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3:59 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Arkansas Has 74 Flu Deaths This Season, Worst In Recent History

Credit Connecticut Department of Public Health

As of Thursday, 74 people have died in Arkansas from flu-related ailments, making it the deadliest flu season in modern recorded history, according to the state Department of Health.  

“This was a very bad season, maybe our worst since 1919, since the 1918 Pandemic flu. We don’t know that for sure, because we don’t have great records for the first three or four decades of the 1900’s, but it’s certainly the worst on record. The worst on record that we’ve had good data on,” said Dr. Dirk Haselow, the state epidemiologist.

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10:38 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Utility Must Disclose Ratepayer's Info

The Arkansas Supreme Court says that a municipal utility cannot withhold a ratepayer's home address under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Justices on Thursday reversed a Monroe County judge's ruling that the Brinkley Water and Sewer Department was not required to release a ratepayer's home address in response to an open records request.

The utility had cited privacy concerns in withholding the ratepayer's address.

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Local & Regional News
9:29 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ex-Senator Gilbert Baker Quits UCA Post

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has quit his job at the University of Central Arkansas.

The college said Wednesday that Baker had left his $132,000-job as the president's executive assistant. A reason wasn't given.

Baker's departure came the same day the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock reported that Baker's former political consultant, Don Thomas, had denied being involved with political action committees that donated money to a circuit judge under investigation. Two of the PACs list Thomas as an officer.

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Local & Regional News
9:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Author Charles Portis To Be Honored In Little Rock

"True Grit" author Charles Portis is being honored at a ceremony at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Portis will be awarded The Porter Prize lifetime achievement award Thursday night.

The Porter Prize is given out annually to an Arkansas writer, while the lifetime achievement award is handed out every five years.

Previous lifetime achievement award winners are novelist Donald Harington and poet Miller Williams.

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Local & Regional News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

2 Lawsuits Challenge Judicial Candidates In Conway

Two lawsuits have been filed challenging the eligibility of two people running for separate judgeships in Faulkner County.

The lawsuits allege that candidate Angela Byrd and current Circuit Judge H.G. Foster are ineligible for the ballot because both had their law licenses temporarily suspended for not paying annual state-bar fees.

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7:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

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Arkansas Transportation
6:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Plan Launched To Improve Bicycling in Arkansas

Robert Patten, senior designer with Toole Design, and Ron Copeland, director of UALR Partnership, look at maps during Wednesday's meeting.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A series of public meetings are being held around Arkansas, as officials work to develop a state plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian availability.

“I think our main goal is to find out from the people what are some of the bike and pedestrian issues," Robert Patten, a national planner with Toole Design Group, told  a small gathering Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

He said they're considering issues like safety and access for people wanting to be able to bicycle in areas that may not have dedicated lanes or bike trails.

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Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Arkansas Revenue Numbers Above Forecast

Revenue numbers released Wednesday show collections over $43 million above forecast. John Shellnutt, an economist with the Department of Finance and Administration, said key areas showed significant change compared to the previous month and same time period last year.

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Local & Regional News
3:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mike Ross Unveils Major Pre-K Proposal for Gubernatorial Campaign

Mike Ross reading to children at Fair Park Early Childhood Center
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Advocates of access to pre-K education gained a major supporter today when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross announced his plan to offer pre-K to every four year old in the state. The Democratic hopeful’s $37 million a year plan would provide free pre-K by 2025 to all four year olds whose families make less than 300 percent of poverty, with reduced rates for families with higher incomes.

Ross said the state’s existing ABC program doesn’t have the capacity to serve the demand for early childhood education statewide

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Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Prosecutor Clears Bald Knob Chief In Shooting

A prosecutor has cleared the Bald Knob police chief in a shooting that wounded a woman at a convenience store.

Prosecuting attorney Chris Raff says Chief Tim Sanford was justified in his use of force in the March 24 shooting of 34-year-old Amy Renee Collins of Cave City. Authorities say Sanford was investigating a reported stabbing when he
shot Collins after she allegedly ran toward him with a knife in her hand.

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