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9:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Authorities Identify Man Killed In Newport Steel Plant Accident

Authorities have identified the worker killed at a Newport plant after a kettle of liquid steel spilled.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy James Brock says the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon at Arkansas Steel Associates.

Brock says 49-year-old Michael Earl Myers died when a cable carrying a kettle of molten steel broke, causing the liquid steel to spill. Another employee, who hasn't been identified, was injured.

The Daily Citizen reports that a memorial service for Myers is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Powell Funeral Chapel in Bald Knob.

Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Vigil Set To Honor Little Rock Teen Killed In Shooting

Adrian Broadway
Credit KARK

A vigil is planned at a Little Rock high school to honor a 15-year-old girl fatally shot after a group of teens vandalized a car.

The vigil for Adrian Broadway is set for 4 p.m. Friday at McClellan High School, where she was a freshman.

Police say 48-year-old Willie Noble opened fire on a group of teenagers that he believed vandalized his car. Broadway was struck by gunfire and died at a Little Rock hospital.

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Arkansas General Assembly
8:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Private Option Passes In Senate, Just Misses In House

The Arkansas State Senate Chamber
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

In what was expected to be a close but almost certain vote, the Arkansas State Senate passed the appropriation bill for the private option, the healthcare plan that extends coverage to poor residents. Later in the afternoon Thursday, the House of Representatives again fell short of passing the bill.

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Local & Regional News
3:11 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Arkansas Senate Approves, House Rejects Private Option

Credit Arkansas.gov

Legislation to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion has failed for a third time in the state House, despite winning approval in the Senate.

The House on Thursday afternoon voted 72-25 Thursday to reauthorize funding for the "private option," falling three votes shy of the 75 needed to keep the program alive.

It was the third failed vote in the House for the program, approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

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Local & Regional News
2:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Heber Springs Mayor To Challenge 1st District Congressman Crawford

The mayor of Heber Springs says he will challenge a Republican congressman in the upcoming election.

Mayor Jackie McPherson said Thursday he will run against Rick Crawford for the 1st Congressional District seat in eastern Arkansas.

McPherson is a Democrat and cited Congress' lack of bipartisanship as one of his reasons running for the seat.

McPherson has been the mayor of Heber Springs for six years and previously served on the city's council for 12 years. He and his wife Vicki have three children.

Local & Regional News
12:37 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

ASU Breaks Ground on New Campus in Mexico

Credit asunews.astate.edu

The first steps toward Arkansas State University’s new 20,000 person campus located in Mexico began Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony.

ASU officials and members of the Mexican government attended the festivities along with nearly 2,000 onlookers.

ASU’s Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins said the campus, funded by private investors in Mexico, will in many ways mimic ASU.

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Local & Regional News
11:29 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill Avoiding Special Election For Lt. Governor

The Arkansas Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would avoid a special election this year for the lieutenant governor's position left open by the resignation of Mark Darr.

The Senate voted 35-0 on Thursday in favor of the bill, which would enable Gov. Mike Beebe to not call a special election for the office within 10 months of the November election.

Darr resigned Feb. 1, and lawmakers hope to avoid a special election before the November general election that will fill the post. Lawmakers say holding a special election would cost $1 million.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Death Row Inmate Asks For New Penalty Hearing

A lawyer for the state is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse a ruling from about two years ago in order to keep a death row inmate from getting a new sentencing hearing.

Terrick Nooner was sentenced to execution for the 1993 slaying of 22-year-old Scot Stobaugh at a Little Rock laundry.

Nooner's attorney, Josh Lee, argued Thursday before the high court that the trial jury indicated on a form that it didn't consider mitigating evidence in the sentencing phase.

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Local & Regional News
10:54 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Arkansas-Based Wal-Mart's 4Q Profit Falls 21 Percent

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering a profit outlook below Wall Street expectations as economic pressures weigh on its low-income shoppers around the world. The world's largest retailer also saw its fourth-quarter profit drop 21 percent.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., said Thursday that it earned $4.43 billion, or $1.36 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31. That compares with $5.6 billion, or $1.67 per share, a year earlier.

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Fiscal Legislative Session
7:29 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Private Option Again Fails To Pass, More Votes To Come

Foes of the private option present proposals to completely stop any further enrollment in the program. Governor Mike Beebe and House Speaker Davy Carter say the plan is politically unrealistic.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Arkansas Legislative leaders say they are finished negotiating new terms relating to the state’s private option alternative to Medicaid expansion, after the bill to appropriate funds for the program failed to get the needed votes to pass.

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