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5:29 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Urge State Dept. To Move On Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have joined a bipartisan coalition of senators who want quick approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


The pipeline would move oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Boozman says the group is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the project within the first quarter of this year.

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Arkansas Woman On Reality Show
3:41 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New Entrepreneur From Emerson Arkansas To Be On ABC's Shark Tank

Credit Photo by: Tim Garlington, Portraits Plus

An Arkansas woman will be featured on the ABC reality TV show Shark Tank this weekend.

Jessica Haynes pitched an idea for a shoe with interchangeable heels, which will be featured on the program Friday at 8 p.m.

Haynes says although people have tried this before, her idea is different because it can change from a stiletto to a wedge.

JesKa Shoes also have magnetic components for attaching accessories on the shoe.  She says the idea came after she broke a heel of her favorite pair of shoe.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Dems Laud Governor's Results On New Medicaid Options

Now that lawmakers know the state can opt to insure individuals eligible for a federal Medicaid expansion on private insurance exchanges, lawmakers in both parties are indicating expansion may be more likely for Arkansas.

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Children Read
2:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Read Across America Day And Dr. Seuss' Birthday In Central Arkansas

Credit CALS.org

In honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, some special events are being held in central Arkansas this weekend.

Starting Friday until next Wednesday, there will be free educational events for kids.

The National Education Association and Delta Dental of Arkansas are part of this celebration to reach children.

Greg Johnson with the NEA says children must be encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes, which totals 24 minutes focused on developing good oral and reading skills.

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Highways
12:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

I-30/I-430 Interchange Topic of Public Meeting

I-630/I-430 "Big Rock" Interchange
Credit todaysthv.com

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is planning for another major highway redesign in the Little Rock area. After crews finish re-construction of the I-630/430 “Big Rock” interchange at the end of next year, contractors will bid on plans to revamp the I-30/430 interchange in southwest Little Rock. Nearly 100,000 vehicles travel through the interchange each day.

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Newscast
4:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

KUAR Newscast: Feb. 26, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

Newscast – 4:32 p.m. – 2/26/13: The Governor vetoes a 20 week abortion ban bill; The speaker calls for tax cuts in a timely fashion; The Governor says cuts will have to be justified; Open carry of handguns fails in committee; And, the legislature approved a bill to let drivers use a handheld device to show proof of insurance during a traffic stop.

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Abortion Legislation
4:16 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Arkansas Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed HB 1037, also known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"House Bill 1037, if it became law, would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent," the Governor said in a written statement Tuesday.

State Tax Policy
4:11 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Committee Amends And Advances Spending Cap Bill

Ark. House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) said Tuesday, his bill to cap state spending could improve the state's existing budgeting process.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A bill that promises to reign in state government growth advanced out of committee Tuesday, for the second time.

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Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Gov. Beebe Disapproves Lt. Gov. Darr's Actions

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr is standing by his decision to sign a bill into law while Governor Mike Beebe was out of the state on business. Act 145 bans the public release of concealed handgun license records.

The bill would have become law with or without a signature since Beebe didn't veto it, but Darr wanted it put into effect immediately. Beebe says the lieutenant governor embarrassed himself by doing this. "I will be much more careful, [because] people like that you have to watch. You can't turn your back on them" he said. 

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State Tax Policy
3:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

House Speaker Makes Committee Appearances, Calls For Tax Cuts

Members of the House Revenue and Tax Committee look on as Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) calls for a time sensitive look at tax cuts.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter is calling on lawmakers to make $150 million in tax cuts this session.

The Republican from Cabot visited the House Judiciary, Public Health and Revenue and Tax Committees Tuesday morning reminding each committee of the time frame of the legislative session.

In the House Revenue and Tax Committee he told lawmakers he was counting on them to wade through the over $2 billion in tax cuts they have before them in a timely manner. He said not all tax cuts will be possible.

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