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8:54 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Texas Officer Kills Man Holding Spoon

The Texas Rangers are investigating a police shooting after an officer killed a burglary suspect who was holding a spoon.
A Texarkana police spokesman says the officer fatally shot 35-year-old Dennis Grigsby on Monday after a homeowner called 911 to report a break-in. He says the officer confronted Grigsby in the home's dimly lit garage and shot him.
 

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Local & Regional News
10:40 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Housing Commission's Ad Buy In Political Program May Head To Attorney General

(left) AFHC Exec. Dir. Carol Johnson testifying to Leg. Audit - State Agencies in November.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is facing scrutiny for purchasing an advertisement in 2013 for a Democratic Black Caucus publication. Lawmakers moved forward Monday with plans to involve the state’s attorney general after reviewing an assessment of the commission.

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6:09 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Incoming Senator Cotton To Serve On Banking & Armed Services Panels

Senator-elect Tom Cotton speaking to supporters at his campaign headquarters in October in advance of last month's election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Incoming Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton will be serving on the Banking and Armed Services committees when he takes office next year.

Senate Republicans on Monday announced their committee appointments for next year, when the GOP will hold a majority of seats of the chamber. Cotton, an Army veteran who is currently a congressman representing south Arkansas, defeated two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor last month.

Cotton was also named to the Joint Economic Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging.

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5:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tyson Foods Names New VP For Animal Treatment

Tyson Foods headquarters in Springdale, Ark.
Credit Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods named Dr. Christine Daugherty as vice president for Animal Well-Being Programs and Technology on Monday. She replaces Dr. Dean Danilson, who is retiring after 26 years with the company.

Daugherty will oversee the animal well-being efforts at Tyson Foods, company officials said, including leading the company’s commitment to proper farm animal treatment.

Springdale-based Tyson Foods, one of world’s largest food processors of poultry, beef and pork, is a frequent target of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal welfare groups.

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Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Officials Say Special Education Unitary In Arkansas District

Attorneys in a longstanding Arkansas school desegregation case have filed a motion agreeing that special education in the Pulaski County Special School District is "unitary," or substantially desegregated.

The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock by attorneys for the district and others in the case. It asks that a federal judge grant an order that the Pulaski County district is unitary in special education.

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4:05 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Railroad To Double Speed Of Trains Passing Through Hope, Ark.

A Union Pacific fright train passes the Hope train station in this file photo from August 2012.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Union Pacific Railroad says it will double the speed of its trains passing through Hope.

The Texarkana Gazette reports the company will increase speeds from 30 mph to 60 mph. The speeds will be increased in 5 mph increments until Dec. 22.

A Union Pacific spokesman says the company had been restricting the speeds through the city but is making the change after completing signal and track improvements. He says more collisions occur with slower trains and that drivers will have to wait less time at crossings.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:09 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Happy 65th Birthday Gift: Medicare Application!

To all baby boomers turning 65: Happy Birthday! Now is the time to sign up for Medicare, the social insurance program for those aged 65 and over who have paid into Medicare and are American citizens living in the United States.

You must apply for Medicare during the 7-month period that begins 3 months before you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65.

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Local & Regional News
2:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Freshmen Legislators Ready To Work On Issues Big And Small

Incoming Representatives Julie Mayberry and Clarke Tucker on this week's Talk Business & Politics.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

After a week of orientation last week at the state capitol, 40 freshmen members of the Arkansas House of Representatives have a better handle on what to expect in January when the 90th General Assembly convenes.

They now know how to file bills, conduct committee meetings and House procedures, and even where to find the bathrooms at the central seat of state government.

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Local & Regional News
10:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Arkansas Legislature Considers More Abortion Restrictions

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

A ban on the use of telemedicine to offer the abortion pill, cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood and requiring more information given to women in person before they undergo the procedure are likely on the agenda for lawmakers next year.

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8:53 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Key Deadline Arrives For Health Coverage Signups

A key deadline has arrived for thousands of uninsured Arkansans who are seeking coverage under the federal health care law. Monday marks the last day to purchase insurance plans through the health marketplace set up under the law for those who want benefits to begin with the new year. The state says nearly 40,000 people are already enrolled in the marketplace. Open enrollment began in November and ends Feb. 15. Residents can enroll in the health marketplace and renew or change their plans during this period.

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