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2:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

ASU Names Higher Education Director Shane Broadway Vice President

File photo of Shane Broadway speaking to a legislative committee.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The Arkansas State University System has named Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway as its vice president for governmental relations. ASU System President Charles Welch made the announcement Wednesday.

Broadway is a former state representative and state senator and served as Speaker of the House. He has served as director of higher education since being appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2011. He is a 1994 graduate of Arkansas State.

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12:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Consultants Say Private Companies Best Providers For Public School Internet Access

Consultants from CT&T told state lawmakers in the Joint Committee on Education Wednesday it may not be necessary to make legal changes to allow public schools to access internet through the Arkansas Research and Educational Optical Network, or ARE-ON, which is currently used by public universities.

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12:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Lawmakers Question $4M Paid For Defunct Program

Lawmakers are questioning the cost and functionality of a database for the disabled awaiting community based care.  As of this month, there are an estimated roughly 3,100 Arkansans on a waiting list to get community based care.

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11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Battles After Repeal Of Fayetteville Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

An alderman in Fayetteville is ready to try again to put an anti-discrimination ordinance in place but a state senator in northwest Arkansas hopes to strip Fayetteville, and local governments statewide, from having the authority to pass such ordinances. 

Earlier this month voters in Fayetteville narrowly chose to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance designed to provide protection and recourse in housing, employment, and public accommodations to historically discriminated against populations - including LGBT people.   

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11:03 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Rep. Allen Kerr To Serve As New Arkansas Insurance Commissioner

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that State Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, will serve as Insurance Commissioner in his administration replacing current commissioner Jay Bradford.

Hutchinson also announced that Sheila Sharp will remain as director for the Department of Community Correction. A spokesman for Hutchinson confirmed that Heath Abshure will not remain as director of the state Securities Department.

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4:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Arkansas AG Says Two Health Care Workders Arrested For Medicaid Fraud

Arkansas' attorney general says health care workers from Pulaski and Phillips counties have been arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday authorities had arrested 53-year-old Patricia Sylvester of Marvell and 36-year-old Stephanie Simpson of North Little Rock.

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3:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Company To Expand NW Arkansas Operations, Add Jobs

A national provider of electrical, data, communications and automation systems says it's expanding its facility in Lowell.

Wachter Inc. said Tuesday it plans to invest $2 million in the expansion and add 20 new jobs, bringing total employment at the facility to 260. The expansion of the Lowell facility is necessary due to Wachter's continued growth, both locally and nationally, over the years.

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11:49 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Holiday Travel Expected To Be Busy In Coming Weeks

Interstate 40 near the I-55 interchange in West Memphis, Arkansas, photographed March 23, 2008.
Credit peggydavis66 / Wikimedia Commons

Heading into the Christmas travel season, the number of people traveling in Arkansas and nationwide will begin increasing this week. Clinton National Airport and the Arkansas State Police are preparing for busy air traffic and roadways. 

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11:02 am
Tue December 16, 2014

University Of Arkansas System Faculty To Meet For eVersity Planning

Faculty from the University of Arkansas System will meet Wednesday and Thursday to begin curriculum development for eVersity, the state’s online university program. Educators will meet at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain for the planning conference.

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10:55 am
Tue December 16, 2014

EPA Investing $13.5 Million In Arkansas Drinking Water

Arkansas will receive $13.5 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help with the state’s water infrastructure and inspection.

The money will be used by two state agencies and local communities to install, upgrade and replace water infrastructure across the state.

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