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12:55 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Entergy Working To Restore Power, But Says Linemen Safety Is Priority

Officials with Entergy Arkansas are confident that thousands of customers in the state, especially those in Prairie and Garland County, will have their power back on by Thursday night.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham said there are currently 3,000 linemen working in the extremely cold conditions.

She said the wind may cause the linemen to take more frequent breaks, which will slow down the restoration process. 

“We’ll continue to play safety first for our linemen and those working with us, as well as the public to restore power,” Graham said.

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12:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Arkansas Panel: Suspend Fundraising Ban In State House

An Arkansas House panel is recommending that the chamber suspend its ban on raising campaign funds during the upcoming legislative session.

The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended that the chamber suspend a rule barring members from raising money from the fiscal session that begins Monday. Suspending the rule will require a two-thirds vote among members present before the House convenes.

The proposal replaces the panel's recommendation last week that the rule be changed to allow fundraising by candidates for federal office.

Local & Regional News
12:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Flu Kills Eight More In Arkansas; Toll Up To 36

The Arkansas Department of Health says eight people have died from the flu in the state in the past week.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that as of Wednesday, 36 people have died from influenza in Arkansas this flu season. In the past week, there have been 90 flu-case hospital admissions.

State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow says the strain of virus continues to hit people ages 25-64 harder than past flu viruses. He says 27 of the state's 36 deaths have been in that age group.

Local & Regional News
12:42 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Say Private Option At Risk

Less than a year after its approval, Arkansas' much-heralded plan to expand Medicaid by buying private insurance for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls is on the brink of being abandoned.

Supporters are worried that they won't have enough votes to keep the program alive after the Legislature convenes Monday.

Arkansas' plan would use federal money to purchase the policies for those who became eligible under the new health care law.

Many Republicans believe private insurers will manage the benefits more efficiently than the Medicaid program.

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The Metropolitan Opera
11:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Feb. 8: Rusalka

Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Emily Magee as the Foreign Princess in Dvořák's "Rusalka."
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Dvořák’s lyrical fairy tale Rusalka, starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles Saturday, February 8 from noon-4 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Radio Signal Strength
11:05 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Experiencing Poor Signal Strength? It's The Ice.

Billy Folsom taking extra care
Credit Charlie Roberts / SimplexQ, LLC

This week many listeners have been asking us about problems with the reception for KUAR and KLRE.

Arkansas's extra ice and winter weather this season are likely the cause of listening difficulties.

When ice falls in the region, it coats our antennas and their towers. That ice increases what's called "reflected power," which in turn can cause our transmitter, the really expensive piece of equipment that sends the signal through our antenna, to overheat.

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Local & Regional News
9:36 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Search To Resume For Missing Arkansas Plane, Pilot

Searchers will resume their look for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and his airplane after wreckage from another crash on Rattlesnake Mountain in western Arkansas turned out to be from an accident many years ago.

Commission spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said Wednesday that searchers found the wreckage of a plane that crashed decades ago in Polk County - but that the plane had been previously found and its crash recorded. No remains were located with it.

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5:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

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Local & Regional News
5:46 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Arkansas Senate President To Oversee Lt. Gov. Employees

Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says he'll supervise the four employees of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who stepped down last week over campaign finance and ethics violations.

Lamoureux on Wednesday said he'll now rely on the four workers to help him carry out his duties now that Darr is out of office.

Darr submitted his formal resignation letter on Friday, three weeks after announcing he'd leave office over an $11,000 fine he received from the Ethics Commission.

Local & Regional News
4:12 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Mike Ross Vows To Cut Income Taxes If Elected Arkansas Governor

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is calling for gradually reducing Arkansas' income taxes, setting up a months-long debate with his chief Republican rival for the state's top office over their competing tax cut plans.

Ross on Wednesday unveiled a plan to adjust the state's income tax brackets to reduce the rate for thousands of taxpayers. He said his plan would eventually cost the state nearly $575 million.

The former congressman didn't give a timeline for cutting the taxes, saying he would do it as the state could afford the revenue loss.

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