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1:43 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

AARP Survey Shows Long-Term Care Key Issue in Arkansas Gubernatorial Race

90 Percent Want Care Other Than At A Nursing Home
Credit AARP / AARP

A survey released Tuesday from AARP finds 91 percent of Arkansans age 50 and older have a desire for services to shift to at-home care rather than at institutions like nursing homes.

Herb Sanderson with AARP Arkansas said state and federal spending on long-term care is an issue the organization for seniors would like to see addressed by electoral candidates.

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12:33 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Arkansas Lottery Officials Warn Public Of A Phone Scam

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is warning about telephone scammers making false representations about people winning a prize.

The lottery says there are reports of someone claiming to represent the lottery and calling Arkansans to say they had won a prize. The caller instructs the would-be victim to go to a local store and buy a pre-paid card called a Green Dot MoneyPak in order to pre-pay taxes on the prize.

The lottery says scammers have also provided a toll-free number that when called mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.

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7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Sec. of State Mark Martin's Property Tax Exemptions Questioned

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
Credit sos.arkansas.gov/ / Sec. of State's Office

A second Republican candidate in as many months is coming under scrutiny for allegations of illegally claiming too many homestead property tax exemptions.

Late last week the liberal, investigative blog Blue Hog Report looked into the records of Secretary of State Mark Martin, finding he claimed the tax credit for both of his homes since at least 2008. The law only allows the credit for one residence.

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3:10 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Railroad Workers Killed In Sunday's Head-On Collision Identified

NTSB Investigator Mike Flanigon removes the event recorder from one of the locomotives involved in Sunday's crash.
Credit NTSB

The two Union Pacific crew members who were killed after two freight trains collided head on early Sunday have been identified.

Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff says engineer Chance Gober of White Hall, Arkansas, and conductor Roderick Hayes, of McKinney, Texas, died in the crash. DeGraff says both were in the train traveling southbound and died of their injuries. DeGraff says two other employees were injured.

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2:38 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

City Meeting To Discuss Fate Of Little Rock's Late-Night Bars and Clubs

Logo for Midtown Billiards

The late-night fate of a handful of Little Rock bars and clubs will be considered at Tuesday's city board meeting.

Two city director’s recommendation to limit the hours of clubs closing at 5 a.m.—such as MidTown Billiards, Club Elevations, Discovery and Electric Cowboy—has made its way into a proposal now up for vote.

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10:03 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Arkansas Jobless Rate Drops To National Average But Labor Force Shrinking

Unemployment Rate For Arkansas and US Since 2008
Credit arkansaseconomist.com

Unemployment numbers released Monday show July as another month with an improving jobless rate in Arkansas dropping one-tenth of a percent to the national average of 6.2 percent.

Michael Pakko, the senior economist at UALR’s Institute for Economic Advancement, said the report shows both good and troubling news.

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9:09 am
Mon August 18, 2014

School Board Weighs Options For Building Improvements

Little Rock School Board officials are deliberating over whether to re-purpose some elementary schools for older kids after the results of a study from a private consultant recommended repairs and expansions costing up to $500 million.

Carl Baxmeyer of Fanning-Howey architecture and engineering firm of Indianapolis, says his company found some elementary schools might be put to better use.

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5:05 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Hundreds Turn Out For Dedication Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

SLIDESHOW: Johnny Cash's restored boyhood home before opening to visitors Saturday.
Michael Hibblen KUAR News

Fans have long traveled from around the world to see the small farm house in northeast Arkansas that Johnny Cash often talked or sang about.  After years of restoration work, it is now officially open as a musuem. A grand opening ceremony was held Saturday, drawing a large crowd to the town circle in Dyess.

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12:51 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Two Killed When Freight Trains Collide In Northeast Arkansas

An image from an overpass of the fire caused when two freight trains collided.
Credit Darrell Nicholas

Authorities say two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two were injured when two freight trains collided in northeast Arkansas. Arkansas State Police said in a statement they were called to the site about 3 a.m. Sunday in Hoxie.

Union Pacific spokesman Brandon Morris says two cars caught fire, one carrying diesel and one carrying an alcoholic beverage. He says the fire was out about 10 a.m.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Kendell Snyder said no health hazards had been detected from the fire.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Beebe: Invest In Broadband For K-12 Schools

As more vocal calls for Arkansas to invest in fiber-optic broadband networks for its K- 12 schools surface, Governor Mike Beebe is touting a new partnership on the subject in his weekly radio address. The Governor says the state Education Department, other state agencies and the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway are partnering to look at ways to cheaply and effectively bring the state up to meet national goals by the year 2018.

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