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4:04 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Former President Clinton Touts Health Initiative In Little Rock

File photo of former President Bill Clinton speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former President Bill Clinton says business leaders can work with the health care industry to promote a healthier culture for people in central Arkansas.

Clinton was joined by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor Dan Rahn and business leaders at a forum on how it will take cultural changes to bring about better health.

The former president likened getting people change to healthy eating and shed unhealthy habits to trying to turn the Titanic around.

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Local & Regional News
2:35 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Arkansas Reaches Settlement With Mortgage Servicer Over Misconduct

The state of Arkansas has reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. over allegations of misconduct involving Ocwen's mortgage-servicing practices.

The settlement announced Thursday by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel involved Arkansas and 48 other states as well as the federal government.

Ocwen has agreed to provide $2 billion in first-lien principal reduction to homeowners and $125 million in cash payments to borrowers on nearly 185,000 foreclosed loans.

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Local & Regional News
11:22 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Flooding, tornadoes possible in Ark. this weekend

Forecasters say much of Arkansas is at risk Saturday for severe weather, including tornadoes, while other areas could see flash floods from heavy rainfall.

The Storm Prediction Center says Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and eastern Texas are at risk for severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes Saturday.

Forecasters say severe weather is most likely in southeast Arkansas in areas south and east of De Queen and West Memphis.

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Local & Regional News
11:08 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Former University of Arkansas Employees To Testify About Deficit

Two fired University of Arkansas employees will have their chance to testify about a multimillion deficit in the school's advancement division.

State legislators say Brad Choate and Joy Sharp will have the opportunity to testify Jan. 7 before the Arkansas Joint Performance Review Committee.

The pair was expected to testify last week before the Joint Auditing Committee, but lawmakers voted to accept a report on the audit without hearing testimony.

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Local & Regional News
5:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Arkansas Highway Department Responds To Criticism Of Winter Storm Response

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is responding to criticism over road conditions during the winter storm in early December.

It was a photo circulating on social media sites that made the department feel it needed to put out a statement addressing the poor response.

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Local & Regional News
4:25 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

More Than 86,000 Arkansans Apply For Private Option

More than 86,000 Arkansas residents have applied for health insurance under a state plan to use Medicaid expansion money to provide the coverage.

The Department of Human Services said Wednesday that of the 86,341 people who applied, 72,361 are eligible for the private option insurance.

The program is separate from the federal health insurance program that operates through the HealthCare.gov website. As of last week, about 1,400 Arkansas residents had enrolled in that program of 18,000 who applied.

Local & Regional News
12:57 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

HP To Hire 200 More Workers For Arkansas Facility

Governor Mike Beebe listens, as Conway Mayor Tab Townsell speaks during Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

Hewlett-Packard says it will be adding around 200 highly skilled jobs to its facility in Conway. Governor Mike Beebe, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and HP executive John Herzog joined state economic development officials in making the announcement at the state capitol. The 200 highly skilled tech jobs—said to consist of engineers, software developers, data analysts and the like—would be a part of HP’s growing healthcare information business. Beebe said Conway is a perfect fit for these positions because of its young, educated demographic and its centers of higher education.

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Legislative Ethics
10:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Darr Goes Before Ethics Commission For Spending

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving a meeting of the Arkansas Ethics Commission Wednesday, saying little to reporters.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr went before the Arkansas Ethics Commission Wednesday, as a staff report was presented saying that Darr misspent more than $44,000 of campaign and public money.

After allegations were raised earlier this year, Darr self-reported violations against himself, saying he was unaware of mistakes in how the spending was handled.

The meeting was closed to the public.  Afterward, as he left with his attorney, Darr refused to say much, telling reporters "We're going to comment later."

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Arkansas PSC Heralds Entergy's Exit From System Agreement

The Arkansas Public Service Commission is heralding Entergy Arkansas' plan to leave the multi-state agreement in which it has operated for decades.

The regulatory body on Tuesday noted that Entergy Arkansas will on Thursday no longer be networked with Entergy utilities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The PSC says the Entergy system agreement has unnecessarily cost Arkansas ratepayers more than $4.5 billion to, among other things, help pay for the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant.

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Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Second Largest Payout Ever Could Be Big for Arkansas Lottery Commission Revenue

Credit myarkansaslottery.com

The Arkansas Lottery is taking part in the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever in the nation, involving over 40 states. Tuesday's drawing is for $636 million.

State Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said big jackpots usually meana  spike in revenue so this jackpot could help the Lottery Commission catch up to their revenue goals.

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