Chris Hickey http://ualrpublicradio.org en After Heavy Rains, Frigid Air In Store For Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/after-heavy-rains-frigid-air-store-arkansas <p>After enduring a battering of torrential rains over the weekend, Arkansans may now have to bundle up as a cold front moves through the state bringing the likelihood of freezing weather Monday night. The state rarely feels temperatures drop below freezing in mid-April, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark, who says a cold front moving in from Canada is causing the mercury in the thermometer to drop.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:56:09 +0000 Chris Hickey 21787 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-surgeon-general-more-transparency-means-better-healthcare <p>This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.</p><p>In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:06:28 +0000 Chris Hickey 21673 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-officials-kick-public-health-week <p>Local government officials and the Arkansas Department of Health are trying to raise awareness about issues like obesity, childhood hunger, fitness and nutrition for National Public Health Week.</p><p>On Monday, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, representatives from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and others gathered at the Big Dam Bridge to advocate for various educational initiatives.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:00:32 +0000 Chris Hickey 21435 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/maumelle-watershed-task-force-submit-proposals <p>The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:58:08 +0000 Chris Hickey 21106 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/acxiom-ceo-wants-tighter-regulations-data-industry <p>The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:49:27 +0000 Chris Hickey 20993 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/deadline-near-more-arkansans-signing-insurance-marketplace <p>The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is nearing. Those seeking to enroll have until next Monday, March 31<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17.5px;">,&nbsp;</span>or <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions/" target="_blank">they may face a fine.</a></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:55:58 +0000 Chris Hickey 20773 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace Little Rock Mayor Talks Obesity, Violence & Infrastructure In Annual Address http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-mayor-talks-obesity-violence-infrastructure-annual-address <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">In his latest “State of the City” Address, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola called for new efforts to end childhood obesity and violence among young African American males in the city. At the Centre at University Park Monday before several city leaders and community members, Stodola delivered his annual address, pointing out many of the city’s successes and several problem areas.</font></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:49:23 +0000 Chris Hickey 20466 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Mayor Talks Obesity, Violence & Infrastructure In Annual Address Arkansas Unemployment Down, Still Higher Than Nation http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-unemployment-down-still-higher-nation <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Figures released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Monday show an increase in the number of workers who’ve found a job. The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of one percent to 7.3 percent in January, compared to December. It’s also two-tenths of a percent lower from the same time last year. </font></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:50:04 +0000 Chris Hickey 20468 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Power Transmission Operator Breaks Ground For Little Rock Facility http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/power-transmission-operator-breaks-ground-little-rock-facility <p></p><p></p><p>A company that will manage operations of Entergy Arkansas’s power grid, broke ground on a new facility in Little Rock Friday. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, is establishing a regional headquarters that it says will employ 50 people at average salaries of 85,000 dollars a year.</p><p>Local elected officials and company representatives gathered in the middle of a dusty construction site in West Little Rock to move dirt with golden shovels and give a ceremonial blessing to the arrival MISO’s new facility in Arkansas</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:16:16 +0000 Chris Hickey 20296 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Power Transmission Operator Breaks Ground For Little Rock Facility Pulaski Tech Seeks Millage Increase http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pulaski-tech-seeks-millage-increase <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Pulaski County voters will get to decide whether to allow a 1.9-mill property tax increase in a special election to provide additional funding for Pulaski Technical College. The two year college is seeking to create a tax district to generate approximately 11 million dollars in annual revenue. </font></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:14:02 +0000 Chris Hickey 20113 at http://ualrpublicradio.org