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Mayflower Oil Spill
7:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Residents Still Kept From Homes Because Of Oil Spill

A worker uses a vacuum truck to suck oil out of a ditch along I-40, near the oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

It could be several more days before nearly two dozen residents of a neighborhood in Mayflower will be able to return to their homes.

Crews continue cleaning up after an oil pipeline broke Friday.

Walking through the neighborhood, there’s still the distinct smell of oil, though Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says it’s certainly much better than it was.

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Local & Regional News
7:43 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Back Insurance Expansion

Leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate say they support a proposal to expand health insurance to  low income workers by purchasing private coverage with federal Medicaid money.

House Speaker Davy Carter and Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux said Monday they support the so-called private option lawmakers are considering as an alternative to expanding Medicaid enrollment under the federal health care law.

Under the proposal, the private coverage would be purchased through an exchange created under the federal law.  

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Film News
6:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Little Rock Film Festival Moves Venues Downtown, Adds New Big Prize

The Little Rock Film Festival announced today (April 1) that the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in downtown Little Rock will be one of several downtown venues for the festival this year.
Credit Greg Henderson

There are some things to get excited about at the 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival this year, slated for May 15-19.

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4:49 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

E. coli Case Reported in Arkansas, Frozen Food Products Recalled

Lead in text: 
A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 15 cases of E. coli, including one in the Natural State. An investigation led officials to believe the source of the outbreak is from "Farm Rich" brand frozen food products, including chicken quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices, and several other frozen, partially cooked snacks.
Health Department
3:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Department Of Health Marks 100 Years in Arkansas

Credit Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health is marking 100 years of service in the state.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
2:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Group Cleans Animals After Oil Spill

A duck before her bath.
Credit HAWK Facebook Page

As cleanup efforts continue after the oil spill in Mayflower, Exxon is calling on various community groups for help.

Lynne Slater is the Executive Director of HAWK Center in Russellville. Her group is an all-volunteer organization with experience in wildlife rehabilitation. 

Slater says Exxon contacted her organization over the weekend to see if they could transport animals covered in oil to her facility for cleaning and monitoring.

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Voter ID
2:40 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas House Overrides Governor's Veto of Voter ID Bill

The Arkansas House on Monday completed an override of Governor Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require Arkansas voters to present photo identification before casting ballots.

The override passed the chamber, 52-45.

The vote was down party lines accept for the vote of Rep. Fred Love, D-Little Rock, who later asked to have his vote expunged indicating that it was a mistake.

Rep. Steven Meeks, R-Greenbrier, spoke for the bill saying voters want the added protection from fraud surrounding the voting process.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
11:49 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Were You Impacted by Mayflower Oil Spill?

KUAR is looking for the stories of residents affected by the Mayflower oil spill.

Were you evacuated? Do you have friends and/or family members who were impacted?

Leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or e-mail news@ualrpublicradio.org

Education News
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Gets High Marks on Kindergarten Policy Study

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A new study by the non-profit Education Commission of the States on state kindergarten policies finds Arkansas is ahead of the game in many areas.

The kindergarten report's findings highlight the significant diversity that exists in state kindergarten policies across states.

Two areas that were studied were whether states must offer full-day kindergarten and whether children must attend kindergarten.

Emily Workman is the study’s author.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
9:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Oil Spill Contained, Crews Focus On Cleanup

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Over 100 workers and several vacuum trucks continue to clean up oil after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil burst near Mayflower on Friday. The oil spill, which has been contained, caused officials in Faulkner County to evacuate 22 homes as lawns and streets in the Northwood subdivision became drenched in oil.

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