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12:31 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Arkansas Revenue Above Forecast, Below Last Year

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue came in below last year's figures but slightly above forecast in January, despite sales tax collections missing their target.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday that the state's net available revenue in January totaled $483.6 million. That's $32.5 million below last year and $7.4 million above forecast.

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Local & Regional News
11:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss Private Option Ahead Of Session

Arkansas lawmakers are scheduled to discuss whether the federal waiver for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion conflicts with the state law that paved the way the measure last year.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Tuesday are scheduled to discuss the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion with officials from the state Department of Human Services.

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Missing Pilot
5:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Search Resumes In Western Arkansas For Missing Pilot

The search has resumed for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and airplane that lost contact with the commission Friday afternoon.

The commission says crews are searching parts of the Ouachita National Forest in western Arkansas for missing pilot Jake Harrell. The 34-year-old pilot is also a North Little Rock police officer and member of the Arkansas National Guard.

The search began Friday afternoon when Harrell failed to communicate as scheduled with the commission while surveying the area for possible wildfires.

Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Arkansas Business, Farm & Faith Leaders Call For Immigration Reform

Leaders from Arkansas’s business, agriculture and faith communities are responding to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal for an incremental approach to immigration reform with renewed calls to pass some meaningful legislation. Representatives from the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau spoke in a conference call with reporters

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

House Speaker Carter Open To Tweaking Arkansas 'Private Option'

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's open to tweaking the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, but says he's confident lawmakers will renew the program when they convene for this year's legislative session.

Carter said Monday that voting on whether to reauthorize the "private option" will be one of the first things the Legislature will have to do when it convenes for this year's session on Feb. 10 since so many other parts of the budget depend on the program.

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Local & Regional News
10:01 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Another Round Of Wintry Weather Likely for Arkansas

Freezing rain is possible Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An additional round of wintry precipitation is forecast for Arkansas after much of the state saw ice and the northern part of the state saw snow on Sunday. Chuck Rickard of the National Weather Service says a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow is a possibility for many areas of the state on Tuesday.

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Arkansas Business Report
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

2/3/14: Arkansas Business Report

Arkansas Business Report for the week of Mon., Feb. 3: Tyson Fodds slows expansion in China, Murphy Oil Corp. sees quarterly earnings drop, Fayetteville NanoWatt Designs completes phase one of a federal research grant to improve battery life and vision processors.

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52nd Street Jazz
10:04 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Peter Martin Interview

Peter Martin
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Acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin is set to play a show with his trio at South on Main Sunday, Feb. 9. John spoke with Peter ahead of his appearance about playing with Betty Carter, performing for the President and what to expect at his Little Rock performance.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Winter Weather Warning and Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northwestern Arkansas and a winter weather advisory for most of the remainder of the state as a winter storm is expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region.

Both the warning and the advisory are in effect until midnight Sunday. The weather service says two to four inches of freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected in the northwestern corner of the state and one to three inches is possible elsewhere.

Only the southern one-third of the state was not included in the advisories.

Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Parole Reform and the Private Option

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After changes made last year to the state's parole system county jails have seen an influx of inmates. Sheriffs are reporting overcrowding and Governor Mike Beebe has proposed additional funds.

In his weekly radio address Beebe linked the fate of the private option Medicaid expansion to prisons.

“I explained to the sheriffs that if the private option fails the additional funds to ease overcrowding and ensure payment for housing state inmates will be much harder to find. Without the private option, there will be an $89 million hole in the proposed budget,” said Beebe.

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