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10:38 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Hutchinson's Chief Of Staff Pick Creates New Dynamic In Private Option Path

Former State Senator Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville)

This week Republican Michael Lamoureux resigned his position as President Pro Tem of the state Senate to serve as Chief of Staff for Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson. What becomes of this void in the state Senate? We just held elections, what’s in store for the communities surrounding Russellville?

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5:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Ernest Green Of Little Rock Nine To Speak On Daisy Bates's 100th Birthday

Credit Wikipedia.org

Daisy Bates, mentor to the Little Rock Nine, who desegregated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957 amid the opposition of an angry mob would have been 100 years old Tuesday.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine, will give a speech at the Clinton School of Public Service for an event commemorating Bates.

Bates, who died in 1999, was born in Huttig, Ark. on November 11, 1914. She also served as president of the state chapter of the NAACP and was a speaker at the march on Washington in 1963.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Enrollment Nearing For Health Insurance Exchange And Subsidies

An screenshot from healthcare.gov near its 2013 launch.
Credit healthcare.gov

Enrollment in the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, will re-open Saturday. The Affordable Care Act established the health insurance exchange where shoppers can navigate plans and calculate subsidies for coverage based on income.

Leonard Stern works with the non-profit Future Builders to assist people enrolling in the healthcare exchange. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families partially funds the effort. Stern said unlike last year things are expected to run smoothly online.

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News About Public Radio
1:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

If You Time Your Morning By What You Hear On The Radio, Listen Up!

The new broadcast clock for Morning Edition takes effect Monday, November 17.
Credit NPR

The way NPR times the segments of Morning Edition is about to change slightly. You’ll hear national newscasts in three parts of the hour in Morning Edition instead of two beginning Monday, November 17. Slighter changes are planned for All Things Considered, too.

Did you know that every public radio program has a clock? Broadcast clocks are set templates that stations like ours use to track the timing of a show's stories and interviews, newscasts, and funding credits each day.

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Local & Regional News
12:43 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe Honors Veterans Day

Gov. Mike Beebe is urging Arkansans to find ways to honor those who have served in the nation's military throughout the year as the state is marking Veterans Day. Speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Little Rock, Beebe said Tuesday the nation needs to make sure it recognizes veterans and keeps commitments to them and not just limit honoring them to one day during the year.  Veterans of all ages gathered at the River Market for the annual ceremony, which marks Beebe's last as governor.

Local & Regional News
11:17 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Senate President Pro Tem Submits Resignation Letter To Work For Hutchinson

Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux has submitted a letter of resignation from the Senate after being named chief of staff and transition director for Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says Beebe's office received a copy of Lamoureux's resignation letter from the Senate on Monday and that Lamoureux also submitted to Beebe a letter of resignation from his post with the Pope County Public Defender's Office.

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Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Tue November 11, 2014

UAMS Using Telemedicine To Aid Oklahoma Patients

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is providing telemedicine support for high-risk pregnant women at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences' Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
The collaboration will allow consultations in real time between medical specialists, pregnant women and the physicians who treat them at the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. Medical professionals at OSU will be able to collaborate with medical specialists to co-manage patient care so they don't have to refer patients to distant hospitals or clinics.
 

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Local & Regional News
10:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Concerns Aired In Legislature Over $2 Billion Cross-State Transmission Line

State Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Members of the state legislature on Monday reviewed the potential impact of a proposed $2 billion, 750 mile interstate transmission line that would cross Arkansas from west to east from just north of Fort Smith to West Memphis.

Outgoing Republican State Representative John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg) has typically been against regulating the energy sector. However, Hutchison believes the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project will bring problems to waterfowl, such as ducks, in the areas it crosses. That includes an area nearby his own property in northeast Arkansas. 

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Attorney General Sues Over ID Seller Deceiving Immigrants

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing a North Little Rock woman for allegedly deceiving immigrants by selling ID cards advertised as legal identification and deceptively advertising herself as a "notario" without disclosing that she isn't a licensed attorney.

McDaniel says Micaela Hernandez and her business - M. Hernandez Multiservices - are violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Arkansas Notario Act. A phone call to Hernandez was not immediately returned.

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Interstate 49 Opens In Southwest Arkansas

The new Interstate 49 from Texarkana, Arkansas, to Shreveport, Louisiana, is now officially open. Highway officials and others from Arkansas and Louisiana gathered at the state line Monday for a ribbon cutting to open the segment.

The interstate will eventually connect Kansas City, Missouri, with New Orleans. In Kansas City, the interstate will connect with Interstate 29 to create a 1,700-mile interstate from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to New Orleans.

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