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6:15 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Company To Hire 50, Spend $6.7 Million On Malvern Plant

A company in Malvern says it is planning to spend $6.7 million and add 50 workers to open a new fiberboard plant. Prime-Line Inc. manufactures medium- and light-density fiberboard, moulding and millwork.

In its Friday announcement, the company said it has been turning down customers and needs the new plant to meet demand.

Prime-Line's president and CEO, Brian Feeney, says the plant will move from its location at Jones Mill Industrial Park to a site in Malvern.

Local & Regional News
6:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Creeps Up In October

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in October.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the increase mirrored a similar jump in the national unemployment rate.

The agency says five sectors added jobs last month, with the biggest gain coming in trade, transportation and utilities with the bulk of the increase coming from retail trade jobs.

Education and health services rose by 1,700 jobs, while the government sector increased by 2,900 jobs - mostly in public school employment.

Local & Regional News
12:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

School Desegregation Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval

Little Rock School District attorney Chris Heller speaking with reporters outside the federal courthouse.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A federal judge has given preliminary approval for a settlement to resolve the long-running desegregation case involving central Arkansas school districts.

During Friday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Price Marshall questioned representatives of all parties involved, then called it a “fair, reasonable and adequate” proposal.

“It shows hard bargaining with no hallmarks of inside dealing,” Marshall said as he granted the approval.

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8:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

4 Tiger Cubs Born At Little Rock Zoo

There's a baby boom at the Little Rock Zoo. Four tiger cubs were born earlier this month to 5-year-old Suhana and 9-year-old Liku.

The two are Malayan tigers, which are critically endangered with fewer than 500 species remaining in the wild.

The zoo says the four new cubs are "a significant contribution" to the conservation of the Malayan tiger. The cubs were born Nov. 12 and zoo staff say the animals appear to be growing strong.

Workers are using video monitoring equipment to keep an eye on Suhana and her babies in their indoor section of the tiger habitat.

Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

UA Trustees Updated On Fundraising Division Audit

University of Arkansas officials say they're making changes to correct millions of dollars in overspending in its fundraising division.

Leaders of the Fayetteville campus told UA System trustees on Thursday that the school is addressing each of 16 findings from an investigative report by the Division of Legislative Audit.

Officials didn't go into detail at the trustees meeting in Little Rock but said they expect more information when they convene in January.

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Local & Regional News
6:33 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Papers Filed Seeking End To Desegregation Lawsuit, Hearing Friday

Lawyers for three Little Rock-area school districts, the state of Arkansas and groups of patrons have filed formal court papers seeking an end to a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

Lawyers for the state say the settlement should be accepted because all parties are backing it. They say a remedy that parties agree with is better than one where the parties "must be dragged kicking and screaming."

Local & Regional News
5:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

National Adoption Day Celebrated, 13 Arkansas Kids Get New Families

Children and families send off 690 balloons representing the 690 children who the Department of Human Services says have been adopted so far in fiscal year 2013
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Rainfall Expected to Bring More Ducks for Hunting Season

Arkansans hunters taking part in duck season may notice an increased population of game when venturing out during the first days of the season this weekend.

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Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Vote Against Filibuster Changes

Senators Pryor and Boozman

The passing of the so called “nuclear option” in the US Senate Thursday drew opposition from both of Arkansas' Senators. The rule change allows for executive and judicial nominees, other than Supreme Court justices, to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the previous requirement of 60 votes.

Although Senator Mark Pryor voted to consider the change, he was ultimately one of only three Democrats to vote against the measure.

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Local & Regional News
2:31 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Sign-Ups Continue for State Medicaid Program

More than 58,000 Arkansans have enrolled for coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  That's more than a quarter of the 250,000 candidates, who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty rate.

Eligible residents are also able to purchase subsidized insurance through a new health marketplace, which was established in October.

According to DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb, the latest numbers indicate a positive reaction from consumers.

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