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11:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

House Committee OKs Concealed Handguns On Campus

Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) is the sponsor of a bill that would allow some concealed handguns on Arkansas college campuses.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  A House Committee is advancing a bill that would let state colleges and universities decide whether to let permitted faculty and staff carry concealed handguns on campus.

The House Education Committee passed Representative Charley Collins’ bill Tuesday on a voice vote. Collins, a Republican from Fayetteville, says his bill is a preventative solution.

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Local & Regional News
2:23 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Little Rock Board Of Directors Voting To Hire Contractor For Winter Storm Cleanup

20,000 tons of debris remains scattered across Little Rock, left behind by the Christmas Day storm. The Little Rock Board of Directors is choosing one of 18 contractor bids tonight, in order to get the fragments cleaned up.

Assistant Public Works Director, Ronny Loe says FEMA will reimburse the city for the money spent to hire and compensate a contractor.

"The original FEMA estimate was around 22,000 tons, and as of the beginning of this week we have picked up around 6,000" says Loe.

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Government Waste and Fraud
10:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Whistleblower Incentive Bill Passes Ark. House Committee

Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena)
Credit Arkansas State Legislature

Lawmakers may soon have a new tool aimed at rooting out fraud and corruption in state government.

A House committee today advanced legislation that would pay a reward to any state employee who reports waste or inefficiency. That employee would stand to receive 10 percent of any savings the state gains from their report.

  Republican Representative Nate Bell of Mena says he sees his bill is a safeguard.

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Medicaid
10:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Medicaid Audit Released, $1.3 Million In Improper Benefits Paid

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) says the state need to fix problems in its current Medicaid system outlined in a recent audit before deciding to expand the the system's coverage.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As lawmakers look for ways to fill a $61 million shortfall in the Medicaid budget and weigh the possibility of expanding the program, an audit released Friday afternoon shows the program has paid $1.36 million to individuals ineligible to receive Medicaid since 2009.

House Republican Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says the audit’s results show a broken system.

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Abortion Legislation
10:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Bill To Ban Abortions After 12 Weeks Passes House Committee

Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) and Representative Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) presented their "Heartbeat Protection Act" to a House committee Thursday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

After tabling the issue, a House committee is advancing a bill that would ban most abortions in Arkansas after 12 weeks.

Senator Jason Rapert’s bill seeks to prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

It passed the Senate but was tabled in a House committee until a lunchtime hearing Thursday, when it was brought back up with two amendments.

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Death Penalty
10:25 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate Advances Arkansas's New Lethal Injection Bill

Governor Mike Beebe told reporters Thursday that he'll sign a new lethal injection law if it reaches his desk.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

New legislation on how the state must execute its death row inmates is on its way to a House committee after passing the Senate 33-0 Thursday.

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Death Penalty
10:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ark. Senate Committee Advances New Lethal Injection Law

Ark. AG Dustin McDaniel told a committee Wednesday that there is enough instruction in a new bill regarding administration of the death penalty to solve problems the state Supreme Court found in the previous law.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A Senate committee is advancing a law that would provide new instructions for how the state administers the death penalty.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Guns In Church Bill Passes In House And Senate

Governor Mike Beebe says he will sign the bill allowing concealed weapons in Arkansas's churches if it reaches his desk. Both the Senate and the House have passed the legislation, with the latter approving it Monday.

The bill, proposed by Republican Senator Bryan King of Green Forest, lifts the previously established ban on guns in places of worship.Arkansas, along with nine other states, does not allow them. KUAR News called more than 30 churches with many pastors not wanting to comment on the potentially divisive issue.

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Education
10:18 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill To Let Districts Count Home Schooled Dies In House Committee

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Small school districts teetering on the edge of 350 students won’t be able to count home schoolers as a way to avoid school district consolidation.
 

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150 New Jobs For Arkansans
12:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Expansion Of Custom Aircraft Cabinets Creates 150 New Jobs

Credit customaircraftcabinets.com

A Sherwood-based company that makes furnishings for airplanes on Wednesday opened a new facility.

It is also expanding its workforce, creating 150 additional jobs.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was at the grand opening. You can listen to her report above.

A large crowd was on hand as Custom Aircraft Cabinets opened the new facility on Landers Road, the building which had previously housed a National Home Center.

Mike Gueringer co-founded the company, which makes cabinetry and upholstery for aircraft, 24 years ago in North Little Rock.

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