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4th District Congressional Race
7:59 am
Thu August 29, 2013

UPDATE: Darr Bows Out Of Congressional Bid Amid Ethical Questions

Mark Darr

Lt. Governor Mark Darr says he will drop out of the race for the 4th district congressional seat, now occupied by Republican Tom Cotton.

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Arkansas & The Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option' Waiver

Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss the state's request to use federal Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Thursday were scheduled to meet jointly and discuss the state's "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state.

The Legislature earlier this year approved the plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
10:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Request Federal Help After Storms

The state's federal lawmakers are requesting disaster assistance from the government for damage caused by recent storms and flooding.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

School Superintendents Defend Programs To Arm Staff

Members of the Arkansas Joint Judiciary Committee listen to testimony during Wednesday's hearing.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

With an appeal to be heard next month, the superintendents of two Arkansas school districts are defending programs to arm teachers and staff.

Wednesday a legislative panel heard arguments about whether having guns on campus is the best way to protect students.

Lake Hamilton Superintendent Steve Anderson told members of the Joint Judiciary Committee that in addition to two full-time armed security officers, his district has had several staff members, including himself, who have quick access to firearms if the need arises.

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Local & Regional News
3:38 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

King's Key Speech Celebrated At Arkansas Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered to march around the Arkansas Capitol and assess how much of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" has been realized and how much remains unfulfilled.

The Wednesday ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led speakers to draw a variety of conclusions.

Former legislator Tracy Steele of North Little Rock remarked that there was a time that black people were barred from assembling at the Capitol.

Local & Regional News
6:48 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Clinton To Talk About Obama's New Healthcare Law in Little Rock

Bill Clinton

Former president Bill Clinton will speak about President Obama’s signature health care law at an event next Wednesday, September 4, at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

The former president touched briefly on the issue of healthcare during his speech today marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Ethics And Campaign Finance Rules
6:34 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Refresher Course On Ethics

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say lawmakers will meet for a refresher course on the state's ethics laws after a state senator resigned over his campaign spending money on clothes, home theater equipment and other personal items.

Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they're planning to hold a seminar on ethics and campaign finance laws on Sept. 26. The meeting is aimed at answering lawmaker's questions about state ethics rules and other issues.

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Disaster Aid
6:28 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Arkansas Requests Disaster Declaration After Flooding

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration for six counties affected by severe storms and torrential flooding that began earlier this month.

The counties include Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton.

The declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage. State-and-federal damage assessments totaled $5.6 million, with nearly all of that cost coming from damage to roads and bridges.

Local & Regional News
5:14 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Wal-Mart Offers Health Benefits To Domestic Partners, Including Same-Sex Couples

The nation's largest private employer says it will extend health care benefits to same-sex couples and domestic partners starting next year.

Bentonville-based Wal-Mart says it'll start offering health benefits to domestic partners of the same or opposite sex who have been living together and in a relationship for at least a year.

The retailer says it made the changes so it could have a uniform policy for all 50 states, regardless of how a particular state defines what constitutes a domestic partnership or a civil union.

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Local & Regional News
4:19 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Heat Related Illness Video For Coaches and Athletes

The National Weather Service (NWS) Heat Index
Credit Arkansas Department of Health

A new training video, informing coaches of how to protect their athletes from heat-related illness, is being filmed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week on Cabot Public School’s football field.

With temperatures reaching the triple digits, everyone is at risk of dehydration or even heat stroke. Athletes are especially vulnerable, but Dr. Dirk Haselow, an Arkansas State Epidemiologist says anyone spending any time outside should be careful.

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