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5:53 am
Thu December 12, 2013

UAMS Receives $1 Million Gift For Cancer Work

The UAMS campus.
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says it has received a $1 million gift for a new breast cancer center.

UAMS said Wednesday that a member of its Cancer Institute Auxiliary, Stuart Cobb, was donating the money to support construction and services. 

The breast cancer center will be on the third floor of the Cancer Institute when completed.

Chancellor Dan Rahn said the gift will give Arkansans access to an advanced facility for mammography and other outpatient services.

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4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Patrons Exchange 'Food for Fines' During Holiday Drive

The Central Arkansas Library System is hosting its annual Food for Fines drive to provide for needy families across the state.

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4:24 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Report Updates The Number Of Arkansans To Sign Up Under Health Marketplace

A new federal report says more Arkansas residents have enrolled in health coverage through the HealthCare.gov website that's in place to facilitate insurance sign-ups as part of the government's health care overhaul.

The Wednesday report says nearly 18,000 Arkansans completed applications through the new marketplace. When adding in family members who would be covered, the applications totaled about 34,600 people. The numbers are from activity on the website from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

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4:07 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

UALR Leader Reflects On Mandela's Influence On His Life

Nelson Mandela

Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, reflects on the influence Mandela had on his life in this essay:

As a lawyer and activist, Nelson Mandela, the first democratically-elected president of South Africa spent almost his entire life fighting against injustice in his country. During 27 years of imprisonment, he continued to influence people all across the world with his message of equality. His message was heard loud and clear in American, the South; and it had a huge impact on the views of the youth of my generation – especially me.

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1:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sherwood Disputes Section of Pulaski County Desegregation Agreement

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman, accompanied by members of the Sherwood Education Foundation, speaks about the city's desire to create its own school district.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The community of Sherwood is unhappy with a section of the proposed Pulaski County Desegregation Settlement involving three school districts and the state of Arkansas. Members of the Sherwood Education Foundation spoke Wednesday at the Bill Harman Recreation Center of how the proposed settlement would prevent their city from easily carving its own school district out of the Pulaski County Special School District.

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1:47 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Meteor Shower to Brighten Weekend Atmosphere

Credit EarthSky.org

Several falling stars will be seen across Arkansas skies as the Geminid meteor shower takes place this weekend.

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12:12 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Arkansas Legislator Jim Hill Dies At 74

Former Arkansas legislator Jim Hill died Wednesday at his home in the southwest Arkansas town of Nashville.

Hill, a Democrat, served in the state House from 1993 to 1996, then in the state Senate, including one year as the Senate president pro tempore during the 84th General Assembly.

In a statement, Governor Mike Beebe, who served alongside him in the legislature, said:

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5:57 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Arkansas Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes

Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.

A report released by the Economic Policy Institute and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, shows changes in the tax code could result in a fairer system that strengthens economic growth.

Jim Nickels represents an AFSCME Council in Arkansas.

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5:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Arkansas Governor Beebe Announces Intent To Pardon 7

Governor Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons.

Beebe's office said Tuesday that each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. 

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10:57 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Little Rock Voters Back Robinson Makeover By Big Margin

Architect's vision of the renovated performance hall at Robinson Center.
Credit LittleRock.com

A massive renovation of Little Rock's venerable Robinson Center won the overwhelming approval of Little Rock voters Tuesday with more than 72 percent favoring the use of part of the city's hospitality tax to fund the $73.5 million project.

Turnout was light with only 6,988 of the approximately 114,000 eligible voters showing up at the polls. Supporters of the plan blamed sparse turnout on the harsh winter weather over the last week, but they were happy with the results.

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