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7:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

3/31/14: Talk Business & Politics

On this week's Talk Business & Politics: Simmons First is acquiring Delta Trust and Bank; ExxonMobil officials one year after the Mayflower Oil Spill on what comes next for the pipeline.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
5:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

On Anniversary, Panel Discusses Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

(Left to right) Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, Congressman Tim Griffin, Tammie Hynum with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Graham Rich, CEO of Central Arkansas Water.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On the one year anniversary of the Mayflower Oil Spill, those involved in the response came together to discuss how the pipeline rupture was handled, lessons learned and whether it should ever be allowed to reopen. The discussion was held at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel eventually filed a lawsuit, along with the federal government, seeking punitive damages.

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Local & Regional News
3:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Sees Rush Of Last-Minute Exchange Signups

Arkansas officials are seeing a rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law as the enrollment deadline arrived.

State insurance officials said Monday that a large number of people were calling and dropping by signup events around the state.

Monday is the deadline to sign up for coverage on the exchange, a marketplace where consumers and shop for coverage.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas's Largest Crops Off to a Slow Start

Credit arkansasagnews.uark.edu

Fields around parts of Arkansas are inundated with water from some relatively rainy months and the result is some major crops aren’t getting in the ground as early as most would like. The Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Director of Market Information and Economics Matt King said conditions on the ground may prompt some farmers to make adjustments.

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Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals

Lake Maumelle, as seen from the peak of Pinnacle Mountain in Roland, Arkansas.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.

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TFTS Call For Stories
9:39 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Have A Beatles Story? Are Ya Southern? Tales From The South Wants To Know

Arkansas-based public radio program Tales From the South wants your Beatles related stories for a special Beatles themed show.

The show is in conjunction with the Argenta Arts District's archival photography exhibit "The British Invasion: 50 Years Later." 

The deadline to submit your story to Tales From the South is 10 p.m., Sun. April 6. The Beatles-themed show will be taped Tue., April 15.

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Local & Regional News
9:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Craighead County Closely Watching Voter ID Lawsuit

Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law.

The law was passed last year over Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. It allows in-person voters who don't show identification at the time of voting until Monday after the election to present proper IDs to the election commission to have their votes counted. But it makes no mention of a similar grace period for absentee voters.

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Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

A panel discussion set in Little Rock will review how the Mayflower oil spill last year has affected that community so far, which is about 30 miles northwest of Arkansas' capital city.

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Arkansas Business Report
8:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

3/31/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week's Arkansas Business Report: The Annual Mid South Basic Economic Development Course is attracting record enrollment this year; AT&T has a new plan for wired and wireless bundles that benefits small businesses; A Birmingham developer has purchased land currently used as a soccer field in Little Rock's Riverdale area from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and plans a high-end complex including apartments.

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