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6:49 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Open House Set On NLR City Hall Anniversary

North Little Rock City Hall
Credit City of North Little Rock Facebook page

The city of North Little Rock will be allowing the public to tour its city hall in an open house on Sunday. It marks the 100th anniversary since the placement of the building’s cornerstone on July 27th, 1914. North Little Rock City Clerk and Collector Diane Whitbey says people will be able to go through rooms and mingle with Mayor Joe Smith and other council members.

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1:43 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Campaign Launches Veterans For Cotton

Using the Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the state Capitol grounds as the backdrop, Congressman Tom Cotton unveiled the Veterans for Cotton Coalition Sat.

The coalition boasts more than 400 Arkansas veterans from every corner of the state, according to the campaign.

"Washington, D.C. would be a better place if it had more people that more people who reflected the values of leadership, duty, courage, service," Cotton said in announcing the coalition.

"If we had leaders who would do what my drill sergeant taught me to do--the hard right over the easy wrong."

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4:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Higher Education Board Approves Plan For ASU Medical School

  The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted certification for a new medical school on the campus of Arkansas State University.

The board on Friday approved certification for the New York Institute of Technology to offer three degrees at the Jonesboro campus: a doctor of osteopathic medicine, a master of science in medical/health care simulation and a master of science in neuromusculoskeletal sciences.

The certification is contingent on the school receiving approval from a national accreditation association.

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3:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

3-D Mammograms At UAMS Helping Detection Rates

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock.
Credit uams.edu / UAMS

Radiologists at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences are now using 3-D Mammogram technology that they say can uncover some previously undetectable breast cancers. Dr. Sharp Malak specializes in breast imaging at UAMS. He says traditional 2-D mammography couldn’t always detect every cancer and could sometimes detect abnormalities that end up being false positives. With the 3-D technology, known as Tomosynthesis, he says that has changed.

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2:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation

File photo of Senator Pryor from February 2014.
Credit David Wallace / KUAR News

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is supporting legislation to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and to require most publicly financed projects to use American-made steel and iron as he faces a tough re-election fight.

The two-term lawmaker from Arkansas on Friday unveiled a package of bills he says are aimed at creating more jobs.

Part of the package includes legislation already introduced in the Senate that would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country.

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11:38 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Arkansas Prison Board Seeks Proposals For New Prison

The Arkansas Board of Corrections is asking for proposals from communities interested in hosting a new, 1,000-bed state prison.

The board on Friday voted to accept requests for the next 90 days in hopes of firming up a plan before next January's legislative session. Prison officials told lawmakers last week that it will cost up to $100 million to build the new facility.

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8:23 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State Officials Give Update On Private Option Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

State officials say are addressing complications stemming from Arkansas's “private option.” On Thursday, state lawmakers got an update on the program which provides coverage for poor Arkansans.

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6:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Some Central American Children Crossing Border Now In Arkansas

The federal government says well more than 160 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that were placed with parents, relatives or family friends after crossing the border.

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4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Arkansas Air Force Base Lockdown Blamed On Mistaken Identity

Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual on the base.

Officials on Thursday said the 6,100-acre base was locked down after they received a report that a suspicious individual tried to forcibly gain access to a base building.

Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Wal-Mart CEO Of Domestic Operations To Resign Next Month

Outgoing Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon speaking at last month's shareholders meeting in Bentonville.
Credit Wal-Mart

The CEO of Wal-Mart’s domestic operations is stepping down. The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that Bill Simon will resign August 8th.  He's being replaced by Greg Foran, who is head of the company’s Asia division.

As Arkansas Business reporter Lance Turner explains, after four years in the position, Simon leaves behind a mixed record.

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