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2:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Farm Bill Worries Mount as Arkansas Farmers Try to Make Plans

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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.

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Local & Regional News
12:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nearly 1,100 Arkansas Employees Idled Due To Shutdown

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Hot Springs Film Fest Tries To Broaden Appeal

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival got started over the weekend as organizers try to broaden the event's appeal.

Opening night was Saturday, and organizers sold about 500 tickets to a showing of "Good Ol' Freda," a film about Freda Kelly, the Beatles' secretary. 

Festival board chairman Susan Altrui told The Sentinel-Record that the film was well received.

Altrui says that attendance is up from last year. The festival is broadening its lineup in the hope of attracting more families and to involve younger children throughout the 10-day festival.

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Local & Regional News
4:40 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

State Using Districts To Fund Local Projects

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.

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Not Necessarily Nashville
8:10 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist Oct. 12, 2013

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.

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Local & Regional News
4:44 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Case of Arkansas Power Grid Saboteur

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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.

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Local & Regional News
9:55 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka

They’re finally getting around to honoring the designer of the Arkansas flag, 100 years after it was created.

Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka created what we now use as the Arkansas state flag and unveiled it at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs in 1913.

The design is the familiar diamond-shaped blue band on a red background with 25 white stars signifying Arkansas as the 25th state.

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Local & Regional News
5:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Beebe: "It's Washington That Has Caused This Mess"

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he expects the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise to more than 1,400 next week. Speaking to reporters Friday, Beebe vented frustration with Congress over the shutdown that so far has idled hundreds of state employees.

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Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Look At Teacher Insurance Proposals

Arkansas House and Senate leaders are measuring support for a package of bills that would increase state funding to teacher insurance and overhaul the program to avoid rate hikes of up to 50 percent thousands of teachers will face next year next year.

House and Senate members on Friday received a list of bills that are being proposed for a potential special session to address the looming rate hikes.

Gov. Mike Beebe has said he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol unless there's consensus for the changes.

Big Data In Arkansas
4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock

CEO Ron Ford, flanked by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (left) and Governor Mike Beebe (right), talks about his company, nGage Labs.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

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