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12:18 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Officials Give Update On Oil Spill Cleanup In Mayflower

The Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center receive questions and comments.
Credit KUAR

In a press conference Thursday, officials heading the Mayflower Oil Spill clean up efforts say the air and water qualities in the affected area remain at safe levels for residents.  6,750 cubic yards of solid waste materials have been removed from the site, but more decontamination must be done to remove the 5,000 barrels of oil spilled.  

Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, the local on-scene coordinator, assures residents that the Mayflower Incident United Command team has experts and trained staff to handle all aspects of the clean up.

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Earth Day
12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Food Vendors, Bands And Little Rock Mayor Join In Celebrating The Earth Day

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The Arkansas Earth Day Foundation, is inviting the public to its an annual festival.

“The whole point of the Earth Day Festival is to help teach the community about living a greener, more sustainable life,” said Christy Askea, the foundation’s president.

The festival is free and is being held on the grounds of Heifer International in Little Rock on Friday at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Severe Weather
7:04 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Storms, Heavy Rain In Forecast For Arkansas

Severe storms are expected Thursday throughout Arkansas as a storm system and cold front gradually make their way through the state. 

The National Weather Service says isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are possible ahead of and along the cold front. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says western Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather, while the central and eastern parts of the state are at a moderate risk.

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Help For Arkansas Storm Victims
6:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Call Center Opening For Arkansas Storm Damage Victims

More than a dozen homes were damaged in Izard County by the April storms.
Credit Associated Press

The state is opening a call center for residents in Van Buren, Izard and Lincoln counties who have damage to their homes as a result of the April 10 storms and tornadoes that struck Arkansas. 

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says the call center will open Thursday and will be open until May 1st. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Tyson Food Donation
6:30 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Tyson Foods Makes Major Food Donation To Arkansas Pantry

Tyson World Headquarters

Tyson Foods has donated more than 27,000 pounds of chicken to the Arkansas Rice Depot. 

The donation to the statewide food bank arrived Wednesday. Arkansas Rice Depot President and CEO Laura Rhea says the donation is essential to help the food bank support dozens of pantries and thousands of people in every Arkansas county. She says the group distributes 9 million pounds of food each year.

Tyson Foods officials say meat is one of the most-requested and least-available foods in food banks. The company says it has donated tens of millions of pounds of meat since 2000.  

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Affordable Care Act
12:44 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid 'Private Option' Funding Bill Passes Legislature After Clarifications

Senators Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) present amendments to SB 1020 in House committee Wednesday afternoon. Bills and appropriations for the so called private option of Medicaid expansion passed the Arkansas legislature Wednesday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas will await federal approval of a plan to provide private health insurance to roughly 250,000 of the state’s working poor with federal money after the state Senate approved a bill allowing the plan to be funded Wednesday night.

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Electric Cars
7:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Students Assembling Next Generation Of Electric Cars

Jacob Alexander, Aaron Morris, Linda Powell, and Jonathan Nigus
Credit Kezia Nanda

The power utility Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is hosting its annual Electric Vehicle Rally on Friday.

Middle school, high school and college students around Arkansas are participating.

It’s a competition that’s fun and academic.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda visited Cabot High School in central Arkansas as they prepared for the competition.

Imagine not having to fill up your gas tank regularly and the money you’d save. Imagine having a car that’s electric. 

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Local & Regional News
6:57 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Than 220 Live Animals Caught At Oil Spill

The state Game and Fish Commission says more than 220 live animals have been captured at the site of a ruptured ExxonMobil crude oil pipeline in central Arkansas.  

The agency said Wednesday that the animals caught at the spill site at Mayflower have been taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center. Some of the animals have been returned to the wild.

Volunteers have helped scrub the oil off birds, mammals and turtles rescued from near Lake Conway after the March 29 spill.

Pipelines
4:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mayflower Spill Seen As Fuel In Keystone XL Debate

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Environmental activists who oppose the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline are looking to the recent oil spill in Mayflower to solidify their case as they plan to testify against the new pipeline Thursday in Nebraska.

Proponents of the pipeline argue it is still the safest mode of transport for a resource which people must continue to rely on.

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Senators Want Increased Border Security
2:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Review Immigration Plan

left to right: Senator John Boozman and Mark Pryor

Arkansas’s senior U.S. Senator, Mark Pryor, says he still needs to review a new immigration proposal before deciding how to vote. 

The bipartisan plan crafted by eight senators includes increased border security measures and a decade-long process to grant citizenship to 12 million undocumented immigrants. Pryor says there are key goals that must be a part of any plan he could support. 

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