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Local & Regional News
7:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas GOP Eyes Planned Parenthood Funds Next

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.

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Elections
6:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas AG Backs Several New Election Reforms

From left to right: Sen. Keith Ingram, AG Dustin McDaniel and Rep. Fred Love speak speak to the press about their package of election reform legislation.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is putting his support behind legislation that he says will reduce fraud in the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel and Sen. Keith Ingram, a Democrat from West Memphis, told reporters at the Capitol Thursday that proposed legislation would stiffen penalties for knowingly collecting and submitting fraudulent signatures within the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel referred to last year’s election is a prime example that the process needs reform.

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Arkansas Doctors And New Bacteria
4:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas Doctors Tackle Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Arkansas hospitals are coming up with new strategies to combat drug-resistant bacteria. These dangerous superbugs have caused major health problems in health care facilities across the United States.

Dr. Gary Wheeler is chief of infectious disease with the Arkansas Department of Health. He says sometimes germs mutate and become stronger due to people overusing antibiotics.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Hundreds Attend Arkansas Medicaid Rally

Republican Sen. Jonathan Dismang speaking at the rally on the steps of the state Capitol, with Gov. Mike Beebe and advocates for an expansion.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

As Arkansas lawmakers consider an expansion of health care under the federal health care law, hundreds turned out Thursday for a bi-partisan rally on the steps of the state Capitol in favor of an expansion. 

Republican Sen. Jonathan Dismang of Beebe, who had been skeptical, told the crowd that members of his party are keeping an open mind and working to reach to reach an agreement.

"The interest exists and people are willing to dive into this and make sure they’re making truly informed decisions," Dismang said. 

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Local & Regional News
1:06 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Roby Brock Talks Unusual Bills Being Considered by Arkansas Legislature

Arkansas Capitol Building

Roby Brock with Talk Business tells Good Day Arkansas' Deedra Wilson about some of the more unusual bills being considered during the 2013 session of the Arkansas Legislature.

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11:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Idaho Abortion Ban Tossed as Arkansas Law Faces Fight

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An Idaho ban on abortions after 20 weeks was overturned the same day Arkansas lawmakers passed a more restrictive law that opponents vowed to fight, intensifying a renewed debate over reproductive rights that has involved at least 10 states in recent years.
An Idaho ban on abortions after 20 weeks was overturned the same day Arkansas lawmakers passed a more restrictive law that opponents vowed to fight, intensifying a renewed debate over reproductive rights that has involved at least 10 states in recent years. U.S.
Local & Regional News
10:55 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Sequester Cuts Force Changes At Hot Springs National Park

The entrance to Hot Springs National Park, which is having to make cuts in service.
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Officials with Hot Springs National Park say automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 will reduce the park's budget by about $228,000.

Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez says seasonal and temporary positions normally filled in the spring and summer months will be eliminated, saving the park about $77,000.

She says the most noticeable change will be the visitor center hours. Typically, the park extends the visitor center hours every summer, but Fernandez says they'll remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this summer.

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Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Arkansas Panel OKs Tax Exemption For Military Pay

The pay for active duty military in Arkansas would be exempt from state income taxes under a measure advanced by a Senate panel Wednesday, the first major tax cut headed to a vote in this year's session.

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced the proposal, which officials say will cost Arkansas about $7.2 million annually. The lawmaker behind the proposal says the exemption would benefit about 6,300 people. Twenty-three of the Senate's 35 members have signed on as sponsors of the tax cut, which could go before that chamber as early as Thursday.

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Arkansas Highways
3:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Re-striping Pavement At I 430/I 630 Interchange Is Scheduled For Thursday And Friday

I 430/I 630 interchange under construction
Credit arkansashighways.com / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

As work continues on the Big Rock Interchange, where Interstates 430 and 630 meet in west Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is sending crews Thursday and Friday to re-stripe pavement at the east bound lanes.

The re-striping has been postponed twice due to bad weather.

Spokesman Danny Straessle says there may be some detours and rolling lane closure to make sure the paint is dry before motorists drive by.

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Local & Regional News
3:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto Of 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer speaks to reporters after the House voted to override Gov. Beebe's veto of the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward, giving the state the country's most restrictive abortion laws and setting the stage for a certain court challenge.

A day after the Republican-led state Senate voted to override Beebe's veto, the GOP-controlled House voted 56-33 to do the same. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

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