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Arkansas Business Report
2:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

2/24/14: Arkansas Business Report

Windstream's IDR ratings gets downgraded; Murphy USA sells a North Dakota ethanol plant; Walmart board of directors approve annual cash dividend increase of 2 percent.

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Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Wintry Mix Forecast For Arkansas, But No Accumulation Expected

Spring hasn't quite made it to Arkansas yet. Forecasters say some parts of the state, including central Arkansas, could see light sleet and snow late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says southern parts of the state could see rain on Tuesday with a light wintry mix possible in central Arkansas.

Northern Arkansas could see light snow in the evening and overnight hours. But forecasters say little to no accumulation is expected with the storm system.

Local & Regional News
11:35 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Moody Confirmed As Federal Judge For Eastern Arkansas

Circuit Judge Jay Moody

A circuit judge from Little Rock has won Senate confirmation to become a federal judge, but that comes with the complication of his father having to exit his post as a U.S. district judge.

The Senate voted 95-4 on Tuesday to confirm Judge James "Jay" Moody Jr. to preside in the Eastern District of Arkansas. His father, U.S. District Judge James Moody, announced earlier he'd retire if his son was confirmed.

The sitting judge's office said he was still on the bench as of Tuesday.

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Local & Regional News
11:18 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Inmate Again Escapes From Western Arkansas Jail

Authorities say an inmate at the Logan County jail has escaped the facility for the second time in less than four months.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Gary Patrick Topham was reported missing Tuesday morning from his cell at the county jail in Paris.

Topham last escaped the county jail in November by climbing over a chain-link fence. He was discovered three days later in Booneville.

Topham was being held on charges of failure to appear, fleeing, manufacturing methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

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Arkansas General Assembly
6:06 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Another Critical Vote Ahead For Arkansas's Private Option

The floor of the Arkansas House of Representatives before votes were held last week.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives meets today. Lawmakers have lots of appropriation bills – which continue funding for various programs and agencies – awaiting their approval. They are all held up by the state's “private option,” its Medicaid expansion compromise.

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Local & Regional News
5:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Arkansas Lt. Governor Staff To Resign In June

The door of the Lt. Governor's office at the Capitol, now with Mark Darr's name removed.
Credit Arkansas Times

Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says the four staff members in the lieutenant governor's office will resign in June after the position was left vacant following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr.

Lamoureux said Monday that the staff told him they will resign effective June 30 and that it was their idea to step aside. He says the employees are now searching for other jobs.

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Healthcare in Arkansas
3:51 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Beebe Defends Private Option Before Nation

Credit c-span.org

Governor Mike Beebe is expressing optimism that Arkansas’s plan to provide low-income residents with private health insurance using federal Medicaid dollars will be reapproved by the state legislature. Beebe is in our nation’s Capitol for a National Governor’s Association Conference. There, Arkansas’s private option alternative to Medicaid Expansion is receiving attention as state lawmakers here attempt to overcome a small minority who oppose the program.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Asa Hutchinson Files Paperwork To Run For Arkansas Governor

Asa Hutchinson taking the final step Monday in the Arkansas Capitol Rotunda to sign up to run for Governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson has formally entered the race for the gubernatorial nomination for Arkansas governor.

Hutchinson on Monday filed paperwork to make official his bid for the state's top office. He is running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman for the Republican nomination.

Former Congressman Mike Ross is the only announced Democratic candidate.

Hutchinson told reporters after filing that he's staying out the debate about whether Arkansas should renew its compromise Medicaid expansion.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Loretta Lynn To Take Part In 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is scheduled to perform during the 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University.

ASU said Monday that Lynn will be joined by fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare at the event on Aug. 15. Singer and comedian Mark Lowry is to host the event at the Convocation Center on the ASU campus in Jonesboro.

Lynn - considered by many the "Queen of Country Music" - has hits dating back more than 50 years, including the biographical "Coal Miner's Daughter."

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Local & Regional News
11:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Three Of The Little Rock Nine Speaking This Week

Members of the Little Rock Nine pose in front of Central High in October 2009, in what would be their last gathering when all were alive.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Three of the nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 are speaking in the area this week.

Two will be at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City Monday.  The university says Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts are scheduled to speak during an event titled "History Speaks: Little Rock Nine" on Monday.  The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the university's Hardeman Auditorium.

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