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5:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Judge Denies Martha Shoffner Request For Attorney

A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.

Shoffner was convicted last month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She filed court papers saying her trial exhausted her financial resources and asked U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes to appoint one of her lawyers as a government-paid defender.

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5:02 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

4/11/14: Talk Business & Politics Update

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Medicare
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare

This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.

In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Arkansas To Appeal Ruling On 12-Week Abortion Ban

State Sen. Jason Rapert speaking at a press conference Friday at the Arkansas Capitol.
Credit Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office filed a notice of appeal Friday to uphold the state law passed last year restricting abortions after 12 weeks. The law had been blocked from going into effect by federal judge Susan Wright and last month she struck down most provisions of the act. State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) sponsored the legislation and spoke at the Capitol with other Republican legislators Friday applauding the decision to appeal.

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Local & Regional News
11:52 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Former Premature Babies To Be Reunited With Their Primary Nurses

Credit UAMS

Infants who are born prematurely can spend anywhere from one day to six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In that time, parents can build a very strong bond with hospital staff.

This weekend UAMS will be reuniting some parents, their children and the staffers who cared for them. 

Nurse Diane Rushin said she understands the sadness of parents who have to leave their babies in the unit.

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Local & Regional News
8:27 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Girl Gets $20,000 For Diamond Found In Arkansas Park

An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at an Arkansas park for $20,000.

Tana Clymer told television station KWTV that she plans to use the money from the recent sale of the yellow diamond to help pay for college.

She found the diamond last October while hunting for gems with her family at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.   Clymer says she couldn't believe her good luck and asked her father if she was dreaming.

Local & Regional News
7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Rally To Be Held At Arkansas Capitol Challenging Incarceration Policies

File photo of prison inmates inside Cummins Prison in southeast Arkansas.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A rally is set for Friday afternoon at the state capitol, with a range of speakers objecting to what’s being called the mass incarceration of citizens in the U.S. It comes as Arkansas is dealing with a record prison population and state lawmakers continue reevaluating how offenders are sentenced.

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Local & Regional News
6:50 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Arkansas Education Board Takes Over Lee County Schools

The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems.

The board voted on Thursday to remove the district's school board after a report by a three-person committee that studied academic performance issues at the district.

Lee County school officials have come under criticism for low student achievement levels, failure to dismiss underperforming faculty and class scheduling management that jeopardizes student graduation.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Coast Guard Ends Search For Two Men in Mississippi River

The Coast Guard has called off its search for two men who fell into the Mississippi River after a barge overturned and sank earlier this week in northeast Arkansas.

Capt. William Drelling says authorities have suspended their search for the two men - Ron Nieves and Nicolas Perez - who have been unaccounted for since Tuesday afternoon. Both men fell into the water while the barge was being unloaded near Blytheville, which is about 60 miles north of Memphis, Tenn.

The Coast Guard says the barge lifted to its right and sank, but why it did so wasn't known.

Local & Regional News
4:57 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Play Ball: Arkansas Travelers Baseball Returns

General Manager Paul Allen of the Arkansas Travelers
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

After a week on the road, the Arkansas Travelers have their 106th season home opener Thursday, April 10th. It is the team’s eighth year at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock after leaving the now-demolished, historic Ray Winder Field where had they had played since 1932.

The Travelers averaged over 5,200 fants the first three years at the new park but that has dropped to just over 4,500 last season. General Manager Paul Allen said although attendance has dipped slightly as the appeal of the new ballpark fades, the stadium is still proving its worth.

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