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Holiday Programming
4:23 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

What You'll Hear On KLRE This Holiday Season

Happy holidays from the staff of KLRE and KUAR!
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR.org

In addition to the holiday-themed programming you can already hear on our regularly scheduled programs, KLRE is running two special programs this holiday season.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25, from 3-6 p.m. KLRE's Matt Patton will air Bach's Christmas Oratorio in its entirety. The work for choir and orchestra depicts the events of the Christian holiday and was intended for performance during the season.

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Health News
2:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Health Department: Raw Milk Poses Serious Risk to Pregnant Women, Children

The Arkansas Department of Health is endorsing the American Academy of Pediatrics' raw milk policy statement.

It's recommending all Arkansans – especially pregnant women, infants and children – avoid consuming raw milk and raw milk products.

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Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Survey Of Arkansas Business Leaders Shows Slight Optimism For 2014

Mike Stafford of CEG Partners discusses the business survey.
Credit Talk Business Arkansas

Talk Business Arkansas — in conjunction with the State Chamber of Commerce and consulting group CEG Partners — released its first “Business Leaders Confidence Survey,” which found that company leaders across Arkansas see sizable revenue growth in 2014 but it may not correlate to hiring or capital investments.

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Local & Regional News
10:54 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Stricter Arkansas Scholarship Rules In Effect In 2014

Higher education officials say fewer Arkansas high school students could receive the state's lottery scholarship because of a rule change set to take effect next year.

Beginning in 2014, students must complete the Smart Core college preparatory curriculum to be eligible for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Previously, students could be eligible for the scholarship without taking the Smart Core classes, provided they had both a 2.5 grade point average and an ACT score of 19 or higher.

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Local & Regional News
8:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Tony Alamo Properties Scheduled For Auction

Six properties in Fort Smith owned by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo have been scheduled for auction next month.

The Texarkana Gazettes reports that the properties include the Alamo Ministries church building, a gym, warehouse, restaurant, restaurant parking lot and a house.

The sale is intended to raise funds to pay $15 million that Alamo was ordered to pay to each of two men after a jury found that he ordered the men beaten, starved and abused when they were children in his ministry.

Local & Regional News
8:38 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Banker, Businessman Denies Wrongdoing

The president and CEO of HomeBank of Arkansas who also owns Mountain Pure Water denies allegations in a federal indictment that he fraudulently received a federal loan following a May 2008 tornado.

John Stacks of Damascus said in a statement to the Log Cabin Democrat that the Dec. 4 indictment charging him with wire fraud, money laundering, submitting a false claim and making a false statement is without merit.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Beebe Touts Healthcare Reform in Radio Address

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe touted the construction of several new medical projects throughout the state as evidence of good healthcare policy. In particular Beebe addressed Arkansas' adaption of the Affordable Care Act that uses Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for the working poor, instead of expanding Medicaid coverage. Governor Beebe said it will help hospitals. 

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Arkansas GOP House Delegation Splits On Budget

3rd District Rep. Steve Womack (R) voted for the federal budget bill.

Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.

The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.

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Local & Regional News
8:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Hearing Begins In Case Over Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.

The lawsuit names officials from around the state, including county clerks and the state of Arkansas. The government wants the case dismissed, while those who sued are seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the amendment.

Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Finding: Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr Misused $12,000 of Taxpayer Money

A meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Thursday found Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr misused over $12,000 of tax payer money. The findings show Darr improperly spent over $9,000 on travel expenses and over $2,000 from his state credit card.

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