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12:42 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Say Private Option At Risk

Less than a year after its approval, Arkansas' much-heralded plan to expand Medicaid by buying private insurance for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls is on the brink of being abandoned.

Supporters are worried that they won't have enough votes to keep the program alive after the Legislature convenes Monday.

Arkansas' plan would use federal money to purchase the policies for those who became eligible under the new health care law.

Many Republicans believe private insurers will manage the benefits more efficiently than the Medicaid program.

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The Metropolitan Opera
11:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Feb. 8: Rusalka

Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Emily Magee as the Foreign Princess in Dvořák's "Rusalka."
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Dvořák’s lyrical fairy tale Rusalka, starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles Saturday, February 8 from noon-4 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Radio Signal Strength
11:05 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Experiencing Poor Signal Strength? It's The Ice.

Billy Folsom taking extra care
Credit Charlie Roberts / SimplexQ, LLC

This week many listeners have been asking us about problems with the reception for KUAR and KLRE.

Arkansas's extra ice and winter weather this season are likely the cause of listening difficulties.

When ice falls in the region, it coats our antennas and their towers. That ice increases what's called "reflected power," which in turn can cause our transmitter, the really expensive piece of equipment that sends the signal through our antenna, to overheat.

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Local & Regional News
9:36 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Search To Resume For Missing Arkansas Plane, Pilot

Searchers will resume their look for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and his airplane after wreckage from another crash on Rattlesnake Mountain in western Arkansas turned out to be from an accident many years ago.

Commission spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said Wednesday that searchers found the wreckage of a plane that crashed decades ago in Polk County - but that the plane had been previously found and its crash recorded. No remains were located with it.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
5:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

AIDS Part 1

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Local & Regional News
5:46 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Arkansas Senate President To Oversee Lt. Gov. Employees

Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says he'll supervise the four employees of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who stepped down last week over campaign finance and ethics violations.

Lamoureux on Wednesday said he'll now rely on the four workers to help him carry out his duties now that Darr is out of office.

Darr submitted his formal resignation letter on Friday, three weeks after announcing he'd leave office over an $11,000 fine he received from the Ethics Commission.

Local & Regional News
4:12 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Mike Ross Vows To Cut Income Taxes If Elected Arkansas Governor

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is calling for gradually reducing Arkansas' income taxes, setting up a months-long debate with his chief Republican rival for the state's top office over their competing tax cut plans.

Ross on Wednesday unveiled a plan to adjust the state's income tax brackets to reduce the rate for thousands of taxpayers. He said his plan would eventually cost the state nearly $575 million.

The former congressman didn't give a timeline for cutting the taxes, saying he would do it as the state could afford the revenue loss.

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Local & Regional News
3:15 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

30,000 Entergy Customers Are Still Without Power

Officials say the Entergy Arkansas has added 1,500 crews to work on getting the power back in many counties in the state.

The ice storm caused over 40,000 Entergy customers to be without the electricity.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham said the most outages happened in Garland County.

As of Wednesday, Graham said there are still 30,000 customers without power.

She said the restoration could take a few more days, depending on the severity of the damage. 

Local & Regional News
1:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

ASU Cites Study In Advocating Opening Of Medical School

Arkansas State University says a feasibility study it commissioned has confirmed that the northeast Arkansas region needs a medical school.

The university says that starting a medical school would help meet demand for primary care physicians in the Delta region. The study says opening the school would also have a $70 million economic impact.

ASU and the Delta Regional Authority signed a contract with consultant Tripp Umbach to study the feasibility of launching an osteopathic medical school at the university.

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Local & Regional News
1:23 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Searchers Out In Full Force To Look For Missing Arkansas Forestry Pilot

As of Wednesday morning, more than 200 people are searching for the missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot, Jake Harrell, who has been missing since Friday.

15 aircraft, including nine from the Civil Air Patrol, four from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, one from the State Police, and two from the National Guard are extending their search routes in the area south of Oden.

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