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6:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll: It’s Still The Economy

More Arkansans feel the state is heading in the right direction than the wrong direction and a majority identify the economy and jobs as their top issue of concern.

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Local & Regional News
6:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Summit Arena Gets Updated Basketball Court

Summit Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center is getting a new look for the floor of its basketball court. The fresh design will be on display in time for the high school title games in March.

Organizers say that with the Sun Belt Conference moving its championship tournaments to New Orleans, it was time update the arena and to remove the Sun Belt logos from the playing surface.

The Sentinel-Record reports that the floor can be refinished four or five times before it needs to be replaced.

At the Symphony
5:53 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Bohemian Rhapsody: Brahms and Dvorak

Geoffrey Robson explores Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op. 83; Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Op. 46/72; and, Dvorak's Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66.

These works will be performed at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concerts Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m.

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Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Group Pushing For Alcohol Sales In South Arkansas County

A group is collecting signatures to get a proposal on the ballot asking voters to legalize alcohol sales in Columbia County.

Vote for Growth in Columbia County announced Tuesday that it will work to get the measure on the ballot this year.

Committee chairman David Nelson says Columbia County outlawed alcohol sales in 1943 but that the issue hasn't come up for a vote in decades. 

Local & Regional News
11:46 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Helps Families Pay Heating Bills

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Credit Central Arkansas Development Council

The Central Arkansas Development Council is helping families pay their heating bills during this cold winter. 

The organization reaches out to low income households each year and assists with utility payments on a first come, first serve basis. 

Valerie Ramsey, program manager, says the aid is based on household size and regular income, but also offers a crisis mode.

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Damaged Bridge Stops Barge Traffic On Arkansas River

Barge traffic is shut down on the Arkansas River in western Arkansas after damage was discovered on a railroad bridge.

Officials say two broken cables tilted the northern end of the bridge in between Fort Smith and Van Buren. Train crews discovered the dysfunctional rail late Monday when a northbound train was heading back from Fort Smith.

The cables are used to raise and lower the bridge.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Talk Business-Hendrix Poll: Public Weighs In On Private Option

Arkansas voters view the private option insurance plan more favorably than unfavorably, according to a new survey from Talk Business and Hendrix College.

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Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

UAMS Opens A New Sickle Cell Anemia Clinic

A new clinic for adults with sickle cell anemia is opening at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

The program will offer a 24/7 call center as well as provide yearly flu shots and things not always available in more rural areas.

Physician with the program, Dr. Robin Devan, says approximately 1,300 children and adults suffer from sickle cell in Arkansas, but treatment isn’t consistent.

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Local & Regional News
2:43 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

DHS: If Private Option Defunded, New Budget Needed

Arkansas State Capitol

The director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services says he doesn't have an alternative budget if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option" version of Medicaid expansion in the February fiscal session.

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