Local & Regional News

10:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Medicaid Audit Released, $1.3 Million In Improper Benefits Paid

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) says the state need to fix problems in its current Medicaid system outlined in a recent audit before deciding to expand the the system's coverage.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As lawmakers look for ways to fill a $61 million shortfall in the Medicaid budget and weigh the possibility of expanding the program, an audit released Friday afternoon shows the program has paid $1.36 million to individuals ineligible to receive Medicaid since 2009.

House Republican Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says the audit’s results show a broken system.

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Abortion Legislation
10:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Bill To Ban Abortions After 12 Weeks Passes House Committee

Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) and Representative Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) presented their "Heartbeat Protection Act" to a House committee Thursday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

After tabling the issue, a House committee is advancing a bill that would ban most abortions in Arkansas after 12 weeks.

Senator Jason Rapert’s bill seeks to prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

It passed the Senate but was tabled in a House committee until a lunchtime hearing Thursday, when it was brought back up with two amendments.

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Death Penalty
10:25 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate Advances Arkansas's New Lethal Injection Bill

Governor Mike Beebe told reporters Thursday that he'll sign a new lethal injection law if it reaches his desk.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

New legislation on how the state must execute its death row inmates is on its way to a House committee after passing the Senate 33-0 Thursday.

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Death Penalty
10:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ark. Senate Committee Advances New Lethal Injection Law

Ark. AG Dustin McDaniel told a committee Wednesday that there is enough instruction in a new bill regarding administration of the death penalty to solve problems the state Supreme Court found in the previous law.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A Senate committee is advancing a law that would provide new instructions for how the state administers the death penalty.

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Report: Arkansas Has Harshest Tenant Laws In Country

A report being issued today by Human Rights Watch zeroes in on Arkansas, saying the state has some of the harshest tenant laws in the country.

Meanwhile, many landlords in Arkansas say they need the statute in order to get non-paying tenants out of their property. KUAR's Kelly MacNeil reports.

A graying man in a black tie stands outside the Little Rock apartment complex where he lived until last September.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Guns In Church Bill Passes In House And Senate

Governor Mike Beebe says he will sign the bill allowing concealed weapons in Arkansas's churches if it reaches his desk. Both the Senate and the House have passed the legislation, with the latter approving it Monday.

The bill, proposed by Republican Senator Bryan King of Green Forest, lifts the previously established ban on guns in places of worship.Arkansas, along with nine other states, does not allow them. KUAR News called more than 30 churches with many pastors not wanting to comment on the potentially divisive issue.

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10:18 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill To Let Districts Count Home Schooled Dies In House Committee

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Small school districts teetering on the edge of 350 students won’t be able to count home schoolers as a way to avoid school district consolidation.

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150 New Jobs For Arkansans
12:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Expansion Of Custom Aircraft Cabinets Creates 150 New Jobs

Credit customaircraftcabinets.com

A Sherwood-based company that makes furnishings for airplanes on Wednesday opened a new facility.

It is also expanding its workforce, creating 150 additional jobs.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was at the grand opening. You can listen to her report above.

A large crowd was on hand as Custom Aircraft Cabinets opened the new facility on Landers Road, the building which had previously housed a National Home Center.

Mike Gueringer co-founded the company, which makes cabinetry and upholstery for aircraft, 24 years ago in North Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Proposed Steel Mill Would Create 525 Jobs in East Arkansas

John Correnti, CEO of the proposed Big River Steel mill, speaks alongside Governor Mike Beebe and other state officials at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen

A major new employer will be coming to east Arkansas IF the legislature approves start-up funding for the project.

Governor Mike Beebe announced Tuesday that a much talked about super-project involves a steel mill in Osceola.

"It is a $1.1 billion investment.  It is 525 direct, immediate jobs with an average salary of $75,000 a piece," Gov. Beebe said to applause in a packed conference room at the Capitol.

About 2,000 temporary construction jobs would also be created as the mill is being built.

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Jeb Bush Coming To Little Rock
12:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush To Come To Arkansas

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considered a possible candidate for President in 2016, is the headliner of the School Choice reform rally and summit on Tuesday.

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, activists are pushing for a policy reform on the state’s education system.

Laurie Lee is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Reform Alliance said Arkansas can learn from Florida’s education system which Jeb Bush implemented.

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