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5:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Court Dates Rescheduled In Cyclist Crash Case

Court dates have been rescheduled for a 21-year-old man accused of driving into and injuring a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Prosecutor John Bell said Tuesday that Teagan Ross Martin's case has been reset for Jan. 7, with a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 4.

Martin of Newport faces a negligent homicide charge after one of the cyclists died this summer. He also faces one count of careless and prohibited driving and 13 counts related to overtaking a bicycle.

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Local & Regional News
1:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Strains Financial Resources Of Some Arkansas Workers

Our House Executive Director Georgia Mjartan talks with residents outside one of the organization's facilities.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Depending on how long it lasts, the partial federal government shutdown could have a negative impact on the financial wellbeing of Arkansans who already work in low-wage jobs. 

AmeriCorps VISTA members complete projects designed to combat poverty in communities throughout Arkansas. However, the people who work for that national service program often depend on a federal stipend, which amounts to less than $5 an hour, as their only source of income during their year of fulltime service. 

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Website Troubles Plague Arkansas Signup Event

A guide works with a woman signing up for coverage Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Maggie Carroll KUAR

Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace officially got underway Tuesday, but not without some problems.

Arkansans were invited to the Clinton School of Public Service to learn more about the program, set up as part of the federal healthcare law.

The Arkansas Insurance Department partnered with the school to host the event, to help people learn how much financial assistance they qualify for.

Insurance department Exchange Planning Manager Cynthia Crone, says an overwhelming response kept the enrollment website down much of the day.

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Robinson Center Music Hall
9:16 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Little Rock Board To Decide On Referring Robinson Center Renovations To Voters

An image of how backers of the proposed renovation would like Robinson Center Music Hall to look.
City of Little Rock

The Little Rock Board of Directors is to decide Tuesday afternoon whether to allow a special election for voters to decide whether to use a two percent tax to fund a massive renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

But there are concerns that there hasn’t been enough discussion about the funding.

The extensive plan was unveiled last week, calling for $60 million worth of renovations to the building, which was built in 1939. The cost rises to $68 million when including the expense of relocating staff and paying for a special bond election.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Arkansas Launches Online Insurance Marketplace

Arkansas Health Connector

Arkansas is set to launch its online marketplace for insurance under the federal health care law, with thousands of consumers expected to participate in the coming months.

Open enrollment is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the exchange, and state officials say they expect about 500,000 people to use it to compare policies and shop for plans. 

The state Insurance Department has not said how many people they expect to begin on the first day of open enrollment, which runs through March 31.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Manufacturing Growth To Aid Arkansas, Midwest Economy

Mid-America Business Conditions index

A new survey of business leaders in Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states suggests that manufacturing growth will help fuel the regional economy through the end of the year.

The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed for a second straight month in September, rising to 54.8 from 53.8 in August. 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says growth among durable-goods manufacturers more than offset some pullbacks among nondurable-goods producers and value-added service firms.

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5:48 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Southern Bancorp Awarded Funds For Rural Loans

Southern Bancorp

Southern Bancorp Bank of Little Rock has been awarded $1.3 million to increase its lending in rural communities it serves in Arkansas and Mississippi. 

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. 

Southern Bancorp Inc. CEO Darrin Williams says the bank is one of 11 Community Development Financial Institutions chosen for the award.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Arkansas Health Officials Answer Questions About New Insurance Marketplace

State health officials discuss the new Insurance Marketplace, during a forum at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Credit Jack Heinritz / KARN

A partial federal government shutdown will not delay efforts to implement Arkansas’s Health Insurance Marketplace, according to state health officials. 

On Tuesday, open enrollment begins for the new online Marketplace and Arkansans will have an opportunity to view and compare different insurance plans, set up a Marketplace account, and buy a plan that best suits their needs. 

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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Beebe Says Arkansas Can't Make Up Money Lost in Government Shutdown

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Jacob Kauffman

State agencies are scrambling to plan their futures in the face of a government shutdown. Governor Mike Beebe and the heads of various state agencies met with members of the media Monday afternoon to discuss foreseeable ramifications in Arkansas. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

The Governor’s message for the state was clear: employees will be furloughed, services will be diminished, and the state can’t meet the costs of operations without federal funds. For now the particulars are still taking shape but for many the precarious state of their employment is already known.

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Federal Government Shutdown
2:01 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Governor Beebe: Federal Government Shutdown Would Hurt Arkansas

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe says if the federal government shuts down, it will have dire consequences for Arkansas, leaving many without a paycheck and putting children at risk.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Beebe said:

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