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9:13 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Arkansas Governor Backs Bill Keeping Darr Office Vacant

Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he'd sign into law legislation that would allow him to avoid calling a special election to replace Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who is set to resign this week over campaign finance and ethics violations.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday that legislative leaders have shown him a draft bill that would give him the discretion on whether to call the special election for Darr. House and Senate leaders say they'd rather keep the office vacant, since the election will be in November. 

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9:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

US Labor Deptartment Awards Grant For Arkansas Tornado aid

The U.S. Labor Department has given $702,741 to help Arkansas recover from tornadoes and severe storms that hit the state last May and June.

The agency said Wednesday the National Emergency Grant is being given to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, which can hire temporary employees to aid in the cleanup effort.

Labor officials say that, with money released earlier, the grant totals more than $1 million and should cover 61 positions.

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4:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

New Report Shows Home Sales Are Up In Arkansas

The number of homes sold in Arkansas is up. A report out Wednesday from the Arkansas Realtors Association says home sales are up by 17%, as compared with the same time last year.

Carolyn Cobb, Executive Broker with Coldwell Banker says People are able to sell homes for a bit of a profit and interest rates are down. But she doesn’t foresee too much changing over the next few months.

Cobb says last year’s average price for a home was just over $150,000.

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1:34 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Little Rock Wastewater Utility Investigation Headed To Prosecutor; CEO Terminated

Little Rock Wastewater Utility's Administration Building in Little Rock.

Update: The Little Rock Wastewater Sanitary Sewer Committee has voted to terminate Reggie Corbitt, Chief Executive Officer of Little Rock Wastewater Utility. He had been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 10.

The results of an investigation by the Little Rock Police Department into questionable expenditures by the Little Rock Wastewater Utility will be sent to Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley, who will decide whether to file charges.

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1:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Cotton Only Arkansas Congressman To Oppose Farm Bill

Tom Cotton

Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton was the only member of the state's all-Republican House delegation to vote against a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill passed by the House on Wednesday.

U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack all supported the measure, which passed the House on a 251-166 vote Wednesday.

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Womack said the farm bill begins the process of making "much-needed reforms to federal programs."

Cotton said earlier in the day that the farm bill didn't do enough to cut the food stamp program.

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1:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Arkansas Panel Recommends Fundraising Exception

An Arkansas House panel is recommending that two members running for Congress be allowed to raise campaign funds during next month's legislative session.

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend exempting candidates for federal office from a prohibition on raising money during the legislative session. The Legislature convenes its fiscal session Feb. 10.

State Reps. Bruce Westerman and Ann Clemmer are running for two congressional seats. Westerman had asked the panel whether the fundraising prohibition applies to federal candidates.

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11:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Arkansas Literary Festival Announces Lineup

Organizers of the Arkansas Literary Festival are announcing the lineup for this year's event, which runs from April 24 through the 27.

Susan Gele with the Central Arkansas Library System says more than 80 presenters will be in Little Rock for the festival, including romance and suspense writer Catherine Coulter and Mary Roach, who the Washington Times has called “America's funniest science writer.”

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9:18 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Entergy Arkansas Sends Crews South To Help In Ice

Entergy Arkansas has sent around four dozen linemen and other workers to Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to help the region deal with a winter storm.

Snow and ice fell across parts of the South on Tuesday and more cold weather is expected Wednesday.

Brady Aldy, the vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas, said the winter weather could be the most challenging in Louisiana in years. Last month, crews from Louisiana traveled to Arkansas to help the state deal with an ice storm.

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7:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Arkansas Delegation Pans Obama Speech To Nation

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address by members of Arkansas' congressional delegation:

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

"Overall, I'm disappointed with the President's State of the Union address because he was heavy on rhetoric, but light on specifics about how we can move our country forward.

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4:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Newly Elected Republican State Senator Sworn In

Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

Newly elected state Senator John Cooper was sworn in Tuesday at the Arkansas State Capitol.  

The Republican comes into office after a special election was held earlier this month to replace former senator Paul Bookout, a Democrat, who resigned for ethical violations.

In an interview with KUAR, Sen. Cooper said he does not have a specific agend,a but will be supporting “conservative causes.”

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