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11:46 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Helps Families Pay Heating Bills

Reviewing applications
Credit Central Arkansas Development Council

The Central Arkansas Development Council is helping families pay their heating bills during this cold winter. 

The organization reaches out to low income households each year and assists with utility payments on a first come, first serve basis. 

Valerie Ramsey, program manager, says the aid is based on household size and regular income, but also offers a crisis mode.

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8:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Damaged Bridge Stops Barge Traffic On Arkansas River

Barge traffic is shut down on the Arkansas River in western Arkansas after damage was discovered on a railroad bridge.

Officials say two broken cables tilted the northern end of the bridge in between Fort Smith and Van Buren. Train crews discovered the dysfunctional rail late Monday when a northbound train was heading back from Fort Smith.

The cables are used to raise and lower the bridge.

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5:23 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Talk Business-Hendrix Poll: Public Weighs In On Private Option

Arkansas voters view the private option insurance plan more favorably than unfavorably, according to a new survey from Talk Business and Hendrix College.

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3:27 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

UAMS Opens A New Sickle Cell Anemia Clinic

A new clinic for adults with sickle cell anemia is opening at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

The program will offer a 24/7 call center as well as provide yearly flu shots and things not always available in more rural areas.

Physician with the program, Dr. Robin Devan, says approximately 1,300 children and adults suffer from sickle cell in Arkansas, but treatment isn’t consistent.

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2:43 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

DHS: If Private Option Defunded, New Budget Needed

Arkansas State Capitol

The director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services says he doesn't have an alternative budget if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option" version of Medicaid expansion in the February fiscal session.

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2:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Panel Recommends NLR For New Veterans' Home

The Arkansas Veterans Commission has recommended that the state's new veterans' home be built in North Little Rock.

The commission's vote Tuesday is not binding, and the final decision will be made by Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cissy Rucker.

The commission reviewed 20 site proposals from around the state before narrowing the list down to four - two in Jacksonville and one each in North Little Rock and Searcy.

Local & Regional News
11:59 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Arkansas Foresty Commission Issues Burn Ban Alerts

Credit Arkansas Forestry Commision

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has issued burn bans for 19 counties, and the entire state is at moderate risk of wildfires.

Pulaski, Faulkner, Garland, and Van Buren are among those under the ban, after more than 500 acres burned in Arkansas over the holiday weekend

"Even if folks are not under burn bans, it is a really bad time to be burning because of the low humidity and high wind," says Adriane Barnes, with the Forestry Commission."

She says the dead trees and plants leftover from the winter storms are fuel to potential fires.

 

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10:33 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Judge Makes Recommendation On SWEPCO Line

An Arkansas Public Service Commission administrative law judge has approved a utility's plan for a high-voltage transmission line through Benton and Carroll counties.

Judge Connie Griffin has recommended that Southwest Electric Power Co. construct its transmission line along Route 109, which was the northernmost option and cuts through Missouri for about 25 miles.

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10:28 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Organizers Seek Period Furniture

Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, shortly after work to restore the structure was complete in October 2012.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Organizers rehabilitating the Johnny Cash home in Dyess are looking for furnishings that will reflect the time the Cash family lived in the dwelling in the 1930s and '40s.

The first phase of the project is to open in April.

Ruth Hawkins is directing the project through Arkansas Heritage Sites and Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Cash's siblings, Joanne and Tommy, described everything they recall from the home and drew pictures from memory.

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