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5:45 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hearing Set On Health Overhaul In Arkansas

Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas.

The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment.

The state is expanding health insurance coverage to about 500,000 more people who are to be insured through an insurance exchange.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is to discuss his receipt of letters from five companies who intend to offer plans in the insurance exchange.

Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Warns Of Phone Scams

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.

McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.

McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards.

He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.

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Public Health
6:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Life Expectancy Rates Lower Than Most Of U.S.

Figure shows average life expectancy (in years) for the entire population of each state at age 65.
Credit cdc.gov

Findings from a newly released study show that Arkansas has some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country and one of the largest disparities of life expectancy between white and black populations.

The report by the from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention measured life expectancy after the age of 65. Man-Huei Chang, head of the CDC's Division of Epidemiology helped compile the data. She says the study also measured healthy life expectancy across the nation.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Committee Looks for Ways to Administer Death Penalty

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas officials are considering what steps to take in the wake of comments by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel claiming Arkansas’ death penalty system is broken.

McDaniel told the joint Judiciary Committee the nationwide unavailability of the lethal injection drug, a lack of medical personnel willing to administer the dose, and a continuing stream of costly litigation has rendered the state unable to perform its duty.

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Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Senator Says Parole Problems May Be Part of Atmosphere of Complicity

Republican Senator David Sanders of Little Rock holding up an April 2007 memo authorizing a temporary plan to discharge certain parolees.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

  

State lawmakers are considering ways to fix troubling trends with Arkansas’ parole system. The joint Judiciary Committee met Wednesday looking at why repeat offender rates are high, near the 70-percent mark.

Some legislators were particularly concerned with a policy directive from 2007 authorizing the discharge of those who failed to report to their parole officer if their original discharge date had passed.

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Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Victim Compensation From Mayflower Oil Spill Not Taxed Under Senate Plan

An image from the oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit KUAR

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday is expected to ensure Mayflower oil spill victims get tax relief. 

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansans says The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 aims to protect affected residents by making sure compensation from ExxonMobil is not taxed by the federal government. 

In a conference call with reporters, Pryor said the legislation has specific goals.

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Notes on Music
4:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Sex And The Symphony

Alison Balsom and Nicola Benedetti
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Effective marketing in classical music cannot be discounted, especially for the female musician.

The idea that “sex sells” is ever present, as in popular music, with violinist Nicola Benedetti and trumpeter Alison Balsom being two of those marketed in a way which accents their feminism.

Indeed, Balsom has been referred to as the “trumpet strumpet’, but both women are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Notes on Music
4:02 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ira Glass's Musical Cousin

Phillip Glass, composer and cousin to Ira Glass.
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This American Life is a production of Public Radio International, featuring Ira Glass as host.

Glass premiered the show in 1995, wherein events of general interest are featured, and now reaches an estimated 1.7 million listeners each week.

What is of interest, musically, is that Ira is the cousin of composer Philip Glass, especially noted for his opera, Einstein on the Beach.

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Notes on Music
3:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Music In Medicine

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New York Presbyterian Hospital, among others nationwide, is using music in their neo-natal wards to increase the health of the babies.

They have found that singing lullabies makes the baby’s heart rate go down and oxygen in the blood go up.

The babies sleep better and gain weight faster, and are able to leave the hospital sooner. I guess it’s true that music does indeed “sooth the savage breast.”

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Notes on Music
3:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Frets: Not Just For Musical Instruments

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Some stringed instruments, such as guitars, mandolins, and banjos, have frets along the fingerboard, raised metal bars that help to ensure the correct pitch.

Ornamental design in wood, typically latticework of interlacing parts, is called fretwork, with the three-dimensional shape referred to as a fret.

The similarity with instruments is that the frets on each are raised above the surface.

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