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5:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Beebe Bringing Together Involved Parties to Look Into Teacher Insurance Hike

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An expected hike of nearly 50 percent for teacher insurance premiums at the start of 2014 had officials meeting at the Capitol Monday. Governor Mike Beebe said a consensus between teachers, superintendents, and lawmakers are needed before a special session is convened to address it.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Crawford Says Don't Blame Republicans for Shutdown Crisis

Republican Representative Rick Crawford
Credit crawford.house.gov

The looming possibility of a government shutdown has first district Republican Representative Rick Crawford saying it would be President Obama’s fault. The potential shutdown is the result of a strategy by some House Republicans to pass a budget without including funding for the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate is majority Democrat and any budget not including funding for health care programs is unlikely to pass and garner the President’s signature but Crawford said otherwise.

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The Affordable Care Act
1:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Arkansas Releases Rates For Insurance Exchange

Rates were announced Monday for the 71 health insurance plans that will be sold through the exchange created by the Affordable Care Act.

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Local & Regional News
10:17 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Pipe Bombs Seized During Search Of Jonesboro Home

A man and a woman in Jonesboro are in custody after officers executing a search warrant found pipe bombs, bomb-making material and weapons at a house.

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says authorities called in local agents from the FBI to assist after the explosives were found Sunday night.

Boyd says one person in the home was on probation and authorities were investigating reports of drugs in the home.

Law enforcement cordoned off the area around the home but the neighborhood was not evacuated.

Higher Education
7:04 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

ASU Board Of Trustees Approves $27.7M Bond Issue

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance the completion of a humanities and social sciences building and construction of a multipurpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus.

The school says the board approved the measure on Friday.

School officials say the 120,000-square-foot Humanities and Social Sciences Building is expected to be finished by fall 2015. It will be the new home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and other academic programs.

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Economic Development
5:19 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Proposed Arkansas Steel Mill Mining Up Customers

State Economic Development Director Grant Tenille talks before the Arkansas Senate about the proposed Big River Steel Mill earlier this year.

The state's economic development director says a planned $1.1 billion steel mill for northeast Arkansas is on pace to close on its financing by the end of the year.

The Big River Steel mill is to employ 2,000 construction workers and, when operating, have more than 500 workers earning salaries averaging more than $75,000.

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KLRE Classical Music Review
12:02 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Ritual Scenes of Pagan Russia Come To Little Rock

Igor Stravinsky
Credit Wikipedia / Wikipedia

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra took the stage at Robinson Center Saturday night at about twice its normal size. Two Wagner tubas, double timpani, an extended percussion section, bass trumpet and other exotic instruments were all added for this heavy-hitting first concert in the ASO’s 2013-2014 Masterworks series.

By all accounts, the stage was set for Russian extravagance and festivities, as well as (also Russian) scenes of brutal pagan rituals portrayed in Stravinsky’s ground breaking and controversial ballet, 'The Rite of Spring.' 

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Open Carry Demonstration Delayed Because of Chick-Fil-A Shooting

Arkansas Carry
Credit arkansascarry.com

Arkansas Carry, the group behind a march in August where attendees openly carried firearms, is postponing its next demonstration in Jonesboro. The death of a 17 year old last week caused by accidentally self-inflicted gun shot wounds at a Chick-Fil-A caused the group to postpone the event until October 6th.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Pipeline Information Dispute May Result In A Lawsuit

Central Arkansas Water says it may file a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The utility company has requested safety information since April, signed a confidentiality agreement in late August, and has yet to receive access to the information about the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March. 

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Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Agriculture Experts Warn Arkansas Farmers About Hay Fires

GREAT BALES OF FIRE -- Stacked round bales ablaze in this file photo taken in August 2013 in Miller County.
Credit Doug Petty / Univ. of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Recent rain has curbed wildfires in some parts of Arkansas, but agricultural experts say those showers will do little to improve conditions in areas suffering from extreme drought conditions.

Dr. Jon Barry is a forester and volunteer firefighter in southwestern Arkansas. As a specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Barry says hay fires in some pastures can be difficult to extinguish and some hay bales can spontaneously combust.

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