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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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Local & Regional News
11:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

More Winter Weather Possible For Central Arkansas

There is the potential for more winter weather in Arkansas this weekend.

The National Weather service is forecasting a surface low pressure system in Oklahoma will bring a cold front across Arkansas Friday night and Saturday.

With it will come chances of precipitation, primarily on Friday morning.

Senior forecaster Joe Goudsward says the weather system is not expected to cause any major problems.

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Local & Regional News
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.

They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security. 

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal.  

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Public Health
6:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

As Arkansas Remains Highly Obese, State Health Officials Consider New Solutions

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

For the past decade, Arkansas health officials have taken significant steps to curb obesity in the state. But Arkansas still ranks third nationally in the percentage of obese adults, at nearly 35 percent of its total population last year. On Thursday and Friday, more than 60 public health experts and officials from around the state will convene at Petit Jean Mountain for a summit to assess ideas for dealing with the epidemic over the next ten years.  KUAR’s Chris Hickey spoke with two officials about previous policy efforts and what Arkansas can do about obesity in the future.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Clinton School Wants Sleeping Bags For Homeless

Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall.
Credit clintonschool.uasys.edu

The Clinton School of Public Service is collecting sleeping bags and socks so they can be given to the homeless.

The Keep Little Rock Warm drive is to take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Students at the school are asking people to donate new or clean and gently used sleeping bags and socks.

People can bring the items to Sturgis Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center. Also, donations in the form of checks can be made out to The Van, a mobile unit that helps the homeless.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu December 12, 2013

UAMS Receives $1 Million Gift For Cancer Work

The UAMS campus.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says it has received a $1 million gift for a new breast cancer center.

UAMS said Wednesday that a member of its Cancer Institute Auxiliary, Stuart Cobb, was donating the money to support construction and services. 

The breast cancer center will be on the third floor of the Cancer Institute when completed.

Chancellor Dan Rahn said the gift will give Arkansans access to an advanced facility for mammography and other outpatient services.

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Local & Regional News
4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Patrons Exchange 'Food for Fines' During Holiday Drive

The Central Arkansas Library System is hosting its annual Food for Fines drive to provide for needy families across the state.

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Local & Regional News
4:24 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Report Updates The Number Of Arkansans To Sign Up Under Health Marketplace

A new federal report says more Arkansas residents have enrolled in health coverage through the HealthCare.gov website that's in place to facilitate insurance sign-ups as part of the government's health care overhaul.

The Wednesday report says nearly 18,000 Arkansans completed applications through the new marketplace. When adding in family members who would be covered, the applications totaled about 34,600 people. The numbers are from activity on the website from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

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