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10:57 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Verizon Hiring Nearly 300 People In Little Rock

Verizon Wireless is hiring nearly 300 full-time employees for its Little Rock call center and as sales representatives throughout Arkansas this year.

Gov. Mike Beebe joined officials from the wireless carrier to announce that it was seeking candidates for more than 285 full time customer service and sales jobs in the state.

Officials with the company declined to give an average salary for the jobs, but said the pay would be competitive and would include benefits such as tuition assistance and a retirement savings plan.

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5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Democratic Primary Governor: Lynette Bryant

Lynette Bryant
Credit KUAR

This is the first interview with candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Tuesday we'll have an interview with Lynette Bryant's opponent for the nomination Mike Ross.

Kauffman: Thanks for listening, I’m Jacob Kauffman with KUAR. Substitute teacher and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Lynette Bryant joins me in the studio. Thanks for being here.

Bryant: Thank you.

Kauffman: You’re welcome. I want to begin by focusing on economic development. What are your feelings on the idea of state investment in projects such as Big River Steel?

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11:21 am
Sun May 4, 2014

French Hill, Bruce Westerman Hold Big Leads In Congressional Races

French Hill and Rep. Bruce Westerman hold sizable leads in their Republican primary races for U.S. Congress, according to a new round of Talk Business-Hendrix College polling.

The latest survey, which polled likely GOP voters in the Second and Fourth Congressional Districts, shows Hill with more than 50% support against two rivals and Westerman near 50% against his primary opponent.

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5:37 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison To Leave Post

File photo of DHS Director John Selig (left) and Medicaid Director Andy Allison at a meeting in March 2013.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The director of Arkansas' Medicaid office who led implementation of the private option is leaving his position.

Andy Allison has been state Medicaid director since 2011. The Department of Human Services announced Friday that Allison would leave, as of June 1 to pursue other opportunities.

Allison has led the Medicaid program through adoption of the private option health insurance program, which the Legislature created to accommodate President Barack Obama's Medicaid expansion plan.

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5:33 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

4-H Chapters in Arkansas Getting Grant For Program

Arkansas’s 4-H chapters will be receiving a grant from the Walmart Foundation to continue its program “Youth Voice: Youth Choice.” It’s part of a $2 million grant distributed among 20 states, in which each could receive up to $65,000 dollars.

National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo said the program educates and encourages young people to find solutions to community health issues.

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2:55 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Despite Income Tax Drop Revenue Numbers Above Forecast

State revenue numbers released Friday show income tax revenue down by over $100 million but gross general revenue is above forecast. Economist John Shellnut with the Department of Finance and Administration said the dip in income tax collection was expected.

“We correctly anticipated a significant decline in individual income tax revenues off the peak recorded last year from tax payer strategy to avoid higher federal tax rates. This is essentially a return to normal levels of collections with the economic recovery as a secondary story at least for now,” said Shellnut.

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2:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Arkansas Voter ID Law Again Found Unconstitutional

File photo of a sign at the entrance of a Little Rock polling location asking residents to have a photo ID ready.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An Arkansas judge has again found the state's new voter ID law to be unconstitutional, but a photo identification will still be needed for this month's primary election.

Judge Tim Fox held a hearing Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court concerning a second challenge to law, this one from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Law Center. 

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9:38 am
Fri May 2, 2014

43,446 In Arkansas Enrolled In New Health Plans

More than 43,000 Arkansans have picked health plans on the new insurance markets created by the federal health overhaul.

The federal government said Thursday that 43,446 Arkansas residents signed up between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31.

Previous enrollment figures found that more than 33,500 residents had already picked out a plan through the exchange, an online marketplace where consumers can compare and shop for policies.

State officials had anticipated 250,000 residents to have signed up.

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9:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Faulkner County: EF4 Tornado Destroyed 328 Homes

Leaders in Faulkner County say a preliminary assessment shows that 328 homes were destroyed in Sunday's tornado.

Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue says 710 homes have been assessed so far after the EF4 tornado hit the county. Along with the destroyed homes, the assessment also found 111 homes with major damage, 231 homes with minor damage and 40 homes otherwise affected.

Those numbers are preliminary as assessments continue in the county.

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9:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Hearing On Challenge To Arkansas Voter ID Law

Two courts are considering challenges to Arkansas' new voter ID law as early voting approaches for the state's May 20 primary.

Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the new law that requires voters to show photo identification before they cast a ballot. Fox struck down the law in a separate case last week, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling while it considers an appeal of the decision.

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