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4:25 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Send Teacher Insurance Fix To Governor

Gov. Mike Beebe

 Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a package of bills aimed at reducing health insurance rate increases for thousands of teachers next year and laying groundwork to overhaul that insurance program.

The House and Senate approved the bills shortly after midnight, wrapping up a marathon special session that began Thursday afternoon to address the premium increases. The measures now head to Governor Mike Beebe, who plans to sign them into law as soon as Monday.

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5:31 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Clear Most Hurdles of Special Session

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are on the verge of wrapping up a special session to avoid rising insurance premiums for public school employees.  Lawmakers are to return at 12:01 am Saturday to give a final approval to a number of bills. Arkansas Law forbids the House and Senate from voting on identical bills on the same day.

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2:59 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

20th Annual Race For The Cure

  Over 36-thousand people are expected to take part in the 20th annual Race for the Cure Saturday morning, in downtown Little Rock.

Those interested can still register beginning at 6:00 AM tomorrow, with the first race starting at 7:30.

The event raises money for breast cancer screenings, research and awareness. Mike Gavigan, Chairman for Race for the Cure, says perspective is important.

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2:52 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame To Honor Six Inductees

Last year's honorees.
Credit Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation is honoring six inductees in its 21st annual ceremony.

The event will be held at the State House Convention Center Saturday with over 900 people are expected to attend.

Inductees included a professional athlete, recording artist, and engineer.

Chairman of the foundation, Charles Stewart says donations and proceeds go to other non profits in Arkansas, "working to improve education, youth development, health and wellness  in black and other underserved communities."

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2:35 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Property Tax Bill Stalls Before Arkansas Lawmakers

A plan to allow Arkansas to retain excess property tax revenue from a handful of school districts has stalled before a House panel. Supporters say the move effectively kills the proposal for this week's special session.

The House Education Committee rejected an effort Friday to bring the proposal up for a vote after it was tabled earlier in the day.

The Senate sponsor of an identical bill said he wouldn't bring it before that chamber due to the House objections.

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2:34 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Harding Student Dies In Collision With Patrol Car

Authorities say a Harding University graduate student was killed after she was struck by a patrol car driven by a White County sheriff's deputy.

The White County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Courtney Book was riding her bicycle Thursday night when she was struck by a patrol car driven by Lt. Brandon Grimes.  A spokesman for Harding says Book was a graduate student in the college of education.

The Daily Citizen reports Book had been a Harding student since 2008, earning an undergraduate degree in history in 2012.

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2:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Candidates For Two Arkansas Races Address Delta Caucus

Candidates from Arkansas' closely watched political races in 2014 addressed members of the Delta Grassroots Caucus at a conference in Memphis.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor addressed the crowd in person Friday, while his challenger, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, spoke with members via speaker phone.

The caucus also included speeches from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, who are both running for Arkansas governor. The governor's office comes open next year because Democratic incumbent Mike Beebe is term-limited.

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12:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Proposal To Avert Health Insurance Increase For Teachers Advances

Arkansas lawmakers Friday approved legislation aimed at averting health insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent that are otherwise set to hit thousands of teachers next year.

The House and Senate on passed identical but separate bills that call for using $43 million in state surplus money this year. Those proposals will head to the opposite chambers for final votes.

The House also approved a series of long-term changes to the insurance program that supporters say are needed to keep it sustainable and avoid future efforts to boost funding.

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7:53 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Candidates For 2 Arkansas Races Speaking At Delta Caucus

Leading candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor's races in Arkansas are scheduled to speak at a conference in Memphis.

Two-term incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, and the Republican opponent for his Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, will speak Friday at the Delta Grassroots Caucus at the Agricenter in east Memphis.

Also scheduled to speak are former Congressmen Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson, who are competing to replace Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe.

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6:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

On Opening Day Of Special Session, A Race To The Finish

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Arkansas lawmakers gathered at the Capitol Thursday to convene for a special legislative session addressing insurance premium hikes for public school employees. KUAR’s Chris Hickey was there for the opening and has this report.

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