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8:38 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Banker, Businessman Denies Wrongdoing

The president and CEO of HomeBank of Arkansas who also owns Mountain Pure Water denies allegations in a federal indictment that he fraudulently received a federal loan following a May 2008 tornado.

John Stacks of Damascus said in a statement to the Log Cabin Democrat that the Dec. 4 indictment charging him with wire fraud, money laundering, submitting a false claim and making a false statement is without merit.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Beebe Touts Healthcare Reform in Radio Address

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe touted the construction of several new medical projects throughout the state as evidence of good healthcare policy. In particular Beebe addressed Arkansas' adaption of the Affordable Care Act that uses Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for the working poor, instead of expanding Medicaid coverage. Governor Beebe said it will help hospitals. 

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Arkansas GOP House Delegation Splits On Budget

3rd District Rep. Steve Womack (R) voted for the federal budget bill.

Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.

The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.

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Local & Regional News
8:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Hearing Begins In Case Over Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.

The lawsuit names officials from around the state, including county clerks and the state of Arkansas. The government wants the case dismissed, while those who sued are seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the amendment.

Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Finding: Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr Misused $12,000 of Taxpayer Money

A meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Thursday found Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr misused over $12,000 of tax payer money. The findings show Darr improperly spent over $9,000 on travel expenses and over $2,000 from his state credit card.

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Holiday Programming
5:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

What You'll Hear On KUAR This Holiday Season

Happy holidays from the staff of KLRE and KUAR!
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR.org

KUAR is scheduling special programming for the holiday week of December 23-27. We're adding music programs week nights beginning at 9 p.m. Selected Shorts also has a series of shows with a holiday theme, which will air Tuesday-Thursday at 10 p.m.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., KUAR will air a block of special programming for the holiday.

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The Metropolitan Opera
5:09 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Dec. 14: Verdi’s Falstaff

A scene from Verdi's "Falstaff" with Ambrogio Maestri in the title role.
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season will continue with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine at 12:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, December 14 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Prosecutors Say No Criminal Activity in UA Deficit Problems

Credit uark.edu

Prosecutors in Washington County said they have found no evidence of criminal activity. Their finding comes in the wake of an investigation by the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit that found four issues of concern.

The Division of Legislative Audit previously found a duplicate expense payment, an improper deposit, a treasurer that partially “obscured deficits,” and contradictory statements made under oath between former UA spokesman John Diamond and Chancellor David Gearhart pertaining to the shredding of documents.

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Local & Regional News
2:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bowie Knife Exhibit to Open in Downtown Little Rock

A new exhibit focusing on the history and design of the Bowie knife is opening Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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Local & Regional News
2:02 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Two More Face Charges In Slaying Of Arkansas Interpreter

Two relatives of a man accused in the death of a Spanish language interpreter in southwestern Arkansas are charged with hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Miguel Angel Martinez in the November slaying of 54-year-old Jamie "Jimmy" Barrios in De Queen.

Prosecutor Carlton Jones told the Texarkana Gazette that Martinez's mother and sister allegedly provided false information to investigators when Martinez was sought for questioning.

Charged are 46-year-old Celia Beavers and 28-year-old Janett Garribo.

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