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3:32 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Beebe Warns of Domino Effect if Private Option Not Funded

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe (D) warned lawmakers Friday of possible ramifications if the private option, the state’s alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law, is not funded in the upcoming fiscal session.

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12:47 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Tornado Confirmed In Storms That Hit NE Arkansas

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado was responsible for some of the storm damage in northeast Arkansas.

No one was hurt in the rough weather in Caraway on Halloween night but some structures had roofs pulled off and windows broken from the high winds.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports that the tornado was rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning it had winds of between 86 mph. and 110 mph.

Authorities say damage was reported in the Craighead County towns of Caraway and Monette after the storms hit Thursday night.

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12:42 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Woman Survives Night In Barbed Wire After Crash

A woman from southwestern Arkansas survived a night tangled in barbed wire after her car went off a road in Little River County and hit a tree.

Authorities say 75-year-old Nina Hinton was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries Thursday after two people who live nearby heard her calls for help. She had been trapped for about 12 hours.

Hinton left a church service Wednesday night and became disoriented in the darkness, which Little River County sheriff's Sgt. Tim Brown said led to the accident.

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12:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pryor To Hold Up Nominee Over ASU ROTC Program

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he will hold up a Department of Defense nominee until Arkansas State University gets answers about the Army's decision to close the school's ROTC program.

Pryor said in a news release on Friday that the Army has not provided justification for its decision on ASU's ROTC program. Pryor says the program at ASU is successful and that he will fight to keep it open.

The Army announced in October that ASU's ROTC program would be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

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9:23 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Construction Set On Arkansas State's Mexico Campus

The chancellor of Arkansas State University says construction is scheduled to begin in February on ASU's campus in Mexico.

ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson says the $50 million campus in Queretaro is expected to open in fall 2015.

ASU will become the first comprehensive U.S. university in Mexico with an American-style campus. Hudson says the first phase of academic space on the 200 acre campus is being designed to accommodate up to 5,000 students, with a goal of 1,000 students in the first year.

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9:19 am
Fri November 1, 2013

No Injuries Reported In Storms That Hit Caraway

No injuries were reported after severe storms struck northeastern Arkansas on Halloween, breaking windows and peeling roofs from buildings.

Authorities say damage was reported in the Craighead County towns of Caraway and Monette after the storms hit Thursday night. The Craighead County Sheriff's Office says no deaths or injuries were reported.

About 10 buildings sustained damage in Caraway, and trees and power lines were knocked down. The Storm Prediction Center says straight-line winds blew the roof off a convenience store in Monette.

Local & Regional News
6:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Date Set for ExxonMobil/Mayflower Lawsuit

McDaniel at Mayflower Oil Spill
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A federal judge Thursday set a trial date for a lawsuit about the March oil spill in Mayflower. 

U.S. District Judge James Moody scheduled a pre-trial conference with the state of Arkansas, federal proseuctors, and the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for Feb. 23, 2015. The trial is expected to begin the following day.

Moody also set deadlines for an array of motions and reports to be filed in advance of the trial. The lawsuit filed jointly by federal prosecutors and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel seeks civil penalties against ExxonMobil.

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2:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Rural Hospitals To Receive Funding For SHARE Program

The Delta Regional Authority and Office of Health Information Technology will offer rural communities in Arkansas the opportunity to receive funding to connect their hospitals to the state’s electronic health records database.

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11:42 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Wi-Fi Trial Period Set to Take Effect on Little Rock Buses

Credit CAT.org

  Central Arkansas Transit Authority is announcing a new customer-based initiative to install wireless internet on its fleet of buses.

During the pilot period, wi-fi equipment will be installed on the West Markham and McCain routes (numbers 5 and 10), which travel through parts of midtown as well as North Little Rock. The trial will begin Nov. 1 and last through Nov. 30, when rider usage will be assessed. If successful, appropriate hardware will be supplied on all 26 routes.

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11:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Arkansas Veterans Home Cited For 3rd Time In 2013

Investigators have cited the state-run veterans home in Fayetteville for its third violation this year, alleging a worker didn't care for a patient's wound properly.

The state Office of Long Term Care said that, when the wound's dressing was changed twice daily, skin would tear and the patient would bleed. Improper care lasted for several days until the treatment method was changed, according to the agency.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper reported Thursday that the patient filed a complaint.

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