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9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cotton Calls For Debates With Pryor In Senate Race

Tom Cotton
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is calling for a series of five debates with Sen. Mark Pryor as Cotton challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.

Cotton - a Republican - said Sunday that he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and closing statements with he and Pryor - a Democrat - asking each other questions and giving rebuttals.

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Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Mon April 14, 2014

2 East Arkansas Schools Receive Federal Funds

Two schools in eastern Arkansas have received a combined $6 million in federal School Improvement Grant funds.

The Arkansas Department of Education announced Monday that Wonder Junior High School in West Memphis will receive $3.7 million over three years and Forrest City Junior High School will receive $2.4 million over two years.

Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says the federal grants will allow the schools to implement new programs to improve academic performance.

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Local & Regional News
8:29 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Hearing Set Over Arkansas Voter ID Lawsuit

A hearing is set in a lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under Arkansas' new voter ID law, five weeks ahead of the state's primary election.

The Arkansas Republican Party has asked a Pulaski County judge to allow it to help defend the state Board of Election Commissioners for adopting a rule that gives absentee voters additional time to show proof of ID. The Pulaski County Election Commission claimed in a lawsuit last month that the state panel overstepped its bounds with the new rule.

A hearing is set for 9 a.m. Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Arkansas Business Report
7:51 am
Mon April 14, 2014

4/14/14: Arkansas Business Report

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1:27 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Judge Denies Martha Shoffner Request For Attorney

A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.

Shoffner was convicted last month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She filed court papers saying her trial exhausted her financial resources and asked U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes to appoint one of her lawyers as a government-paid defender.

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Talk Business & Politics
5:02 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

4/11/14: Talk Business & Politics Update

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Medicare
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare

This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.

In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Arkansas To Appeal Ruling On 12-Week Abortion Ban

State Sen. Jason Rapert speaking at a press conference Friday at the Arkansas Capitol.
Credit Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office filed a notice of appeal Friday to uphold the state law passed last year restricting abortions after 12 weeks. The law had been blocked from going into effect by federal judge Susan Wright and last month she struck down most provisions of the act. State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) sponsored the legislation and spoke at the Capitol with other Republican legislators Friday applauding the decision to appeal.

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Local & Regional News
11:52 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Former Premature Babies To Be Reunited With Their Primary Nurses

Credit UAMS

Infants who are born prematurely can spend anywhere from one day to six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In that time, parents can build a very strong bond with hospital staff.

This weekend UAMS will be reuniting some parents, their children and the staffers who cared for them. 

Nurse Diane Rushin said she understands the sadness of parents who have to leave their babies in the unit.

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