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Medicaid Arkansas
6:44 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas May Save Millions With Private Insurance Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the state would save $670 million over 10 years under a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients. 

The agency released the numbers on Wednesday. DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the savings compare to not expanding Medicaid.

House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday he was still reviewing the report but called the cost estimates for the private option "favorable" and said they appeared to show that it would be a good financial decision for the state.  

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Razorbacks Versus Red Wolves
6:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Plans For A Razorbacks Versus Red Wolves Game Fail To Get Support

The Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves won't be meeting up on the football field any time soon now that a panel of state lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have required the matchup.

A proposal to require the two teams to face each other for a one-time game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to raise money for charity was rejected Wednesday by a House committee.  

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Arkansas House of Representatives
4:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Passes Resolution Supporting Ban On Gay Marriage

Rep. Jim Dotson (R) of Bentonville sponsored HR1049
Credit www.arkleg.state.ar.us

 The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a resolution today to reaffirm state constitutional amendment 83. The largely symbolic vote on HR 1049 came as the Supreme Court considers cases this week on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Amendment 83, which was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004, banned recognition of same-sex unions in Arkansas.

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Voter ID
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Arkansas Senate Overrides Governor's Voter ID Veto

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) speaking to reporters after his bill to require voters to show photo ID before voting passed a vote to override the Governor's veto Wednesday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate voted 21-12 Wednesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would require voters in the state to present valid photo identification before casting a ballot.

This is the third veto the Senate has overridden this legislative session. The other two were on abortion restrictions.

The Senate delivered a letter announcing the override to the House of Representatives which also has to vote to override the veto.

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Beebe: Problem With Tax Cuts' Effective Dates

Gov. Mike Beebe says tax cuts being considered by Arkansas lawmakers would need to take effect later  than proposed in order for them to be funded by savings from a proposed expansion of health insurance coverage.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday that a problem with the capital gains and income tax cuts backed by a House panel is they'd take effect before the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.

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Local & Regional News
2:24 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Formal Ruling Expected in WM3 Records Case

Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, Steve Branch.

A judge is expected to issue a formal ruling next week in a legal battle over public records in the case of three Cub Scouts killed 20 years ago in West Memphis.

Judge Victor Hill said he will issue a ruling Monday in a lawsuit that has sought access to evidence in the slayings of 8-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers. 

Three men, known as the West Memphis Three, were convicted as teenagers for the murders. Those convictions were set aside in2011 and they were released as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. 

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

New Airline Adds Nonstop Flights From Little Rock To Orlando

Allegiant Air

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is getting a new carrier that will offer nonstop jet service. Allegiant Air will have flights from Little Rock to Orlando, Florida beginning June 6th. 

Shane Carter with the Clinton National Airport says this is a good opportunity for families and business travelers who want to get to Orlando without making connections in other cities. 

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Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Trial Under Way For Woman Charged In SAU Theft

The trial is under way in El Dorado for an Arkansas woman charged with stealing horses and equipment  from the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team stables in Magnolia.  

Wendi Cox faces multiple theft charges in connection with the Nov. 3, 2011, theft of five horses, a trailer and tack.  

The Banner-News reports Cox is the mother of Jaci Jackson, a former rodeo team member charged with  theft for the same incident.

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Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Free Performance By The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra This Friday

Credit arkansasarts.org

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will undergo a renovation and be closed between June of 2014 until September of 2016.

The symphony is planning to use the Wally Allen Ballroom at the State House Convention Center as a substitute during the renovation.

Christina Littlejohn, the Executive Director of the Orchestra is inviting the public to an open rehearsal on Friday night, March 29, 7.15 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the State House Convention Center.

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Voter ID Update
6:27 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Arkansas Senate To Take Up Override Of Voter ID Veto

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe looks on during a Martin Luther King Jr. service in Little Rock, Arkansas in this January 15, 2013 Governor's office photo.

The Arkansas Senate is expected to attempt to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. 

Republican Sen. Bryan King is expected to ask the Senate on Wednesday to override Beebe's veto of his voter ID bill.

It takes a simple majority in the House and Senate to override a governor's veto. If King is successful, the House is expected to vote on an override Thursday.

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