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3:57 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Disaster Recovery Centers In Arkansas To Close After April Tornado

The aftermath of the April tornado, with cars and trucks tossed into a lake in Faulkner County.
Credit National Weather Service

State and federal emergency management officials say disaster recovery centers that were set up following the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in Arkansas will soon be closed.

The state and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery centers in Mayflower and Vilonia will close Saturday at 2 p.m.

Survivors of the storms can visit the centers for information form 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The centers are at 600 Highway 365 in Mayflower and at 1122 Main Street in Vilonia.

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3:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Arkansas House Members Request EPA Field Hearing On Carbon Rule

Arkansas' four U.S. representatives are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold a field hearing in Arkansas on the agency's proposed carbon rule.

The EPA rules announced June 2 set a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent nationwide from 2005 levels. The goal's deadline is 2030.

Local & Regional News
1:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Special Session To Address Teacher Insurance Looking More Likely

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

All part-time school and state employees as well as many spouses of full-time employees would be ineligible for insurance benefits under two draft bills discussed during a meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees Tuesday.

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10:58 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Highway Panel Approves Bids For Jacksonville Projects

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved several bids for road improvements in the Jacksonville area.

The largest of the bids announced Tuesday is a nearly $42 million project to reconstruct and widen 1.3 miles of U.S. 67 in Jacksonville.

The project includes replacing the bridges over Redmond Road and Main Street, and resurfacing interchange ramps. Work on that project is set to begin within the next month and should be complete in early 2016.

Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Polls Open In Arkansas For Primary Runoff Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site for Tuesday's runoff election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Polls are open for Arkansas voters to cast ballots in a handful of primary runoff contests. Polling locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The only statewide race on the ballot is the Republican runoff for attorney general between Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling. The winner will face Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel and Libertarian nominee Aaron Cash in November.

A light turnout is likely Tuesday, with about 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters expected to cast ballots.

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8:54 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Denver Company Announces Plans For Sherwood Office, Creates 250 Jobs

A Denver-based company has announced plans to open a center in Sherwood and hire 250 workers.

TeleTech Holdings Inc. announced Monday that it would open a "customer experience center" in Sherwood in July. The facility will be located in the Wildwood Centre & Medical Tower and will represent a national health insurance client.

TeleTech is seeking job applicants who have life and health care licenses, but says prospective employees will have the opportunity to participate in TeleTech's training program to become licensed insurance agents.  

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8:52 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Meeting Set To Discuss Carbon Pollution Reduction In Arkansas

The coal-fired John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in Fulton, Arkansas.

A meeting is set at which utilities and Arkansas officials are to discuss new federal rules that are to reduce carbon pollution.

The state Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are to hold the public meeting at 9 a.m. June 25 at the ADEQ office in North Little Rock.

The new federal rules restrict carbon pollution from existing power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to have a final set of rules in place by July 1, 2015.

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6:35 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Raindrop House Helps Turkish-Americans Find Footing

Turkish Food Festival
Raindrop House Facebook Page

Central Arkansas is home to a growing population of Turkish immigrants. The Raindrop Turkish House, an organization with branches in 8 states (including a center in Little Rock), seeks to fulfill the needs of Turkish-Americans as they find their footing in a new country.

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6:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Arkansas Public Schools and Access to High-Speed Internet

State Senator Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas education officials continued to ask lawmakers to open-up an existing state-owned internet network to public schools.

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5:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Judge Orders State to Pay Attorneys' Fees In Abortion Case

A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to pay more than $65,000 in attorneys' fees for the plaintiffs who challenged the state's 12-week abortion ban.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Monday granted the request for attorneys' fees by the two Little Rock physicians who argued the ban was unconstitutional. Wright struck down the 12-week ban in March. The state is appealing her decision.

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