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12:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Beebe: US Govt. Will Help With Private Insurance

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says it has received a letter from the federal government expressing  "conceptual support" for his plan to use Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for the state's poorer residents.

According to Beebe, the Health and Human Services Department said Arkansas' suggestion is "generally consistent" with goals to expand health insurance coverage. The letter includes an assurance that the federal government will work with the state to implement it.

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Arkansas Revenue
11:44 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas Revenue Down In March Compared To 2012

Arkansas revenues in March of this year dropped below last year’s figures. However, individual income tax refunds were up last month at $10.1 million and that’s $5.4 million above forecast.

John Shelnutt, an economist with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, says income tax refunds are finally catching up after being low in January and February. He says figures aren’t where they were in 2012, but that should even out in April.

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11:37 am
Tue April 2, 2013

MSNBC Features Arkansas Pipeline Spill

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Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing.
Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
Local & Regional News
11:35 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas AG Plans To Investigate Oil Spill

Oil spilling into a neighborhood in Mayflower on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is going to open an investigation into the cause and impact of last week's ExxonMobil pipeline rupture.

McDaniel's office said Tuesday that they're asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Crews have recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water since the Pegasus pipeline ruptured on Friday afternoon. Oil spewed onto lawns and roadways and nearly fouled nearby Lake Conway.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
9:57 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Resident Speaks Out on Effect of Mayflower Oil Spill

A resident who lives close to the scene of the oil spill gives this account:

"I live on Highway 365, adjacent to the interstate, in Mayflower. First of all, I feel thankful that the men and women of my community, who have no special training or local oversight, were able to work together and pull resources to contain the oil. When I exited the interstate on my way home on Friday at around 3:30 pm, the oil smell came on all at once.

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UAMS Area Health Education Centers
6:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

UAMS Renames Local Health Centers Across Arkansas

The UAMS campus in Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has renamed its eight Area Health Education Centers across the state. The centers known as AHECs provide health education programs and some also have primary care clinics. 

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Mayflower Oil Spill
7:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Residents Still Kept From Homes Because Of Oil Spill

A worker uses a vacuum truck to suck oil out of a ditch along I-40, near the oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

It could be several more days before nearly two dozen residents of a neighborhood in Mayflower will be able to return to their homes.

Crews continue cleaning up after an oil pipeline broke Friday.

Walking through the neighborhood, there’s still the distinct smell of oil, though Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says it’s certainly much better than it was.

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Local & Regional News
7:43 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Back Insurance Expansion

Leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate say they support a proposal to expand health insurance to  low income workers by purchasing private coverage with federal Medicaid money.

House Speaker Davy Carter and Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux said Monday they support the so-called private option lawmakers are considering as an alternative to expanding Medicaid enrollment under the federal health care law.

Under the proposal, the private coverage would be purchased through an exchange created under the federal law.  

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Film News
6:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Little Rock Film Festival Moves Venues Downtown, Adds New Big Prize

The Little Rock Film Festival announced today (April 1) that the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in downtown Little Rock will be one of several downtown venues for the festival this year.
Credit Greg Henderson

There are some things to get excited about at the 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival this year, slated for May 15-19.

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4:49 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

E. coli Case Reported in Arkansas, Frozen Food Products Recalled

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A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 15 cases of E. coli, including one in the Natural State. An investigation led officials to believe the source of the outbreak is from "Farm Rich" brand frozen food products, including chicken quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices, and several other frozen, partially cooked snacks.

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