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Police Investigation
6:44 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Jonesboro Police Find Counterfeit Check Operation

Jonesboro Police

Police in Jonesboro say a tip from Lepanto police led officers to a suspected counterfeit check operation.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says the tip led local and federal authorities to search a home on the city's west side on Thursday where they found evidence of counterfeiting and arrested one person. The person's name has not been released.

Waterworth says officers also found evidence of identity fraud in the home. He says the U.S. Secret Service and a state identity theft task force joined Jonesboro police in the investigation. 

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Gun Regulations
6:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Beebe Signs Measure That Removes Governor's Power To Regulate Guns

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe has signed legislation that removes the governor's emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster. 

The bill signed by Beebe yesterday removes the governor's authority during a disaster or emergency to suspend or limit the sale, distribution and transportation of firearms.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample says the governor had never exercised the power and didn't see a compelling reason to stop the Legislature's effort to remove it.  

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Local & Regional News
6:59 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas House, Senate Leaders Back Steel Mill Plan

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say they support a $125 million financing package that's been  proposed to help build a steel mill in northeast Arkansas.  

House Speaker Davy Carter told reporters Thursday that he supports the legislation intended to lure the $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill proposed to Osceola. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux later said he'll also vote for the legislation. 

House and Senate committees plan next week to take up the legislation for the mill that is expected to employ 525 people.

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Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas Senate Panel OKs Medicaid Inspector General

A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would create an inspector general to investigate fraud and abuse in Arkansas' Medicaid program.  

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday endorsed the proposal by Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock that would authorize the governor to appoint an inspector general for the joint federal-state program.

The inspector general would report directly to the governor's office.  

Sanders' proposal now heads to the full Senate for a vote.  

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Local & Regional News
3:52 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

UALR's Racial Attitudes Conference Focuses On Disparities In Criminal Justice System

Credit Maggie Carroll

UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity held a conference Thursday to discuss the current status of racial attitudes towards the criminal justice system and incarceration in Little Rock. 

Every year, the Institute for Race and Ethnicity conducts a survey concerning race perceptions and relations in the Little Rock area. This year, the survey aims to look at the growing issue of crime within the city and how race affects perception.

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Local & Regional News
2:01 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas Proposal To Nullify Federal Gun Laws Fails

An attempt to nullify federal laws on certain firearms in Arkansas has failed to clear a House panel.  

The House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 on Thursday in favor of the measure, but it needed 11 votes to pass.

The proposal would have made it a crime to enforce any federal laws enacted after Jan. 1, 2013, that regulate guns manufactured in Arkansas that stay within state borders.

It also would have required the state's Public Defender Office to provide free legal representation for any Arkansas resident charged with violating those federal gun laws. 

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas House Delays Override Try On Voter ID Bill

The Republican sponsor of legislation that would require Arkansas voters to show photo identification at the polls and the Republican state House speaker are clashing over the delay of an attempt to override  Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill.  

Republican Sen. Bryan King accused Speaker Davy Carter of unnecessarily delaying the override vote on Thursday. Carter said the override attempt was pushed back to next week because of a long afternoon of votes the chamber faced on other issues.  

The state Senate voted 21-12 to override on Wednesday.

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Civil War Exhibit
12:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Civil War Images At North Little Rock Library Capture Life During Conflict

Laman Library Civil War Exhibit

Historic photographs from the Civil War-era will be on display at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock from Friday through June 15th. Dan Noble with the library says the 70 high-quality images take viewers on a journey through various aspects of war.

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Broadway Bridge
9:29 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Public is Invited to Design Public Hearing for Broadway Bridge Today

Plans for replacing the Broadway Bridge are the topic of a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. today in North Little Rock.

Do you have something to say about design proposals the Broadway Bridge?

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will conduct a design public hearing to present and discuss the proposed design of the Highway 70 Arkansas River Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, tonight (March 28) at the Arkansas Transit Association, 620 W. Broadway St., North Little Rock.

The public is invited to stop by anytime from 4 and 7 p.m. during the open house to view the exhibits, ask questions and share their comments and concerns.

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Medicaid Arkansas
6:44 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arkansas May Save Millions With Private Insurance Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the state would save $670 million over 10 years under a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients. 

The agency released the numbers on Wednesday. DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the savings compare to not expanding Medicaid.

House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday he was still reviewing the report but called the cost estimates for the private option "favorable" and said they appeared to show that it would be a good financial decision for the state.  

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