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12:50 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

New Book Examines Arkansas Nuclear Weapons Accident of 1980

The nuclear weapons accident that occurred in Damascus, Arkansas, in September of 1980 is the topic of a new book by investigative reporter Eric Schlosser, known for the bestsellers Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness.

Schlosser discussed his research for the book on The Diane Rehm Show.

He says the story of the Titan 2 missile explosion stuck with him when an air force officer he was with told him about the accident. 

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6:27 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas AG OKs Wording Of County Officials Measure

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the terms of county elected officials from two to four years.

McDaniel on Monday certified the language of the proposed ballot measure submitted by David Dinwiddie of Pine Bluff. The proposal would apply to county judges, justices of the peace, sheriffs, collectors, treasurers, assessors, clerks, coroners, surveyors and constables.

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6:25 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas Doctor Fights Law Barring Money To Offenders

An Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago is suing the state over a new law that bars giving Medicaid money to convicted sex offenders.

Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday and asked a judge to block enforcement of the new restriction, which took effect Aug. 16. The law prohibits any registered se offender from providing Medicaid services in the state.

The measure was introduced after a legislative audit noted that Parker had received more than $489,000 in Medicaid payments.

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4:56 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas Red Cross Deploys Support Team To Flood-Ravaged Colorado

Residents of an apartment complex work to divert flood water from their building in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
Credit Ed Andrieski / AP

Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for in Colorado, due to historic flooding there. 

As rescue operations continue to save the lives of flood victims, Arkansas Red Cross officials have been deployed to that state to aid residents. 

Brigette Williams with the Red Cross says disaster responders from Arkansas will be in Colorado for several weeks to help people cope with the trauma. 

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4:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hot Springs Weighing Economic Impact of Oaklawn on Small Business

The track at Oaklawn.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Work has already begun on expanding electronic gaming by 50 percent at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs but some residents are voicing concerns it could hurt local businesses. Tuesday night the city’s Board of Directors will consider an appeal questioning the economic impact, traffic issues, and a lack of public notification about the project.

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2:33 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Lottery Gift for College Prep Programs

Credit Arkansas Lottery Commission

An annual $40,000  gift was awarded to be distributed among state universities participating in programs for high school students.

The check was presented at the start of the regular Arkansas Lottery Commission meeting and is being granted to 20 schools that take part in the Upward Bound and Trio college prep programs.

Mary Kate Snow, President of the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs says this was the “first gift of its kind on a national level.”

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1:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas Public Schools Operate School-Based Health Clinics

Twenty-one Arkansas public school districts have been funded to operate school-based health clinics, providing a full range of services to primarily low-income children. 

Jacqueline Froelich from member station KUAF visited one of the first to open, three years ago, at Lincoln District in rural western Washington County.

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1:10 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Beebe: Won't Call Session Without Consensus

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol to address a looming hike in teacher insurance premiums without the votes to pass short- and long-term fixes to the program.

Beebe told reporters Monday he's talking with legislators and state officials about options available for addressing the premium increases that 47,000 teachers will see starting Jan. 1.

A state board last month approved increasing premiums by as much as 50 percent and some legislators say they need a special session to address the increase.

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11:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

UA Study Charts Benefits Of Museum Field Trips

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

A study by the University of Arkansas of K-12 students who went on field trips to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art shows that children who visited the museum had improved critical thinking skills.

The university and the museum in Bentonville announced Monday that the study results are being published in the journal Education Next.

Researchers studied children who visited the museum and those who hadn't done so yet. Nearly 11,000 students were surveyed at more than 120 schools.

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6:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas: 156 Bridges Deficient, Fracture Critical

Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail.

That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory. Most Arkansas bridges considered both deficient and "fracture critical" are on county roads that are less traveled.

But eight are on significant federal highways and 11 are on Arkansas routes maintained by state transportation officials.

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