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10:31 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Gets An "A" For Website

An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the Legislatures in Arkansas, New Hampshire and Connecticut an 'A'  grade for how they make legislative information available.

The Sunlight Foundation also gave the top mark to Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.

Two New England states got an 'F.' They are Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Others in that category are Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, and Nebraska.

Vermont got a 'B' and Maine got a 'D.'

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Local & Regional News
8:21 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Video: Arkansas Sen. Dismang Says Lawmakers Exploring Non-profit Insurance Exchange

At a health insurance expansion rally on Thursday, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) encouraged stakeholders in the debate to be patient with lawmakers as they grapple for a fiscal and political solution to insuring more Arkansans.

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Local & Regional News
7:50 am
Sat March 9, 2013

This Weekend: Used Book Sale in Little Rock

This weekend, readers of all levels will convene at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries used book sale in the Main Library basement in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
4:40 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

DHS Settles With Family Of Child Killed By Falling Goal

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it's agreed to a settlement with the family of a 9-year-old who was killed when a soccer goal fell on him two years ago.

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Local & Regional News
4:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ark. House Rejects Bill To Cut Concealed Carry Fee

  The Arkansas House has rejected a proposal to cut in half the application fee for obtaining a concealed handgun license. 

By a 31-52 vote, lawmakers on Friday rejected the measure, which would have decreased the concealed carry permit application fee from $100 to $50. It would have also further reduced the fee for veterans, people over the age of 60 and residents who have obtained a restraining order.

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Truck Accident
4:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Crews Continue To Repair Damage From Thursday's I-40 Accident

Highway officials say the whole support structure where a tractor-trailer hit a bridge in the fiery accident Thursday will have to be replaced.

Spokesman Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the Young Road overpass near the Crystal Hill exit on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock is expected to be re-opened Friday evening with 200 tons weight restrictions.

Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Bill Would Ban Employers From Requesting Social Media Info

An Arkansas lawmaker has proposed banning employers from asking current or prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.

Democratic Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville filed the bill Friday. It would prohibit employers from threatening or taking disciplinary action against employees or applicants for not revealing their usernames or passwords.

Employers could not refuse to hire applicants for not handing over their social media information.

The legislation would also apply to email accounts. 

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Sequestration In Arkansas
2:12 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Sequestration Cuts Are Being Felt At Little Rock’s Central High School National Historic Site

Credit nps.gov

Officials with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site say they are trying to not lay off workers due to sequestration cuts.

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11:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Hole goes clear through Cantrell Road viaduct

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Motorists driving west on the Cantrell Road viaduct near Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood may have felt quite a jolt Friday after a sizable hole developed in one lane of the elevated roadway.
An iPhone is pictured on the ground next to a hole in the Cantrell Road viaduct to offer perspective on its size. Motorists driving west on the Cantrell Road viaduct near Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood may have felt quite a jolt Friday after a sizable hole developed in one lane of the elevated roadway.
8:46 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Arkansas' Buffalo: Among Nat Geo's Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

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Arkansas' Buffalo National River came in at Number 2.
From the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything-National Parks Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, scores of lesser known sites that well reward a visit-and that are far less crowded than big-name parks.

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