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5:51 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Arkansas Cotton Growers See Bugs, Disease Ahead Of Harvest

Arkansas cotton growers have battled pests and disease this year, and the emergence of a fungus late in the season indicates a potential threat in the years ahead.

State growers are expected to harvest estimated 270,000 acres of cotton in 2013, down by more than half from 600,000 acres a year ago.

As recently as 2006, Arkansas growers planted nearly 1.2 million acres of cotton. Agriculture officials say growers will suffer yield losses due to tarnished plant bugs. And the emergence of Corynespora leaf spot is a new challenge for Arkansas growers.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
3:47 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Measures Being Taken to Ensure Health of Mayflower Community

The scene shortly after the pipeline ruptured in March, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil.
Credit KUAR

Health assessments for Mayflower residents affected by the March oil spill will be provided by the state, Gov. Mike Beebe's office announced Thursday.

Beginning next week, the Faulkner County Health Unit in Conway will offer appointment with nurses and specialists from the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These initial meetings will be used to evaluate a high number of patients who may have developed symptoms, such as lung and heart problems, as a result of the ruptured pipeline.

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Local & Regional News
1:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Temperatures Expected To Approach 100 Degrees

The National Weather service is forecasting temperatures in Arkansas will climb to around 100 degrees over the next few days.

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Local & Regional News
11:40 am
Thu August 29, 2013

State Organizations to Alter Farmland for Recreational Purposes

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is working with private landowners and other public agencies to alter unusable farmland for public use.

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Local & Regional News
10:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Sheriff: Teen Arrested In NE Arkansas Girl's Death

Jessica Williams

Authorities in northeast Arkansas have arrested a teenager suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said Thursday that the 17-year-old was arrested in connection with the death of 11-year-old Jessica Williams.

Authorities have not released the name of the teen, who has not been formally charged in Jessica's death.

Authorities found Jessica's body in a ditch on Wednesday morning after her father told investigators she was last seen playing with a dog and riding a bike on Tuesday evening near Gosnell.

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August Recess Activities
9:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Senator Boozman Wrapping Up Rural Tour

U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to bring his weeklong agriculture tour of Arkansas to a close on Friday with stops in three towns.

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4th District Congressional Race
7:59 am
Thu August 29, 2013

UPDATE: Darr Bows Out Of Congressional Bid Amid Ethical Questions

Mark Darr

Lt. Governor Mark Darr says he will drop out of the race for the 4th district congressional seat, now occupied by Republican Tom Cotton.

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Arkansas & The Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option' Waiver

Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss the state's request to use federal Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Thursday were scheduled to meet jointly and discuss the state's "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state.

The Legislature earlier this year approved the plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
10:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Request Federal Help After Storms

The state's federal lawmakers are requesting disaster assistance from the government for damage caused by recent storms and flooding.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

School Superintendents Defend Programs To Arm Staff

Members of the Arkansas Joint Judiciary Committee listen to testimony during Wednesday's hearing.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

With an appeal to be heard next month, the superintendents of two Arkansas school districts are defending programs to arm teachers and staff.

Wednesday a legislative panel heard arguments about whether having guns on campus is the best way to protect students.

Lake Hamilton Superintendent Steve Anderson told members of the Joint Judiciary Committee that in addition to two full-time armed security officers, his district has had several staff members, including himself, who have quick access to firearms if the need arises.

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