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6:38 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

The Cash family house today.
Michael Hibblen

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 4:38 pm

It's been almost a decade since Johnny Cash died, but fans still travel from around the world to see the place the music legend often described as key to his development: his boyhood home in the eastern Arkansas town of Dyess. The small house will soon serve as a museum — not only as a tribute to Johnny Cash, but also to tell the history of the town.

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KUAR News
12:05 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Weather Outside Is Frightful; Tornadoes, Snow, Rain Lash Much Of Nation

The wicked weather covers a lot of territory. (Image shows conditions as of late afternoon Wednesday, ET.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 6:27 am

  • From the NPR Newscast: Giles Snyder on the storm

(On Wednesday, we weaved new information into the top of this post and in updates below. Thursday, we began a new post about the weather.)

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Winter Storm
12:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Power After Christmas Snow

About 130,000 Entergy Arkansas customers still are without power in Central Arkansas with the majority of those in the Little Rock area.

Including Entergy and other power networks in the state, a total of about 200,000 electricity customers still don't have power in the state.

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Early Childhood Education
10:57 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Program Helps Arkansas Child Care Providers Promote Social-Emotional Development

In the work-driven, hectic world many modern families find themselves in, children are often placed in child care, where parents hope their needs will be adequately met.

But the reality is it isn't always easy for child care providers to deal with the disruptive behavior of some of the students and have complete control of the classroom.

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International Event In Little Rock
12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Governor Beebe Proud To Host Back-To-Back International Events In Little Rock

Starting Mon, Dec. 17 through Tuesday, Dec.18, Little Rock is hosting the world’s largest annual forum of former democratic heads of state, Club de Madrid.

More than 40 former leaders will attend the event.

Governor Mike Beebe, in his weekly radio address over the weekend, said he is proud of Arkansas’ achievements in getting recognition from people around the world.

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Local & Regional News
12:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

ASU Selects New Football Coach

Arkansas State's Football Field
Credit flickr / jimmy emerson

The campus of Arkansas State University is abuzz with the announcement of new head football coach Brian Harsin. Administrators held a press conference today in Jonesboro where Harsin laid out his plan to continue the recent success of the program. "I know that it's not just the football team. It's not just the university. It's an entire community that backs and makes all of this work. And support is what's tremendous and what's huge in continuing to get better and better," said Harsin.

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Little Rock New Fire Station
12:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Little Rock Dedicates The City's First New Fire Station In 20 Years

Credit Flickr.com

Little Rock dedicated its first new fire station in 20 years on Monday. KUAR’s Kezia Nanda attended the opening. You can listen to her report above.

Instead of a ribbon cutting, the grand opening of Fire Station number 23 was marked by fire fighters uncoupling a fire hose and pushing one of their trucks into the new station.

"This fire station would not have been built without the assistance from the federal government and the gracious contributions and votes from our citizens in the sales tax election," Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola told the crowd.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The President & CEO Of Arkansas Children’s Hospital To Retire

Dr. Bates announces his retirement as President and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital. Phoro: Maggie Carroll

Arkansas Children's Hospital says its president and chief executive officer Jonathan Bates will retire next summer.

The hospital’s foundation, board of directors and Research Institute announced that with his stepping down, it will establish a $ 3 million endowed chair to initially fund the Jonathan R. Bates Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.

The center will focus on improving the delivery of health care, while lowering its cost.

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Bipartisan Governors At The White House
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Governor Beebe Asks Officials In White House To Compromise

Credit Photo: Kezia Nanda

Governor Mike Beebe hopes Arkansas will not have to carry a disproportionate amount of the burden as President Obama and Congress work on a compromise for avoiding the fiscal cliff, should negotiations fail.

Beebe was back in Little Rock Wednesday after a meeting with President Obama, alongside other governors Tuesday at the White House.

The 90 minute meeting with the president also included five other governors, representing both parties and offering the states’ perspectives on negotiations.

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Kindergarten Teacher Is Named Teacher Of The Year
12:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Alexia Weimer Newly Named Arkansas' Teacher Of The Year

Alexia Weimer (in the middle)
Credit Photo: Kezia Nanda

Arkansas’ 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year was honored on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there. You can listen to her report above.

Alexia (Ali) Weimer was chosen by the state’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.

She teaches kindergarten at the Avondale Elementary School in the East Arkansas town of Marion. 

Kim Wilson won 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year and serves on the committee.

She says Weimer deserves the honor.

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