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4:11 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Willow Springs Water Park Likely Linked To Infection Closes

Credit willowsprings.net

The Arkansas Department of Health says a Little Rock water park has closed after officials said the facility was likely the source of a rare and potentially deadly brain infection.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow said Friday that the owners of Willow Springs Water Park voluntarily decided to close the park after meeting with health officials.

Health officials recently confirmed a rare form of meningitis called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, in Arkansas.

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3:20 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Delta Queen Legislation Gains Momentum in House

The Delta Queen steamboat is one of America's well-known reminders of the mid to late nineteenth-century.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Delta Grassroots Caucus is supporting a congressional bipartisan group aiming to restore the Delta Queen steamboat for traveling purposes.

The vessel, a national landmark from the late nineteenth century, once journeyed to ports in several states along the Mississippi River. But after the 2008 liquidation of owning company Majestic America, the Delta Queen ceased operations and currently serves as a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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2:16 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Obama Nominates Moody As Federal Judge In Arkansas

Judge Jay Moody

President Barack Obama has nominated Circuit Judge Jay Moody to serve as a federal judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.  U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor announced the nomination Friday.

Moody has served as a circuit judge since 2003 for the Sixth Judicial District, which covers Pulaski and Perry counties.

He previously worked in private practice and is an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law.

Moody was nominated for the vacancy created by Judge Susan Webber Wright Carter assuming senior status.

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2:12 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Arkansas Officials To Meet Tribe About Indian Site

Officials in Arkansas are to meet with the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to discuss a recently discovered Indian village in northeast Arkansas where a $1.1 billion steel mill is to be built.

A tribal spokesman says next Wednesday's meeting in Osceola will be with Arkansas and Mississippi County economic development officials and the state archaeologist.

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2:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Boozman Criticizes Marketing Money For Health Care

A U.S. senator is criticizing a decision to spend more than $24 million to market the new federal health care system in Arkansas.

Sen. John Boozman says that with the national debt at $17 trillion, the American people cannot afford what he called an "Obamacare ad blitz."

The Associated Press reported Thursday that $24 million will be spent on marketing in Arkansas - marking the second-highest amount per resident in the nation, behind West Virginia.

Some of the money will be spent to train workers on how to sign up residents in an insurance marketplace being set up.

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7:32 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Stormy Friday Predicted For Arkansas

The National Weather Service says strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Friday throughout parts of Arkansas.

Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the western half of Arkansas through Friday night.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are predicted, along with large hail and damaging winds in some areas.

The weather service says much cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend after the storm system moves out.

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7:31 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

CDC Working Arkansas Case Of Rare Parasitic Meningitis

A Little Rock television station is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a rare case of parasitic meningitis in Arkansas.

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7:27 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Arkansas Times To Begin Charging For Online Content

The Arkansas Times announced Thursday it will begin charging for access to the digital offerings on its web site.

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5:44 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

OSHA Says De Queen Plant Has Safety Violations

Federal officials are proposing $170,000 in fines for a Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant at De Queen, alleging 11 safety violations.

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5:38 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Legislators Mull Risk Private Option Poses To Community Health Centers

The chief operating officers for several community health centers at a legislative hearing Thursday.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Community health clinics, which provide services to the neediest Arkansans, are objecting to one aspect of the private option.

At a hearing Thursday, the leaders of several clinics told state lawmakers that a waiver included in the plan will cut into reimbursements so deeply that some won’t be able to stay open.

But some Republicans dispute whether they will indeed be affected.

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