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5:35 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Arkansas Utility Says About 26,500 Customers Without Power

Entergy Arkansas says about 26,500 customers are without power after sleet and snow fell across the state.

The company's online site showed that a bulk of the outages were in southwest Arkansas Monday afternoon.

Entergy has brought in hundreds of reserve workers from outside the state to help restore power.

Forecasters and emergency managers said earlier Monday that the storm could have been much worse than what materialized.

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Local & Regional News
9:47 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Radio Address: Asa Scrutinizes Common Core

Credit Office of the Governor

  The following is the transcript of this week's radio column by Gov. Asa Hutchinson:

Let me talk about the importance of education.

One of the keys to a good education is a dedicated teacher. The right teacher makes a difference in your life every day — long after you’ve left the classroom.

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
5:41 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Todd Rundgen - Music Education

An interview with Rock Star Todd Rundgren on the moral imperative of music education.

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Aging in Arkansas
4:04 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Older Adults And Alchoholism: It's Never Too Late To Seek Treatment

For several reasons, many older alcoholics are never diagnosed and offered treatment for their dependency.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:57 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Substance Abuse And Older Adults

She may be the grandmother next door or your own relative. How often do we think of those 70 or 80, as having a problem with substance abuse? The rate of older adults abusing alcohol is expected to more than double by 2020.

Alcohol is often the drug of choice for older adults, as we get older, our bodies take longer to process alcohol and drugs. What we could handle at 30 is not as easily handled at 70. Mixing alcohol and medications may only make things worse. Older adults are likely to be more isolated from others, hiding what may be a substance abuse problem.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:52 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Is It Dementia Or Depression?

When you realize you are forgetting or misspelling a word, you may start to worry. Dementia is often confused with normal mistakes or depression and is not a part of normal aging.

Those who are depressed may have trouble concentrating, may be very negative, and overstate their problems. They may have memory lapses yet know who and where they are, and what they’re doing. Those who are depressed know what things are called and how to talk about them.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:51 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Suicide Warning Signs And Baby Boomers

By the end of 2015 baby boomers will reach ages 51 to 69. It is expected that their higher than average rate of suicides will continue as they age.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:47 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Believe It Or Not, Suicide Among Older Adults Is A Significant Problem

Suicide among older adults is not often addressed. There is a stigma -- many of us have trouble thinking that older relatives or neighbors have had such thoughts.

While adults, 65 and over, are 13% of Americans, they are over 18% of all suicides. Untreated depression is the most common cause for older adult suicide. Older men are more likely to successfully carry out suicides. In Arkansas, firearms are most often used.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:42 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Depression In Older Adults

Contrary to many birthday card messages, depression is not a normal part of getting older-- but older adults are at an increased risk. When someone is depressed they have felt sad or anxious for some time and have had difficulty getting past such feelings in everyday life. Older adults are much more likely to have chronic health problems.

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Local & Regional News
1:36 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Legislature Passes Municipal Ordinance Ban, Enhances Religious Protections

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas General Assembly passed a bill Friday that would prohibit municipal and county ordinances requiring businesses to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people.  The House also approved a bill to apply strict scrutiny standards to all religious beliefs, allowing pastors to abstain from marrying LGBT individuals if same-sex marriage is legalized in Arkansas.

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