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3:17 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Arkansas To Hold Hearings On 'Private Option' Waiver

Arkansas officials are holding two public hearings next month on the state's plan to use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

The Department of Human Services on Monday released a draft of the waiver it plans to submit to the federal government for the "private option" approach to expand insurance coverage in the state.

Gov. Mike Beebe signed the plan into law earlier this year, but it still must receive federal approval.

The private option was approved as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment.

Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Filing: Shoffner Plans To Plead Not Guilty

Martha Shoffner
Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner says she plans to plead not guilty to charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments, but a federal judge says she can't skip a hearing to enter that plea. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Volpe denied Shoffner's request to waive her appearance at an arraignment hearing scheduled for later this week. Volpe's order was dated Friday, but wasn't entered into the court system until Monday.

Shoffner and her attorney said in a filing with the court that she planned to plead not guilty.

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Local & Regional News
10:44 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Several Arkansas Inmates Seek To Have Appeal Dismissed

Several Arkansas death row inmates are seeking to have their appeal dismissed in a case involving the state's public records law.

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Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Big Rock' Interchange Lane Detours In Little Rock

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says construction on the Interstate 430/630 interchange in west Little Rock will mean continued detours in the area known as "Big Rock."

The department says workers are painting future flyover ramps and the work will prevent access to the northeast and southeast loop ramps. This means northbound drivers in I-430 who want to go west on Financial Center Parkway or Chenal Parkway will have to take the Shackleford Road Exit.

Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Hung Jury In Case Of Ex-Little Rock Officer

A Pulaski County jury was unable to reach a verdict after 12 hours of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer.

The trial of former officer Josh Hastings ended Sunday afternoon with no verdict after jurors informed Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen they could not come to a unanimous decision.

Griffen had earlier encouraged the jury to reach a decision - saying the case would have to be decided by a jury eventually.

Not Necessarily Nashville
8:10 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist June 22, 2013

The Carper Family- My Old Chevy Van (Old Fashioned Gal)
Wayne Hancock-  Lone Road Home  (Ride)
Tejas Brothers- Chasing Down The Devil (Live A Little More)
The Carper Family- Foolish Ramblin Man (Old Fashioned Gal)
Mary Gauthier- Jackie's Train (Drag Queens in Limousines)
Austin Lounge Lizards- Too Big To Fail (Home and Deranged)
Sutton Holt Coleman- Train That Carried My Girl From Town (Ready For The...)
Dopsey Jr & The Zydeco Twisters- Gonna Go Zydeco (Zydeco Gone Wild)
Donna The Buffalo- Love Time (Tonight Tomorrow and Yesterday)

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Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

More Visitors To The Rivermarket And Public Library Mean An Increased Need For Parking

Credit River Market Information

The City of Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System are developing a plan to build a new parking deck on Riverfront Park. With between 3,000 and 4,000 people visiting the library per day, more parking space is needed.

The project is still in the early stages, but has already received some pushback. The main concern is that the structure would obscure riverfront land. 

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Local & Regional News
12:33 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bike Lane Debate Continues At Town Meeting

Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

The City of Little Rock is considering reducing the number of lanes on South Main Street between Interstate 630 and Roosevelt Road and adding bike lanes in order to calm traffic. People on both sides of the issue gathered together Thursday night at the Rufus K Young Church on South Main to discuss.

Residents, store owners, commuters, and bike riders were among those at the meeting who voiced opinions on the proposed bike lanes. The “road diet” as the city calls the project, involves reducing the road to three lanes and adding two bike lanes.

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Election News
5:44 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Former Arkansas Lawmaker Gets Home Detention, Fine in Election Fraud Case

Hudson Hallum

The state's move toward implementing a new voter ID law and Thursday's sentencing of former Arkansas lawmaker Hudson Hallum for election fraud have raised some questions about upholding the integrity of the election process in our state.

Hallum was sentenced in federal court in Little Rock to one year of home detention and three years probation. He was also fined $20,000 and must serve 100 hours of community service.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Little Rock Jurors Learning More In Former Police Officer's Trial

Jurors are learning about what led up to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old burglary suspect by a Little Rock police officer who is defending himself against a manslaughter charge. 

The trial of Josh Hastings is to resume Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. He is accused in the death last summer of Bobby Moore III.

Prosecutors on Wednesday put on the stand two juvenile boys who were with Moore when he was shot.

The boys' accounts conflict with what Hastings told investigators. Hastings said he fired because he felt the driver was trying to run over him.

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