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Wilbur Mills Book
11:40 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Book Chronicles Career Of Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills

Wilbur Mills

Arkansas author Kay Goss has written a book about the life and legacy of former Congressman Wilbur Mills. As one of the longest serving Arkansas officials in Congress, Mills made a name for himself wielding power as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1958 to 1975. 

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Pres. Clinton For Little Rock Funding Initiative
6:18 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Clinton To Help Launch Microloan Program In Arkansas

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to help announce the launch of an initiative that expands the availability of microloans for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Little Rock area.

Clinton is slated to appear Friday afternoon at the launch of Kiva City Little Rock. The program connects small business owners to an online community where people can lend money to Arkansas businesses.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Sen. Mark Pryor To Begin Re-election Campaign With Fundraisers in LR

Credit pryor.senate.gov

Sen. Mark Pryor, the sole Democrat remaining in Arkansas' congressional delegation, is bringing in the big guns as he formally kicks off his re-election campaign this weekend.

Former President Bill Clinton is among those expected at fundraisers Saturday evening in Little Rock. 

Three events are planned.  A dinner at the Peabody Hotel, a cocktail reception at the Statehouse Convention Center and what’s being called an Arkansas Celebration, also at the Statehouse. 

Governor Mike Beebe and former Senators David Pryor and Dale Bumpers are also expected. 

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Local & Regional News
2:53 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Arkansas House Advances Charter School Law Changes

The Arkansas House has passed a bill that would change the way the state approves charter schools.

The House on Thursday voted 87-0 in favor of a bill by Republican Rep. Mark Biviano of Searcy that would designate the state Education Department and not the Board of Education as the primary authorizer of charter schools.

Biviano's proposal would require the state education commissioner to appoint a panel of his staff to review and approve charter school applications.

The Board of Education would have the power to review that panel's decisions.

Local & Regional News
1:58 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Arkansas Panel Approves Tax Cut For Farm Structures

A House panel has approved exempting chicken-breeding houses and other farm structures from  sales taxes on utilities, a cut that state finance officials say will cost about $10 million a year.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced the legislation Thursday. It's the first major tax cut approved by the panel this session.

The measure would exempt several types of agricultural structures from sales taxes on electricity, natural gas and other utilities. The proposal heads to the House for a vote as legislative leaders are negotiating a package of tax cuts.

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Local & Regional News
1:02 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Court Won't Reconsider Appeal In Arkansas Bombing Case

A federal appeals court has denied a request to reconsider the appeal of an Arkansas doctor convicted in a bombing that nearly killed the head of the state's medical board.

On Wednesday, the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a three-judge panel rejected Randeep Mann's request for a rehearing.

In December, a three-judge panel ordered a new sentencing for Mann, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 bombing at the home of Dr. Trent Pierce.

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Oaklawn Hosts Major Meet Saturday
12:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jockeys Prepare Horses For Rebel Stakes At Oaklawn

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Horse racing is well underway at Oaklawn in Hot Springs and there are only a few major events left before the racing season ends April 13th. According to Jennifer Hoyt with the racetrack, the much anticipated Rebel Stakes begins this Saturday.

“The Rebel Stakes race has a purse of $600,000 and this year there is 85 points available for horses that are looking to make the Kentucky Derby,” said Hoyt. “This is our last big prep-race for horses wanting to make the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby beyond that.”

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New Pope And Arkansas
10:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Arkansas Catholics React To Pope Francis' Election

Pope Francis

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock says Pope Francis is well-suited to address the church's challenges and that he reacted with "surprise and delight" at the selection. 

Taylor said Wednesday that having a pope from Latin America will bring a "special sensitivity" to poorer regions of the world, where two-thirds of Catholics live. 

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Pryor And Boozman On Budget And Energy
5:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Discuss National Energy Needs And Budget Matters

From left to right: Senator John Boozman and Mark Pryor.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says he’s once again filing a bill that would mandate a 4-year review of all energy programs and energy needs in the country.

Pryor, a Democrat, said the measure received bipartisan support last year, but he’s still trying to gain support from Republican lawmakers this time around. Because of fracking and horizontal drilling, Pryor says there is now an abundance of natural gas in Arkansas, but…

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State Budget Policy
8:47 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Wants Part Of General Revenues, Educators Worried

Rep. Jonathan Barnett (R-Siloam Springs) is the sponsor of HB1418.
Credit Arkansas State Legislature

A bill that would direct a portion of the state’s general revenue to pay for highways in the years to come has many in state education and higher education programs worried they’ll lose a portion of their funding in the future.

  The bill’s sponsor, Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, says some general revenue needs to shift to highways because revenue sources like the state’s fuel tax aren’t keeping the state’s highways adequately funded for upkeep.

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