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High Winds And Power Outages
6:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Rough Winds Cross Arkansas, Knock Out Power

A weather system that brought snow to far northwest Arkansas left behind an air mass that powered winds strong enough to cause more than 25 hundred power outages across the state. 

The National Weather Service said Sunday that Little Rock had the highest recorded gust at 47 miles per hour. Gusts of 44 miles per hour were recorded in Pine Bluff, 43 miles per hour in Stuttgart, and Russellville had gusts clocked at 41 miles per hour.

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Beebe On Immigration
6:02 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Governor Doesn't Oppose In-state Tuition Bill For Immigrants

Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas.

An Arkansas legislative panel could soon weigh in on a plan to extend less expensive in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the U.S. illegally as children. And the measure may now have a better chance of passing. 

A spokesman for Democratic Governor Mike Beebe says the governor's not opposed to the proposal, despite concerns about it violating federal law. That marks a change for Beebe, who issued a legal opinion as the state's top attorney that helped kill a similar proposal in 2005. Beebe had said the measure violated a 1996 federal law.

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Local & Regional News
10:37 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

What's Next For Newly-Passed Abortion Laws In Arkansas?

Some Arkansans are demanding accountability from state lawmakers, and this past weekend they turned out in hundreds to protest recently passed legislation. Protesters gathered at the capitol to express disapproval of newly-passed reproductive laws in Arkansas.

Signs saying things like “may the choice be with you” and “mind your business” floated high above the crowd. Arkansans attended the rally at the capitol this Saturday, they say, in support of women’s rights and, as many protesters noted, human rights in general.

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Arkansas Business News
2:36 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

New Technology Helps Raise Funds For Arkansas Community Projects, Businesses

Little Rock Urban Farming is trying to raise $10,000 to increase efficiency and profitability on the farm.

A new online technology is helping Arkansans fund community projects and local business efforts.

The technology is called crowdsourcing, and it’s a method in which funds for local projects are raised through a large online network of people who want the projects to be successful. Small contributions by many people end up translating into lots of money.

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Protest at Arkansas Capitol
4:14 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Slideshow: "War on Women" Protest at Arkansas Capitol

War on Women Protest at Arkansas Capitol on March 23, 2013
Maggie Carroll

At a protest at the state capitol Saturday, many Arkansans spoke out against what they call the passing of extreme reproductive laws in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
8:36 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Legislature Gets Beebe Draft Of Medicaid Bill

Governor Beebe met House Speaker Davy Carter’s deadline of Friday to submit a draft of legislation to   expand Medicaid to about 250-thousand more residents.

Both the Speaker and the Governor’s office call the rough draft just a "framework" for the bill they hope to eventually hammer out.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports it calls for establishing an Access Assurance Program—a system for diverting to private insurance companies the new Medicaid money that will flow to the state next year as part of the Affordable Care Act.          

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Protest at Arkansas Capitol
7:18 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

More than 1,400 Expected at Women's Rights Protest at Arkansas Capitol

An image taken from the group's Facebook page.

Organizers say more than 1,400 people are expected to attend a protest at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m.

Here is a press release on the event:

PROTEST AT THE ARKANSAS CAPITOL

For information contact:

Jaime Goswick {Jaime.Goswick@gmail.com} 479-414-1413

Donna Shade {shadedonna@gmail.com} 870-208-6542

PROTEST SPEAKERS MANIFEST VARIED PERSPECTIVES, SHARED RESOLVE

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State Tax Cuts
3:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Talk Of Tax Cuts, Medicaid Expansion Continues

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Talk of tax cuts continues to swirl around the state Capitol as lawmakers iron out what Speaker of the House Davy Carter said Friday is shaping up to be roughly $100 million dollars worth of cuts.

"In concept there is an agreement ... for a tax cut package in that range," Carter told reporters, speaking of talks between the House and Senate.

The Speaker had asked for lawmakers to identify $150 million in tax cuts, but recent reports have indicated the number has been decreasing.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Bill Would Keep Politicians Names Off Public Buildings, At Least For A While

The House voted 82-3 to pass a bill Friday that would prevent government agencies from naming buildings after public office holders until ten years after they are out of office.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative John Burris, R-Harrison, said this law would solve some interesting situations that have occurred in various districts around the state.

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Local & Regional News
11:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

AG Seeks Dismissal Of Lethal-Injection Document Request

The attorney general's office is asking a judge to dismiss six death-row inmates' request to order the Arkansas Department of Correction to turn over documents about lethal injection drugs under a public records request.

Assistant Attorney General David Curran filed paperwork Friday saying that the documents the inmates are seeking are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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