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2:53 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Attorney General Files Suit Against Chiropractic 'Runners'

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The Arkansas Attorney General is announcing he’s filed a lawsuit regarding schemes over chiropractic services following automobile accidents. The suit is against central Arkansas businessman, Roger D. Pleasant, who is accused of hounding customers to specific chiropractic clinics. McDaniel says Pleasant and his employees received monetary “kickbacks” from the clinics in exchange. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel explains these people are called ‘chiropractic runners:’

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Arkansas Business Report
2:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

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Local & Regional News
10:28 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Gov. Beebe Headed To Europe For Trade Mission

Credit Governor's office

Gov. Mike Beebe is heading overseas for his third European trade mission in five years.

In a Talk Business & Politics interview, which aired Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on KATV Ch. 7, Beebe said he will travel to London, Paris and the Czech Republic beginning July 12.

“Hopefully, they won’t kill me like they did in the China trip a couple of years ago. We were eleven days in China, 13 days counting the travel times. We were in eight different hotels in eight different cities and provinces,” Beebe said.

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Local & Regional News
10:19 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Beebe: Arkansas VA Not Sharing Federal Problems

With scandal breaking in the United States Veterans Administration, Governor Mike Beebe wants to make sure people know the difference between the federal V-A and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those are two distinct agencies with distinct missions, and Beebe said in his weekly media address the state Department of Veterans Affairs has not contributed to the problems on the national VA. 

"[O]ur Arkansas department is best known for operating two residential facilities in Little Rock and Fayetteville," Beebe said. 

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Local & Regional News
5:59 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Arkansas Legislature Backs Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Suggesting Judicial Recalls

David Johnson (front, left) responds to Jason Rapert's remarks (back). David Sanders (front, right) looks on.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State legislators passed a resolution Friday in support of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and calling for remedies to negate what it calls judicial activism. The effort led by Republican State Senator Jason Rapert of Bigelow drew wide support in the Arkansas Legislative Council.

Rapert said Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, who struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, overstepped his authority.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Arkansas May Unemployment Rate Drops

The rate of unemployment in Arkansas dropped from 6.6 percent to 6.4 percent during the month of May. It has also dropped more than a full percentage point since the same period last year, when it stood at 7.5 percent in May 2013.

While sectors like educational and health services displayed a lot of growth in May, areas like construction and manufacturing did not. UALR economist and state economic forecaster Michael Pakko says the new numbers do not reflect “unambiguously positive news.”

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Local & Regional News
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Beebe Proposing $6.3 Million For Prison Beds

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says it has found $6.3 million in the budget to fund up to 600 additional prison beds.

Beebe's office said Thursday that the additional funding will relieve some backup of state prisoners in county jails, assuming it wins approval in a special session.

The governor says he'll add items to a call for a special session if passage in the House and Senate is assured. Already, legislators are working to win a consensus on public school employee health insurance. A bill that would block the lottery from adding monitor games is also under discussion.

Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Arkansas Ranks In Bottom Quartile Of AARP Scorecard

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Arkansas earned an overall ranking of 40th in a new study released by AARP ranking long-term services and support for older people. The state 

scored in the bottom quarter of states for each category of the five categories assessed. AARP associate state director for Arkansas, Herb Sanderson, says Arkansas needs to act now for the future.

“We’re on the front end of the aging baby boomers and our state’s aging population is going to increase by 40% by 2030. The current system is unsustainable,” he says.  

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Local & Regional News
6:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson Differ over Non-Violent Offenders and the Minimum Wage

Asa Hutchinson, Mike Ross
Credit KUAR

Arkansas’s Democratic and Republican Gubernatorial rivals are still at odds over what to do about the number of inmates in state prisons. Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross traded remarks over alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders Thursday at the 80th convention of the Arkansas Municipal League.

Ross pushed for reducing the number of incarcerated non-violent drug offenders. Hutchinson characterized Ross’s plan as lenient on non-violent crime.

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Arkansas Prisons
4:56 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Study: Arkansas Prisoners Have Very Low Financial Literacy

A study out of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock says the financial literacy of prisoners exiting the Arkansas Department of Correction system is significantly lower than that of the state’s general public. The study also found the level of financial literacy was lower for non-white prisoners than for white prisoners.

You can read the full study here.

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