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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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Local & Regional News
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.

Arkansas General Assembly
8:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Legislators Hear New Private Option Proposals

Republican State Representative Nate Bell of Mena presents his amendment before the Joint Budget Subcommittee on Special Language.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

On Wednesday Arkansas Lawmakers were presented with the first concrete proposals seeking to alter the "private option," the state's unique approach to expanding health coverage for thousands of low-income people using federal Medicaid money.

 

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Local & Regional News
6:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Judge Asks Governor To Oppose Plans For New Arkansas Prison

Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen
Credit PBS

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen is asking Gov. Mike Beebe to oppose a recent decision by the Arkansas Board of Corrections to spend millions of dollars to plan for construction of a new prison. The 1,000 bed state prison itself is estimated to cost up to $85 million to build.

In a letter to the governor Wednesday, Judge Griffen blamed “misguided” policies of the war on drugs for leading to the imprisonment of people who are not a threat to society.

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Local & Regional News
6:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Private Option Amendments

Arkansas lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to save a compromise Medicaid expansion by barring the state from promoting the expanded coverage or the federal health overhaul.

The proposal endorsed by a legislative subcommittee Wednesday is aimed at swaying opponents of the private option that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low income residents.

Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Body Of Missing Pilot Removed From Wreckage, Sent To Hometown

Crews have removed the body of an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot from a crash site in Montgomery County.

12 days after disappearing during a wildfire patrol, the remains of pilot Jake Harrell were being taken back home to North Little Rock on Wednesday.

Harrell missed a check-in on Jan. 31 while flying over western Arkansas. An emergency beacon in his aircraft didn't work and searchers didn't spot the wreckage until Tuesday. Harrell was found dead at the scene.

The crash site was in remote and rugged wilderness and crews needed the extra day to remove the body.

Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter Storm Causes Delays and Cancelations at Clinton National Airport

A winter storm delivering a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to a large portion of the southeastern United States is causing delays and cancelations at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Shane Carter with the airport advises travelers to check with airlines before heading to the airport.

"The storm has had a crippling effect on air travel to and from the Southeast. Both Delta and U.S. Airways have canceled flights due to weather," says Carter.

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Local & Regional News
2:04 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

NE Arkansas Call Center To Close, Eliminating 125 Jobs

A call center in Jonesboro is again closing its doors and laying off employees. StarTek said Tuesday that 125 people will lose their jobs as the facility shuts down completely on May 12.

Company marketing director Rosemary Hanratty says the Jonesboro call center performed well, but that StarTek decided to close it as part of a "strategic business decision."

StarTek previously ceased operations in northeast Arkansas in April 2012, but reopened several months later.

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Local Taxes
9:44 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Searcy Voters Approves Tax Hike For City Services

Searcy voters have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund a variety of city services, including street and infrastructure improvements and payments into the police and fire retirement system.

According to unofficial results, about 64 percent of voters approved the tax increase during a special election Tuesday. The levy will increase the city's existing 0.5 percent sales tax to 1.5 percent for eight years. The Daily Citizen reports that the tax increase is expected to generate $51.2 million over eight years.

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The Metropolitan Opera
8:17 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Feb. 15: Die Frau ohne Schatten

A scene from Richard Strauss's "Die Frau ohne Schatten" with Johan Reuter as Barak, Ildikó Komlósi as the Nurse, Richard Paul Fink as the Messenger of Keikobad, and Christine Goerke as the Dyer's Wife.
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, February 15 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5 with an archival broadcast of Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten from last fall, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and featuring two highly acclaimed performances from the leading sopranos: Anne Schwanewilms in her network broadcast debut as the Empress; and Christine Goerke, who has recently emerged as a major dramatic soprano, singing the role of the Dyer’s Wife.

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