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4:24 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas Senate OKs Unemployment Testing, Benefit Cut

The Arkansas Senate has approved proposals to cut the maximum unemployment benefits the state pays out and to subject some unemployment recipients to random drug testing.

The Senate voted 19-12 Monday and approved the bill by Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave City. It would cut the maximum weekly benefits Arkansas pays from $451 to $325.

Hester says the state's benefits are much higher than surrounding states, but Democrats criticized the move as unfair to unemployed workers.  

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas House Approves Steel Mill Project

Arkansas House lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly approved Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to provide  $125 million in state financing for the construction of a new steel mill in the northeast corner of the state.

Lawmakers voted 78-17 for a bill authorizing Arkansas to issue bonds to provide a loan and pay some construction costs of a $1.1 billion steel facility in Osceola. The Senate has already approved identical legislation to authorize Big River Steel's project and its funding.  

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Homicide
3:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Suspect On The Run After Shooting A Man At Scott Hamilton Drive

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The suspect of a Sunday night’s shooting at Scott Hamilton Drive is still on the run.

The Little Rock Police Department says at around 10 p.m. officers found a Hispanic male laying outside a trailer home, the victim then died at UAMS hospital at around 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Sergeant Cassandra Davis, with the city’s police department, said, “The investigation is continuing. We are trying to develop suspect and look at the crime scene to determine exactly what occur there at 8510 Scott Hamilton Drive.”

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Arkansas Weather
3:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Thunderstorms And Heavy Rain Are Expected Tomorrow Night

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected beginning late Tuesday night through Thursday, as the National Weather Service predicts a line of storms moving through the state. 

Meteorologist Julie Lesko said eastern parts of Arkansas will see stronger and more damaging winds.

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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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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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.
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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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