Help For Arkansas Storm Victims
6:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Call Center Opening For Arkansas Storm Damage Victims

More than a dozen homes were damaged in Izard County by the April storms.
Credit Associated Press

The state is opening a call center for residents in Van Buren, Izard and Lincoln counties who have damage to their homes as a result of the April 10 storms and tornadoes that struck Arkansas. 

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says the call center will open Thursday and will be open until May 1st. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Tyson Food Donation
6:30 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Tyson Foods Makes Major Food Donation To Arkansas Pantry

Tyson World Headquarters

Tyson Foods has donated more than 27,000 pounds of chicken to the Arkansas Rice Depot. 

The donation to the statewide food bank arrived Wednesday. Arkansas Rice Depot President and CEO Laura Rhea says the donation is essential to help the food bank support dozens of pantries and thousands of people in every Arkansas county. She says the group distributes 9 million pounds of food each year.

Tyson Foods officials say meat is one of the most-requested and least-available foods in food banks. The company says it has donated tens of millions of pounds of meat since 2000.  

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Affordable Care Act
12:44 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid 'Private Option' Funding Bill Passes Legislature After Clarifications

Senators Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) present amendments to SB 1020 in House committee Wednesday afternoon. Bills and appropriations for the so called private option of Medicaid expansion passed the Arkansas legislature Wednesday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas will await federal approval of a plan to provide private health insurance to roughly 250,000 of the state’s working poor with federal money after the state Senate approved a bill allowing the plan to be funded Wednesday night.

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Electric Cars
7:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Students Assembling Next Generation Of Electric Cars

Jacob Alexander, Aaron Morris, Linda Powell, and Jonathan Nigus
Credit Kezia Nanda

The power utility Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is hosting its annual Electric Vehicle Rally on Friday.

Middle school, high school and college students around Arkansas are participating.

It’s a competition that’s fun and academic.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda visited Cabot High School in central Arkansas as they prepared for the competition.

Imagine not having to fill up your gas tank regularly and the money you’d save. Imagine having a car that’s electric. 

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Local & Regional News
6:57 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Than 220 Live Animals Caught At Oil Spill

The state Game and Fish Commission says more than 220 live animals have been captured at the site of a ruptured ExxonMobil crude oil pipeline in central Arkansas.  

The agency said Wednesday that the animals caught at the spill site at Mayflower have been taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center. Some of the animals have been returned to the wild.

Volunteers have helped scrub the oil off birds, mammals and turtles rescued from near Lake Conway after the March 29 spill.

4:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mayflower Spill Seen As Fuel In Keystone XL Debate


Environmental activists who oppose the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline are looking to the recent oil spill in Mayflower to solidify their case as they plan to testify against the new pipeline Thursday in Nebraska.

Proponents of the pipeline argue it is still the safest mode of transport for a resource which people must continue to rely on.

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Senators Want Increased Border Security
2:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Review Immigration Plan

left to right: Senator John Boozman and Mark Pryor

Arkansas’s senior U.S. Senator, Mark Pryor, says he still needs to review a new immigration proposal before deciding how to vote. 

The bipartisan plan crafted by eight senators includes increased border security measures and a decade-long process to grant citizenship to 12 million undocumented immigrants. Pryor says there are key goals that must be a part of any plan he could support. 

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Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

US Rep. Mike Ross Joins Arkansas Governor's Race

Mike Ross

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross has formally launched his bid to seek the Democratic nomination for  governor next year.  

Ross officially announced his bid Wednesday in his hometown in Prescott. A statewide tour was planned for later Wednesday, ending at the state Capitol in Little Rock.  

In prepared remarks, Ross said he hopes to build on progress Gov. Mike Beebe has made in education and economic development.  

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Local & Regional News
12:50 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Arkansas Senate Weighs Approval Of Medicaid Bill

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate is set to vote on a plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income people.  

Backers were still rallying support for the measure late Wednesday morning and the Senate was expected to consider it when they reconvene at 1:30 p.m.  

Senate President Michael Lamoureux says he expects the measure to narrowly pass with the three-fourths majority needed.

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Guardsmen Prepare For Major Quake
6:25 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Arkansas National Guard Takes Part In Regional Earthquake Training

Members of the Arkansas National Guard, along with guardsmen from Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas are conducting emergency training in Oklahoma to prepare in case a major earthquake strikes the region. 

The exercise called "Vigilant Guard" will be held Wednesday at the Camp Gruber Training Site near Braggs in northeastern Oklahoma. The guardsmen are to hold the training that simulates a 7.7-magnitude earthquake occurring along the New Madrid fault in Northeast Arkansas and northward into other states.

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