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3:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Private Option on Ice: Speaker Says Votes Will Be There in the End

House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

While the Arkansas House did convene Monday the chamber had some noticeable vacancies as several representatives did not come to the Capitol due to adverse weather conditions. Re-authorizing funds for the private option was not discussed in the legislature but Republican House Speaker Davy Carter told Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas he is still confident funding will be approved.

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Local & Regional News
1:18 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Well-Stocked Crews Working Arkansas Roads

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

Officials are urging motorists to remain cautious the next several days as ice is expected to linger while temperatures remain near freezing through Tuesday night.

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Public Information Officer Randy Ort said roadways are likely to remain hazardous for the next few days.

“Travel is definitely not recommended. The longer anybody can delay their travels whether it be tomorrow (Tuesday) or the next day the better off they’ll be,” said Ort.

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Local & Regional News
12:52 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Filing Deadline for Arkansas Candidates

The one-week filing period for members of Arkansas' political parties has ended with 412 candidates entering elections this year. The Secretary of State's office says 19 people entered races before Monday's noon deadline. Candidates for non-partisan positions, such as judicial positions, have until 3 p.m. Monday to file paperwork with the state.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Weather Delays Jury Selection for Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner

The trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner on 14 federal extortion and bribery charges has been delayed because potential jurors cannot travel to the courthouse safely. Jury selection was to begin Monday morning.

The jury pool includes residents from throughout eastern Arkansas, but a winter storm Sunday made many roads in the region impassible. The U.S. Attorney's office says a new starting time has not been set.

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Arkansas Business Report
9:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

3/3/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week:  CJRW is moving from Capitol Avenue to Main Street; Tyson's earnings report; Deltic Timber's earning report.

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Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Arkansas Inmate Turns to Supreme Court to Pursue Religious Custom

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.

The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a beard. State corrections officials say their grooming policy prohibiting beards promotes hygiene and safety.

The court previously blocked the state from forcing Holt to shave the beard while the appeal was under consideration. The case will be argued in the fall.

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Local & Regional News
9:08 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Over 34,000 Lost Power in Arkansas

Credit stormcenter.entergy.com

The latest round of wintry weather brought over 34,000 power outages statewide Monday. With the threat of precipitation subsiding Entergy Arkansas reported over 26,000 outages while the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas claimed roughly 8,000.

Sally Graham with the state’s largest electric utility Entergy said most of their customers without power are in the state’s northeast.

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Arkansas Legislature
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Politics And The Private Option: An Analysis With Jay Barth

The private option, Arkansas's alternative answer to the full-out Medicaid expansion prescribed by the federal Affordable Care Act continues to hold up progress on the state budget in this fiscal legislative session.

With the political climate surrounding this most-divisive issue, could a few lawmakers be holding out till after the political filing period to cast their vote for the alternative plan? Political scientist Jay Barth joins us to discuss some of the political aspects of this vote.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Clinton Presidential Library Releases Previously Private Documents

The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock released a first batch of previously private documents Friday, providing insight into the operations of the Clinton White House.

Under the Presidential Records Act, such documents can be withheld for up to 12 years after a president leaves office.  These documents could have been made available at the start of 2013, and there was some pressure for them to finally be made public.

Subsequent document releases are expected in the coming weeks.

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Local & Regional News
4:29 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Little Rock Woman Files To Run For Arkansas Governor

A substitute teacher from Little Rock has filed to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, setting up an unexpected primary contest for Arkansas' top office.

Lynette Bryant filed paperwork Friday at the state Capitol to run for governor, becoming the second Democrat to officially enter the race.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross announced his bid for the Democratic nomination last year and filed to run on Wednesday. Bryant has run unsuccessfully for the Little Rock city board in 2010 and 2012.

This is her first bid for statewide office.

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