Michael Hibblen http://ualrpublicradio.org en Mitt Romney Casts Arkansas Senate Race As Way To Fight Obama http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-casts-arkansas-senate-race-way-fight-obama <p>Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says unseating incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is critical to the future of the nation.</p><p>Speaking to reporters in North Little Rock after headlining two fundraisers for Republican candidate Tom Cotton, he didn’t talk much about the candidates, but said it’s about the balance of power.</p><p>"This will make a difference. This could well be the race that determines who will have the majority in the Senate," Romney said.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:52:13 +0000 Michael Hibblen 28562 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Mitt Romney Casts Arkansas Senate Race As Way To Fight Obama First New North Little Rock School Opens As Part Of Massive Overhaul http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/first-new-north-little-rock-school-opens-part-massive-overhaul <p></p><p>As part of an ambitious $265 million plan to completely remake the North Little Rock School District, the first new school is now open.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A ceremony was held Tuesday to dedicate the rebuilt Meadow Park Elementary, with three other schools to open in December.</span></p><p>Students patiently waited through a series of speakers, before the ribbon-cutting and students and faculty shouting in unison "let's go to school." &nbsp;It's the first&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">new school to open in the district in 44 years.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:44:04 +0000 Michael Hibblen 28467 at http://ualrpublicradio.org First New North Little Rock School Opens As Part Of Massive Overhaul RNC Chairman Touts The Role Of Arkansas In The Fight For The Senate http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rnc-chairman-touts-role-arkansas-fight-senate <p>The Chairman of the Republican National Committee is in Arkansas, promising the state will be ground zero in the battle to seize control of the U.S. Senate this fall.</p><p>Speaking to volunteers at Tom Cotton’s campaign office Tuesday, Reince Priebus said incumbent Senator Mark Pryor lied when he said people would benefit from the president’s healthcare plan.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:58:56 +0000 Michael Hibblen 28465 at http://ualrpublicradio.org RNC Chairman Touts The Role Of Arkansas In The Fight For The Senate Hundreds Turn Out For Dedication Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hundreds-turn-out-dedication-johnny-cash-boyhood-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fans have long traveled from around the world to see the small farm house in northeast Arkansas that Johnny Cash often talked or sang about. &nbsp;After years of restoration work, it is now officially open as a </span>musuem<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A grand opening ceremony was held Saturday, drawing a large crowd to the town circle in&nbsp;</span>Dyess<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:05:39 +0000 Michael Hibblen 28348 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hundreds Turn Out For Dedication Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home In Arkansas To Open This Weekend http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/johnny-cashs-boyhood-home-arkansas-open-weekend <p></p><p>After years of fundraising and restoration work, Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in northeast Arkansas will officially open to the public Saturday as a museum.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:31:19 +0000 Michael Hibblen 28264 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home In Arkansas To Open This Weekend Report Finds Arkansas With Low Rate For Cycling And Walking To Work http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/report-finds-arkansas-low-rate-cycling-and-walking-work <p>A new report says central Arkansas has one of the lowest rates in the country for people who walk or ride a bicycle to work.</p><p>Metroplan released its <em>2014 Demographic Review and Outlook</em> Tuesday, analyzing demographic and workforce trends.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The full report can be viewed&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://metroplan.org/files/53/2014Demo.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:27:26 +0000 Michael Hibblen 28103 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Report Finds Arkansas With Low Rate For Cycling And Walking To Work Number Of Arkansans Approved For Private Option Nears 200,000 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/number-arkansans-approved-private-option-nears-200000 <p>The number of Arkansans enrolled in the private option continues to grow. The Arkansas Department of Human Services said Friday that as of the end of July,192,210 had been determined eligible for the program. Spokeswoman Amy Webb says of those, about 183,000 have completed the enrollment process.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:32:01 +0000 Michael Hibblen 27891 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Mike Ross Unveils 'Bill Of Rights' For Older Arkansans http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/mike-ross-unveils-bill-rights-older-arkansans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his campaign for Arkansas governor, Democrat Mike Ross Thursday unveiled what he calls his "Seniors Bill of Rights." He detailed it during a speech in Hot Springs. &nbsp;In an interview afterward, Ross said the plan would protect and empower Arkansas’s aging population. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:40:35 +0000 Michael Hibblen 27813 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Mike Ross Unveils 'Bill Of Rights' For Older Arkansans Study: Arkansas Leads The Nation In Cutting Percentage Of Uninsured http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/study-arkansas-leads-nation-cutting-percentage-uninsured <p>A new study shows Arkansas outpaced the rest of the United States in reducing the percentage of uninsured residents during the first half of 2014.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/174290/arkansas-kentucky-report-sharpest-drops-uninsured-rate.aspx" target="_blank">Gallup</a> report released Tuesday says the rate of uninsured adults fell from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in Arkansas by the middle of this year.</p><p>"It’s nice for Arkansas to be number one in the nation in something really, really good," said Gov. Mike Beebe, reacting to the report.</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:12:06 +0000 Michael Hibblen 27710 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Study: Arkansas Leads The Nation In Cutting Percentage Of Uninsured Hutchinson Vows To Fight EPA On Proposed Clean Air Rules http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hutchinson-vows-fight-epa-proposed-clean-air-rules <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal government's proposed rules for power plant emissions. He says the recommended changes, designed to reduce global warming by limiting carbin-dioxide emissions, would disproportionately impact Arkansas compared to other states.</p><p>At a press conference Monday at his campaign office in Little Rock, Hutchinson said electricity bills would increase 20 to 40 percent in Arkansas if the proposed standards are enacted.</p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:22:17 +0000 Michael Hibblen 27656 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hutchinson Vows To Fight EPA On Proposed Clean Air Rules