The University of Arkansas says as many as 100 of its employees could be furloughed this week because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Officials say they're working to reduce the number of affected employees. But the school said Monday that it's reviewing all faculty, staff and student employees who are paid fully or partly through federal funds.
Furloughed employees will receive official notice from the university's human resource office.
Efforts continue by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas to recover assets of a cardiologist charged with over billing Medicare by nearly $15 million.
Dr. Stacey Johnson of Mountain Home died earlier this year. A criminal investigator’s affidavit that was recently made public says if he were still alive, criminal charges likely would have been filed against Johnson.
The 22nd annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival began last weekend and runs through this Sunday. A number of award winning filmmakers will be in attendance as well as sports celebrities like Jose Conseco.
In recent years the festival has been encumbered with debt but festival chair Susan Altrui said that’s been turned around this year.
The government shutdown is not the only federal source of delay and insecurity facing Arkansans. The farm bill expired on October 1st but it took until last weekend to appoint conferees to begin reconciling the Senate and House versions of the legislation. The House bill removes funding for food assistance for low income people and is a major point of contention.
Arkansas finance officials say nearly 1,100 state employees are on furlough because of the federal government shutdown, but say that number could change as they double check figures with individual agencies.
Richard Weiss, director of the state Department of Finance and Administration, on Monday said that 1,089 state employees whose positions are paid for with federal funds were idled because of the shutdown that began Oct. 1.
A successful 2006 lawsuit by a legislator blocked General Assembly members from doling out state tax money for local projects. But the practice has survived, with legislators now using planning and development districts
The state has eight of the districts and a legislator's letter of support for monetary requests is either required or recommended in five of them for grants to be awarded.
This week's program, with fill-in host Michael Hibblen, featured several songs from Willie Nelson's new duets album To All The Girls, which will be released Tuesday, Oct. 15. The 80-year-old music legend will be playing in Little Rock on Nov. 21 at Robinson Center Music Hall. One of the artists Nelson recorded with for this album was Rosanne Cash, who will also be playing in Little Rock two days later, on Nov. 23 at South On Main.
Authorities Saturday arrested the man they believe is responsible for a series of disruptions to the power grid in Central Arkansas. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more.
U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the arrest of 37 year old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville. Thyer said the arrest was made after an explosion near Woodring's house drew the attention of agents who observed a type of blue hose similar to that used in previous incidents.