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1:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Body Of Missing 9-Year-Old Hunter Found In South Arkansas

Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who didn't return after he went squirrel hunting in the south Arkansas woods has been found dead.

Union County Sheriff Mike McGough says the body of Hank Bollen of Magnolia was found late Tuesday morning near the border of Union and Columbia counties.

Shreveport, La., television station KSLA reports the boy had at least one gunshot wound, though authorities haven't said how that happened.

Local & Regional News
10:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Senator Changes Position On Private Option, Could Be Enough For Passage

A slice of drama was cut from the state capitol on Tuesday as a state senator previously opposed to the private option said she would now vote to fund it.

State Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) got something in return, however. English, a long-time advocate for restructuring workforce education and training in Arkansas, said she has received support from fellow lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe to fundamentally alter programs tied to workforce investment.

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Local & Regional News
10:24 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Arkansas Lawmaker Warns Virginia Against Private Option

File photo of Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A top state lawmaker from Arkansas is warning Virginia's legislators against accepting federal dollars intended for expanding Medicaid eligibility, saying his state has buyer's remorse after taking the money.

Leaders in the GOP-controlled Virginia House organized a news conference call Tuesday with Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman.

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The Metropolitan Opera
10:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Feb. 22: Der Rosenkavalier

Alice Coote as Octavian, Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs in Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier."
Credit Jonathan Tichler / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, February 22 on KLRE Classical 90.5 at noon with Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

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Local & Regional News
9:58 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Watch Now: PBS Newshour Airs Segment About Private Option in Arkansas

The PBS Newshour aired a segment about the Private Option in Arkansas. The segment discussed Arkansas’s alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that uses federal dollars to purchase private health care plans for low-income residents.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Assessing Arkansas Lawmakers At Week Two Of Fiscal Session

The Arkansas House of Representatives are to vote on 'Private Option' reauthorization Tuesday. 75 votes are required for passage.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislature meets again on Tuesday after the President's Day/Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday.

The state's "private option" plan of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law is still the top issue. KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and Chris Hickey have a conversation about the political climate at the state Capitol as legislators prepare for a critical vote.

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Talk Business Arkansas
6:30 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

2/17/14: Talk Business Arkansas

On this week's Talk Business Arkansas with Roby Brock: Politics take center stage, the fiscal session begins and so does the fate of the "private option;" Shuffling abounds in the Lt. Gov.'s race - who's in, who's out? And the ad wars heat up in the governor's race.

This weeks political roundtable discussion: Democratic blogger Michael Cook, GOP Strategist Clint Reed

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Local & Regional News
4:24 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Amid Loss, UAMS Chancellor Hopes To Increase Revenue, Cut Expenses

UAMS Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn said he has a plan to slash expenses and increase revenue that should generate $40 million for the campus during the next 18 months.
Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

In the first six months of this fiscal year, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences lost $27.8 million.  Arkansas Business reports in this week's issue on the dramatic downturn compared to the same period a year earlier, when it had an $8.5 million gain.

Dr. Dan Rahn, the chancellor of UAMS, said he has a multi-point strategy to increase revenue and slash expenses that should generate about $40 million for UAMS during the next 18 months.

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Local & Regional News
4:11 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Government Details Evidence For Martha Shoffner Trial

Martha Shoffner leaving a federal court hearing with her attorney last June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to approve some of the evidence they plan to introduce in former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner's extortion and bribery trial next month.

The government on Monday outlined how it plans to introduce evidence that Shoffner accepted more than $36,000 from a bond broker to whom she's accused of steering state business.

Shoffner is to be tried March 3 on a 14-count indictment. She is to be tried later on 10 counts of mail fraud for allegedly illegally spending $9,800 from her campaign account.

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