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6:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Arkansas Health Officials Answer Questions About New Insurance Marketplace

State health officials discuss the new Insurance Marketplace, during a forum at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Credit Jack Heinritz / KARN

A partial federal government shutdown will not delay efforts to implement Arkansas’s Health Insurance Marketplace, according to state health officials. 

On Tuesday, open enrollment begins for the new online Marketplace and Arkansans will have an opportunity to view and compare different insurance plans, set up a Marketplace account, and buy a plan that best suits their needs. 

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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Beebe Says Arkansas Can't Make Up Money Lost in Government Shutdown

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Jacob Kauffman

State agencies are scrambling to plan their futures in the face of a government shutdown. Governor Mike Beebe and the heads of various state agencies met with members of the media Monday afternoon to discuss foreseeable ramifications in Arkansas. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

The Governor’s message for the state was clear: employees will be furloughed, services will be diminished, and the state can’t meet the costs of operations without federal funds. For now the particulars are still taking shape but for many the precarious state of their employment is already known.

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Federal Government Shutdown
2:01 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Governor Beebe: Federal Government Shutdown Would Hurt Arkansas

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe says if the federal government shuts down, it will have dire consequences for Arkansas, leaving many without a paycheck and putting children at risk.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Beebe said:

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Local & Regional News
1:57 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Arkansas Council Rejects Contract To Promote Exchange

Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a $4.5 million contract to promote the state's insurance marketplace under the federal health care law, a day before signup begins.

A vote to review the contract for the insurance exchange failed Monday before the Arkansas Legislative Council on a 15-26 vote.

It was unclear whether Gov. Mike Beebe would move forward with the contract despite the panel's vote.

The contract called for spending federal money on television, radio and newspaper advertising as well as direct mail and billboards to promote the exchange.

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Local & Regional News
7:25 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Faulkner County Escapee Due In Court For Hearing

One of the three inmates who escaped the Faulkner County jail last month is due in court.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 27-year-old Joel Vermillion is due in Faulkner County Circuit Court Monday for two pretrial hearings and a revocation hearing.

The pretrial hearings are on charges of forgery, possession with intent to sell drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree escape.

The revocation hearing is related to a 2012 charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

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Affordable Care Act & Arkansas
5:09 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Arkansas Prepares To Launch Insurance Market

Arkansas is preparing to implement a key part of the federal health care law with the launch of its online insurance marketplace.

Hundreds of agents, brokers and guides will be prepared Tuesday to help as the state launches its insurance exchange, an online marketplace where consumers can shop for coverage. State insurance officials last week announced the rates for the 71 plans offered by the four companies participating in the exchange.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
4:45 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Realtors Struggle In Wake Of Oil Leak At Mayflower

A residential street was a site of the Mayflower oil spill earlier this year.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

A real estate broker in Mayflower says efforts to buy and sell homes in Mayflower have been not been easy since an ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline ruptured in March and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town near Lake Conway.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
1:02 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

8-21-13 Cal & Brownie Ledbetter Tribute

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Banned Books Week in Central Arkansas

Credit cals.lib.ar.us

The Central Arkansas Library System is celebrating Banned Books Week this week (22nd-28th) in an effort to promote intellectual freedom. A series of events and plays are being put on in conjunction with the Weekend Theater. Events include a stage production mash-up of A Doll’s House and Clockwork Orange – both of which have been challenged and banned around the country at various times.

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Local & Regional News
4:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Government Shutdown: Griffin Target of Criticism, Says New Plan Will Be Unveiled Saturday

Representative Tim Griffin
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

Divisions in Congress over funding the federal government are becoming apparent in Arkansas. Pat Hays, the former mayor of North Little Rock for 24 years, is criticizing Republican Congressman Tim Griffin’s role in the government shutdown crisis.

Hays said the issue of funding the Affordable Care Act was settled when it became the law of the land and says it’s clear Griffin doesn’t have the votes needed to defund it.

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