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5:59 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Ft. Smith Tops Economic Index Of Arkansas Cities

The city of Fort Smith is atop a latest ranking of the economic performance of Arkansas cities.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index tracks retail sales, construction, the housing market and unemployment rates of 16 Arkansas cities.

Ft. Smith beat out Bentonville, which had been atop previous months’ rankings in business activity. Mark Fusaro is an economist with Arkansas Tech and compiles the business index. He says Ft. Smith’s retail sales have always been strong.

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Local & Regional News
5:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Told Special Session Set For Next Week

House and Senate leaders have told lawmakers they'll convene next week for a special legislative session addressing teacher insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office said late Monday afternoon that it didn't have any official word whether he'd call a special session, but House and Senate members say they were told it would begin June 30 and run through July 2.

Beebe told reporters earlier Monday that chances are "pretty good" he'll call a special session to address those issues.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Defeated Democratic Candidate For Governor Endorses Republican Hutchinson

Democratic candidate for governor Lynette Bryant after an interview at KUAR in May.
Credit KUAR

A substitute teacher who lost to Mike Ross in last month's Democratic gubernatorial primary is backing Republican nominee Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson's campaign announced Monday that Lynette Bryant is endorsing the Republican in the November election.

Bryant lost the Democratic nomination to Ross in which she won about 16 percent of the vote in the May 20 primary.

Ross and Hutchinson are both former congressmen who handily dispatched lesser-known, underfunded rivals in the May 20 primary.

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Local & Regional News
2:53 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Attorney General Files Suit Against Chiropractic 'Runners'

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Attorney General is announcing he’s filed a lawsuit regarding schemes over chiropractic services following automobile accidents. The suit is against central Arkansas businessman, Roger D. Pleasant, who is accused of hounding customers to specific chiropractic clinics. McDaniel says Pleasant and his employees received monetary “kickbacks” from the clinics in exchange. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel explains these people are called ‘chiropractic runners:’

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Arkansas Business Report
2:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

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Local & Regional News
10:28 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Gov. Beebe Headed To Europe For Trade Mission

Credit Governor's office

Gov. Mike Beebe is heading overseas for his third European trade mission in five years.

In a Talk Business & Politics interview, which aired Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on KATV Ch. 7, Beebe said he will travel to London, Paris and the Czech Republic beginning July 12.

“Hopefully, they won’t kill me like they did in the China trip a couple of years ago. We were eleven days in China, 13 days counting the travel times. We were in eight different hotels in eight different cities and provinces,” Beebe said.

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Local & Regional News
10:19 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Beebe: Arkansas VA Not Sharing Federal Problems

With scandal breaking in the United States Veterans Administration, Governor Mike Beebe wants to make sure people know the difference between the federal V-A and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those are two distinct agencies with distinct missions, and Beebe said in his weekly media address the state Department of Veterans Affairs has not contributed to the problems on the national VA. 

"[O]ur Arkansas department is best known for operating two residential facilities in Little Rock and Fayetteville," Beebe said. 

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Local & Regional News
5:59 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Arkansas Legislature Backs Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Suggesting Judicial Recalls

David Johnson (front, left) responds to Jason Rapert's remarks (back). David Sanders (front, right) looks on.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State legislators passed a resolution Friday in support of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and calling for remedies to negate what it calls judicial activism. The effort led by Republican State Senator Jason Rapert of Bigelow drew wide support in the Arkansas Legislative Council.

Rapert said Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, who struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, overstepped his authority.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Arkansas May Unemployment Rate Drops

The rate of unemployment in Arkansas dropped from 6.6 percent to 6.4 percent during the month of May. It has also dropped more than a full percentage point since the same period last year, when it stood at 7.5 percent in May 2013.

While sectors like educational and health services displayed a lot of growth in May, areas like construction and manufacturing did not. UALR economist and state economic forecaster Michael Pakko says the new numbers do not reflect “unambiguously positive news.”

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Local & Regional News
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Beebe Proposing $6.3 Million For Prison Beds

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says it has found $6.3 million in the budget to fund up to 600 additional prison beds.

Beebe's office said Thursday that the additional funding will relieve some backup of state prisoners in county jails, assuming it wins approval in a special session.

The governor says he'll add items to a call for a special session if passage in the House and Senate is assured. Already, legislators are working to win a consensus on public school employee health insurance. A bill that would block the lottery from adding monitor games is also under discussion.

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