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Mayflower Oil Spill
2:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Group Cleans Animals After Oil Spill

A duck before her bath.
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As cleanup efforts continue after the oil spill in Mayflower, Exxon is calling on various community groups for help.

Lynne Slater is the Executive Director of HAWK Center in Russellville. Her group is an all-volunteer organization with experience in wildlife rehabilitation. 

Slater says Exxon contacted her organization over the weekend to see if they could transport animals covered in oil to her facility for cleaning and monitoring.

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Voter ID
2:40 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas House Overrides Governor's Veto of Voter ID Bill

The Arkansas House on Monday completed an override of Governor Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require Arkansas voters to present photo identification before casting ballots.

The override passed the chamber, 52-45.

The vote was down party lines accept for the vote of Rep. Fred Love, D-Little Rock, who later asked to have his vote expunged indicating that it was a mistake.

Rep. Steven Meeks, R-Greenbrier, spoke for the bill saying voters want the added protection from fraud surrounding the voting process.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
11:49 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Were You Impacted by Mayflower Oil Spill?

KUAR is looking for the stories of residents affected by the Mayflower oil spill.

Were you evacuated? Do you have friends and/or family members who were impacted?

Leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or e-mail news@ualrpublicradio.org

Education News
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Gets High Marks on Kindergarten Policy Study

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A new study by the non-profit Education Commission of the States on state kindergarten policies finds Arkansas is ahead of the game in many areas.

The kindergarten report's findings highlight the significant diversity that exists in state kindergarten policies across states.

Two areas that were studied were whether states must offer full-day kindergarten and whether children must attend kindergarten.

Emily Workman is the study’s author.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
9:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Oil Spill Contained, Crews Focus On Cleanup

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Over 100 workers and several vacuum trucks continue to clean up oil after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil burst near Mayflower on Friday. The oil spill, which has been contained, caused officials in Faulkner County to evacuate 22 homes as lawns and streets in the Northwood subdivision became drenched in oil.

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Equal Pay In Arkansas
7:15 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Report Shows Wage Gap Between Men And Women Narrows In Arkansas

Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), center, spoke about the Paycheck Fairness Act during a Capitol Hill news conference in late May 2012.
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Many women in Arkansas and across the country still do not receive equal pay for equal work. In some instances, the gender pay gap is even noticeable when men and women do the same job at the same company.

National Equal Pay Day is April 9th and organizers say it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the wage disparities that still persist in the nation.

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Arkansas Economic Growth
6:45 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Survey Shows Economic Growth In Arkansas And Other Nearby States

Survey shows economic growth in Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states.

A monthly economic survey index for Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months. 

The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he credits the index jump to "the strongest new-orders growth in two years."

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Power Plant Accident
6:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

1 Killed, 3 injured At Nuclear Plant In Russelville

Arkansas Nuclear One

 One worker was killed and three were injured after an accident at a nuclear power plant in Russellville yesterday morning. The workers were performing maintenance at Arkansas Nuclear One which is owned by Entergy Arkansas. “As we were moving a generator stator which is a very large component at Arkansas Nuclear One. That stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building,” says Terry Young, Entergy's Vice President for Nuclear Communications.

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ASU Financial Security Breach
6:29 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas State University Employees Affected In Tax Return Scheme

Arkansas State University Student Union

Arkansas State University says more than 200 university employees have been affected by tax fraud this year - but the school hasn't yet identified how the employees' personal information was obtained.

Arkansas State first said in February that fraudulent tax returns had been filed on behalf of 27 university employees.

At a meeting of the Faculty Senate last week, ASU human resources employees said that number has grown to 215 at the Jonesboro campus. Arkansas State says it will pay for a credit monitoring system for each identity theft victim for at least a year.

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Arkansas Abortion Laws
6:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Lawyers Prepare For Legal Challenges To Arkansas Abortion Law

Rival legal teams are girding for court battles over the coming months on laws enacted in Arkansas and North Dakota that would impose the nation's toughest bans on abortion. 

From both sides, attorneys agree that the laws represent an unprecedented frontal assault on the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe versus Wade decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.

The Arkansas law would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. North Dakota's law would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can first be detected.

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