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1:57 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Crews Work To Restore Power After Severe Storms

Maintenance crews are working to restore power to multiple homes after severe weather swept through the state Wednesday evening, officials said Thursday.

The cold front produced a series of thunderstorms and tornadoes across several portions of Arkansas, leaving more than 10,000 residents without power. The outages were caused primarily by lightning and high winds that accompanied the storms, which subsided by Thursday morning.

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1:56 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas Death-Row Inmates Must Restart Challenge

Six death-row inmates must start anew in an Arkansas circuit court if they want to challenge new  procedures for executing prisoners.  

Arkansas' Supreme Court last year found the previous method unconstitutional, saying legislators ceded too much power to the Correction Department.

The Legislature approved a new plan last month and the inmates wanted justices to weigh in directly. The  court declined in an unsigned ruling Thursday.  

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Local & Regional News
1:54 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Former East Arkansas Officer Sentenced To Prison

Mug shot of Marlene Kalb.

A former Helena-West Helena police sergeant convicted in a sweeping corruption investigation has been sentenced to 2  1/2 years in prison.  

Marlene Kalb was convicted last December of extortion and attempt to possess a controlled substance. A federal jury acquitted her on a money-laundering charge.  

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Moody also sentenced to Kalb to three years of supervised release following her prison sentence.  

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Local & Regional News
12:36 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Delay On 'Private Option' Vote

The Republican chairman of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee says he believes Arkansas  lawmakers should delay voting on a proposal to tap federal Medicaid money to buy private health care insurance for low-income residents.  

Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway told reporters he believes lawmakers should recess for about three weeks to brief the public on the "private option" proposal being considered as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Sen. Pryor Has $3.4 Million For Re-Election Campaign

Credit pryor.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he raised $1.9 million for his re-election campaign in the first quarter of  2013, more than doubling the amount of money on hand for next year's race.  

Republicans have targeted the two-term senator, believing he is vulnerable in a state that has seen the GOP take a number of statewide and congressional races since 2010.  

According to the Democratic Party of Arkansas, which distributed Pryor's fundraising figures Thursday, the candidate has $3.4 million on hand.  

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Local & Regional News
11:51 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Residents Evacuated From Oil Spill Allowed To Return

Crews cleaning up the oil spill in the Mayflower neighborhood on Sunday.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Officials say some residents whose houses were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower can go home this week.

Federal on-scene coordinator Nick Brescia says residents of four homes could be allowed back Thursday, while residents of another eight or nine homes can return in the coming days.

Crews are still cleaning up the scene with heavy equipment.

The pipeline ruptured nearly two weeks ago, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude flowing down a street in what was described by residents as a "river of oil."

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Local & Regional News
11:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

McCain to Speak at Clinton School of Public Service

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will discuss current events at his Friday lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Credit Photo: mccain.senate.gov

Sen. John McCain is scheduled to speak Friday evening at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate plans to discuss current affairs and cover Congressional politics during the lecture, which will later be opened for questions from the audience.

Clinton School Public Programs Director Nikolai DiPippa says the event will be among the most attended in the school's eight-year history. 

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Tornado Damages Property Wounds Residents
6:05 am
Thu April 11, 2013

5 Hurt When Tornado Touches Down In Arkansas

Thunderstorms sweeping through Arkansas flipped an 18-wheeler and damaged homes in the north-central portion of the state. 

The National Weather Service said four people were reported injured Wednesday evening after a tornado hit Van Buren County. Tornado damage was reported at Botkinburg, Mount Olive, and Scotland, with a tractor-trailer flipped over near Botkinburg.

John Robinson of the National Weather Service said 30 homes were damaged in Van Buren County and that five people were injured. Three were treated at a hospital and released.

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Severe Weather Alert
5:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Survey Crews To Seek Twister Damage In Arkansas

Severe Weather Alert

Survey crews from the National Weather Service will fan out across Arkansas to look for signs of tornado damage. 

A number of severe thunderstorms hit the state Wednesday in Arkansas's first severe-weather outbreak of the spring.

Forecasters say it appeared some twisters touched down in north-central Arkansas; some injuries were reported.

Among the areas to be surveyed Thursday are near Botkinburg and Scotland in Van Buren County, and also Horseshoe Bend, Mount Olive and west of Mountain View.

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Affordable Care Act
9:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Arkansas 'Private Option' Vote Thought Safe, Its Appropriation Less So

The Arkansas House is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to provide private health insurance coverage with federal money for low income Arkansans. The plan's implementation hinges on a tougher vote expected Friday.

The vote to enable the expansion is expected to pass the House with the needed 51 votes. Approval is easier than allowing the expansion to be funded, which takes a budget appropriation requiring 75 votes.

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