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2:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Presents Budget To Lawmakers

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is presenting its budget to legislators and is not asking for an increase for the next fiscal year.

DHS Director John Selig told legislators on Thursday that he appreciates how tight general revenues are.

The Joint Budget Committee is delaying until Tuesday a discussion of the private health insurance option that legislators adopted last year to expand the Medicaid program.

Selig says the private option has $400 million in federal money for this fiscal year.

The Metropolitan Opera
11:14 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Jan. 18: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" with Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin.
Credit Lee Broomfield / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, in an archival broadcast from October 5th, 2013, which will air Saturday, January 18 from noon-4 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Thu January 16, 2014

New Trial Ordered For Arkansas Death Row Inmate

Booking photo of Rickey Dale Newman.
Credit Ark. Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate who confessed to the murder and mutilation of a woman at a transient camp in 2001.

Justices on Thursday reversed Rickey Dale Newman's 2002 capital murder conviction in the slaying of 46-year-old Marie Cholette near Van Buren in Crawford County.

Newman's attorney argued that Newman was mentally unfit to understand court proceedings or help with his defense, and the court agreed.

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10:53 am
Thu January 16, 2014

State Representative Applies To Run Arkansas Insurance Exchange

The Arkansas lawmaker who sponsored the law creating the Health Insurance Marketplace Board has applied to serve as the marketplace's executive director.

Republican Rep. Mark Biviano is one of two applicants who've applied for the position to oversee the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.

Arkansas has partnered with the federal government to run its exchange, but the state is exploring whether to establish its own state-run insurance marketplace.

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Local & Regional News
9:09 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Split On $1.1 Trillion Budget Bill

Arkansas' four congressmen have split on a $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the federal government until just before next fall's election.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted for the measure that passed the U.S. House Wednesday and provides money for virtually every federal agency. Reps. Tom Cotton and Rick Crawford voted against the measure. All four are Republicans.

The 1,582-page bill passed the House on a 359-67 vote. The measure eases many but not all of the automatic spending cuts that took effect last year.

Local & Regional News
7:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Plenty Of Young Arkansans Choose Private Option, says DHS

Some enrollees for Arkansas's 'Private Option' version of Medicaid Expansion found they were eligible after applying for coverage through the federally-run website, healthcare.gov.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a significant number of younger adults are enrolling in the state’s private option. It allows people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,850 for an individual) to receive subsidized private health coverage using federal money devoted to Medicaid. Andy Allison, state Medicaid director, says its no surprise younger people are qualifying for the private option, since they tend to earn less.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Little Rock Loses Direct Flights To Washington, Gets Non-Stop To New York

Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

American Airlines, which is now merged with U.S. Airways, is discontinuing direct flights between Little Rock and Washington DC, but will soon begin non-stop service to another major airport.

In a statement Wednesday, a spokesman for Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport said officials worked hard to try and keep direct service to Reagan National, but circumstances worked against them.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Arkansas Gas Prices Continue To Drop

Gasoline prices are down in many parts of Arkansas, due to seasonal changes. In the Little Rock area, some stations are selling gas at $2.95 a gallon.

According to Mike Right with the AAA Auto Club, continuing price fluctuations are also driven by a glitch in the distribution system.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Crystal Bridges To Move A Frank Lloyd Wright House To Arkansas

The Bachman Wilson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Credit Flickr

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has purchased a house in New Jersey that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and plans to move it to the museum's grounds in northwest Arkansas.

The museum, founded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. heiress Alice Walton, announced Wednesday it had acquired the Bachman Wilson House in Somerset County, N.J.

The house was built along the Millstone River and has been damaged by flooding, prompting the owners to seek a buyer to move the home to a suitable location.

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Local & Regional News
2:43 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Ross Raises $540,000 In Final Months of 2013 For Race For Governor

Mike Ross

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross has raised more than $540,000 in the final months of 2013 in his bid for Arkansas' top office.

The former congressman's campaign said Wednesday that he ended 2013 with $2.5 million cash on hand and had raised $3.65 million since announcing his bid in April.

Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to file their fundraising reports for the quarter that ended Dec. 31.

Ross is the only Democrat seeking the state's top office.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is barred by term limits from seeking re-election this year.

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