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3:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Tech Trustees Announce New President

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has selected a Massachusetts university official as the next president of the college in Russellville.

Robin Bowen was elected unanimously during a special board meeting Tuesday. She will be ATU's 12th president and becomes the first woman to serve as president at a public, four-year university in Arkansas.

Bowen is currently the executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She will fill the office being vacated by ATU President Robert Brown.

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Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Clinton School Building Becomes Oldest In Arkansas To Receive Certification

(Left to right) Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service (speaking), Debbie Shock, director of operations and facilities for the Clinton Presidential Center and Jason Hartke, vice-president of national policy with the United States Green Building Council.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A former railroad station in Little Rock that today houses the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is getting a new certification for energy efficiency.

To mark Earth Day, officials gathered Tuesday in front of Sturgis Hall, which was built in 1899, to make the announcement.

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Local & Regional News
11:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Senator John Boozman Recovering From Emergency Heart Surgery

File photo of Sen. John Boozman

Senator John Boozman underwent emergency heart surgery Tuesday in Rogers.

Many of the details are still unknown but Boozman’s spokesman Patrick Creamer said it appears things are going smoothly.

“Doctors have been very pleased with the way he’s responded to the surgery thus far. They’re supposed to let us know at the time of completion and we’ll have a full statement from the family,” said Creamer.

Creamer said the 63-year-old senator’s surgery lasted well over two hours.

Boozman had a full day of public appearances scheduled.

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Local & Regional News
11:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

UAMS Cancer Center Receives $20 Million In Contributions

Officials with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock say one of its cancer centers has received about $20 million in state funding and philanthropic contributions.

In an announcement Tuesday, UAMS officials say the funding will help pay for new laboratory construction and research programs by the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy. They say the myeloma institute received about $5 million from the state's General Improvement Funds, which was matched 3-to-1 by philanthropic contributions.

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Local & Regional News
9:24 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Tech Trustees To Select New President

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting in which they're expected to select and introduce the university's next president.

The board is to meet Tuesday afternoon on the south lawn of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on the ATU campus in Russellville. Gov. Mike Beebe is expected to attend.

The event is open to the public with a reception in the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center to follow.

Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Workers To help Wire Rural Guatemala Villages

A group of 15 linemen from electric cooperatives across Arkansas have returned home after spending nearly a month in Guatemala where they helped bring electricity to remote villages in the Central American country.

The group arrived in Guatemala on March 26 - then traveled about nine hours to the remote villages of Las Flores and La Hacienta to bring electricity to the area.

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Metropolitan Opera
8:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

April 26: Così fan tutte

Isabel Leonard as Dorabella, Danielle de Niese as Despina, and Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Così fan tutte."
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte Saturday, April 26 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
6:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

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Local & Regional News
5:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Dedication For Coleman Creek Trail Through UALR Campus

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines poses Monday on a bench alongside the Coleman Creek Trail dedicated in his honor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A pedestrian and bicycle trail that runs alongside Coleman Creek through the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is now open.

On Monday, local leaders and school officials celebrated completion of the project with a dedication ceremony. The trail links 19th Street on the north side of campus, with Asher Avenue to the south.

A broad coalition of groups and businesses came together to work on the project. UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson also credited Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines for his efforts.

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Local & Regional News
3:03 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

DHS: 155,000 Signed Up For 'Private Option' Program

Arkansas officials say nearly 70 percent of those eligible have signed up for health coverage under the state's compromise Medicaid expansion program.

The Department of Human Services said Monday that 155,567 people have applied and been determined eligible for the state's "private option" program, which uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for the poor.

DHS estimates that 225,000 Arkansans qualify for the program that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health care law.

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