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3:03 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

DHS: 155,000 Signed Up For 'Private Option' Program

Arkansas officials say nearly 70 percent of those eligible have signed up for health coverage under the state's compromise Medicaid expansion program.

The Department of Human Services said Monday that 155,567 people have applied and been determined eligible for the state's "private option" program, which uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for the poor.

DHS estimates that 225,000 Arkansans qualify for the program that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
2:51 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

First Section Of Bella Vista Bypass To Open

Highway officials say the first section of the long-awaited Bella Vista Bypass will open to traffic in northern Arkansas this week.

The three-mile section of the bypass is opening Tuesday west of Hiwasse on Arkansas 72. The segment is a part of the 18.9-mile Bella Vista Bypass project, aimed at relieving congestion on U.S. 71 through Bella Vista and north into Missouri.

Local & Regional News
1:52 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Government Grant Program Marks 40th Anniversary

Gov. Mike Beebe and Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State officials and beneficiaries marked 40 years of statewide government investment through the Community Development Block Grant on Monday. The federal program uses funds to improve conditions and opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes. 

The state also has discretion over some funds and has spent over $700 million on economic development, museums, and social services like shelters. Raymond Chung works with an edamame company that built a processing facility in the northwest Arkansas town of Mulberry. He praised the state’s capacity to spur development.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

More Events In Store For Arkansans Celebrating Earth Day

The view from Pinnacle Mountain
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

For those who may have missed Earth Day celebrations over the weekend, numerous activities and events are scheduled across Arkansas this week. Tuesday is Earth Day. The Day was first celebrated in 1970 to promote environmental awareness.

“For the State Parks everyday is Earth Day...There are programs going on in all the Parks about it that are about being out and taking care of the earth and all that,” he says.

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Local & Regional News
11:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Arkansas GOP Asks Judge To Uphold Voter ID Rule

A sign at the entrance to a Little Rock polling site in March reminds voters a photo ID is now required.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Republican Party of Arkansas is asking a state judge to uphold a rule change that gives absentee voters more time to show proof of ID after casting ballots.

The state GOP filed a motion asking that the change approved by the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners be upheld.

The court papers come in a lawsuit filed by the Pulaski County Election Commission, which argues that the state board overstepped its authority when it approved the change. Both sides have until Wednesday to file responses in the case.

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Local & Regional News
9:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

3 Vying For Republican Nomination For House Seat

The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, banking executive French Hill and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds are running for the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Whoever wins the nomination will face former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, the only Democrat running, and Libertarian nominee Debbie Standiford.

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Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Mon April 21, 2014

USGS Reports Several Small Earthquakes In Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that several small earthquakes have been recorded near Fairfield Bay in central Arkansas.

The USGS reports show five quakes with preliminary magnitudes from 1.7 to 2.1 were recorded from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning - each about eight miles southwest of Fairfield Bay. The area is about 50 miles north of Little Rock.

Police say there are no reports of injury or damage.

Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Gov. Beebe To Join In Ceremony For Block Grants

Governor Mike Beebe is to join Arkansas Economic Development Commission officials and local leaders to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant program.

The program was created by Congress in 1974 and has since provided more than $700 million to Arkansas communities for projects such as community centers, street repair, wastewater systems, local museums, homeless shelters, childcare facilities and libraries.

Arkansas Business Report
8:26 am
Mon April 21, 2014

4/21/14: Arkansas Business Report

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Arkansas Science Education
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Arkansas Schools To Adopt New 'Next Generation Science' Curricula

The new public education standard known as “Common Core” is now being taught in 44 states including Arkansas, but the state is also among 26 states drafting new K thru 12th grade science standards, called “Next Generation Science.”

KUAF’s  Jacqueline Froelich reports.

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