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4:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arkansas Election Board Approves Ballot Rule Changes

The state Board of Election Commissioners has approved emergency rules about absentee voters that contradict what Arkansas' attorney general has said before.

The board endorsed the rules Friday about absentee ballots for voter identification. They allow voters who did not submit required identification with their absentee ballot to turn in the documents for their vote to be counted by noon Monday following an election.

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Local & Regional News
4:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arkansas May See Wintry Mix This Weekend

Forecasters are predicting a round of freezing precipitation for Arkansas this weekend, though the northern half of the state will likely see the most ice. Jeff Hood, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said a cold front will begin entering Arkansas from the northwest late Saturday, bringing with it a chance of freezing rain and sleet and thunderstorms farther south.

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Local & Regional News
2:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor Files To Run For Re-Election

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas has filed to run for re-election, setting the stage for one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country this year.

The Democratic two-term lawmaker filed paperwork at the Capitol on Friday morning to seek a third term.

Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and won re-election without a Republican challenger in 2008.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton filed paperwork earlier this week to challenge Pryor and is the only expected GOP candidate for the seat.

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The Metropolitan Opera
12:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Metropolitan Opera Releases Its 2014-2015 Season Schedule

John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer" has its Met premiere on October 20, 2014, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris.
Credit Richard Hubert Smith / English National Opera Photo

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-2015 season is set to begin Mon., Sept. 22 with a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro​ conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

There are several points to note about the Met's upcoming season:

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Local & Regional News
12:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Clinton Library Releasing Documents From Presidential Years

The National Archives plans to release about 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration.

Some of the topics include the president's health care task force, the 9/11 Commission Report, national security and Rwanda. There also are records from Clinton speechwriters.

The papers could shed light on Clinton's presidency and provide insight into a future presidential candidate: former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

The records are being made available through the Clinton Presidential Library.

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Local & Regional News
11:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Governor Beebe Signs Bill To Keep Lt. Governor Office Vacant Until November

A spokesman says Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to replace Lt. Gov. Mark Darr after signing legislation aimed at keeping the state's No. 2 constitutional office vacant for the rest of the year.

Beebe on Friday signed into law legislation that gave him the discretion to not call a special election to replace Darr, who resigned Feb. 1 over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending.

Local & Regional News
10:56 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Fire Still Burns At Landmark Hot Springs Hotel

Fire crews battle the massive blaze at the Majestic Hotel Thursday Night.
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

Crews continue to battle a massive fire that consumed an abandoned historic hotel that's been a Hot Springs landmark for more than 130 years.

The blaze broke out Thursday evening at the Majestic Hotel near Bathhouse Row downtown.

The hotel, which was built in 1882, had fallen into disrepair after its closure in 2006.

Authorities say the fire apparently started in the center section of the fifth floor of the original hotel building, then spread to the north and south ends of the building and lower floors.

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Arkansas General Assembly
8:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Discussions Bring Potential Changes To Private Option, Vote Expected Next Week

House Speaker Davy Carter (R, Cabot)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

State Legislators say they’re getting closer to finding a way to pass funding for Arkansas’s private option. House Leadership have been meeting with opponents and Department of Human Services officials about the possibility of limiting the time period during which people can enroll in the program.

House Speaker Davy Carter said an idea is being floated to create a fixed period of open enrollment in private option health insurance plans. In meetings with opponents and DHS officials, the issue of setting a specific time frame for people to enroll was raised.

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Local & Regional News
5:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Arkansas Seeks $1.2 Billion Fine For Johnson & Johnson Hiding Drug Risks

The Arkansas Supreme Court is considering an appeal by Johnson & Johnson over a $1.2 billion dollar award imposed by a Pulaski County jury in 2012.

Justices heard oral arguments Thursday with the state maintaining the company intentionally hid risks associated with the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and in the process defrauded the state’s Medicaid program and deceptive trade practices act.

Former US Solicitor General and Johnson & Johnson’s representative Walter Dellinger disputed evidence of harm.

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Arkansas General Assembly
3:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Bill To Keep Lt. Governor's Seat Vacant Clears Arkansas House

The Arkansas House of Representatives' chamber.
Credit wikipedia.org

The vacant seat of Arkansas Lieutenant Governor will likely remain that way until next year. On Thursday the state House of Representatives passed SB139, allowing the Governor to not call a special election to fill a vacant Lieutenant Governor’s post if that vacancy occurs less than 10 months from a General Election. The state Senate passed the bill last week and the bill now awaits Governor Mike Beebe’s signature to become law.

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