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6:06 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Arkansas To Submit 'Private Option' Waiver In August

Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.

Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers Thursday that the state would draft its waiver next month for the "private option" that lawmakers approved as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. 

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Many Arkansas College Students To See Hike In Tuition

Students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen Law School campus.
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Many Arkansas college students will see a hike in tuition next year. Officials said Thursday that the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees at the Fayetteville campus beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

University officials say the hike will raise average undergraduate in-state tuition and fees to $7,818 for two full semesters. That's an increase of $246 per student.

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Teen Birth Rate
7:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Arkansas's Teen Birth Rate High, But Dropping With Rest Of US

A report from the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics says teen birthrates are dropping in the US in all but two states.

Arkansas is among the states where the rate is dropping, but it has one of the highest rates.

Arkansas had a 16 percent decline in overall teen births between 2007 and 2011.

Brady Hamilton, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, says the study can help shape public policy regarding teen pregnancy.

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Oklahoma Tornado Recovery
5:52 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

UALR Staffer To Take Vanload Of Supplies To Tornado Victims

As the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma work to clean up the damage and rebuild following the tornado that destroyed part of the town this week, help is pouring in from surrounding areas.

One person on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus is helping.

Leanna Payton, who works in student housing is gathering odds and ends like toiletries, diapers and cell phone chargers to take to Moore. She plans to fill a van with the items.

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Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Historic Hotel In Downtown Little Rock Upgrading

A vintage postcard of the Albert Pike Hotel in Little Rock.

The historic Albert Pike Hotel in downtown Little Rock is about to get a bath.

Owners of the building said Wednesday that a $6 million renovation is planned for the structure that was built in 1929.

Included is a cleaning of the exterior of the building, which will give it a brighter appearance.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that BSR Trust LLC, which owns the hotel, will sustain the building's appearance because of its historic status.

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Local & Regional News
4:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Arkansas To Submit 'Private Option' Waiver In August

Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.

Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers Thursday that the state would draft its waiver next month for the "private option" that lawmakers approved as an alternative to Medicaid expansion.

Selig said the state planned to submit the waiver to the federal government in August and hoped to get approval by October.

Local & Regional News
11:32 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Man Arrested at Arkansas Governor's Mansion

A Little Rock man was arrested early Thursday morning after illegally entering the Governor's Mansion grounds, officials say.

Authorities say 32-year-old Ramon Taylor scaled a fence at 5:30 a.m. and attempted to break into a nearby car before he was taken into custody.  

Gov. Mike Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Taylor was unarmed and arrested by security guards without incident.

"[Protection] is for these types of occurrences," DeCample said. "They are tasked with taking care of these things as they arise and they'll do just that."

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Local & Regional News
11:24 am
Thu May 23, 2013

UA, ASU Boards Vote To Opt Out Of Campus Gun Law

Students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus
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Arkansas' two largest university systems are opting out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.  

The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University boards on Thursday voted unanimously to continue banning concealed firearms on campus.

The bans will apply to UA's 11 campuses and ASU's four campuses. Arkansas Tech University's board was also voting on its policy regarding the gun law.  

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Local & Regional News
6:23 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Majestic Hotel In Hot Springs Up For Sale

A postcard of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs.

The former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is up for sale. The hotel closed in 2006 after serving customers for more than a century and through the bathhouse heyday.

The Sentinel-Record reports that the hotel includes more than five acres at the intersection of Park and Central Avenues. The hotel underwent a number of expansions and renovations.

The original hotel was built in 1882 on the north end of the complex, where spa and bathhouse are now. Other sections were added from the 1920s into the 1960s.

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Music Industry Figure To Give Little Rock Lecture

Longtime music industry figure and Arkansas native Bill Carter is set for a speaking engagement in Little Rock.

Carter is to speak June 5 as part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Legacies and Lunch series. Carter grew up in Rector and built his career as an attorney and agent for popular music stars.

The Rolling Stones summoned Carter for help after an arrest in Arkansas, and he represented Reba McEntire at the start of her career.

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