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9:25 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Private Options, Jails, Political Posturing, All Ahead For This Arkansas Legislative Session

Inside the Arkansas House of Representatives. House Speaker Davy Carter has said the state's alternative Medicaid expansion plan will be an early topic of debate this fiscal session, as the state budget is largely dependant on it.

Arkansas lawmakers have several big issues ahead of them this fiscal legislative session. For its first day, Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas, stopped by the KUAR studios to share his thoughts on how the event might play out.

The private option, the future of tax cuts, funding for overcrowded jails, a looming election and ethics scandals are all on the list of topics.

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Local & Regional News
5:52 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Will Tweaks Save Arkansas's Private Option?

The Arkansas General Assembly is set to convene Monday for a 30 day fiscal session with some big issues on the table. The fate of the private option is in a precarious situation.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

More Winter Weather on the Horizon

Another winter storm system is heading toward Arkansas before relief from the cold, snow and ice is expected later in the week.

Meteorologist Chris Buonanno with the weather service in Little Rock said Sunday was expected to remain cloudy with temperatures in the 30s, but above freezing, before the next storm system arrives starting Monday afternoon.

Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Two Jump From Bridge During Snow-Gridlock

Arkansas State Police say two people jumped into the Little Red River around 2 a.m. Saturday to avoid being hit during an accident and that one remains missing.

Spokesman Bill Sadler said troopers and emergency workers were searching downstream from an icy Interstate 30 bridge near Fulton in southwest Arkansas. He said three people were outside of their vehicles after an earlier crash and that a cargo truck jack-knifed and slid toward them.

Two people jumped into the water but only one was immediately recovered.

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Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

The Farm Bill, Winter Weather, and Propane

Gov. Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Winter storms are revealing a degree of vulnerability facing some of Arkansas's farms. Changes and support structures in the long-contested farm bill signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama may have a big impact in Arkansas where one in six jobs is tied to the state's largest industry – agriculture.

In his weekly radio address Governor Mike Beebe talked about some of the major challenges facing farmers in Arkansas.

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Talk Business Arkansas
5:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

2/7/14: Friday News Update

On this weeks update: Big honors for Arkansas business leaders; The governor continues his campaign for the private option; Mike Ross proposes a major overhaul to the state's income tax structure.

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Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Martha Shoffner To Make Feb. 27 Court Appearance On New Charges

File photo of Martha Shoffner and her attorney leaving a court hearing in June 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

  Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is to make a court appearance later this month to answer a new indictment that charges her with improper spending from her campaign account.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that Shoffner is to appear before a magistrate judge on Feb. 27.

Shoffner is scheduled for trial next month on charges she accepted cash payments from a broker to whom she steered state investments.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Arkansas House Speaker: No Vote On Lifting Fundraising Rule

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says a proposal to suspend a ban on fundraising during this year's legislative session will not go before representatives next week.

Carter on Friday said he didn't plan on convening the House for a caucus to consider allowing members to raise campaign money during the fiscal session. The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended suspending the ban.

The House and Senate are set to convene Monday for a session focused primarily on the state's budget.

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Local & Regional News
1:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Schools In Central Arkansas Dismiss Early Due To Weather

The Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special school districts are dismissing classes early because of snow in the forecast for the afternoon.

The Little Rock School District will dismiss elementary schools at 1:15 p.m. and secondary schools at 2:30 p.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District says it will let out all students one hour before their regular dismissal times.

North Little Rock elementary schools will dismiss at noon. Middle schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. High schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

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