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6:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Date Set for ExxonMobil/Mayflower Lawsuit

McDaniel at Mayflower Oil Spill
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A federal judge Thursday set a trial date for a lawsuit about the March oil spill in Mayflower. 

U.S. District Judge James Moody scheduled a pre-trial conference with the state of Arkansas, federal proseuctors, and the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for Feb. 23, 2015. The trial is expected to begin the following day.

Moody also set deadlines for an array of motions and reports to be filed in advance of the trial. The lawsuit filed jointly by federal prosecutors and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel seeks civil penalties against ExxonMobil.

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2:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Rural Hospitals To Receive Funding For SHARE Program

The Delta Regional Authority and Office of Health Information Technology will offer rural communities in Arkansas the opportunity to receive funding to connect their hospitals to the state’s electronic health records database.

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11:42 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Wi-Fi Trial Period Set to Take Effect on Little Rock Buses

Credit CAT.org

  Central Arkansas Transit Authority is announcing a new customer-based initiative to install wireless internet on its fleet of buses.

During the pilot period, wi-fi equipment will be installed on the West Markham and McCain routes (numbers 5 and 10), which travel through parts of midtown as well as North Little Rock. The trial will begin Nov. 1 and last through Nov. 30, when rider usage will be assessed. If successful, appropriate hardware will be supplied on all 26 routes.

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11:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Arkansas Veterans Home Cited For 3rd Time In 2013

Investigators have cited the state-run veterans home in Fayetteville for its third violation this year, alleging a worker didn't care for a patient's wound properly.

The state Office of Long Term Care said that, when the wound's dressing was changed twice daily, skin would tear and the patient would bleed. Improper care lasted for several days until the treatment method was changed, according to the agency.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper reported Thursday that the patient filed a complaint.

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11:34 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Arkansas Death Row Inmate Wins New Hearing

Andrew Engram
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it dismissed a petition from an inmate condemned to die for the rape and murder of a shopping mall security guard.

A Pulaski County jury in 1999 convicted Andrew Engram in the death of Laurie White, who worked at a North Little Rock mall.

The state's highest court on Thursday sided with Engram's lawyers, who asked justices to send his case back to a lower court for a hearing on whether he had good cause to file a petition after a deadline to do so had passed.

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9:05 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Authorities Seize Marijuana From National Forest

State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.

The Winona WMA is managed in cooperation with the Forest Service and the AGFC.

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8:56 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Visits Arkansas, Urges Passage of Farm Bill

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Credit minnesota.publicradio.org / Minnesota Public Radio

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging passage of the nation's farm bill. Vilsack spoke in Little Rock yesterday as politicians in Washington were set to begin negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill.

The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, rural development projects and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, better known as food stamps. The fight over renewing the farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamps program.

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5:36 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Clemmer Announces Congressional Run, Talks Private Option Delay

Ann Clemmer in the Old Supreme Court at the Capitol.
Credit Jacob Kauffman

Clemmer's Full Remarks at the Bottom of the Page

The congressional field vying for the Republican nomination, to fill Tim Griffin’s seat, widened Wednesday with State Representative Ann Clemmer officially entering the race. Clemmer, of Benton, styled herself as a candidate willing to fight through vetoes as she did in the legislative session to help pass a Voter ID law and greater restrictions on abortion.

However, Clemmer took a different tone when asked about the recent government shutdown.

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4:44 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

UALR Unveils Renovated Nursing Building

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson speaks at the building's unveiling on Oct. 30.
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced the opening of an on-campus, simulated hospital designed to give students real-world experience.

Built in 1949 and known formerly as Administration South, the facility spans 9,500 square feet and cost more than $7 million in renovations. It now features 22 beds and state-of-the-art materials, including basic medical equipment training manikins created for instructional purposes.

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3:51 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Whooping Cough On The Rise In Arkansas, Other States

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The number of cases of whooping cough in Arkansas has more than doubled from a year ago.

Dr. Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health says at this time last year, there were 141 reported cases. And so far this year, there are 342 cases.

"This [increase] is not a unique pattern to Arkansas. We are seeing this across the country. The patterns of increase are occurring in different regions at different times. We have clearly seen a huge upswing in the number of cases in children in elementary school and adolescents," says Wheeler. 

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