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4:38 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Death Toll Rises To 16 In Arkansas From Tornado

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A state agency has raised the death toll from a huge tornado that cut a sporadic 80-mile path through central Arkansas to 16.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported on its website early Monday that there are now 10 confirmed deaths from Sunday's tornado in Faulkner County. There are still five confirmed deaths in Pulaski County and one in White County.

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9:23 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Tornado Hits Arkansas Cities, Causes Multiple Fatalities and Widespread Damage

Tornado damage near Mayflower and Maumelle
Ari Sarsalari

A massive tornado Sunday night has caused multiple fatalities and severe damage in several Arkansas cities, including Mayflower and Vilonia.

According to authorities, a "mass casualty situation" is occurring in Vilonia, and at least a dozen ambulances were requested to assist in transporting the injured to hospitals. Meanwhile, the Faulkner County sheriff's office said at least six people are dead and the Pulaski County sheriff's office confirmed around 9:30 p.m. that three people are dead in the Kanis Road area. 

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Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Higher Education Board Approves Mexican Campus for ASU

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the Queretaro, Mexico, campus of Arkansas State University that is scheduled to open in August 2015.

The board met in Little Rock Friday and gave its approval.

ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson said the campus in Mexico will expand opportunities for students and faculty and build relationships between the U.S. and Mexico.

More than 2,000 government, education and business leaders gathered in Queretaro in February for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $50 million privately funded campus.

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Local & Regional News
4:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Doctor Says Sen. Boozman On Track For Full Recovery After Surgery

U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican from Arkansas is continuing in his recovery from heart surgery.

Boozman's surgeon, Dr. E.J. Chauvin, said Friday that Boozman will be able to fully return to his duties without any restrictions.

Boozman went to a hospital Tuesday when he suffered chest and shoulder pains. Doctors found Boozman had experienced an acute aortic dissection - a tear in his aorta - and had to operate to replace his ascending aorta.

Chauvin says Boozman is in excellent physical condition and that is helping his recovery.

Local & Regional News
4:07 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Petitions To Regulate Hog Farms On The Buffalo River Advance

Buffalo River

Opponents of industrial hog farms near the Buffalo National River made some headway Friday.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission granted two separate petitions seeking to initiate a rule making process to further circumscribe limits to concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, operating near the Buffalo River. 

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Local & Regional News
2:04 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Arkansas AG Files Notice Of Appeal In Voter ID Case

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location in March.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' attorney general has filed a notice to challenge a state judge's ruling that found Arkansas' new voter ID law unconstitutional.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed notice Friday that his office would appeal Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court. A day earlier, Fox ruled the state's voter ID law was "void and unenforceable."

A spokesman for the attorney general says the state will ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to stay Fox's ruling.

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Local & Regional News
1:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Arkansas Panel Approves Steel Mill Air Permit

An environmental regulatory panel has issued an air quality permit for a planned $1.2 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas.

The Pollution Control and Ecology Commission approved the permit Friday for Big River Steel. Company CEO John Correnti says the commission's action opens the way for the mill to be financed and for construction to start.

Correnti says the site will have a peak of 2,000 construction workers over the two years it will take to build the site. The mill itself will have 545 employees.

Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Arkansas At Moderate Risk Of Severe Weather Sunday

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the risk of severe weather expected in Arkansas on Sunday.

The center says a section of southwest Arkansas stretching into central Arkansas is now at a moderate risk of severe weather. Little Rock is on the northeast edge of the area most of risk, with forecasters predicting the worst weather in southwest Arkansas, northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana.

Local & Regional News
9:01 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Vote On Steel Mill Air Permit

An environmental regulatory panel is to vote on whether to issue an air quality permit for the proposed $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill that backers want to build in northeast Arkansas.

The Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday is to hear arguments from lawyers from steel business competitor Nucor, which is trying to block construction of the new mill.

An administrative law judge earlier rejected Nucor's challenge, but the permit still has to be approved by the commission for the plant to be built.

Local & Regional News
5:51 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Private Option Cost Slightly Exceeding Projections; Officials Say Cost Will Decrease

DHS Director John Selig, Director Division of Medical Services Andy Allison.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

State health officials provided legislators with information Thursday on the cost of the private option which is exceeding projections by $24 a month per-person. Steven Schramm, with the actuarial firm Optimus worked with the Department of Human Services on private option figures.

Schramm said the population of the private option has been two years older than projected and argued the $24 more a month per-person will come down in the future.

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