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5:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Arkansas' Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Disaster Aid

All six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have sent letters to President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency supporting Gov. Mike Beebe's request for a disaster declaration. The lawmakers say the letter sent Friday supports Beebe's request for the declaration for 15 counties affected by a winter snow and ice storm from Dec. 5-8 that left one person dead.

The letters were sent by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Representatives Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Tom Cotton and Steve Womack. Pryor is a Democrat, the other five are Republicans.

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1:12 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Police: Drunken Driver Hits Little Rock Convention Center

Police in Little Rock say an allegedly drunken driver crashed into the downtown Statehouse Convention Center.

A police report says the early Friday crash caused about $15,000 damage to the building and about $25,000 in damage to the 2007 Mercedes Benz driven by 23-year-old Phillip Troppoli of Roland.

The report says Troppoli was seen by a witness getting into his car on Main Street and hitting a vehicle in front of him, then proceeding north toward the convention center.

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1:09 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

More Than 93K Applicants for Arkansas Private Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says more than 93,000 people have filed applications for health insurance under Arkansas' private option plan to expand Medicaid.

The state said Thursday that of those 93,000 applications, more than 74,000 have been deemed eligible for the private option.

This year, the Arkansas Legislature voted to use Medicaid money for private health insurance coverage for about 250,000 people.

The agency says about 5,900 people have been assigned to the traditional Medicaid plan because of health needs. The coverage starts Jan. 1.

Local & Regional News
7:13 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Hundreds Of Laptops Given To Little Rock School District Students

A new computer distribution program will put laptops in the hands of 800 fourth and fifth grade students in the Little Rock School District.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Reports the largest school district in the state, with 25,000 students, will to continue to hand out laptops each year, with the initial four-school pilot program costing the district about 1 million dollars.

The Metropolitan Opera
12:21 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Dec. 28: Tosca

Sondra Radvanovsky (left) in the title role of Puccini's "Tosca."
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, Saturday, December 28 on KLRE from noon-3:30 p.m.

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Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Thu December 26, 2013

80 Million Tax Dollars Collected For Infrastructure Projects

The money collected from the operating and capital sales taxes that voters approved two years ago have generated millions of dollars in funds.

Over 80 million dollars has been collected and the citizens committee overseeing the spending assures it is being used appropriately. 

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that over half of the money went to the city's general fund for projects including a new fire station and new police station. 

The remaining funds are being used for nearly 40 infrastructure projects and the resurfacing of streets in the capitol city.

Local & Regional News
7:58 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Homeless During The Holidays Part 3: Family Promise

This week, KUAR is airing a series featuring non-profit organizations making a different in Arkansas. Part 3 takes a look at the Family Promise of Pulaski County, and one of the most recent families to leave homelessness and settle into their own home. For more information about the organization visit the Family Promise website

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Local & Regional News
5:39 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Marijuana Legalization Amendment Needs Clarification

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas. McDaniel said Monday there were ambiguities in the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Marjorie LeClair of Shirley.

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4:22 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Osborne Home Once Famous for Christmas Lights Deeded to Redfield

Jennings Osborne at Disney World
Credit flickr.com

The Little Rock home once owned by drug researcher Jennings Osborne and known for its Christmas light display has been given to the city of Redfield, between Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

Kourosh Malek of Redfield signed the deed to the city on Monday. Redfield's Mayor Tony Lawhon said the city plans to sell the property - which has been appraised at more than $1.6 million. Malek bought the home for $291,500 at an auction held to help pay the Osborne family's debts, after Jennings death in 2011.

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7:16 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Federal Aid To Help Clean Up Winter Weather Damage

Governor Mike Beebe is seeking a federal disaster declaration that would make 15 Arkansas counties eligible for federal aid to help area recover from wintry weather earlier this month.  Beebe says he's seeking a major disaster declaration for Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, and Van Buren counties.   

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