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Local & Regional News
9:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Florida Dean Nominated For UAPB Chancellor Post

Laurence Alexander

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt has nominated an associate dean from the University of Florida to serve as next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Laurence Alexander now serves as associate dean of the graduate school and director of the Office of Minority Programs at Florida. If approved by the UA Board of Trustees, Alexander will begin his duties on July 1.

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Medicaid
4:26 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Governor Heading Back From D.C. With Medicaid Answers

Governor Mike Beebe is heading back from Washington DC, and with him are answers to lawmakers’ questions about the state’s options for expanding Medicaid under the Federal health care law.

The Governor, a Democrat, supports expansion, but some Republicans want more flexibility in the plan.

Representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville says he and his colleagues want to see more private insurance options.

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1:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Poll: Asa Hutchinson Is The Front-Runner For Governor In 2014

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A new poll shows that in the 2014 Governor’s race, Republican Asa Hutchinson has an early lead over two potential Democratic rivals, Mike Ross and Bill Halter.
In the 2014 Governor's race, Republican Asa Hutchinson has an early lead over two potential Democratic rivals, Mike Ross and Bill Halter. The latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll of 675 Arkansas voters gauges public opinion in head-to-head match-ups between Hutchinson and Halter and Hutchinson and Ross.
New Adventure Park
1:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Ozark Mountain Ziplines To Start Off Your Spring Season

Photo shows a section of children's course, with founder and zipline consultant Robert Nickell (front) and several staff, note the launch platform in the distance.
Credit Photo: Jacqueline Froelich

Jacqueline Froelich visited the 30-acre canopy zipline course

A new outdoor adventure park will open in North West Arkansas, just west of Eureka Springs.

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State Budget Policy
11:27 am
Mon February 25, 2013

State Spending Cap Bill To Get A Second Try This Week

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) said he'll try his bill to establish a state spending cap again this week.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The sponsor of a bill that would create a controversial state-spending cap says he will try it again in House committee Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, says he’s been researching successful spending caps in other states.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Arkansas Receives $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
2:27 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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Guns
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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