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3:05 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Wildfire Danger For Arkansas Elevated To 'High'

Map showing wildfire danger in Arkansas.
Credit Ark. Forestry Commission

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has elevated the risk of wildfires to "high" for the entire state.

Burn bans are in place Friday for almost all of northwest and north-central Arkansas, with dozens of counties banning outdoor burning.

A red flag warning is in effect for a number of northern counties, including those north of a line from Fayetteville to Russellville to Batesville.

The National Weather Service says the region is experiencing strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.

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2:13 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UA Trustees Laud Gearhart Amid Budget Flap, Affirm Support

File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials during a legislative hearing on Jan. 7. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Trustees of the University of Arkansas have expressed support for Fayetteville Chancellor G. David Gearhart for his leadership amid a budget crisis in one division.

At their meeting Friday in Little Rock, board chairman Jane Rogers read a letter lauding Gearhart for taking "full responsibility" after the school's fundraising arm showed a multi-million deficit. Rogers said the school is committed to financial accountability and the freedom of information.

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Local & Regional News
11:54 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Worker Killed When Tank Explodes In Johnson County

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says one person was killed in an explosion Friday morning at a trucking company in Knoxville.

The sheriff's office says workers were using a propane torch to thaw out a tank when the tank exploded.

Authorities say 33-year-old Daniel Rice died when he was struck by a metal hatch plate that was blown off the back of the tank. No one else was injured.

The sheriff's office says the tankers are designed to haul wastewater from drilling sites.

Authorities say it appears methane gas built up in the tank, causing the explosion.

Local & Regional News
10:54 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Look At Rules For Abortion Ban

Arkansas legislators aren't raising any objections about the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday didn't ask any questions of state Health Department officials as they reviewed changes in the rules for abortion facilities that will incorporate language from the 20-week ban.

The Republican-led Legislature enacted the restriction last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
10:52 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Arkansas Health Official: Deaths From Flu Could Top 50

An Arkansas health official says he believes the state has hit the peak of this year's flu season, but wouldn't be surprised if the number of deaths in the state exceeds 50.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow told a legislative panel Friday that officials have confirmed 25 people in Arkansas have died from the flu this year, and are investigating several more to determine the cause.

Haselow said the age of those killed by the flu in Arkansas has ranged from two months to 77 years.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Pine Bluff Officer Shot By Fellow Officer, Expected To Recover

Authorities say a Pine Bluff police officer has been treated and released from a hospital after he was accidentally shot by a fellow officer while conducting surveillance.

Pine Bluff Police Lt. David Price says officers were conducting surveillance Friday morning outside the Tobacco Outlet on Camden Road because of recent burglaries at the business.

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Local & Regional News
8:56 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Forecasters Warn Of Wildfire Danger, Especially NW Arkansas

Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas. A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties.

The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.

Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.

Local & Regional News
8:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 20-week Abortion Ban

Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday are scheduled to discuss changes in the rules for abortion facilities that will incorporate language from the 20-week ban. The Republican-led Legislature enacted the restriction last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

Local & Regional News
8:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Forecasters Warn Of Wildfire Danger In NW Arkansas

Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.

A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.

Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.

Local & Regional News
10:12 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Arkansas's Private Option Meeting Projections But Hang-Ups Persist

Joint Meeting of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committees
Credit KUAR

Members of the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committees met to get the most recent updates on the insurance program designed to provide coverage to nearly 250,000 low-income residents. These updates and continued questions are being pursued in the lead up to the legislature’s decision next month on whether or not to reauthorize funds for the private option.

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