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Medicaid and Youth Home 1
7:56 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Arkansas Medicaid Funding And Youth Home: Part One

Michelle Blaney at the campus of Youth Home.
Credit Malcolm Glover

As Arkansas officials prepare for a Medicaid shortfall of close to $400 million in 2014, many organizations that rely on those funds are battling budgetary constraints to continue providing necessary services that meet the needs of their patients.

On a rainy afternoon in a rural corner of West Little Rock, 20-year old Michelle Blaney from Bryant returns to the campus of Youth Home, the oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents in Arkansas.

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Alternative Transportation
1:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Electric Cars Moving Slowly To Arkansas

Don Bearden next to his DIY electric vehicle as it charges at the Clinton Presidential Center's charging station.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

Electric cars are entering the automotive market in Arkansas ever so slowly.

Fully electric cars have been on showroom floors for the last six months in the state. A few early adopters have been taking notice but finding an electric car on the road in central Arkansas can be an elusive task.

Don Bearden drives an electric vehicle, but he went the do-it-yourself route and built his own from a small truck and a forklift. Though, his car is more of a grocery-getter than a commuter.

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google artwork
11:51 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Little Rock 5th Grader Is A National Finalist For Google Art Contest

Kouadio Kondo's artwork for the Doodle 4 Google Competition
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Human Trafficking
12:37 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder Highlights Efforts To Fight Human Trafficking

  Attorney General Eric Holder told a Little Rock crowd Tuesday night, he will designate an employee to oversee the Justice Department’s prosecution efforts for human trafficking crimes.

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Local & Regional News
11:55 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Little Rock Airport Renamed In Honor Of BIll And Hillary Clinton

The Little Rock Airport Commission listens during the public comment period of Tuesday's meeting.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Little Rock National Airport is being renamed in honor of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The airport's commission unanimously approved the name change Tuesday after hearing comments from the public.

Arkansas House Speaker-elect Darren Williams told the panel he believes it an appropriate way to honor the 42nd President and the Secretary of State. 

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Arkansas Politics
12:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Ark. Legislature Adjourns, House Chooses First Black Speaker

Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock) speaks to reporters after being voted House Speaker Designate.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives, by a 54-46 vote Friday, chose Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock) to be the next Speaker of the House.


"It is such an honor ... I am thrilled beyond measure and I am humbled," Williams said of the vote.

The vote was historic because Willams is the first black speaker of the Arkansas house of representatives.

Williams told reporters he acknowleges the historical significance and he's happy his kids can see it, but historical significance is not why he ran.

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Work Underway To Restore Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home In East Arkansas

Johnny Cash's boyhood home, lifted up so that work can begin to restore its foundation.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday, dozens of family members joined hundreds of fans and residents in the east Arkansas town of Dyess Sunday to formally mark the beginning of work to restore his boyhood home.

"This project has been in the making for several years and I never thought that it would actually come to fruition," said daughter Rosanne Cash, who led the ceremony at the Dyess Community Center. "We never foresaw that it would take on this kind of life."

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George Takei
10:46 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actor George Takei Returns To Arkansas To Promote The Arts And Human Rights

George Takei at the Capitol Hotel in Little Rock.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Actor and activist George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, is in Little Rock this week to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

While the orchestra plays, Takei will narrate A Survivor from Warsaw, a piece written by Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg in 1947. As narrator, Takei takes on the persona of Jewish concentration camp survivor.

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Little Rock Home Of Civil Rights Pioneer Daisy Bates Opens For Tours

A plaque notes the Daisy Bates home at 1208 W. 28th Street in Little Rock as a National Historic Landmark.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

55 years ago, a modest home on West 28th Street in Little Rock was where the Little Rock Nine would meet to coordinate efforts to integrate Central High School.

During the days when National Guard troops kept them out of the school, it’s also where they would meet with tutors in the basement to keep up with their studies.

Today the home of L. C. and Daisy Bates is restored to the way it looked in those days and is available for tours from the National Park Service.

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State Fairgrounds
11:54 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Little Rock Mayor Pitches To Keep State Fair

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola presented four proposals for improving the state fairgrounds to the Arkansas Livestock Show Association Thursday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola met with members of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association Thursday to personally present four plans to expand the State Fairgrounds should it remain in its Little Rock location.


Stodola says the city wants the fair to stay. Little Rock recently passed a sales tax which included $3 million specifically for the fair.

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