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5:12 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

UA Trustees Accept Audit Detailing $4.2 Million Deficit

File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials during a legislative hearing on Jan. 7. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

University of Arkansas trustees have accepted an audit report that detailed a $4.2 million deficit run up by the advancement division at the Fayetteville campus.

Thursday's discussion took only a few minutes and contained none of the criticism that was heaped on administrators during a recent legislative meeting on the topic.

Trustee John Goodson acknowledged the episode was a "painful" one but said it resulted in stricter financial controls throughout the university system.

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5:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Six More Arkansas Counties Placed Under Burn Bans

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says six more counties are now under a burn ban to bring the total number to 32.

The commission's website on Thursday shows Baxter, Boone, Benton, Carroll, Clark, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Howard, Independence, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Marion, Perry, Pike, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, and White counties under a ban.

The Forestry Commission said the entire state is under moderate to high danger of wildfires.

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2:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Three More Arkansas Counties Now Under Burn Bans

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says three more counties are now under a burn ban to bring the total number to 29.

The commission's website on Thursday shows Baxter; Boone; Benton; Carroll; Clark; Cleburne; Conway; Faulkner; Franklin; Fulton; Garland; Howard; Independence; Jefferson; Johnson; Lawrence; Lincoln; Logan; Lonoke; Perry; Pike; Pulaski; Saline; Searcy; Sharp; Stone; Van Buren; Washington; and White under the bans.

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1:46 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Tom Cotton Raises $1.2 Million In Final Months of 2013 For Senate Bid

File photo of Rep. Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he raised more than $1.24 million in the final three months of 2013 in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas this fall.

Cotton's campaign on Thursday announced that Cotton had outraised Pryor, the two-term lawmaker he's challenging. Pryor announced earlier this month he had raised $1.1 million during the same fundraising period.

Jan. 31 is the deadline for federal candidates to file their year-end and fourth quarter fundraising reports.

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Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Language Approved For Three Arkansas Ballot Measures

The Arkansas Secretary of State's office says it has cleared the way for three proposed constitutional amendments to appear on this year's ballot, despite questions about who is in charge of preparing the ballot measure language.

An attorney with the secretary of state's office told lawmakers Thursday it had used language from the attorney general's office and from legislation to prepare the three proposals.

The measures must be published in May to appear on the ballot.

The Metropolitan Opera
11:25 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Jan. 25: L'Elisir d'Amore

Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara and Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Metropolitan Opera on January 17, 2014.
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s comic romance L’Elisir d’Amore Saturday, January 25 from noon-4 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
11:01 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Worker Struck And Killed On I-40 In Arkansas

Police in Van Buren say a road worker on Interstate 40 has been struck and killed by a vehicle.

KHBS reports that the incident happened early Thursday morning near exit 20.

Police say the worker was not in a construction zone when he was hit.

Traffic on I-40 was down to one lane with officers on the scene.

The name of the worker has not been released.

Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 2014 Ballot Measures

Arkansas legislators are trying to figure out how to clear the way for three proposedconstitutional amendments to appear on the ballot this November, after a new law made it unclear who is in charge of preparing the ballot measures' language.

A joint House and Senate panel is scheduled to discuss on Thursday how to prepare the measures' "popular name" that will appear on the ballot after a new law took away the attorney general's authority to do so. The law affects three proposed constitutional amendments that the Legislature voted last year to put on the ballot.

Local & Regional News
6:40 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Arkansas Fire Danger Continues, 26 Burn Bans Issued

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says the danger of wildfires continues across Arkansas.

The commission said in a news release that low humidity levels of below 35 to 40 percent and wind gusts of 10 miles per hour and more will keep the fire danger high both Thursday and Friday.

Central Arkansas counties of Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski, White, and Van Buren are under high fire danger conditions while the remainder of Arkansas is under a moderate fire danger warning.

Local & Regional News
6:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll: It’s Still The Economy

More Arkansans feel the state is heading in the right direction than the wrong direction and a majority identify the economy and jobs as their top issue of concern.

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