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3:30 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Lawmakers Tout Bill For Job Creation, Community Development

Two Arkansas state representatives are sponsoring a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to bolster job creation and community investment across the state.

Reps. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock) and Jonathan Dismang (R-Searcy) first touted HB132 -- also known as the New Markets Jobs Act of 2013 -- on March 7.

Based on an existing federal plan, the bill aims to create jobs for thousands of Arkansans through private investments channeled into community development.

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Voter ID
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Next Stop For Voter ID In Arkansas: The Governor's Desk

Sen. Bryan King waits before the chamber voted on the voter ID bill.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

A bill to require Arkansas voters to show a valid photo ID before casting a ballot is on it’s way to the Governor after clearing its final hurdle in the Senate today.

The bill was already passed by the Senate, but it picked up an amendment in the House, so today’s vote was to adopt the amendment. The measure passed 22-12.

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Local & Regional News
2:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Arkansas House OKs Bill On Emergency Gun Limits

The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to remove the governor's emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster.  

The House approved the bill on a 78-9 vote Tuesday.

The governor currently has the authority during a disaster or emergency to suspend or limit the sale, distribution and transportation of firearms. The governor also has enhanced powers to regulate alcohol, explosives, and combustibles.  

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Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Death Row Inmates Ask Arkansas Top Court To Hear Case

Several death row inmates are asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear their cases after the state's  attorney general asked the court to lift their stays of executions.  

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state's top court to lift stays for six death row inmates who challenged the constitutionality of Arkansas' lethal injection law.  

Attorneys for five of the inmates filed paperwork Monday asking the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the case.

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Local & Regional News
2:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Arkansas House Committee Approves Execution Proposal

An Arkansas legislative panel has approved a proposal to allow certain relatives of victims to attend executions.  

The Arkansas House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed a measure that would allow some adult relatives of victims to watch executions in person. Current law says adult relatives of victims  can watch executions on a closed-circuit TV.  

Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler has spoken out against the proposal filed by Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs.

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Local & Regional News
1:16 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Insect Could Threaten Arkansas Soybean Crops

The kudzu bug.
Credit Marlin E. Rice, Pioneer Seed

Soybean growers in Arkansas are preparing for a possible invasion by an insect that’s damaging crops throughout the South. 

The kudzu bug sucks sap from soybean plants, weakening and stunting the plant's  growth. The tiny flying insects have already caused up to 20 percent yield losses in some untreated soybean fields in North Carolina.

Gus Lorenz, with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says stopping the pests can be difficult.

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Local & Regional News
7:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Consultant Reports Delivered On Proposed Steel Mill

Consultant reports on a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas have been delivered  to the Bureau of Legislative Research.  

House Speaker Davy Carter said Monday that he had not yet had time to analyze them - but said that the reports have been delivered indicates progress.  

The Legislature is being asked by Big River Steel to provide $125 million in state financing for the plant that's proposed in Osceola.  

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Arkansas Insurance Expansion
5:40 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Private Insurance Coverage Of Arkansans Could Cost Feds Less Than First Thought

Arkansas DHS Director John Selig and the state's Medicaid Director Andy Allison told reporters Monday that private insurance would cost only up to 15 percent more than Medicaid coverage for about 250,000 Arkansans earning 100-138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Expansion of health coverage under the so-called “private option” for insuring more Arkansans under the federal health care law may be less expensive than originally thought according to a new estimate.

John Selig, director of the state’s Department of Human Services says the study done with the Arkansas Insurance Department and consulting groups found that in Arkansas specifically, the cost of private insurance coverage would not be nearly as high when compared to Medicaid, as originally expected.

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Local & Regional News
5:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Each Arkansas Chamber To Work Toward $50M-$60M In Cuts

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Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says the House and Senate are working to develop between $50 million and $60 million in tax cuts in each chamber.

The House on Monday passed the first of its proposed tax reductions, one that would benefit poultry and catfish producers. Carter, a Republican from Cabot, says there are still no specifics available on what state spending will be cut.

Carter says the spending cuts have to be considered in light of Gov. Mike Beebe's proposed budget and potential future spending needs.

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Lawmakers Promote Aerospace And Aviation
3:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

State Senator Hutchinson Promotes Aerospace Industry Which Brings About 9,000 Jobs

Credit arkleg.state.ar.us

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers wants to do more to promote the aviation industry in Arkansas.

Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock announced Monday the formation of the Aerospace and Aviation Caucus in Arkansas.

He notes that it’s the second largest industry in the state.

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