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5:51 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Effort Underway On Arkansas Health Care Expansion

Officials have begun making presentations to inform businesses and individuals about how expanded availability of health care insurance coverage will affect people in Arkansas.

Instead of expanding the Medicaid program, the Legislature opted to use federal money to enable poorer residents to buy health insurance.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement held a presentation Friday in Fort Smith to explain how the program will be put into action.

Open enrollment for people eligible for the program begins Oct. 1.

Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Wind Main Threat From Arkansas, Oklahoma Storms

The National Weather Service says wind is the main threat from storms forming in western and central Arkansas and into eastern Oklahoma, though some flash flooding is also possible.

The weather service said Sunday that the threat would continue overnight and persist into this morning.

A flash flood watch was in place Sunday for much of northern Arkansas. Thunderstorm chances are forecast to decrease Monday and Tuesday.

A weak frontal boundary will bring increased storm chances by the middle of the week into the weekend.

State Highways
4:54 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

I-40 Widening Project Wrapping At Conway

Arkansas highway officials say construction is approaching completion near Conway to widen Interstate 40 but will continue nearer to North Little Rock.

The state is widening 23 miles of I-40 from four lanes to six lanes between Conway and North Little Rock.

Work on an eight-mile segment in Conway is to be completed by the end of the year but it will take several more years for the entire $135 million project to be finished.

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Constitutional Initiatives
4:50 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Group Resubmits Proposal To Legalize Pot In Arkansas

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas have submitted a revised plan to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The proposal was revised and submitted Friday by Arkansans For Medical Cannabis after McDaniel in July rejected the wording of the proposed initiated act as ambiguous.

The proposed ballot measure would leave it to voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana, including for medical, industrial and recreational use.

Local & Regional News
10:02 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Getting A Jump; Pryor Blasts Cotton Before Race Begins


The 2014 U.S. Senate matchup between Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican Tom Cotton hasn’t even officially been set, but the rhetorical battle is already raging.


Cotton, the first-term congressman from the fourth district, is widely expected to throw his hat in the ring this week against Pryor, who is considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election in next year’s mid-terms.

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Local & Regional News
4:09 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

School Official: Hiding From Gunman A "Failed Policy"

The superintendent of an Arkansas school district that wanted to let teachers and janitors carry 9mm handguns on campus says the district will find other ways to protect its 2,500 students.

The Clarksville district trained 20 employees as security guards but Arkansas' attorney general said the workers cannot carry weapons at school.

Superintendent David Hopkins on Friday decried what he called the "failed policy of lock the door and hide."

After the deaths last year of 20 students at a Connecticut school, several states explored ways to protect pupils.

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Local & Regional News
2:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Corliss Williamson Leaves UCA For Sacramento

Corliss Williamson
Credit inarkansas.com

University of Central Arkansas Head Coach Corliss Williamson is leaving the university to coach the Sacramento Kings.

Williamson has a history with the team. The Kings drafted him in 1995 from the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Williamson led the Razorbacks to their only NCAA Basketball Championship and was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player in 1993-1994.

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Local & Regional News
1:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Arkansas State Police Told to Buy 130 New Cameras

Arkansas lawmakers have authorized a plan to spend more than $950,000 in federal funds to purchase 130 new patrol-car cameras for Arkansas State Police.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant would allow for Pannin high-resolution police cameras to be installed in more than a third of the state's patrol cars to replace broken or outdated equipment. 

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Local & Regional News
11:12 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Arkansas' Revenues Above Forecast in July

 

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says the state started off its fiscal year above forecast by nearly 2 percent.

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Local & Regional News
5:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Detour Expected This Weekend In West Little Rock

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas highway officials say there will be a detour at the Interstate 430/630 interchange this weekend in Little Rock.

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