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9:23 am
Thu December 25, 2014

County Sued Over Nativity Scene

 MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - A disclaimer posted with a Nativity scene at an Arkansas courthouse didn't protect Baxter County officials from a federal lawsuit.      The American Humanist Association and a Baxter County resident filed a lawsuit Tuesday saying the display is an improper endorsement of religion and asking that the scene be taken down. They complain that the chief administrator of the county has refused to put up a "Happy Solstice" banner at a resident's request.      Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass told the Baxter Bulletin newspaper he had not seen the lawsuit.

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Arkansas's Medicaid Expansion
8:24 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Dismang: Boundaries Of Arkansas's Medicaid Plan To Be Tested In New Year

State Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) says the state's Medicaid expansion plan will have to change if it is to survive.

The head of the state Senate and an architect of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid plan says legislators are weighing changes to the system that will test how much flexibility the federal government will allow.

Under Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion, the state uses federal money to buy private insurance for low-income residents. Senate President Jonathan Dismang has said the program will have to change dramatically in order to survive another year after several candidates who vowed to end the program were elected last month.

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Arkansas Highways
9:43 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Arkansas Highway Department Pulls Projects

Arkansas highway officials say three road projects set for 2015 won't go out for bids next month amid questions about federal funding.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday $30 million worth of projects in Lee and Phillips counties, Crawford County and Franklin County won't be on the Jan. 27 bid list.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Attorney General-elect Rutledge Pleased Outgoing A.G. Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge at KUAR during the 2014 May primary run-off.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Outgoing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Tuesday his intent to appeal a federal judge in Little Rock's decision striking down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. McDaniel said he had hoped the state Supreme Court would have ruled, suggesting it may have affected his decision to appeal, before Friday's deadline for a federal appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman spoke with the state's next attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, who will take McDaniel's position and the cases on same-sex marriage in mid-January.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
7:47 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Kwanzaa

This is the long version of our discussion on Kwanzaa

        

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Local & Regional News
4:11 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

FBI Warns Of Memphis-Mississippi River Bridge Terror Threat

Hernando de Soto Bridge spanning the Mississippi River between West Memphis, AR and Memphis, TN.
Credit wikipedia.org

The FBI wants law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat that one would be blown up. FBI spokesmen said Tuesday the threat was unsubstantiated but that local police were still notified.

Two cross-country routes traverse the Mississippi River at Memphis - Interstates 40 and 55. They remained open.

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Local & Regional News
2:53 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

McDaniel To Appeal Federal Marriage Ruling

Arkansas' attorney general says he will appeal a federal judge's ruling that found voters were wrong to ban gay marriage during a referendum 10 years ago. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he would file a notice of appeal with the 8th U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled last month that a voter-approved gay-marriage ban and a separate state law are unconstitutional.A decision in a similar case before the Arkansas Supreme Court is pending.

Local & Regional News
9:45 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright House Being Reassembled In NW Arkansas After Move

Assistant University of Arkansas Professor Santiago Perez and his team construct a viewing pavilion leading up to the house.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF News

Almost a year ago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville announced it had acquired a house designed by noted American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building, which was carefully deconstructed at its original site in New Jersey and shipped to Arkansas, is being reassembled on the museum’s grounds.

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Local & Regional News
9:29 am
Tue December 23, 2014

UCA Receives $3 Million Gift To Expand And Renovate Science Center

The University of Central Arkansas says the local utility system has pledged $3 million for construction and renovation work at its Lewis Science Center.

The gift from Conway Corp. was announced Monday after it was approved previously by the city-owned utility's board of directors.

UCA President Tom Courtway called the gift one of the most significant developments in the school's history. The money will help build state-of-the-art labs and scientific facilities for students.

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Local & Regional News
4:53 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Governor-Elect Hutchinson: Higher Pay, Nationwide Search For Top Economic Development Post

Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters at the Capitol Monday alongside new Workforce Services Director Daryl Basset.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson announced on Monday that he wants to raise the pay of the state’s chief economic developer to attract a high-caliber candidate in a nationwide search. Hutchinson also named two appointments to top state agency positions.

Speaking at a press conference at the Capitol, Hutchinson said he’d come to the conclusion compensation needed to be adjusted for the next director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission after consulting with industry leaders.

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