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5:14 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Candidates For Governor Release Fundraising Reports For August

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson's campaign says he raised more than $420,000 last month, outpacing Democratic rival Mike Ross.

Hutchinson's campaign reported Monday it ended the month with $667,000 cash on hand and has raised more than $3.4 million since launching his bid last year. Ross reported raising more than $370,000 last month and ending with $307,000 in the bank. Ross has raised more than $5.6 million total in his bid.

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4:25 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Voters Deciding If Jacksonville Forms New School District

Pulaski County Special School District
Credit www.pcssd.org / PCSSD

Voters in Jacksonville are deciding Tuesday if they want to separate from the Pulaski County Special School District and form their own district. Residents of Jacksonville were given the option of creating their own district, after a ruling in January by a federal judge ended a long-running desegregation case.

Jerry Guess, the Superintendent of the state’s third-largest school district, said Jacksonville’s schools are in “bad shape” and breaking away allows them to get state funding, otherwise unavailable.

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3:08 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Arkansas Formally Requests Making Changes To 'Private Option'

Arkansas is asking the federal government to allow changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that would require some participants to contribute monthly to health savings accounts and would impose new limits on transportation for non-emergency services.

The state Department of Human Services on Monday submitted its proposal to change the "private option" program. The program uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. It was created last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health law.

Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Arkansas Highway Officials To Open Bids On 47 Projects

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is set to open bids on 47 road and bridge projects totaling an estimated $303 million.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports three of the projects are expected to account for nearly two-thirds of the total cost. The Broadway Bridge replacement and 17-mile Interstate 40 rehabilitation are expected to exceed $80 million, while the third high-profile project, the widening of Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and Conway, is estimated to cost $30 million or more.

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1:50 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Governor Announces Replacement For Judge Removed From Office

Michael Murphy

Conway City Attorney Michael Murphy has been named to serve the remainder of the term of Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, who was removed from office last week by the Arkansas Supreme Court for misconduct.

Gov. Mike Beebe’s office announced the appointment Monday.

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1:43 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Zone 1 Candidates For Little Rock School Board Discuss Priorities

The Little Rock School District's school board election is Tuesday, September 16. Joy Springer is challenging incumbent Norma Jean Johnson in the downtown area and Jim Ross is running against incumbent Jody Carreiro in West Little Rock.

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11:06 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Attorney General Asks Court To Uphold Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

A lesbian couple kisses while waiting to get their marriage license in May at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban earlier this year, and 541 same-sex couples were married before the ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court pending appeals.

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Local & Regional News
10:31 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Governor Commemorates AmeriCorps Turning 20

The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly media address: 

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years Of Service

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years
Credit www.nationalservice.gov

A ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark, a native Arkansan, and Governor Mike Beebe attended the commemoration and swearing-in ceremony for new AmeriCorps members.

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3:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Crystal Bridges Opens Most Ambitious Exhibition To Date

"Ialu," an exhibit by Tennessee-based artist John Douglas Powers. The title comes from an ancient Egyptian phrase meaning "field of reeds." It's one of the works featured in the Crystal Bridges exhibit "State of the Art."
Credit Antoinette Grajeda / KUAF

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has put the finishing touches on what may be its most ambitious exhibition to date. It opens to the public Saturday.

The curatorial team at the museum has traveled more than 100,000 miles to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Museum president Don Bacigalupi says they worked to find artists that have not yet been part of the national art scene.

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