

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1:32 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

House Democratic Leader Talks Health Care In Arkansas

Skip Rutherford interviewed Congressional Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday in Little Rock for a Clinton School current events discussion. Pelosi said she is praying former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for President.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is defending passage of the federal health care overhaul  while on a visit to Arkansas.

Pelosi spoke in Little Rock Thursday at an event organized by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.  

She received a standing ovation when she took the stage, shortly before she praised the passage of the Affordable Care Act as a momentous achievement.  

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1:30 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Individual Income Tax Growth Boosts Arkansas Revenue

The Arkansas finance office says higher than expected growth in individual income tax collections  boosted the state's revenue above expectation and above last year's numbers in April.  

The Department of Finance and Administration said Thursday the state's net available revenues for April totaled $642.8 million. That's $84 million above last year and $79.8 million above forecast.

The state's year-to-date revenues total $4.1 billion, which is $163.9 million above forecast.

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1:19 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Blind Man Shot In Face, Left In Arkansas Road

Authorities in Randolph County say a blind man was shot in the face while walking on a gravel road near Dalton.  

Officials say 38-year-old Timothy King, who was blinded by a gunshot 10 years ago, is in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital, where his jaw is wired shut.  

The man's mother, Judy King, told The Jonesboro Sun that Timothy King knew the Rock Glade Trail road well and liked to go for long walks.  

Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble says Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.

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1:17 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

LRSD Anti-Bullying Task Force Committee To Meet

The Little Rock School District's advisory committee to its anti-bullying effort is to meet to discuss how to reduce student harassment.

The panel has scheduled a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the district administration building at 810 West Markham.    

Members of the committee include parents, students, district staff and other community members. The panel is conducting studies, identifying problems and developing recommendations on solutions.  

The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

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