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8:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Forecasters Warn Of Wildfire Danger In NW Arkansas

Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.

A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.

Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.

Local & Regional News
10:12 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Arkansas's Private Option Meeting Projections But Hang-Ups Persist

Joint Meeting of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committees
Credit KUAR

Members of the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committees met to get the most recent updates on the insurance program designed to provide coverage to nearly 250,000 low-income residents. These updates and continued questions are being pursued in the lead up to the legislature’s decision next month on whether or not to reauthorize funds for the private option.

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9:39 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Beebe: If Private Option Dropped, Revenue Must Be Replaced

Gov. Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  Governor Mike Beebe told a statewide television audience Thursday night the legislature will leave an $86-million "hole in the budget" if it reverses course from last year and ends the private option for the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The funding for the private option must be re-appropriated each year. Lawmakers are expected to decide its fate in the fiscal session now underway at the capitol.

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6:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Officials Considering Additional Cleanup Proposals After Oil Spill

File photo from April 7, 2013 of a drainage ditch that allowed oil to flow from the site of the pipeline break to a cove near Lake Conway.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and other agencies are studying a plan by ExxonMobil to clean up remaining contamination from last year’s rupture of an oil pipeline in Mayflower.

The company  is proposing the removal of soil and sediment about a foot deep from a cove near Lake Conway and drainage ditches leading to it.  The report was submitted a week ago with the goal of reducing the oil sheen in Dawson Cove.

Tammie Hynum, chief of ADEQ's Hazardous Waste Division, says she will touch base with other agencies on Friday to get their initial assessments.

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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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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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