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4:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Students Improve On Advanced Placement Exams

Arkansas students have shown continued improvement in scores on Advanced Placement exams.

The College Board reports that 4,390 of Arkansas' 27,492 graduates in 2013, 16 percent, scored a 3, 4 or 5. A score of 3 or higher is general accepted for college credit.

The College Board's report says 12,670 Arkansas students took an AP exam during high school. The exams cover various subjects in math and science; English, history and social science; and arts and world languages.

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Local & Regional News
3:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Governors Association Targets Mike Ross In New TV Ad

A national Republican group is targeting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross with a new television ad that tries to paint the former Arkansas congressman as too closely aligned with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Republican Governors Association announced Tuesday it would begin airing a 30-second spot around Arkansas criticizing Ross. The group said it was spending six figures on the spot, which was set to begin airing Tuesday.

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Local & Regional News
3:03 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Special Election Measure

Arkansas lawmakers are moving closer toward keeping the lieutenant governor's office vacant rather than holding a special election to fill former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's office for just a few months.

The Arkansas Senate voted 32-0 on Tuesday to consider changing the law to give Gov. Mike Beebe the choice to not hold a special election. Current law requires Beebe to call a special election within 150 days of declaring the office vacant.

Darr resigned Feb. 1 over ethics and campaign finance violations.

Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sunshine Gives Hope To Find Missing Pilot

Mena, Arkansas
Credit AMWRanes/flickr.com

After a week and a half of searching, the Arkansas Forestry Commission is hopeful it will find its missing pilot.

Commission spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said the sunshine on Tuesday will allow the search crew to do a very detailed search.

“We have real visibility paired with some very detailed maps with layered pieces of information in there about areas already searched, about areas of priority based on communication with Jake’s cell phone provider, and most valuable is all of the leads are mapped.”

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Local & Regional News
11:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice to speak in Fayetteville

Condoleezza Rice in 2005.

The University of Arkansas says former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak next month at an event on campus.

Rice is scheduled to speak March 5 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas. The lecture will be held at Barnhill Arena and is free and open to the public.

UA says traffic may be an issue because the Razorbacks' men's basketball team is also playing at home that night, so doors to Barnhill Arena will open early at 5:30 p.m. for Rice's 7 p.m. speech.

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Arkansas Legislature
10:44 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Return For 2nd Day Of Session

Arkansas lawmakers are gathering for the second day of a legislative session focused on the state's budget, with questions remaining about the future of a compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

The House and Senate were scheduled to convene Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers faced a light schedule for the start of the fiscal session. This is the third fiscal session under a constitutional amendment approved in 2008 requiring the Legislature to meet and budget annually.

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Festivals & Events
9:52 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Conway Bank Drops Truck Giveaway At Festival

Credit arktimes.com

The popular "Stuck on a Truck" contest at Conway's annual Toad Suck Daze festival is off this year.

Centennial Bank, which sponsored the annual vehicle giveaway, announced Monday that it won't be bringing back the contest during this year's festival in May. The giveaway began in 2001 as "Hug a Bug" and has become a major attraction at the festival in downtown Conway.

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Politics & Healthcare
6:36 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

On First Day Of Fiscal Session, Where Do Arkansas Legislators Stand On Private Option?

Arkansas state Senators convened Monday for the beginning of the 3rd Legislative Fiscal Session held since 2008.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

Before lawmakers  milled about in the two legislative chambers,  state police color guards posted their flags and roll was called Monday, preparations for the month-long fiscal session had long been underway with months of hearings and reviews of budget proposals. The session will deal with those budget proposals for various state entities as put forward by Governor Mike Beebe. Members of the House and Senate must reach three-fourths majorities to approve them, amending certain sections along the way.

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Talk Business Arkansas
6:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

2/10/14: Talk Business Arkansas

On this week's edition of Talk Business & Politics: Gov. Mike Beebe is optimistic about the private option; The state's new business hall of famers -- Who are they and how did they make the cut? Also; the latest state revenue report; gambling numbers from Oaklawn and Southland; the session gears up on Monday and Speaker of the House Davy Carter joins Roby for a sit-down to explore what it might take to achieve the votes for the private option.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Break In Wintry Weather Helps Search For Arkansas Forestry Pilot

Search crews got a rare bit of clear weather and launched two aircraft to help in the search for an Arkansas forestry pilot who disappeared on Jan. 31.

More snow is in the forecast over the massive search area in western Arkansas. Before it moved in, an airplane and a state police helicopter flew over the rugged forestland as ground crews again fanned out to try to find Jake Harrell.

Officials say Harrell failed to check in the afternoon of Jan. 31 during what was to have been about a two-hour flight to look for wildfires.

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