Michael Hibblen http://ualrpublicradio.org en National Gay Rights Group Hires Arkansas Director As Part Of Southern Campaign http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/national-gay-rights-group-hires-arkansas-director-part-southern-campaign <p>As part of a campaign to expand protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in three southern states, <a href="http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/hrc-arkansas-releases-results-of-lgbt-arkansan-survey-announces-state-direc" target="_blank">an Arkansas director has been named</a> for the Human Rights Campaign.</p><p>Kendra Johnson was introduced during a press conference at the capitol Monday and said LGBT people are particularly vulnerable in Arkansas.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:36:24 +0000 Michael Hibblen 27261 at http://ualrpublicradio.org National Gay Rights Group Hires Arkansas Director As Part Of Southern Campaign Wal-Mart CEO Of Domestic Operations To Resign Next Month http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/wal-mart-ceo-domestic-operations-resign-next-month <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The CEO of Wal-Mart’s domestic operations is stepping down. The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that Bill Simon will resign August </span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;He's being replaced&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">by Greg </span>Foran<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who is head of the company’s Asia division. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:53:22 +0000 Michael Hibblen 27068 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Wal-Mart CEO Of Domestic Operations To Resign Next Month Federal Rulings On Affordable Care Act Not Immediately Impacting Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/federal-rulings-affordable-care-act-not-immediately-impacting-arkansas <p>Arkansas’s eligibility for subsidies through the federal health exchange isn’t being immediately impacted by contradictory federal court rulings over the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:42:45 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26936 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Some Farmers Replanting After Flooding, But A Gamble At This Stage http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/some-farmers-replanting-after-flooding-gamble-stage <p></p><p>Arkansas farmers are working to salvage the current growing season, but losses in some areas are expected to be huge.</p><p>"I've seen estimates as high as over $200 million just on soybeans," said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun.&nbsp; Corn and rice were also hard hit when 10 inches of rain fell in east Arkansas on June 29.&nbsp; Repeated rainfall since has further complicated recovery efforts.</p><p>Calhoun says many growers are replanting, but that it's risky at this point.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:27:29 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26497 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Some Farmers Replanting After Flooding, But A Gamble At This Stage Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/those-impacted-storms-wait-word-federal-assistance <p>Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.</p><p>Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.&nbsp; Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.</p><p>“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.&nbsp; "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:31:27 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26198 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/governor-names-former-aide-andrew-parker-game-fish-commission <p>Gov. Mike Beebe has named a former liaison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to serve a seven year term on the panel.</p><p>At the announcement Wednesday at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, Beebe said Andrew Parker has an ideal background for becoming a commissioner.</p><p>"A love for the outdoors, an understanding that hunting and fishing in Arkansas is a major past time, a major educational experience, a major family experience, a major economic engine and a corollary with the tourism that is so important for our state," Beebe said.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:08:11 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26174 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Governor Names Former Aide Andrew Parker To Game & Fish Commission Documentary On Glen Campbell To Get Advance Screening In LR http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/documentary-glen-campbell-get-advance-screening-lr <p></p><p>A soon-to-be-released documentary film looking at music legend Glen Campbell will get an advance screening Thursday in Little Rock. It’s called “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” and will be shown at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater.</p><p>“Of course Glen Campbell is one of our most famous native sons and to get the opportunity to see this film ahead of audiences across America and the world is a real honor,” said Courtney Pledger, artistic director for the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:44:24 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26137 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Documentary On Glen Campbell To Get Advance Screening In LR Governor Beebe Signs Into Law Bills Passed During Special Session http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/governor-beebe-signs-law-bills-passed-during-special-session <p></p><p>Governor Mike Beebe signed into law Thursday bills that were passed during this week’s three day special session of the Arkansas Legislature.</p><p>The measures were to prevent a 35 percent hike in teacher insurance premiums, add 600 beds in state prisons and place a moratorium on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery adding so-called monitor games.</p><p>Beebe Spokeswoman Stacey Hall says leaders of the state House and Senate joined the governor for the 10 a.m. signing, which was done without fanfare.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:01:26 +0000 Michael Hibblen 25870 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Governor Beebe Signs Into Law Bills Passed During Special Session Ceremony To Begin Renovations To Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ceremony-begin-renovations-little-rocks-robinson-center-music-hall <p></p><p>Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and others used crow bars Tuesday to rip up part of the stage at Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall, formally signifying the start of renovations to the venue.</p><p>The $68 million project will modernize the facility, which was built in 1939.&nbsp; The work will improve its acoustics and seating, while enabling it to host any touring Broadway production.</p><p>Stodola said it has taken a lot of work to get to this point.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:46:03 +0000 Michael Hibblen 25772 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ceremony To Begin Renovations To Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall Pulaski County Jail To Close Again To All But The Most Violent Offenders http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pulaski-county-jail-close-again-all-most-violent-offenders <p></p><p>The Pulaski County Jail is again being closed because of overcrowding, with only the most violent offenders to be taken in.</p><p>Sheriff Doc Holladay says as of Monday morning, 1,281 inmates were being held, which is 71 over capacity.</p><p>“Looking ahead over the next few days with the long holiday weekend coming, it is quite clear that our population is going to continue to grow unless we took some steps to limit access to the facility. Unfortunately the only way we can do that is close the facility to only violent felons,” Holladay said.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:06:12 +0000 Michael Hibblen 25668 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pulaski County Jail To Close Again To All But The Most Violent Offenders