Local & Regional News

Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Trial Under Way For Woman Charged In SAU Theft

The trial is under way in El Dorado for an Arkansas woman charged with stealing horses and equipment  from the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team stables in Magnolia.  

Wendi Cox faces multiple theft charges in connection with the Nov. 3, 2011, theft of five horses, a trailer and tack.  

The Banner-News reports Cox is the mother of Jaci Jackson, a former rodeo team member charged with  theft for the same incident.

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Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Free Performance By The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra This Friday

Credit arkansasarts.org

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will undergo a renovation and be closed between June of 2014 until September of 2016.

The symphony is planning to use the Wally Allen Ballroom at the State House Convention Center as a substitute during the renovation.

Christina Littlejohn, the Executive Director of the Orchestra is inviting the public to an open rehearsal on Friday night, March 29, 7.15 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the State House Convention Center.

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Voter ID Update
6:27 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Arkansas Senate To Take Up Override Of Voter ID Veto

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe looks on during a Martin Luther King Jr. service in Little Rock, Arkansas in this January 15, 2013 Governor's office photo.

The Arkansas Senate is expected to attempt to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. 

Republican Sen. Bryan King is expected to ask the Senate on Wednesday to override Beebe's veto of his voter ID bill.

It takes a simple majority in the House and Senate to override a governor's veto. If King is successful, the House is expected to vote on an override Thursday.

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Arvest Buys Banks
6:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Arvest Bank Completes Acquisition Of 29 Branches

Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank says it's completed its acquisition of 29 Bank of America locations in four states. The Fayetteville-based bank announced that the deal closed last week for the new locations. 

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but it included 15 branches in Missouri, nine in Arkansas, four in Oklahoma and one in Kansas. Arkansas Business reports that Arvest received regulatory approval for the purchase on Feb. 18.

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Water Quality
8:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Arkansas Water Quality Standards High, Some Say Too Much So

A bill that would remove water quality standards for mineral content in small streams in the state is set for a hearing in the Senate Public Health Committee Wednesday.

House Bill 1929 would remove a special permit requirement for businesses that discharge minerals such as chlorides and sulfates into streams. Representative Andy Davis, a Republican from Little Rock, is the bill’s sponsor. Davis says current standards apply to water that will never be used as drinking water.

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Local & Regional News
4:38 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mayor Stodola Focuses On Crime In State Of The City Address

Credit Arkansas Times

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola  gave his State of the City Address Tuesday, assuring its citizens that high crime rates are being dealt with.  He also said revitalization projects continue to beautify the city, and public services will continue helping thousands of people. 

Mayor Stodola highlighted improvements the city has made during the last year, but also discussed aspects that still need some work. In particular, he said the criminal justice system needs to do a better job to keep “career burglars and thieves” locked up.

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Local & Regional News
3:13 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances 6 Amendments

A Senate panel has advanced six proposed constitutional amendments for lawmakers to consider putting on the Arkansas ballot next year.  

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday referred the six amendments to be taken up when the panel meets jointly with a House committee.

The Legislature can refer three amendments to voters for the general election.  

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Local & Regional News
3:09 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Study: Health Law Will Raise Claim Costs In Arkansas

A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates that the new federal health care law will raise medical claims costs in Arkansas by 40.9 percent.  

Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. The study estimates that President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will raise claims costs nationally by an average of 32 percent per person in the individual health insurance market by 2017. That's partly due to sicker people joining the pool.  

The study assumes every state will expand its Medicaid program.  

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Fayetteville Veterans Home
11:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Advocates Say Elder Abuse Must End At Arkansas Veterans Home

Fayetteville Veterans Home

Reports of neglect and inadequate care have advocacy groups deeply concerned for the safety of residents at the Fayetteville Veterans Home. 

The state already considers ailing veterans at the facility to be in “immediate jeopardy” and has submitted findings to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which could lead to fines and loss of funding. 

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Fayetteville Woman To Be Honored At The White House

L. Mireya Reith, executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition.

A Fayetteville woman is among 11 people who will be honored at the White House for their work on  immigration issues.  

The White House says L. Mireya Reith will be honored Tuesday as a Cesar Chavez "Champion of Change." 

The White House says the award honors people who embody civil rights activist Cesar Chavez's legacy of welcoming and defending immigrants in the U.S.  

Reith serves as executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition, which works to empower immigrants.

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