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11:27 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Iron Yard, Specializing In Advanced Software Training, Opening In Little Rock

An Iron Yard class being taught.
Credit theironyard.com

The Iron Yard, a coding school with a national reputation, is opening shop in Central Arkansas. The Ark Challenge, Gravity Ventures and Innovate Arkansas are supporting the Little Rock launch.

The Iron Yard originated in Greenville, South Carolina, and specializes in advanced education in software application development, web design, coding and engineering. They partner with accelerators and co-working spaces to assist with people and their ideas.

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10:35 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan For Medicaid Compromise

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

The Senate Public Health Committee on Wednesday endorsed legislation that would create a task force to look at alternatives to the "private option" as well as longer-term Medicaid reforms.

The Joint Budget Committee also advanced a funding bill that will reauthorize the program for another year.

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10:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Governor's Budget: Surplus Spending, Prisons, Education, Taxes, & GIF

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to reporters at the Capitol about his budget proposal.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor Asa Hutchinson is proposing an overall spending increase of three percent in his budget plan for the next fiscal year. The Republican governor released his proposal to lawmakers Tuesday. General education, Medicaid, and prisons would see an increase in funding. Higher education and pre-K would remain flat while many state agencies will take a one percent cut.

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2:32 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

$7,500 Reward Offered After Bald Eagle Shot In Arkansas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are seeking information about the recent shooting of a bald eagle.

Several other agencies, including the Humane Society of the United States, are offering a reward up to $7,500 for information leading to a conviction of those responsible for the incident.

Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Community Members Speak Out Against State Takeover Of LRSD

Community members listen in the Willie Hinton Resource Center as others speak about a possible state takeover
Sarah Whites-Koditschek KUAR

Community members spoke against a state takeover of the Little Rock School District to a packed crowd of roughly 150 people at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center Monday night for the "Protect Our Little Rock Schools Forum," planned by Arkansas Community Organizations.

Arkansas State Board of Education Chairman Sam Ledbetter, civic leaders, and members of the Little Rock School Board attended the meeting.  The forum was held in advance of the State Board of Education’s Wednesday decision about whether to take over the LRSD because of six schools in academic distress.

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11:35 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Arkansas Jobless Rate Falls To 5.7% In December

Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent to 5.7% in December as the number of the employed rose and the universe of unemployed decreased.

In the separate monthly nonfarm payroll jobs report, big gains were seen in the construction, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and education/health sectors.

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11:01 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Arkansas Pays Overdue Docketing Fee In Gay Marriage Case

A federal appeals court says it has received payment from the Arkansas Attorney General's Office one day after it threatened to dismiss the state's attempt to restore a gay marriage ban because of an outstanding $505 docketing fee.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notified the state Jan. 7 that the money was due last Wednesday. The appeals court said Monday that Arkansas has two weeks to demonstrate why its appeal shouldn't be dropped.

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10:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Homeless Census Planned For Homeless In Little Rock Area

The Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless plans to conduct a census count of the homeless population in central Arkansas.

The count of sheltered and unsheltered people will be conducted Tuesday night in four counties in the Little Rock area - Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie, and Saline.

Volunteers plans to distribute flyers throughout the area identifying satellite locations where volunteers will be working.

The 2014 count conducted last January found there were 571 men, women and children comprising 489 households residing in shelters in six Arkansas counties.

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4:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arkansas House OKs Deadline Change For Write-In Candidates

The Arkansas House has voted to require write-in candidates to notify state and local election officials 90 days in advance if they plan to run for office.

Lawmakers voted 90-1 on Monday in favor of the bill, which was presented with a minor technical change.

Write-in candidates are already required to file paperwork in every county in which they're running in order for their votes to be counted. County clerks are not required to include ballot lines for write-in candidates without the filings.

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4:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Lawsuit Filed Against Arkansas Funeral Home And Owner

Attorneys Whitney Murph and Hal Cook announce the lawsuit at a press conference on Monday.
Credit Jayme Goad / KUAR News

The family of a Jacksonville man has filed a lawsuit against Arkansas Funeral Care and its owner LeRoy Wood. The suit, announced at a press conference Monday, alleges that Kenny Alton Smith’s funeral had to be done with a closed casket due to negligence by the funeral home staff.

When asked about the motivations behind the suit, Hal Cook, an attorney for the Smith family said, “I think they want to do the right thing. They want other people to come forward and be comforted and get some type of closure that they’re going to hopefully ultimately get.”

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