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4:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Arkansas Business, Farm & Faith Leaders Call For Immigration Reform

Leaders from Arkansas’s business, agriculture and faith communities are responding to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal for an incremental approach to immigration reform with renewed calls to pass some meaningful legislation. Representatives from the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau spoke in a conference call with reporters

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

House Speaker Carter Open To Tweaking Arkansas 'Private Option'

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's open to tweaking the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, but says he's confident lawmakers will renew the program when they convene for this year's legislative session.

Carter said Monday that voting on whether to reauthorize the "private option" will be one of the first things the Legislature will have to do when it convenes for this year's session on Feb. 10 since so many other parts of the budget depend on the program.

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Local & Regional News
10:01 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Another Round Of Wintry Weather Likely for Arkansas

Freezing rain is possible Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An additional round of wintry precipitation is forecast for Arkansas after much of the state saw ice and the northern part of the state saw snow on Sunday. Chuck Rickard of the National Weather Service says a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow is a possibility for many areas of the state on Tuesday.

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Arkansas Business Report
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

2/3/14: Arkansas Business Report

Arkansas Business Report for the week of Mon., Feb. 3: Tyson Fodds slows expansion in China, Murphy Oil Corp. sees quarterly earnings drop, Fayetteville NanoWatt Designs completes phase one of a federal research grant to improve battery life and vision processors.

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10:04 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Peter Martin Interview

Peter Martin
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Acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin is set to play a show with his trio at South on Main Sunday, Feb. 9. John spoke with Peter ahead of his appearance about playing with Betty Carter, performing for the President and what to expect at his Little Rock performance.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Winter Weather Warning and Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northwestern Arkansas and a winter weather advisory for most of the remainder of the state as a winter storm is expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region.

Both the warning and the advisory are in effect until midnight Sunday. The weather service says two to four inches of freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected in the northwestern corner of the state and one to three inches is possible elsewhere.

Only the southern one-third of the state was not included in the advisories.

Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Parole Reform and the Private Option

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After changes made last year to the state's parole system county jails have seen an influx of inmates. Sheriffs are reporting overcrowding and Governor Mike Beebe has proposed additional funds.

In his weekly radio address Beebe linked the fate of the private option Medicaid expansion to prisons.

“I explained to the sheriffs that if the private option fails the additional funds to ease overcrowding and ensure payment for housing state inmates will be much harder to find. Without the private option, there will be an $89 million hole in the proposed budget,” said Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Arkansas's Penalty-free Contamination Clean-up

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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is offering a program to help clean hazardous substances found on a person’s property without penalty by entering into an Elective Site Clean-Up Agreement. The program is for those responsible for possible contaminations on their land and is designed to remediate cases within two years.

Chief of the Department’s Hazardous Waste Division, Tammie Hynum said participants are assisted by the Department in investigating and disposing of the substances without penalties they could face otherwise.

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Local & Regional News
4:06 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Makes Resignation Official In Letter

File photo of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving an Arkansas Ethics Commission meeting in December.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Three weeks after saying he'd step down over ethics violations, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has made his resignation official.

Darr submitted his resignation letter Friday to Secretary of State Mark Martin, stepping down in the wake of an $11,000 fine he received from the state Ethics Commission.

Darr announced on Jan. 10 that he would resign but hadn't submitted a formal letter to Gov. Mike Beebe or any other officials. Beebe had said he was unsure whether Darr's resignation would be official without a formal letter.

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Local & Regional News
4:03 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas To Retire

File photo of Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas, speaking in July at the groundbreaking for a new police substation.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas says he is retiring. Thomas started with the Little Rock police 35 years ago and has been chief since 2005.

City Manager Bruce Moore says Thomas led the agency through an expansion of public safety programs that were possible, in part, because of a voter-approved sales tax increase.

Moore says crime rates have dropped under Thomas' leadership. Thomas is to stay on the job until June.

Moore says he'll announce a plan in the next few weeks for selecting a new chief.

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