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Health Insurance Expansion
7:17 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Private Option As Medicaid Innovation

Republican Representative John Burris of Harrison told his colleagues in the Arkansas House on Monday that the state could be an example to other states of how to overhaul Medicaid if it approves a new private option of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The House met Monday specifically to discuss a bill that would allow the state to expand health coverage through private insurance for roughly 250,000 Arkansans who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
6:45 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Animals Released Into Wild After Arkansas Oil Spill

Officials have released some animals back into the wild after they were rescued and cleaned up following an oil spill in central Arkansas.

Crews on Monday brought a pair of raccoons and several turtles to the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower.

Their release comes more than a week after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower and spilled thousands of barrels of oil on March 29.

Oil spewed onto lawns and roadways and almost fouled nearby Lake Conway. No one was hurt, but the spill led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

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Nuclear Safety
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Federal Inspectors Head To Arkansas Nuclear One

Arkansas Nuclear One

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a team of inspectors to Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville to review an accident that killed one worker and injured eight others.

The accident occurred March 31 when a 550-ton piece of equipment fell as a lifting rig collapsed. Authorities say 24-year-old Wade Walters of Russellville was killed when the equipment fell on him.

The NRC says there was no release of radiation or danger to the public because of the accident.

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Local & Regional News
4:24 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas Senate OKs Unemployment Testing, Benefit Cut

The Arkansas Senate has approved proposals to cut the maximum unemployment benefits the state pays out and to subject some unemployment recipients to random drug testing.

The Senate voted 19-12 Monday and approved the bill by Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave City. It would cut the maximum weekly benefits Arkansas pays from $451 to $325.

Hester says the state's benefits are much higher than surrounding states, but Democrats criticized the move as unfair to unemployed workers.  

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Arkansas House Approves Steel Mill Project

Arkansas House lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly approved Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to provide  $125 million in state financing for the construction of a new steel mill in the northeast corner of the state.

Lawmakers voted 78-17 for a bill authorizing Arkansas to issue bonds to provide a loan and pay some construction costs of a $1.1 billion steel facility in Osceola. The Senate has already approved identical legislation to authorize Big River Steel's project and its funding.  

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Homicide
3:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Suspect On The Run After Shooting A Man At Scott Hamilton Drive

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The suspect of a Sunday night’s shooting at Scott Hamilton Drive is still on the run.

The Little Rock Police Department says at around 10 p.m. officers found a Hispanic male laying outside a trailer home, the victim then died at UAMS hospital at around 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Sergeant Cassandra Davis, with the city’s police department, said, “The investigation is continuing. We are trying to develop suspect and look at the crime scene to determine exactly what occur there at 8510 Scott Hamilton Drive.”

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Arkansas Weather
3:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Thunderstorms And Heavy Rain Are Expected Tomorrow Night

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected beginning late Tuesday night through Thursday, as the National Weather Service predicts a line of storms moving through the state. 

Meteorologist Julie Lesko said eastern parts of Arkansas will see stronger and more damaging winds.

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Arkansas Literary Festival
10:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Public Radio Invites You To The 2013 Arkansas Literary Festival

10th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival

KUAR FM89 and KLRE Classical 90.5 invite you to join the stations of UALR Public Radio for the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas's premier gathering of readers and writers. The festival features more than 80 authors from Arkansas and around the world.

The Arkansas Literary Festival has expanded to more than 80 authors in locations on both sides of the river from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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Unequal Pay In Arkansas
10:02 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Report: Gender Wage Gap Increases For Women Of Color In Arkansas

National Women’s Law Center

A report by the National Women’s Law Center, a research and advocacy group, shows inequalities in pay between male and female workers persist in Arkansas and every other state.

Fatima Goss Graves worked on the comprehensive analysis of the gender wage gap. She says findings also show larger pay disparities for women of color in Arkansas.

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Highway Construction
9:47 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Interstate 30 Lane To Close During Little Rock Maintenance

Interstate 30

Arkansas highway officials say a lane closure is planned on Interstate 30 in the Little Rock metro area. Maintenance work on a median wall will require closure of the westbound inside lane just south of the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock to just south of the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock.  The lane is to be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The timing of the work could change if there is bad weather.   

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