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6:04 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Next Steps for Whirlpool's Contamination in Fort Smith

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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is laying out steps Whirlpool must take to address contamination on its closed Fort Smith plant site and an adjoining residential neighborhood.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Governor Beebe's Radio Address: Child Hunger in Arkansas

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe (D) used his weekly radio address to call attention to child hunger in the state. Data from the US Department of Agriculture shows Arkansas as one of the top ten states facing food insecurity.

Governor Beebe said 24 percent of children in the state face uncertainty having enough to eat on a regular basis but the state has made progress.

“Through our summer feeding program this year, we fed 64 percent more people than we did in 2012. A total of 3.7 million meals were provided at more than 750 sites statewide,” said Beebe.

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5:54 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

3 Millionth Visitor for Clinton Library

Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Presidential Center has logged its 3 millionth visitor. Clinton's presidential library opened in 2009 and became an anchor for the redevelopment of downtown Little Rock.

On Friday, Diarmuid Coyle of Dublin, Ireland, became the 3 millionth person to go through the turnstiles at the center's museum. The center gave Coyle a signed copy of Clinton's autobiography, "My Life," free lunch at the center's restaurant, $100 for shopping at the Clinton Store and a one-year membership to the museum.

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5:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Arkansas' Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Disaster Aid

All six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have sent letters to President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency supporting Gov. Mike Beebe's request for a disaster declaration. The lawmakers say the letter sent Friday supports Beebe's request for the declaration for 15 counties affected by a winter snow and ice storm from Dec. 5-8 that left one person dead.

The letters were sent by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Representatives Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Tom Cotton and Steve Womack. Pryor is a Democrat, the other five are Republicans.

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Local & Regional News
1:12 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Police: Drunken Driver Hits Little Rock Convention Center

Police in Little Rock say an allegedly drunken driver crashed into the downtown Statehouse Convention Center.

A police report says the early Friday crash caused about $15,000 damage to the building and about $25,000 in damage to the 2007 Mercedes Benz driven by 23-year-old Phillip Troppoli of Roland.

The report says Troppoli was seen by a witness getting into his car on Main Street and hitting a vehicle in front of him, then proceeding north toward the convention center.

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Local & Regional News
1:09 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

More Than 93K Applicants for Arkansas Private Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says more than 93,000 people have filed applications for health insurance under Arkansas' private option plan to expand Medicaid.

The state said Thursday that of those 93,000 applications, more than 74,000 have been deemed eligible for the private option.

This year, the Arkansas Legislature voted to use Medicaid money for private health insurance coverage for about 250,000 people.

The agency says about 5,900 people have been assigned to the traditional Medicaid plan because of health needs. The coverage starts Jan. 1.

Local & Regional News
7:13 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Hundreds Of Laptops Given To Little Rock School District Students

A new computer distribution program will put laptops in the hands of 800 fourth and fifth grade students in the Little Rock School District.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Reports the largest school district in the state, with 25,000 students, will to continue to hand out laptops each year, with the initial four-school pilot program costing the district about 1 million dollars.

The Metropolitan Opera
12:21 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Dec. 28: Tosca

Sondra Radvanovsky (left) in the title role of Puccini's "Tosca."
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, Saturday, December 28 on KLRE from noon-3:30 p.m.

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Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Thu December 26, 2013

80 Million Tax Dollars Collected For Infrastructure Projects

The money collected from the operating and capital sales taxes that voters approved two years ago have generated millions of dollars in funds.

Over 80 million dollars has been collected and the citizens committee overseeing the spending assures it is being used appropriately. 

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that over half of the money went to the city's general fund for projects including a new fire station and new police station. 

The remaining funds are being used for nearly 40 infrastructure projects and the resurfacing of streets in the capitol city.

Local & Regional News
7:58 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Homeless During The Holidays Part 3: Family Promise

This week, KUAR is airing a series featuring non-profit organizations making a different in Arkansas. Part 3 takes a look at the Family Promise of Pulaski County, and one of the most recent families to leave homelessness and settle into their own home. For more information about the organization visit the Family Promise website

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