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5:42 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansas 2013 Sales Tax Holiday Set For Aug. 3-4

This year's back-to-school sales tax holiday in Arkansas is set for the first weekend in August, allowing consumers to save on clothing and school supplies.

Purchases made on Aug. 3-4 won't be subject to the state sales tax of 6.5 percent and will also be exempt from local sales taxes.

The exemption applies to clothing and footwear priced at less than $100, clothing accessories and equipment that costs less than $50 and various school supplies.

Local & Regional News
10:15 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Teacher Fund Selling Apartments Back

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is selling back to Lindsey Properties its interest in some apartments it acquired 12 years ago.


The teacher pension fund acquired an almost-half percent interest in more than 17-hundred apartments in three Oklahoma locations.


The board of the retirement system voted to sell the units back for other reasons than a poor return on its investment. The apartments brought a seven percent return the first five years and eight percent the last seven.

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Local & Regional News
4:42 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

ExxonMobil Reconsiders, Extends Housing Assitance For Oil Spill Victims

The scene after the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit KUAR

A day after announcing it was cutting housing assistance at the end of next month for residents impacted by the Mayflower oil spill, ExxonMobil has apparently reversed course.

Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas’ second district released a statement Friday afternoon saying that after urging the oil giant to reconsider, the company now says it will continue paying for housing through the end of the year.

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Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

UAMS, St. Vincent Call Off Talks For Strategic Alliance

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and St. Vincent Health System are announcing they've reached the end of talks to explore a strategic alliance.

UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor says the two institutions had been in talks for over a year.

She says despite the efforts of everyone involved, neither entity has been able to come up with a plan that would meet the goals of both institutions.

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4:11 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Willow Springs Water Park Likely Linked To Infection Closes

Credit willowsprings.net

The Arkansas Department of Health says a Little Rock water park has closed after officials said the facility was likely the source of a rare and potentially deadly brain infection.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow said Friday that the owners of Willow Springs Water Park voluntarily decided to close the park after meeting with health officials.

Health officials recently confirmed a rare form of meningitis called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
3:20 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Delta Queen Legislation Gains Momentum in House

The Delta Queen steamboat is one of America's well-known reminders of the mid to late nineteenth-century.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Delta Grassroots Caucus is supporting a congressional bipartisan group aiming to restore the Delta Queen steamboat for traveling purposes.

The vessel, a national landmark from the late nineteenth century, once journeyed to ports in several states along the Mississippi River. But after the 2008 liquidation of owning company Majestic America, the Delta Queen ceased operations and currently serves as a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Local & Regional News
2:16 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Obama Nominates Moody As Federal Judge In Arkansas

Judge Jay Moody

President Barack Obama has nominated Circuit Judge Jay Moody to serve as a federal judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.  U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor announced the nomination Friday.

Moody has served as a circuit judge since 2003 for the Sixth Judicial District, which covers Pulaski and Perry counties.

He previously worked in private practice and is an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law.

Moody was nominated for the vacancy created by Judge Susan Webber Wright Carter assuming senior status.

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Local & Regional News
2:12 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Arkansas Officials To Meet Tribe About Indian Site

Officials in Arkansas are to meet with the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to discuss a recently discovered Indian village in northeast Arkansas where a $1.1 billion steel mill is to be built.

A tribal spokesman says next Wednesday's meeting in Osceola will be with Arkansas and Mississippi County economic development officials and the state archaeologist.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Boozman Criticizes Marketing Money For Health Care

A U.S. senator is criticizing a decision to spend more than $24 million to market the new federal health care system in Arkansas.

Sen. John Boozman says that with the national debt at $17 trillion, the American people cannot afford what he called an "Obamacare ad blitz."

The Associated Press reported Thursday that $24 million will be spent on marketing in Arkansas - marking the second-highest amount per resident in the nation, behind West Virginia.

Some of the money will be spent to train workers on how to sign up residents in an insurance marketplace being set up.

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Local & Regional News
7:32 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Stormy Friday Predicted For Arkansas

The National Weather Service says strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Friday throughout parts of Arkansas.

Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the western half of Arkansas through Friday night.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are predicted, along with large hail and damaging winds in some areas.

The weather service says much cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend after the storm system moves out.

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