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Arkansas Literary Festival
10:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Public Radio Invites You To The 2013 Arkansas Literary Festival

10th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival

KUAR FM89 and KLRE Classical 90.5 invite you to join the stations of UALR Public Radio for the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas's premier gathering of readers and writers. The festival features more than 80 authors from Arkansas and around the world.

The Arkansas Literary Festival has expanded to more than 80 authors in locations on both sides of the river from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21.

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Unequal Pay In Arkansas
10:02 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Report: Gender Wage Gap Increases For Women Of Color In Arkansas

National Women’s Law Center

A report by the National Women’s Law Center, a research and advocacy group, shows inequalities in pay between male and female workers persist in Arkansas and every other state.

Fatima Goss Graves worked on the comprehensive analysis of the gender wage gap. She says findings also show larger pay disparities for women of color in Arkansas.

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Highway Construction
9:47 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Interstate 30 Lane To Close During Little Rock Maintenance

Interstate 30

Arkansas highway officials say a lane closure is planned on Interstate 30 in the Little Rock metro area. Maintenance work on a median wall will require closure of the westbound inside lane just south of the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock to just south of the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock.  The lane is to be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The timing of the work could change if there is bad weather.   

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Arkansas Storms
9:35 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Heavy Rain Predicted For Arkansas Midweek

The National Weather Service says heavy rain is expected this week with a chance for severe storms as a front moves through the state. 

Forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible Tuesday and Wednesday, with up to 4 inches in areas of southeast Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
1:28 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas House Sets Health Care Expansion Meeting

Arkansas House leaders say they'll hold a special meeting to discuss a Senate-approved proposal to use federal money to purchase health insurance for low-income residents.  

Carter told reporters Saturday that House lawmakers would hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss the "private option" proposal that GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe have negotiated as a compromise over the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.

On Friday, the Senate approved the measure, which would expand insurance for about 250,000  low-income residents.  

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Local & Regional News
1:11 am
Mon April 8, 2013

ExxonMobil Shows Site Where Oil Pipeline Ruptured

Workers at the site where the underground pipeline ruptured.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

On Sunday, officials with ExxonMobil and local leaders allowed the press to get its first look at an area where an oil pipeline ruptured a week and a half ago, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of tar sands.

The tour occurred as workers in yellow hazmat suits continued working to clean up the upscale neighborhood in Mayflower.

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Local & Regional News
5:35 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Fayetteville Animal Shelter Cuts Down Euthanasia Rate

Credit flickr.com

The recent addition of a county-wide animal shelter in Washington County is freeing up space at other shelters in the region. More space means a lower euthanasia rate at Fayetteville Animal Services. So far the facility has had to euthanize 3.9 percent of its animals, compared to 23 percent last year.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
10:37 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Residents Express Concerns About Mayflower Oil Spill at Meeting

Allison Wallace, Group Facilitator
Lilyan Kauffman

    

A large group of community members gathered at the Faulkner County Library to air grievances and discuss what the future might entail for residents in Mayflower. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman was there and has this report.

UCA Professor Allisson Wallace, unaffiliated with any group, reserved access to the library for the organizational meeting.

Glen Hooks, of the Sierra Club, spoke at the beginning of the meeting and asked if representatives from Exxon were present to listen to the community,

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Local & Regional News
5:22 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Arkansas Senate Approves "Voter Integrity" Unit

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would create a "voter integrity"  unit within the Secretary of State's office to investigate complaints of election fraud. 

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Local & Regional News
5:15 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Arkansas Senate Fails To Pass Racial Impact Legislation

The Arkansas Senate has rejected legislation that would have required racial impact  statements for any legislation that creates new criminal offenses or changes existing sentencing laws.  

The Senate voted 15-10 on Friday in favor of the bill by Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock requiring the statements, which would detail how legislation would affect minorities in the state. It needed 18 votes in the 35-member Senate.  

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