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Arkansas Business Report
11:12 am
Mon March 17, 2014

3/17/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week's report: Midcontinent Independent System Operator broke ground on a new regional operations center in Little Rock; Tyson execs say their company has adopted a no excuses mindset the last few years that has lead to sales and earnings growth; Homes sold in Arkansas this past January is 8.7 percent higher over a year ago.

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Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Couple Pledges $240,000 For University Of Arkansas Engineering

A Dallas couple has pledged $240,000 to the University of Arkansas' college of engineering to support an endowed fellowship in their name.

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Local & Regional News
10:36 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Governor Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption For Drilling Sand

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Gov. Mike Beebe has issued a line-item veto on a provision in a budget bill that exempts sales tax collection on the sand used in the drilling of oil and natural gas.

The governor made the line-item veto Monday in the budget bill for the Department of Finance and Administration's revenue services division.

In a letter to lawmakers, Beebe said the Legislature made a substantive change to state law without following the constitutional steps to do so during a fiscal session.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Coalition Closer To Plan For Homeless Campus

A coalition pushing a $3 million homeless campus in Fort Smith hopes to soon shore up funding and finalize a plan so renovation work can start later this year.

The Old Fort Homeless Coalition plans to purchase and renovate a 127,500-square-foot former furniture factory to start Riverview Hope Campus. The first phase of the project will renovate about 35,000 square feet of the factory at a cost of more than $1 million.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Jeff Bridges, Arkansas Governor Plan Panel Discussion

Actor Jeff Bridges
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Actor Jeff Bridges is scheduled to visit Little Rock to promote an effort aimed at reducing childhood hunger.

The No Kid Hungry campaign is trying to increase participation in programs that provide meals for children at their schools. The campaign is a part of the national, non-profit group Share Our Strength.

Bridges is scheduled to attend a school assembly Monday at Little Rock's Stephens Elementary School, followed by a panel discussion with Gov. Mike Beebe and Share Our Strength CEO Billy Shore.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
5:18 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

WAR WIDOWS Part 2

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Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Private Option Overshadows GOP Primaries In Arkansas

Arkansas Capitol

The fight over Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be over in the Legislature, but it's now spilling over into a number of Republican primaries this spring.

GOP candidates who supported the "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor are now facing friendly fire from within the party as they near the May 20 primary. The fight is spilling over into races that have nothing to do with the "private option" or health care, including the primaries for state treasurer and auditor.

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Talk Busienss and Politics
4:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

3/14/14: Talk Business & Politics Friday Update

Peco Foods adds 1000 jobs in northeast Arkansas; Walmart CFO says the retailer failed in three of five main operating objectives this year; Lockheed-Martin gets a new contract that will benefit its Camden, Ark. facility; Tyson gets a US Department of Defense contract to supply chicken; Hot Springs leaders are looking for what might replace the historic Majestic Hotel; The state's $5 billion budget passed. 

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Local & Regional News
4:45 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas's 12-Week Abortion Ban

File photo of Arkansas Sen. Jason Rapert, who pushed for passage of the 12 week abortion ban bill.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' attempt to ban most abortions beginning 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, saying viability, not a heartbeat, remains the key factor in determining whether abortions should be allowed.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright last year had stopped enforcement of the law.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed it over Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's objections.

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Local & Regional News
3:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Power Transmission Operator Breaks Ground For Little Rock Facility

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A company that will manage operations of Entergy Arkansas’s power grid, broke ground on a new facility in Little Rock Friday. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, is establishing a regional headquarters that it says will employ 50 people at average salaries of 85,000 dollars a year.

Local elected officials and company representatives gathered in the middle of a dusty construction site in West Little Rock to move dirt with golden shovels and give a ceremonial blessing to the arrival MISO’s new facility in Arkansas

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