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5:56 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Billboard Advertises Ku Klux Klan Radio Station

Credit James White / Associated Press

A new billboard in Harrison that advertises the web-based "whiteprideradio.com" has been rented by the Knights Party of Zinc, formerly the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and comes just a year after another billboard carrying a racist message was taken down.

"Yes, that's us," Thom Robb, national director of the Knights Party, told the Harrison Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1x3MWeS ), saying that the group is leasing the billboard for a year. Robb was national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which The Southern Poverty Law Center said he has renamed the Knights Party.

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10:09 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Plug Pulled On Ozarks Power Line But Not Because Of Public Concern

Previously proposed routes for SWEPCO's Shipe Road-Kings River Transmission Line Project.
Credit arktimes.com

A controversial $116 million transmission line proposal for northwest Arkansas is being withdrawn by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). The company said in a statement Tuesday that there is no longer enough demand to justify the project.

The high-voltage power line has drawn opposition as it has been reviewed by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Pat Costner, director of Save the Ozarks, organized opposition to the once-proposed power line based on property and environmental concerns.

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4:38 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Hutchinson Names Dr. Gregory Bledsoe New Surgeon General

Dr. Gregory Bledsoe

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson has named Dr. Gregory Bledsoe to be the state’s next surgeon general. Hutchinson made the announcement Tuesday that Bledsoe, the son of a state senator and chair of an Alabama emergency medical center, will replace Dr. Joe Thompson as the state’s surgeon general.

Hutchinson’s communication director J.R. Davis said the incoming governor is personally familiar with Bledsoe, a graduate of UAMS.

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3:26 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Salary Adjusters To Hear From Elected Officials, Could Make Changes Retroactive

The Independent Citizens Commission charged with setting salaries for legislators, constitutional officers, and judges hopes to hear from some of those people at its next meeting Jan. 7. At its second meeting Tuesday (Dec. 30), commission members decided to request appearances by Speaker of the House Jeremy Gilliam, R-Judsonia, and Senate Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, to discuss legislators’ compensation and expenses.

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8:02 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Beebe Sees Path Forward For Medicaid Plan

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's cautiously optimistic that the state will keep its compromise Medicaid expansion, warning that abandoning the program could be "politically disastrous" for its opponents.

The two-term Democrat said Monday that he believes there's a path forward for reauthorizing the state's "private option." More than 213,000 people are enrolled in the program, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.

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7:56 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Panel On Arkansas Officials' Salaries To Meet

(left) Chair Larry Ross and (right) Vice Chair Chuck Banks talking after the first meeting of the Independent Citizens Commission.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A newly formed panel reviewing the salaries for Arkansas' top elected officials is holding its second meeting at the state Capitol.

The Independent Citizens Commission planned to meet Tuesday morning. Voters approved creating the seven-member panel in November through a constitutional amendment that imposed new ethics rules on legislators and eased their term limits. The commission is charged with reviewing and adjusting salaries for constitutional officers, legislators and judges.

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4:43 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Federal Disaster Loan Deadline Nears

Arkansas businesses that sustained economic damage following storms, tornadoes and flooding in April have one month left to apply for a federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Little Rock Purse Museum One Of Only A Handful In The World

The Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

It’s the only one of its kind in the United States and one of only three in the world. Located on Main Street in Little Rock is the ESSE Purse Museum. Laura Hardy, public relations director, says when people learn about it, “The reaction is usually like, ‘What the heck is a purse museum’ or, ‘Oh my gosh that is so cool.” 

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10:15 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Fatal Crash On Indiana Road Wipes Out Rogers Family

An Arkansas family of five perished Fri. in this Indiana crash with a tractor-trailer.
Credit WTHR-TV, Indianapolis

  TIPTON COUNTY, IN – An Arkansas family of five died in crash on an Indiana highway, Indianapolis TV station WTHR and ArkansasMatters.com are reporting. 

  Friday morning, Indiana State Police say the family from Rogers was traveling in a 2001 Jaguar southbound on US-31 near 250 in Tipton County.   The driver lost control, over corrected, went off the road into the median and entered the northbound lanes.

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7:57 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sale Of Commemorative US Marshals Coins To Benefit Arkansas Museum

A rendering of the U.S. Marshals Museum under construction in Fort Smith.

Three coins commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service will go on sale next month.

The Marshals Service says the coins, including a gold $5 coin, a silver dollar coin and a copper-nickel clad half dollar coin, will be available for purchase in limited quantities beginning Jan. 29. The designs for the coins were unveiled in July.

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