Malcolm Glover http://ualrpublicradio.org en Arkansas Gas Prices Continue To Drop http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-gas-prices-continue-drop <p>Gasoline prices are down in many parts of Arkansas, due to seasonal changes. In the Little Rock area, some stations are selling gas at $2.95 a gallon.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Mike Right with the AAA Auto Club, continuing price fluctuations are also driven by a glitch in the distribution system.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:15:19 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17526 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Gas Prices Continue To Drop Gov. Beebe Proposes $5 Billion Budget For Coming Year http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/gov-beebe-proposes-5-billion-budget-coming-year <p>Department of Finance and Administration officials outlined specific state budget priorities in a legislative hearing Tuesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Mike Beebe is proposing a $5 billion budget for the coming year that would boost funding for education, human services and the state's prison system.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:38:16 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17448 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Gov. Beebe Proposes $5 Billion Budget For Coming Year Arkansas Legislative Race Could Impact Medicaid Expansion http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-legislative-race-could-impact-medicaid-expansion <p>The outcome of a special election Tuesday for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat could be a factor in the long-term viability of the state’s Medicaid expansion.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race will determine whether Democrat Steve Rockwell or Republican John Cooper will serve the remainder of former state Senator Paul </span>Bookout’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> term. </span>Bookout<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Democrat, vacated the post due to ethics violations.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:38:34 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17407 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Legislative Race Could Impact Medicaid Expansion Boozman: Farm Bill Efforts Moving Forward http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/boozman-farm-bill-efforts-moving-forward <p>Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says efforts are underway to finalize provisions in the federal farm bill. A group of congressmen and senators are expected to meet Thursday to approve additional changes to the conference report.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“As you start putting ideas in the form of legal language, it takes time. Those ideas then have to be scored by the Office of Management and Budget. Hopefully we will get this thing wrapped up soon,” said </span>Boozman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:43:10 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17178 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Boozman: Farm Bill Efforts Moving Forward Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-farmers-meet-discuss-planting-season <p>Some corn and sorghum producers in Arkansas are deeply concerned about how changing weather patterns could impact crop yields.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday and Thursday, farmers are expected to meet with other agricultural officials in Jonesboro and Dumas to review water regulations, discuss crop insurance, and get an early assessment of how growers can market their goods in 2014.</span></p><p>Jason Kelley is an extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:48:50 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17065 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season University Of Arkansas Finances Face More Scrutiny http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/university-arkansas-finances-face-more-scrutiny <p>University of Arkansas-Fayetteville officials are expected to testify before a legislative committee this week to answer additional questions about the university's fundraising practices.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late last year, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee reviewed state audit findings that showed a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the Division of University Advancement.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:37:42 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17054 at http://ualrpublicradio.org University Of Arkansas Finances Face More Scrutiny Arkansas Voters May Decide Minimum Wage Increase http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-voters-may-decide-minimum-wage-increase <p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="color:#222222">Organizers of an effort to raise the minimum wage in <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arkansas</st1:place></st1:state> are awaiting Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s decision on their proposed ballot measure.</span></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:37:13 +0000 Malcolm Glover 16894 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Voters May Decide Minimum Wage Increase Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/boozman-will-not-support-bipartisan-budget-deal-congress <p>Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security.&nbsp;</span></p><p>U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:12:50 +0000 Malcolm Glover 15956 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress Arkansas Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-labor-unions-urge-policy-changes <p>Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:57:55 +0000 Malcolm Glover 15874 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes Winter Weather Causes Delays And Cancellations In Central Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/winter-weather-causes-delays-and-cancellations-central-arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="3">The Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School Districts are closed Monday.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">UALR will open at noon. Pulaski Tech is closed. </span>UCA's<span style="font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> inclement weather policy is in effect.</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:57:24 +0000 Malcolm Glover 15743 at http://ualrpublicradio.org