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9:08 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Over 34,000 Lost Power in Arkansas

Credit stormcenter.entergy.com

The latest round of wintry weather brought over 34,000 power outages statewide Monday. With the threat of precipitation subsiding Entergy Arkansas reported over 26,000 outages while the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas claimed roughly 8,000.

Sally Graham with the state’s largest electric utility Entergy said most of their customers without power are in the state’s northeast.

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Arkansas Legislature
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Politics And The Private Option: An Analysis With Jay Barth

The private option, Arkansas's alternative answer to the full-out Medicaid expansion prescribed by the federal Affordable Care Act continues to hold up progress on the state budget in this fiscal legislative session.

With the political climate surrounding this most-divisive issue, could a few lawmakers be holding out till after the political filing period to cast their vote for the alternative plan? Political scientist Jay Barth joins us to discuss some of the political aspects of this vote.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Clinton Presidential Library Releases Previously Private Documents

The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock released a first batch of previously private documents Friday, providing insight into the operations of the Clinton White House.

Under the Presidential Records Act, such documents can be withheld for up to 12 years after a president leaves office.  These documents could have been made available at the start of 2013, and there was some pressure for them to finally be made public.

Subsequent document releases are expected in the coming weeks.

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Local & Regional News
4:29 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Little Rock Woman Files To Run For Arkansas Governor

A substitute teacher from Little Rock has filed to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, setting up an unexpected primary contest for Arkansas' top office.

Lynette Bryant filed paperwork Friday at the state Capitol to run for governor, becoming the second Democrat to officially enter the race.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross announced his bid for the Democratic nomination last year and filed to run on Wednesday. Bryant has run unsuccessfully for the Little Rock city board in 2010 and 2012.

This is her first bid for statewide office.

Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arkansas Election Board Approves Ballot Rule Changes

The state Board of Election Commissioners has approved emergency rules about absentee voters that contradict what Arkansas' attorney general has said before.

The board endorsed the rules Friday about absentee ballots for voter identification. They allow voters who did not submit required identification with their absentee ballot to turn in the documents for their vote to be counted by noon Monday following an election.

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Local & Regional News
4:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arkansas May See Wintry Mix This Weekend

Forecasters are predicting a round of freezing precipitation for Arkansas this weekend, though the northern half of the state will likely see the most ice. Jeff Hood, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said a cold front will begin entering Arkansas from the northwest late Saturday, bringing with it a chance of freezing rain and sleet and thunderstorms farther south.

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Local & Regional News
2:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor Files To Run For Re-Election

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas has filed to run for re-election, setting the stage for one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country this year.

The Democratic two-term lawmaker filed paperwork at the Capitol on Friday morning to seek a third term.

Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and won re-election without a Republican challenger in 2008.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton filed paperwork earlier this week to challenge Pryor and is the only expected GOP candidate for the seat.

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The Metropolitan Opera
12:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Metropolitan Opera Releases Its 2014-2015 Season Schedule

John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer" has its Met premiere on October 20, 2014, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris.
Credit Richard Hubert Smith / English National Opera Photo

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-2015 season is set to begin Mon., Sept. 22 with a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro​ conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

There are several points to note about the Met's upcoming season:

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Local & Regional News
12:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Clinton Library Releasing Documents From Presidential Years

The National Archives plans to release about 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration.

Some of the topics include the president's health care task force, the 9/11 Commission Report, national security and Rwanda. There also are records from Clinton speechwriters.

The papers could shed light on Clinton's presidency and provide insight into a future presidential candidate: former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

The records are being made available through the Clinton Presidential Library.

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Local & Regional News
11:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Governor Beebe Signs Bill To Keep Lt. Governor Office Vacant Until November

A spokesman says Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to replace Lt. Gov. Mark Darr after signing legislation aimed at keeping the state's No. 2 constitutional office vacant for the rest of the year.

Beebe on Friday signed into law legislation that gave him the discretion to not call a special election to replace Darr, who resigned Feb. 1 over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending.

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