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1:26 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Huckabee: GOP Infighting Is Hurting Party Efforts

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he's worried that conservative activists are spending more energy targeting fellow Republicans than focusing on Democrats, a move he says will hurt the party going forward.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club in downtown Little Rock, Huckabee on Friday complained about conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action focusing on incumbent GOP lawmakers in primaries.

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12:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Arkansas Prisons Reach Record Population After Policy Change

File photo of inmates at Cummins Prison in Varner in 1994.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas’ prison population is soaring to levels never before seen because of a new policy requiring that parolees awaiting a revocation hearing remain locked up until one is held. The change was enacted after a repeat parole absconder was arrested this year for murder.

Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, says this has inmates back up, waiting to be transferred to state prisons.

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12:32 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New Dog Park Opening in Little Rock

The opening of a new dog park is being hosted by a local animal shelter to coincide with the organization's sixth-year anniversary.

The Little Rock Animal Village, located on Kramer St.  off University Ave., has put aside a small, grassy area on its premises for dog lovers and owners to let their pets run free.

The unveiling of the park will be part of a larger celebration that will feature food, contests, trick demonstrations and adoption opportunities for attendees.

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5:49 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Arkansas Signs Up 62,000 People For State Health Insurance

More than 66,000 Arkansans have applied for health insurance under the state's expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The state's Medicaid director told legislators on Thursday that of those, just over 62,000 applications have been approved. 

The Public Health Committee also heard from state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford, whose office says there are 71 available health plans from four insurance companies.

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1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

New Study Combines Education Stats With Personal Stories From Arkansas Women

Kristy Carter, Executive Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at the University of Central Arkansas.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

All this week, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.

The Power of the Purse luncheons in Central and Northwest Arkansas honor women’s accomplishments and raise money for programs that are improving the lives of women and girls in the state. The final event is Friday in Little Rock. 

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1:36 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Report Places Arkansas at Risk for Effects From Wildfire Smoke

Arkansas has been ranked 11th in the nation for health risks associated with wildfire smoke and debris, according to new data from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The nonprofit released a report Thursday showing areas where environmental effects from wildfires have been a problem in recent years. While the wildfire season is over for most of the country, figures place more than 900,000 people in north and north-central Arkansas at risk for a number of health problems, including respiratory infections, cancers and related lung conditions.

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12:40 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Little Rock Museums Host Big Boo Bash Thursday Night

The 18th annual Big Boo-seum Bash will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It's being hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium and hosted by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There will be games, story-telling, candy, and fun. The event will be held at nine different museums in Little Rock.

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9:41 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Funeral Set For Arkansas Teenager, Believed To Die From Rare Mosquito Infection

Memorial services are set for Friday for a southwest Arkansas teenager whose death may have been caused by a rare infection spread by mosquitoes.

Family members say 13-year-old Coleman Pearson was diagnosed earlier this month with eastern equine encephalitis. He died Tuesday at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

The diagnosis has not yet been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 

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5:36 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Political Spending Item

Dustin McDaniel
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at limiting corporate spending to influence elections in Arkansas.

McDaniel rejected the proposal's wording on Wednesday, citing what he said were ambiguities and deficiencies in the proposed ballot title and text. 

McDaniel has to certify the wording of a proposed measure before groups can begin gathering signatures needed to qualify for a spot on the ballot.

The proposal that McDaniel rejected on Wednesday comes from the Regnat Populus Ballot Question Committee.

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7:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Little Rock Technology Park Board Votes Downtown Site As Top Choice

Members of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority board discuss their top choice for the location of the tech park.

A site in downtown Little Rock is the choice for the location of a new technology park. 

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority board voted 4-to-3 Wednesday afternoon to move ahead with looking at the downtown Little Rock area as its top choice for the tech park.

The other two sites that had been under consideration were a site at UALR and the Sears Building at I-630 and University Avenue.

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