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Economic Development
5:02 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Approves Steel Mill Funding

Arkansas is set to provide a new steel company with $125 million in financing and tax breaks to build a mill in the northeast part of the state now that the Legislature has given final approval to the plan.

Tax Cuts
5:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Arkansas House Approves Package Of Tax Cut Bills

The Arkansas House has approved a package of proposals that would cut state income taxes, capital gains taxes, and reduce taxes paid by manufacturers.

The measures approved by lawmakers Tuesday are part of the estimated $100 million in total tax cuts that legislative leaders say they want to pass this session. The vote came several hours after the House approved the Medicaid 'private option' bill that Gov. Mike Beebe says would provide the savings to fund some of the proposed tax cuts.

Clinton Library Remembers Dr. King Letter
2:21 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Clinton Library Celebrates 50 Years Since Dr. King’s ‘Birmingham Jail’ Letter

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" after being arrested and booked on April 12, 1963.
Credit Birmingham Police Department

To honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” over 200 6th graders from Horace Mann Magnet Middle School in Little Rock participated in special programs at the Clinton Presidential Library. 

King’s letter challenged white church leaders in Birmingham and people across the nation to confront and end racism. Kathleen Pate, the library’s education specialist, says students learned more about the history surrounding the letter and analyzed the meaning behind King’s words. 

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Abortion Lawsuit
10:26 am
Tue April 16, 2013

ACLU of Arkansas Files Lawsuit Challenging 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rita Sklar, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arkansas, announced Tuesday from the state Capitol rotunda that the organization has filed a lawsuit in response to an Arkansas law banning most abortions after 12 weeks.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a federal lawsuit challenging a new abortion law that is among the most restrictive in the country. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic.

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Affordable Care Act
9:52 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Arkansas House Passes Medicaid Expansion Private Option Funding Bill

Representative Alexander entering the house Tuesday morning.

By a vote of 77 to 23, the Arkansas House passed a bill that would allow funding to a plan to take federal money intended for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and use it for private insurance for the state's adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The funding bill must still me approved by the Senate. It requires a 3/4 majority in both chambers to pass. A bill laying out the plan has passed both the House and Senate with smaller majorities than required for the appropriation bill required to implement the plan.

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Boston Marathon
6:46 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Boston Race Draws 37 Arkansans

Boston Marathon

More than three-dozen Arkansans were registered to run in the Boston Marathon, where two explosions were set off near the finish line following the race. 

According to the race's website, 37 runners in Monday's race had listed Arkansas as their home state. Their ages were listed between 21 and 71 years of age. It wasn't immediately known whether any of the Arkansas people were among the scores injured in the attack.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Restitution Claim Dropped In Arkansas Vote Fraud Case

Former State Rep. Hudson Hallum
Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

A claim for restitution has been abandoned in the case of a former Arkansas legislator convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Kim Felker sought restitution after losing the Democratic Party runoff to former Rep. Hudson Hallum. Her claim was dropped Monday when a federal prosecutor said the government would not seek restitution from Hallum and others.

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Local & Regional News
8:32 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Tom Cotton Raises $526K In First Quarter Of Year

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has raised more than $526,000 during the first three months of the year.

Cotton's campaign announced Monday that he has more than $560,000 cash on hand and no debt for a re-election bid next year.

Cotton, an Army veteran and former management consultant, was elected last year to represent south Arkansas' 4th District.

Cotton has been frequently mentioned as a potential challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is seeking a third term.

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Local & Regional News
8:27 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Spokesman: Mike Ross Entering 2014 Race For Governor

A spokesman says former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas governor, joining a race that he had earlier ruled out.

Campaign spokesman Brad Howard told The Associated Press on Monday that Ross will formally launch his bid Wednesday in his hometown of Prescott, followed by a tour around the state.

Ross, who represented south Arkansas' 4th District, said last year that he wouldn't pursue the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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Affordable Care Act
8:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

After Delay And Defeat, 'Private Option' Funding Bill To Get Another Vote In Arkansas House

Gov. Mike Beebe told reporters just after the private option vote failed that lawmakers might as well go home if they don't allow the plan to be implemented.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A vote on the budget bill that would let the state implement a plan to use federal Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low income Arkansans is expected again Tuesday morning after failing in the House by six votes Monday afternoon.

The bill was rejected 69 to 28 because, as a funding bill, it needed 75 votes to pass.

Speaker Davy Carter allowed a motion to adjourn immediately following the no vote. He says the House will vote again.

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