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9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Film On History Of Spring Training In Hot Springs

Officials in Hot Springs are marking the start of work by a documentary filmmaker who is to depict the history of spring training baseball in the Spa City.

Documentarian Larry Foley is to discuss the project at a Thursday event. The film is to show the city's role as a spring training site in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Starting in 1886 and into the 1940s, teams that included the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Highlanders - later the New York Yankees - got ready for the season in Hot Springs.

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8:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option'

Arkansas lawmakers are discussing the progress of the compromise on Medicaid expansion that they just reauthorized for another year.

The House and Senate public health committees were scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. Approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health overhaul, the program was reauthorized by the Legislature during the session that ended earlier this month.

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5:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

In Governor's Race, Ross Criticizes Hutchinson Over Impeachment Role

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.

Ross told The Associated Press it's up to voters to decide whether impeachment will be an issue in the race for Arkansas' top office this year. He cited it as the difference between his service in Washington and Hutchinson's.

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5:33 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Ethics Complaint Dismissed Against Arkansas Securities Commissioner

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure and the corporate headquarters for Stephens Inc.
Credit Arkansas Business

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure has been cleared of any ethical violations after a complaint was filed by Little Rock-based investment firm Stephens Incorporated.

But now the company’s top lawyer says there ought to be a law against what the commissioner did.

Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz has been following the ongoing allegations being fired back and forth between the Abshure and Stephens.

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9:05 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hot Springs Housing Authority Raided By Fed Agents

The administrative offices of the Hot Springs Housing Authority have been raided by federal agents with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.

The Sentinel-Record reports that agents could be seen searching different offices, removing boxes and searching some vehicles in the parking lot.

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8:54 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Arkansas Advocates In DC To Push For Energy Help

Advocates from Entergy Arkansas are visiting with congressional leaders to urge increasing funding for an energy assistance program for the poor.

Advocates planned to visit Washington Wednesday to push for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides assistance for needs such as energy bills.

Entergy says cuts in funding for the federal program from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion have limited the level of assistance available for more than 340,000 qualifying households in Arkansas.

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7:37 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor is now charged with manslaughter.

Garland County authorities have issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Andrea Davis and her brother - Matthew Davis - in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis' home in February 2012.

An attorney for the Davises told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's made arrangements with the special prosecutor in the case for both Andrea and Matthew Davis to surrender sometime this week.

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5:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Clinton Scandal Writer Now Decries Right-Wing Media

David Brock
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

One of the Clinton’s most fierce media opponents from the 1990s, David Brock, spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service Tuesday as the repentant founder of the non-profit media watchdog Media Matters. Brock, who wrote on Troopergate and Paula Jones, described his previous role in writing for the conservative magazine The American Spectator.

“I was part of what Hillary Clinton would later call the vast right-wing conspiracy. Now, when Mrs. Clinton made that remark about the political opposition back in the late 1990s insiders scoffed but she was right,” said Brock.

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4:47 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Panel Discussion Set To Mark Anniversary of Mayflower Oil Spill

A panel discussion is scheduled next week on the effects of the Mayflower oil spill one year after the pipeline rupture.

Monday's event at the Clinton School of Public Service will focus on the impact the spill had on the surrounding community in Arkansas and beyond and how chances of a similar incident can be minimized in the future.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower last March, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the community about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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4:44 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Pulaski Tech Increases Costs to Students After Losing Millage Tax Election

Pulaski Technical College - North Little Rock Campus
Credit pulaskitech.edu

Pulaski Technical College is raising tuition fees after losing a millage tax election by a wide margin earlier in March. Students can expect the cost of attendance to rise by nearly 13 percent.

The college’s president, Margaret Ellibee, said without local millage, sales or property tax collections she is concerned about the capacity for growth.

“We're worried when our budget has not grown and will not grow in the futur. We took a 20 percent budget cut last year and this general fee that was implemented will get us right back to about even,” said Ellibee.

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