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4:36 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Arkansas Highway Officials OK Construction Project For I-40 Near Little Rock

Arkansas highway officials have approved a bid for widening Interstate 40 between Mayflower and Maumelle north of Little Rock.

The $21 million contract was awarded to the Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. of Fort Worth, Texas.

The construction project will stretch from just north of Mayflower in Faulkner County to the Arkansas 365 exit near Maumelle in Pulaski County.

Work will begin within the next two to four weeks and be done by spring 2015.

Work is currently under way to widen the highway from Mayflower to Conway.

Local & Regional News
3:34 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Arkansas Insurance Department To Hold Health Insurance Marketplace Kick Off Event

The Clinton School of Public Service is partnering with the state Insurance Department to host an enrollment event for the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, and the public is welcome until 7 p.m.

Guides will help people compare insurance plans and learn how much financial aid they qualify for. The Arkansas Insurance Department’s Public Information Manger, Heather Haywood, says adults ages 18 to 64 are welcome to attend.

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Local & Regional News
3:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Arkansas Inmates Seek Ruling In Execution Lawsuit

Attorneys for nine death row inmates want a judge to deem Arkansas' new lethal injection law unconstitutional.

The death row inmates' lawyers filed a motion for summary judgment on Monday.

The inmates also want a judge to declare that the 2013 Method of Execution Act is invalid as applied to them.

The new execution law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying that legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

Local & Regional News
1:40 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Event Offers Free Yoga Classes Across Central Arkansas This Weekend

Students participate in a yoga class.

September is National Yoga Month and this weekend yoga teachers across Central Arkansas will be hosting special activities. 

Judy Watts is an organizer for the second annual Yogathon Arkansas event. She says free workshops and yoga classes will be available for adults and children from Friday through Sunday. 

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Book News
12:50 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

New Book Examines Arkansas Nuclear Weapons Accident of 1980

The nuclear weapons accident that occurred in Damascus, Arkansas, in September of 1980 is the topic of a new book by investigative reporter Eric Schlosser, known for the bestsellers Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness.

Schlosser discussed his research for the book on The Diane Rehm Show.

He says the story of the Titan 2 missile explosion stuck with him when an air force officer he was with told him about the accident. 

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas AG OKs Wording Of County Officials Measure

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the terms of county elected officials from two to four years.

McDaniel on Monday certified the language of the proposed ballot measure submitted by David Dinwiddie of Pine Bluff. The proposal would apply to county judges, justices of the peace, sheriffs, collectors, treasurers, assessors, clerks, coroners, surveyors and constables.

Local & Regional News
6:25 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas Doctor Fights Law Barring Money To Offenders

An Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago is suing the state over a new law that bars giving Medicaid money to convicted sex offenders.

Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday and asked a judge to block enforcement of the new restriction, which took effect Aug. 16. The law prohibits any registered se offender from providing Medicaid services in the state.

The measure was introduced after a legislative audit noted that Parker had received more than $489,000 in Medicaid payments.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas Red Cross Deploys Support Team To Flood-Ravaged Colorado

Residents of an apartment complex work to divert flood water from their building in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
Credit Ed Andrieski / AP

Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for in Colorado, due to historic flooding there. 

As rescue operations continue to save the lives of flood victims, Arkansas Red Cross officials have been deployed to that state to aid residents. 

Brigette Williams with the Red Cross says disaster responders from Arkansas will be in Colorado for several weeks to help people cope with the trauma. 

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Local & Regional News
4:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hot Springs Weighing Economic Impact of Oaklawn on Small Business

The track at Oaklawn.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Work has already begun on expanding electronic gaming by 50 percent at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs but some residents are voicing concerns it could hurt local businesses. Tuesday night the city’s Board of Directors will consider an appeal questioning the economic impact, traffic issues, and a lack of public notification about the project.

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Local & Regional News
2:33 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Lottery Gift for College Prep Programs

Credit Arkansas Lottery Commission

An annual $40,000  gift was awarded to be distributed among state universities participating in programs for high school students.

The check was presented at the start of the regular Arkansas Lottery Commission meeting and is being granted to 20 schools that take part in the Upward Bound and Trio college prep programs.

Mary Kate Snow, President of the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs says this was the “first gift of its kind on a national level.”

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