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1:49 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Crystal Bridges Acquires Renowned Sculpture 'Hanging Heart'

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired "Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta) by renowned American sculptor Jeff Koons.

The museum in northwest Arkansas announced the acquisition Thursday and said the sculpture is on display just in time for Valentine's Day.

The 3,000-pound sculpture of a bright gold heart is more than 9 1/2 feet wide and is adorned with a magenta, stainless steel ribbon. The sculpture is suspended from the ceiling of one of the museum's glass-walled bridges.

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10:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Arkansas Panel Advances Private Option Bill

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced the funding bill for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday recommended passing the measure, which would keep the state's "private option" alive for another year.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents. The private option was approved as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

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Local & Regional News
9:46 am
Thu February 13, 2014

US Rep. Tim Griffin Makes Official: He is Running For Lt. Governor

Rep. Tim Griffin

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin says he's running for Arkansas lieutenant governor, jumping into state politics just a few months after announcing his retirement from Congress.

Griffin announced Thursday that he would seek the Republican Party's nomination. He announced in October that he wouldn't seek a third term in Congress, saying he wanted to spend more time at home with his family.

Griffin is the third Republican running for lieutenant governor. State Reps. Debra Hobbs and Andy Mayberry are seeking the GOP nomination.

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Local & Regional News
9:42 am
Thu February 13, 2014

AG's Office Warns About Phone Hang-Up Scam

The Arkansas attorney general's office is warning consumers about a phone scam that's geared to get people to make calls that result in exorbitant charges.

The office said Wednesday that the scam works by an automatic dialer ringing consumers' phones, with the hope that they'll be curious enough to dial the number from the missed call. Returning the call can result in high fees, as when calling a 900 number.

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Local & Regional News
9:40 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Aspiration Cause Of Death For LR Zoo's Giraffe

Preliminary necropsy results show that a giraffe that died at the Little Rock Zoo last year aspirated to death after it was attacked by another giraffe.

Zoo officials say 13-year-old Jigsaw died from aspiration pneumonia - or an inflammation of the lungs caused by inhaling and then choking on fluids or food.

Jigsaw died Dec. 29 after getting into a fight with another giraffe, an 8-year-old named Mesi. The zoo says Mesi broke through a large metal dividing gate and sparred with Jigsaw until the older giraffe fell.

Arkansas General Assembly
8:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Legislators Hear New Private Option Proposals

Republican State Representative Nate Bell of Mena presents his amendment before the Joint Budget Subcommittee on Special Language.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

On Wednesday Arkansas Lawmakers were presented with the first concrete proposals seeking to alter the "private option," the state's unique approach to expanding health coverage for thousands of low-income people using federal Medicaid money.

 

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Local & Regional News
6:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Judge Asks Governor To Oppose Plans For New Arkansas Prison

Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen
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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen is asking Gov. Mike Beebe to oppose a recent decision by the Arkansas Board of Corrections to spend millions of dollars to plan for construction of a new prison. The 1,000 bed state prison itself is estimated to cost up to $85 million to build.

In a letter to the governor Wednesday, Judge Griffen blamed “misguided” policies of the war on drugs for leading to the imprisonment of people who are not a threat to society.

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Local & Regional News
6:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Private Option Amendments

Arkansas lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to save a compromise Medicaid expansion by barring the state from promoting the expanded coverage or the federal health overhaul.

The proposal endorsed by a legislative subcommittee Wednesday is aimed at swaying opponents of the private option that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low income residents.

Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Body Of Missing Pilot Removed From Wreckage, Sent To Hometown

Crews have removed the body of an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot from a crash site in Montgomery County.

12 days after disappearing during a wildfire patrol, the remains of pilot Jake Harrell were being taken back home to North Little Rock on Wednesday.

Harrell missed a check-in on Jan. 31 while flying over western Arkansas. An emergency beacon in his aircraft didn't work and searchers didn't spot the wreckage until Tuesday. Harrell was found dead at the scene.

The crash site was in remote and rugged wilderness and crews needed the extra day to remove the body.

Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter Storm Causes Delays and Cancelations at Clinton National Airport

A winter storm delivering a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to a large portion of the southeastern United States is causing delays and cancelations at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Shane Carter with the airport advises travelers to check with airlines before heading to the airport.

"The storm has had a crippling effect on air travel to and from the Southeast. Both Delta and U.S. Airways have canceled flights due to weather," says Carter.

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