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11:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

UA Study Charts Benefits Of Museum Field Trips

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

A study by the University of Arkansas of K-12 students who went on field trips to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art shows that children who visited the museum had improved critical thinking skills.

The university and the museum in Bentonville announced Monday that the study results are being published in the journal Education Next.

Researchers studied children who visited the museum and those who hadn't done so yet. Nearly 11,000 students were surveyed at more than 120 schools.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas: 156 Bridges Deficient, Fracture Critical

Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail.

That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory. Most Arkansas bridges considered both deficient and "fracture critical" are on county roads that are less traveled.

But eight are on significant federal highways and 11 are on Arkansas routes maintained by state transportation officials.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Manslaughter Retrial To Start In Little Rock For Ex-officer

Judge Wendell Griffen

A retrial is set to begin for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in a teenager's death. 

Josh Hastings' retrial is to get underway on Monday in Little Rock. A jury deadlocked at a trial earlier this year. 

Hastings is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Judge Wendell Griffen has repeatedly refused to recuse from the case, even though Hastings' lawyer, Bill James, asked him to do so.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Bridge Repairs Mean Lane Closure In Little Rock

Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect a continued lane closure on Highway 10 in Little Rock.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repairs on the roadway will require the westbound outside lane of Cantrell Road to be closed on the railroad bridge located just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock.

The closures will be in place Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

Local & Regional News
12:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Jewelry Auction To Raise Money For Hearing-Impaired Children

The Advance Health Spa in Hillcrest is accepting Jewelry donations this month, to benefit children affected by hearing loss. 

The business is partnering with Sertoma, an organization that works with the hearing impaired, to raise money for the deaf and blind school’s hearing aid costs.

They will accept all types of jewelry in any type of condition, including broken watches and single, lost earrings. Event organizer Connie Carbary  says the donated items will be fixed.

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Beebe Talks Stopping Big Hike in Teacher Insurance Premiums

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe and some state lawmakers are hoping to avoid costly changes for Arkansas school teachers enrolled in state health plans. Insurance premiums are predicted to rise by up to 50% at the start of next year for those enrolled in the popular gold plan.

The rate hikes are unconnected to the implementation of the federal health care law. In his weekly radio address, Governor Beebe said this is not a new problem.

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Local & Regional News
12:48 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Audit Committee Questions University Of Arkansas Officials About Finances

State lawmakers question U.A. Fayetteville officials, during a Legislative Joint Auditing Committee meeting.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Officials with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are assuring state lawmakers that changes have been implemented to address monetary concerns. 

Chancellor David Gearhart says his campus is in sound financial shape, despite a state audit that cited the school's fundraising division for poor management that led to deficits. 

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Local Arts
12:10 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Arkansas Arts Center 'Yarn-Bombed'

The Finished Product
William Strigel UALR Public Radio

The entrance to the Arkansas Arts Center, as well as the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain, and numerous trees and lampposts outside the museum has been 'yarn-bombed.' Arts Center staff and volunteers began the process Sep. 9 with strings of colorful yarn and hundreds of blankets.

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Local & Regional News
12:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Effort to Gather Information on Missing Persons Cases

Credit wikipedia.org

An effort to address active missing persons cases is being held Saturday. The Attorney General’s office in conjunction with the FBI and State Police are inviting families of the missing to bring photographs, dental records, and participate in a DNA swab at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock.

Cindy Murphy, with the Attorney General’s office said Arkansas has over 400 missing people.

“The most recent figures I have from ACIC (Arkansas Crime Information Center) show a total of 424 missing persons and of those 209 are juveniles,” said Murphy.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Lawmakers To Discuss University of Arkansas Audit

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Credit flickr.com / Alfred Carrillo

A legislative panel is discussing an audit that cited the University of Arkansas for poor management and failure to follow policies that led to deficits in a division that handled fundraising and public relations for the school. 

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Friday was set to review the audit of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's Advancement Division. 

The audit was released earlier this week and said the division overspent its budget by $3.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.

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