Local & Regional News

Local & Regional News
2:27 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

New Survey: Arkansans Divided On Concealed Weapons Bill

A survey released Friday by Talk Business and Hendrix College finds by a slight margin that most respondents support a bill that would allow weapons to be carried on college campuses by licensed faculty and staff. 

49% are in favor of the proposal, while 43-percent are against it.  Roby Brock with Talk Business Arkansas says it shows that gun rights issues remain a divisive topic.  

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Arkansas Among Six States To Receive $42 Million Health Care Grant

Governor Mike Beebe met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington DC this Friday to discuss how low-income Arkansans can purchase insurance without going on expanded Medicaid. 

Arkansas is one of six states to be awarded a $42 million dollar grant for a new health care initiative. Beebe says the plan will address preventative care, as well as existing chronic conditions. 

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Lt. Gov. Darr Signs Bill Making Concealed Carry List Private

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signing the bill that makes the concealed carry list private, surrounded by Sen. Bruce Holland (left) and Rep. Andy Davis (right).
Credit Lieutenant Governor's office

With Gov. Mike Beebe out of state attending a National Governors Association meeting in Washington, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Friday signed into law a bill that makes private a list of people who can carry concealed weapons in Arkansas.

Gov. Beebe had said he would not sign the bill, but also would not veto it, which would allow it to become law five days after reaching his desk.

But in his role as Acting Governor, Darr signed it into law, saying in a written statement that he felt there should be no delay.

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3:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Ark. Handgun List To Go Secret Without Governor's Signature

Governor Mike Beebe is neither vetoing, nor signing a law to make a list of concealed handgun permit holders a secret.

Instead, he’ll let the law take effect without his signature.

Matt DeCample, the Governor’s spokesman said Thursday that the Governor is against the law, because he says there hasn’t been any instances of permit holders being victimized due to their information being out there.

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5:14 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Arkansans Ask Congress To Stop Automatic Cuts To Crucial Programs

Candis Collins wants members of Congress to stop the sequester.
Credit Malcolm Glover

The inability of Congress to reach an agreement on ending the sequester means some programs in Arkansas could suffer if mandatory spending cuts in defense and domestic programs go into effect March 1.

At an event in Little Rock Wednesday, various interest groups rallied together and encouraged lawmakers to act before it’s too late.

Chilly temperatures and freezing rain weren’t going to stop Candis Collins from voicing her concerns about looming federal cuts. She and others gathered outside Martin Luther King Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock.

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3:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Winter Weather Advisory For Counties In North And Central Arkansas

Credit Flickr.com

While central Arkansas has seen some sleet and snowflakes today, there has been no accumulation because temperatures have remained above freezing.

But with another round of precipitation expected, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for counties in north and central Arkansas for late Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says little to no accumulation is expected in the Little Rock area.

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Voter ID
2:28 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Arkansas Voter ID Requirement Passes Senate

Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) questioning Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) on whether a current Voter ID bill would have stopped a voter fraud he said was committed against him.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

A bill that would require voters in Arkansas to show a valid picture ID when casting a ballot is moving to a House committee after the Senate passed it this Wednesday.

Senator Bryan King, a Republican from Green Forest, sponsored the bill. He says it will make voters more confident in the voting process.

“We know that photo ID is an everyday part of life, that you have to use a photo ID to get on a plane, you have to use a photo ID to get a library card, it’s just an everyday part of life,” King said.

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10:01 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Economic Development Project Moves Forward

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Arkansas Business has a report on the latest on Big River Steel Mill project.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission expects to submit its $125 million incentive package for the Big River Steel mill project to the Arkansas Legislature on Thursday, an AEDC spokesman said on Monday.
Land Development
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Public Meeting To Address North Little Rock Properties

Big Rock Quarry
Credit flickr.com

  The future of North Little Rock properties such as the Big Rock Quarry and green space west of Pike Avenue will be topics of discussion for residents and the city’s Public Land Use Development Task Force in a meeting to held Thursday night.

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Abortion Legislation
2:38 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Abortion Bills Advance To Arkansas House For Final Vote

The Arkansas House of Representatives is set to vote on two controversial abortion bans, possibly later this week, after a committee approved the legislation Tuesday.

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