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12:36 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Delay On 'Private Option' Vote

The Republican chairman of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee says he believes Arkansas  lawmakers should delay voting on a proposal to tap federal Medicaid money to buy private health care insurance for low-income residents.  

Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway told reporters he believes lawmakers should recess for about three weeks to brief the public on the "private option" proposal being considered as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Sen. Pryor Has $3.4 Million For Re-Election Campaign

Credit pryor.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he raised $1.9 million for his re-election campaign in the first quarter of  2013, more than doubling the amount of money on hand for next year's race.  

Republicans have targeted the two-term senator, believing he is vulnerable in a state that has seen the GOP take a number of statewide and congressional races since 2010.  

According to the Democratic Party of Arkansas, which distributed Pryor's fundraising figures Thursday, the candidate has $3.4 million on hand.  

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Local & Regional News
11:51 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Residents Evacuated From Oil Spill Allowed To Return

Crews cleaning up the oil spill in the Mayflower neighborhood on Sunday.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Officials say some residents whose houses were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower can go home this week.

Federal on-scene coordinator Nick Brescia says residents of four homes could be allowed back Thursday, while residents of another eight or nine homes can return in the coming days.

Crews are still cleaning up the scene with heavy equipment.

The pipeline ruptured nearly two weeks ago, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude flowing down a street in what was described by residents as a "river of oil."

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Local & Regional News
11:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

McCain to Speak at Clinton School of Public Service

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will discuss current events at his Friday lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Credit Photo: mccain.senate.gov

Sen. John McCain is scheduled to speak Friday evening at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate plans to discuss current affairs and cover Congressional politics during the lecture, which will later be opened for questions from the audience.

Clinton School Public Programs Director Nikolai DiPippa says the event will be among the most attended in the school's eight-year history. 

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Tornado Damages Property Wounds Residents
6:05 am
Thu April 11, 2013

5 Hurt When Tornado Touches Down In Arkansas

Thunderstorms sweeping through Arkansas flipped an 18-wheeler and damaged homes in the north-central portion of the state. 

The National Weather Service said four people were reported injured Wednesday evening after a tornado hit Van Buren County. Tornado damage was reported at Botkinburg, Mount Olive, and Scotland, with a tractor-trailer flipped over near Botkinburg.

John Robinson of the National Weather Service said 30 homes were damaged in Van Buren County and that five people were injured. Three were treated at a hospital and released.

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Severe Weather Alert
5:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Survey Crews To Seek Twister Damage In Arkansas

Severe Weather Alert

Survey crews from the National Weather Service will fan out across Arkansas to look for signs of tornado damage. 

A number of severe thunderstorms hit the state Wednesday in Arkansas's first severe-weather outbreak of the spring.

Forecasters say it appeared some twisters touched down in north-central Arkansas; some injuries were reported.

Among the areas to be surveyed Thursday are near Botkinburg and Scotland in Van Buren County, and also Horseshoe Bend, Mount Olive and west of Mountain View.

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Affordable Care Act
9:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Arkansas 'Private Option' Vote Thought Safe, Its Appropriation Less So

The Arkansas House is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to provide private health insurance coverage with federal money for low income Arkansans. The plan's implementation hinges on a tougher vote expected Friday.

The vote to enable the expansion is expected to pass the House with the needed 51 votes. Approval is easier than allowing the expansion to be funded, which takes a budget appropriation requiring 75 votes.

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Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

AG: Oil Pipeline Gash Is 22 Feet Long

A photo of maps and other documents provided by ExxonMobil to the Arkansas Attorney General's office.
Credit Arkansas Attorney General's Office

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says investigators are beginning to go through documents related to a pipeline that ruptured nearly two weeks ago.

Late Wednesday more than 12,000 pages of subpoenaed material were delivered to his office.

McDaniel also disclosed during a press conference that the hole in the pipeline is “substantially larger than many of us initially thought,” measuring more than 22 feet long and two inches wide.

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Severe Weather
5:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Severe Weather Bulletin

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
631 PM CDT WED APR 10 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
GRANT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS...
SOUTHERN LONOKE COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
SOUTHERN PULASKI COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
SOUTHEASTERN SALINE COUNTY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS...

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Asa Hutchinson Officially Jumps Into Race For Arkansas Governor

Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says he's raised more than $350,000 in his bid for the Republican  gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas.  

Hutchinson on Wednesday said he was officially kicking off his candidacy for the state's top office now that he's completed a school safety study for the National Rifle Association.  

Hutchinson in January said he planned to seek the GOP nomination.  

Hutchinson said his campaign will report raising more than $350,000 for the first three months of the year and will have $346,000 cash on hand.  

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