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1:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

May Trial Set In Forrest City Bicyclist's Death

A judge has scheduled a May trial date for a Forrest City man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a bicyclist.

First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes issued an order Thursday scheduling a May 5 trial date for Majed Attahrawi.

Prosecutors charged Attahrawi with first-degree murder for the June 30 death of 59-year-old James Holland. Prosecutors alleged he intentionally ran over Holland with his cargo van after Holland allegedly tried to shoplift from Attahrawi's store. Police say Holland died after he was pinned between the cargo van and a telephone pole.

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12:22 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Mayor: Osceola Lands Another New Manufacturer, Creates 75 Jobs

Officials in Osceola say a new manufacturer will build a $33 million facility and create 75 jobs in the Mississippi County town.

Mayor Dickie Kennemore says Blue Oak Resources will start building its facility next month in Osceola. The company, based in Burlingame, Calif., removes precious metals from electronics that are being recycled.

Kennemore says the new facility will be built on a 30-acre plot near the American Greetings factory in Osceola.

Arkansas General Assembly
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Private Option Amendments Advance In Legislature

The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Changes to the Private Option are making their way through the Arkansas legislature.  On Thursday, the Joint Budget Committee approved new language in the program’s fiscal bill.  It involves the state seeking federal approval for establishing Health Savings Accounts, increasing the number of adults who must share health costs and tweaking how much non-emergency transportation will be provided to people enrolled in the private option. At the meeting, State Representative John Burris said there would be a hard deadline for attaining approval.

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2:55 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Governor Beebe's Thoughts on Changes to Arkansas's Private Option

Gov. Beebe at County Judge Winter Meeting
Credit Jacob Kauffman

After several changes to the private option passed out of committee Thursday the question is whether or not amendments will bring in enough supporters to re-authorize funds for the law.

Speaking with KUAR in North Little Rock after the Winter Meeting of the County Judges Association Governor Mike Beebe (D) said he could go along with the changes.

“They wouldn’t have been my first choice, no. But as a part of the compromise I supported those. We worked on them and got them in a posture where we thought it was okay,” said Beebe.

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2:42 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Helps Restaurants During A Slow Period

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Restaurants, along with jewelers, candy companies and florists all look forward to Valentine’s Day.

One restaurateur says it and New Year’s Eve are typically the busiest days of the year.

“Valentine’s is a very important holiday for us, and I’m sure it is for a lot of other places in the restaurant business, especially fine dining places. This is the time of year when it slows down and it’s slower through March.  Our sales are down and this gives us a boost to get us over the hump,” said Brent Peterson, co-owner of Trio’s Restaurant in Little Rock.

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1:49 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Crystal Bridges Acquires Renowned Sculpture 'Hanging Heart'

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired "Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta) by renowned American sculptor Jeff Koons.

The museum in northwest Arkansas announced the acquisition Thursday and said the sculpture is on display just in time for Valentine's Day.

The 3,000-pound sculpture of a bright gold heart is more than 9 1/2 feet wide and is adorned with a magenta, stainless steel ribbon. The sculpture is suspended from the ceiling of one of the museum's glass-walled bridges.

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10:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Arkansas Panel Advances Private Option Bill

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced the funding bill for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday recommended passing the measure, which would keep the state's "private option" alive for another year.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents. The private option was approved as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

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9:46 am
Thu February 13, 2014

US Rep. Tim Griffin Makes Official: He is Running For Lt. Governor

Rep. Tim Griffin

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin says he's running for Arkansas lieutenant governor, jumping into state politics just a few months after announcing his retirement from Congress.

Griffin announced Thursday that he would seek the Republican Party's nomination. He announced in October that he wouldn't seek a third term in Congress, saying he wanted to spend more time at home with his family.

Griffin is the third Republican running for lieutenant governor. State Reps. Debra Hobbs and Andy Mayberry are seeking the GOP nomination.

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Local & Regional News
9:42 am
Thu February 13, 2014

AG's Office Warns About Phone Hang-Up Scam

The Arkansas attorney general's office is warning consumers about a phone scam that's geared to get people to make calls that result in exorbitant charges.

The office said Wednesday that the scam works by an automatic dialer ringing consumers' phones, with the hope that they'll be curious enough to dial the number from the missed call. Returning the call can result in high fees, as when calling a 900 number.

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9:40 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Aspiration Cause Of Death For LR Zoo's Giraffe

Preliminary necropsy results show that a giraffe that died at the Little Rock Zoo last year aspirated to death after it was attacked by another giraffe.

Zoo officials say 13-year-old Jigsaw died from aspiration pneumonia - or an inflammation of the lungs caused by inhaling and then choking on fluids or food.

Jigsaw died Dec. 29 after getting into a fight with another giraffe, an 8-year-old named Mesi. The zoo says Mesi broke through a large metal dividing gate and sparred with Jigsaw until the older giraffe fell.

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