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Water Quality
8:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Arkansas Water Quality Standards High, Some Say Too Much So

A bill that would remove water quality standards for mineral content in small streams in the state is set for a hearing in the Senate Public Health Committee Wednesday.

House Bill 1929 would remove a special permit requirement for businesses that discharge minerals such as chlorides and sulfates into streams. Representative Andy Davis, a Republican from Little Rock, is the bill’s sponsor. Davis says current standards apply to water that will never be used as drinking water.

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Local & Regional News
4:38 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mayor Stodola Focuses On Crime In State Of The City Address

Credit Arkansas Times

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola  gave his State of the City Address Tuesday, assuring its citizens that high crime rates are being dealt with.  He also said revitalization projects continue to beautify the city, and public services will continue helping thousands of people. 

Mayor Stodola highlighted improvements the city has made during the last year, but also discussed aspects that still need some work. In particular, he said the criminal justice system needs to do a better job to keep “career burglars and thieves” locked up.

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Local & Regional News
3:13 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances 6 Amendments

A Senate panel has advanced six proposed constitutional amendments for lawmakers to consider putting on the Arkansas ballot next year.  

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday referred the six amendments to be taken up when the panel meets jointly with a House committee.

The Legislature can refer three amendments to voters for the general election.  

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Local & Regional News
3:09 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Study: Health Law Will Raise Claim Costs In Arkansas

A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates that the new federal health care law will raise medical claims costs in Arkansas by 40.9 percent.  

Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. The study estimates that President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will raise claims costs nationally by an average of 32 percent per person in the individual health insurance market by 2017. That's partly due to sicker people joining the pool.  

The study assumes every state will expand its Medicaid program.  

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Fayetteville Veterans Home
11:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Advocates Say Elder Abuse Must End At Arkansas Veterans Home

Fayetteville Veterans Home

Reports of neglect and inadequate care have advocacy groups deeply concerned for the safety of residents at the Fayetteville Veterans Home. 

The state already considers ailing veterans at the facility to be in “immediate jeopardy” and has submitted findings to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which could lead to fines and loss of funding. 

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Local & Regional News
11:27 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Fayetteville Woman To Be Honored At The White House

L. Mireya Reith, executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition.

A Fayetteville woman is among 11 people who will be honored at the White House for their work on  immigration issues.  

The White House says L. Mireya Reith will be honored Tuesday as a Cesar Chavez "Champion of Change." 

The White House says the award honors people who embody civil rights activist Cesar Chavez's legacy of welcoming and defending immigrants in the U.S.  

Reith serves as executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition, which works to empower immigrants.

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Tax Cuts
11:13 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Income Tax Cut Bill Advances Out Of Arkansas House Committee

Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) looks on as Bill Kopsky of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel testifies against his bill that would reduce and restructure the Arkansas income tax.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As Arkansas lawmakers work toward a package of about $100 million in tax cuts, the House Revenue and Tax Committee approved an income tax cut Tuesday that state finance officials say would cost the state about $57 million a year.

Representative Charlie Collins, a Republican from Fayetteville, says Arkansas workers are at a disadvantage to those in surrounding states in regards to how much they pay on income taxes.

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Train Collision Update
6:29 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Engineer Released From Hospital After Arkansas Train Crash

Union Pacific

Union Pacific says the engineer who was injured in a train collision in north Arkansas over the weekend has been released from the hospital.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the railroad doesn't yet know why a northbound train crashed Saturday into a parked locomotive near McRae. An investigation is ongoing.

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Income Tax Cut
6:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Arkansas House Panel To Take Up Income Tax Cut Bill

Arkansas Capitol

An Arkansas House committee is taking up a proposal to cut income taxes in Arkansas as legislative leaders say they're moving closer toward an agreement on a $100 million package of reductions.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday is expected to consider Republican Rep. Charlie Collins' proposal to cut income taxes. Collins' proposal would cost the state about $57 million a year.

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Arkansas Lottery Winner
5:55 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Mayflower Woman Wins $2 Million From Arkansas Lottery

Arkansas Lottery

A Mayflower woman has won $2 million in an Arkansas Scholarship Lottery scratch-off game. 

The lottery said Monday that Linda Newsom won with a Gold Rush lottery ticket that she purchased at Mayflower Quick Mart.

Lottery spokesman Kevin McCarthy says Newsom spent $20 for the winning ticket and that she said she plans to invest her winnings.

 

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