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10:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Homeless Census Planned For Homeless In Little Rock Area

The Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless plans to conduct a census count of the homeless population in central Arkansas.

The count of sheltered and unsheltered people will be conducted Tuesday night in four counties in the Little Rock area - Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie, and Saline.

Volunteers plans to distribute flyers throughout the area identifying satellite locations where volunteers will be working.

The 2014 count conducted last January found there were 571 men, women and children comprising 489 households residing in shelters in six Arkansas counties.

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4:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arkansas House OKs Deadline Change For Write-In Candidates

The Arkansas House has voted to require write-in candidates to notify state and local election officials 90 days in advance if they plan to run for office.

Lawmakers voted 90-1 on Monday in favor of the bill, which was presented with a minor technical change.

Write-in candidates are already required to file paperwork in every county in which they're running in order for their votes to be counted. County clerks are not required to include ballot lines for write-in candidates without the filings.

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4:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Lawsuit Filed Against Arkansas Funeral Home And Owner

Attorneys Whitney Murph and Hal Cook announce the lawsuit at a press conference on Monday.
Credit Jayme Goad / KUAR News

The family of a Jacksonville man has filed a lawsuit against Arkansas Funeral Care and its owner LeRoy Wood. The suit, announced at a press conference Monday, alleges that Kenny Alton Smith’s funeral had to be done with a closed casket due to negligence by the funeral home staff.

When asked about the motivations behind the suit, Hal Cook, an attorney for the Smith family said, “I think they want to do the right thing. They want other people to come forward and be comforted and get some type of closure that they’re going to hopefully ultimately get.”

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1:49 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arkansas Homeless Programs Get $4.9 million Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $4.9 million in grants to 31 homeless housing and service programs in Arkansas.

The funding announced Monday is an increase of $184,118 over the previous year. HUD's Continuum of Care grants help agencies provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness.

Programs receiving the grants offer a variety of services including street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance.

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1:04 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

UAMS Awarded $538,000 Grant For Opioid Study

A pair of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will study how opioids are prescribed and dispensed by doctors and pharmacists.

The $538,781 grant by the National Insitute on Drug Abuse will cover three years' of study by Geoff Curran and Bradley Martin at the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Opioids are pain relievers that include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone.

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12:35 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Lawmakers Look At Keeping Part Of 2013 Capital Gains Tax Cut

A House leader says Arkansas lawmakers are looking at changing Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut package to restore part of a $21 million capital gains tax reduction that would otherwise be repealed.

House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett said Monday lawmakers are looking at the change as they try to move quickly on Hutchinson's proposal to cut income taxes 1 percent for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. Jett said the panel could vote Tuesday on the legislation, which the Senate approved last week.

Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Mon January 26, 2015

This Week In The Arkansas Legislature: Medicaid, Taxes, MLK, And A Budget

Arkansas Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The week ahead in the Arkansas Legislature promises action on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature tax cut proposal, reaction to the governor’s Medicaid expansion plans, the reevaluation of celebrating a Confederate general on the same day as a civil rights icon, and the release of a state budget proposal.

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1:42 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Arkansas Flu Deaths Up To 25, Health Officials Report

The Arkansas Department of Health says 25 people have died from flu-related illness in the state so far this season.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Health Department released its weekly influenza report on Friday. Of the 25 deaths, officials say 19 of the victims were over age 65, four were 45 to 65 years old and two were between the ages of 25 and 44.

The Arkansas Department of Health tracks the flu for one calendar year starting on Sept. 28, as well as from September through March.

Local & Regional News
6:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Panel Dismisses Ethics Complaint Against Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge

Credit Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge that accused her violating state law by appearing in an outside group's campaign ad last year.

Director Graham Sloan says the panel voted 4-0 on Friday to dismiss the complaint against Rutledge, a Republican who was sworn in last week as attorney general. Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell had filed the complaint against Rutledge over her appearance in a 30-second television spot by the Republican Attorneys General Association.

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4:41 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Members Of Arkansas Congressional Delegation Seek More Rice Sales

An Arkansas rice field
Credit Mickey Liaw / Flickr.com

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have joined colleagues from other states in urging Secretary of State John Kerry to encourage Iraq to purchase more American-produced rice.

Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford and Bruce Westerman have signed a letter that seeks diplomatic assistance to improve trade relations with the Iraqi Grain Board. In recent years, the board has bought rice from other nations over lower cost American rice.

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