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1:28 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas House Sets Health Care Expansion Meeting

Arkansas House leaders say they'll hold a special meeting to discuss a Senate-approved proposal to use federal money to purchase health insurance for low-income residents.  

Carter told reporters Saturday that House lawmakers would hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss the "private option" proposal that GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe have negotiated as a compromise over the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.

On Friday, the Senate approved the measure, which would expand insurance for about 250,000  low-income residents.  

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Local & Regional News
1:11 am
Mon April 8, 2013

ExxonMobil Shows Site Where Oil Pipeline Ruptured

Workers at the site where the underground pipeline ruptured.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

On Sunday, officials with ExxonMobil and local leaders allowed the press to get its first look at an area where an oil pipeline ruptured a week and a half ago, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of tar sands.

The tour occurred as workers in yellow hazmat suits continued working to clean up the upscale neighborhood in Mayflower.

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Local & Regional News
5:35 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Fayetteville Animal Shelter Cuts Down Euthanasia Rate

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The recent addition of a county-wide animal shelter in Washington County is freeing up space at other shelters in the region. More space means a lower euthanasia rate at Fayetteville Animal Services. So far the facility has had to euthanize 3.9 percent of its animals, compared to 23 percent last year.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
10:37 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Residents Express Concerns About Mayflower Oil Spill at Meeting

Allison Wallace, Group Facilitator
Lilyan Kauffman

    

A large group of community members gathered at the Faulkner County Library to air grievances and discuss what the future might entail for residents in Mayflower. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman was there and has this report.

UCA Professor Allisson Wallace, unaffiliated with any group, reserved access to the library for the organizational meeting.

Glen Hooks, of the Sierra Club, spoke at the beginning of the meeting and asked if representatives from Exxon were present to listen to the community,

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Local & Regional News
5:22 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Arkansas Senate Approves "Voter Integrity" Unit

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would create a "voter integrity"  unit within the Secretary of State's office to investigate complaints of election fraud. 

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Local & Regional News
5:15 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Arkansas Senate Fails To Pass Racial Impact Legislation

The Arkansas Senate has rejected legislation that would have required racial impact  statements for any legislation that creates new criminal offenses or changes existing sentencing laws.  

The Senate voted 15-10 on Friday in favor of the bill by Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock requiring the statements, which would detail how legislation would affect minorities in the state. It needed 18 votes in the 35-member Senate.  

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Raw Milk Legislation Passes Arkansas House

A proposal to allow Arkansas farmers to sell unpasteurized milk has won approval from the state House. 

Lawmakers on Saturday voted 60-19 to permit the sale of "raw" milk from cows and goats at the farms where it's produced. Farmers would be allowed to sell up to 500 gallons per month on average.  

Supporters of the legislation, which was sponsored by Republican Rep. Randy Alexander, said the government shouldn't restrict consumers' freedom to purchase unpasteurized milk.  

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Arkansas Oil Spill
4:35 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

ExxonMobil Revises Estimate Of Barrels Spilled

ExxonMobil has put a number to its estimate for the volume of oil that spilled at Mayflower. State officials had estimated between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels were set loose in last week's accident.

On Friday, ExxonMobil said 5,000 barrels spilled and said it is conducting a response adequate for a 10,000-barrel spill. No one was hurt in the March 29 pipeline rupture but more than 20 homes had to be evacuated. There is still no estimate for when those people can return.

Local & Regional News
9:45 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Hollingsworth Insists On Order At Pine Bluff City Council Meetings

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth

No more disruptive outbursts in Pine Bluff City Council meetings. 

That’s the message of Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, who has grown tired of interruptions and loud cross-talk, not only by members of the audience, but by aldermen themselves.

Friday, she announced plans to hire a Sergeant-at-Arms and a Parliamentarian to be on duty during council meetings. She said at the meeting Friday she won’t hesitate to have someone removed if they’re disrupting the proceedings.

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Arkansas Week
6:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

KUAR's Hibblen Hosts "Arkansas Week"; Talks Media Access To Oil Spill Site

Michael Hibblen

KUAR's Michael Hibblen addresses issues surrounding media access to the Mayflower oil spill site and other issues in the news this week.

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