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10:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Sheriff: Teen Arrested In NE Arkansas Girl's Death

Jessica Williams

Authorities in northeast Arkansas have arrested a teenager suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said Thursday that the 17-year-old was arrested in connection with the death of 11-year-old Jessica Williams.

Authorities have not released the name of the teen, who has not been formally charged in Jessica's death.

Authorities found Jessica's body in a ditch on Wednesday morning after her father told investigators she was last seen playing with a dog and riding a bike on Tuesday evening near Gosnell.

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August Recess Activities
9:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Senator Boozman Wrapping Up Rural Tour

U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to bring his weeklong agriculture tour of Arkansas to a close on Friday with stops in three towns.

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4th District Congressional Race
7:59 am
Thu August 29, 2013

UPDATE: Darr Bows Out Of Congressional Bid Amid Ethical Questions

Mark Darr

Lt. Governor Mark Darr says he will drop out of the race for the 4th district congressional seat, now occupied by Republican Tom Cotton.

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Arkansas & The Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option' Waiver

Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss the state's request to use federal Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Thursday were scheduled to meet jointly and discuss the state's "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state.

The Legislature earlier this year approved the plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
10:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Request Federal Help After Storms

The state's federal lawmakers are requesting disaster assistance from the government for damage caused by recent storms and flooding.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

School Superintendents Defend Programs To Arm Staff

Members of the Arkansas Joint Judiciary Committee listen to testimony during Wednesday's hearing.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

With an appeal to be heard next month, the superintendents of two Arkansas school districts are defending programs to arm teachers and staff.

Wednesday a legislative panel heard arguments about whether having guns on campus is the best way to protect students.

Lake Hamilton Superintendent Steve Anderson told members of the Joint Judiciary Committee that in addition to two full-time armed security officers, his district has had several staff members, including himself, who have quick access to firearms if the need arises.

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Local & Regional News
3:38 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

King's Key Speech Celebrated At Arkansas Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered to march around the Arkansas Capitol and assess how much of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" has been realized and how much remains unfulfilled.

The Wednesday ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led speakers to draw a variety of conclusions.

Former legislator Tracy Steele of North Little Rock remarked that there was a time that black people were barred from assembling at the Capitol.

Local & Regional News
6:48 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Clinton To Talk About Obama's New Healthcare Law in Little Rock

Bill Clinton

Former president Bill Clinton will speak about President Obama’s signature health care law at an event next Wednesday, September 4, at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

The former president touched briefly on the issue of healthcare during his speech today marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Ethics And Campaign Finance Rules
6:34 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Refresher Course On Ethics

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say lawmakers will meet for a refresher course on the state's ethics laws after a state senator resigned over his campaign spending money on clothes, home theater equipment and other personal items.

Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they're planning to hold a seminar on ethics and campaign finance laws on Sept. 26. The meeting is aimed at answering lawmaker's questions about state ethics rules and other issues.

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Disaster Aid
6:28 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Arkansas Requests Disaster Declaration After Flooding

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration for six counties affected by severe storms and torrential flooding that began earlier this month.

The counties include Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton.

The declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage. State-and-federal damage assessments totaled $5.6 million, with nearly all of that cost coming from damage to roads and bridges.

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