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3:32 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Actor Jeff Bridges Brings Attention to Child Hunger in Arkansas

Actor Jeff Bridges and Share Our Strength CEO Bill Shore
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The actor known for True Grit and The Big Lebowski stopped by a Little Rock elementary school Monday to have breakfast with students and to talk about child hunger in America. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman covered the event featuring Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges.

After breakfast, students at Stephens Elementary gathered to take part in games promoting healthy foods while Jeff Bridges and leaders from a number of Arkansas hunger relief organizations mingled with teachers and onlookers.

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Labor & The Economy
1:50 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Down, Still Higher Than Nation

Figures released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Monday show an increase in the number of workers who’ve found a job. The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of one percent to 7.3 percent in January, compared to December. It’s also two-tenths of a percent lower from the same time last year.

Dr. Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Economic Advancement says overall the numbers show positive trends in the state’s economy.

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Local & Regional News
11:17 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Arkansas Governor Names Chief Of Staff To UA Board

Gov. Mike Beebe has named his chief of staff and close friend Morril Harriman to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Beebe's office on Monday announced that Harriman would replace Sam Hilburn on the UA panel, an appointment that expires in March 2024.

Beebe's spokesman said Harriman will continue to serve as Beebe's chief of staff. Harriman, 63, has served as Beebe's chief since the governor took office in 2007.

Beebe called Harriman, with whom he served in the state Senate, his "best friend and most trusted ally" during his political career.

Arkansas Business Report
11:12 am
Mon March 17, 2014

3/17/14: Arkansas Business Report

This week's report: Midcontinent Independent System Operator broke ground on a new regional operations center in Little Rock; Tyson execs say their company has adopted a no excuses mindset the last few years that has lead to sales and earnings growth; Homes sold in Arkansas this past January is 8.7 percent higher over a year ago.

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Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Couple Pledges $240,000 For University Of Arkansas Engineering

A Dallas couple has pledged $240,000 to the University of Arkansas' college of engineering to support an endowed fellowship in their name.

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Local & Regional News
10:36 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Governor Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption For Drilling Sand

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Gov. Mike Beebe has issued a line-item veto on a provision in a budget bill that exempts sales tax collection on the sand used in the drilling of oil and natural gas.

The governor made the line-item veto Monday in the budget bill for the Department of Finance and Administration's revenue services division.

In a letter to lawmakers, Beebe said the Legislature made a substantive change to state law without following the constitutional steps to do so during a fiscal session.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Coalition Closer To Plan For Homeless Campus

A coalition pushing a $3 million homeless campus in Fort Smith hopes to soon shore up funding and finalize a plan so renovation work can start later this year.

The Old Fort Homeless Coalition plans to purchase and renovate a 127,500-square-foot former furniture factory to start Riverview Hope Campus. The first phase of the project will renovate about 35,000 square feet of the factory at a cost of more than $1 million.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Jeff Bridges, Arkansas Governor Plan Panel Discussion

Actor Jeff Bridges
Credit Gage Skidmore / flickr.com

Actor Jeff Bridges is scheduled to visit Little Rock to promote an effort aimed at reducing childhood hunger.

The No Kid Hungry campaign is trying to increase participation in programs that provide meals for children at their schools. The campaign is a part of the national, non-profit group Share Our Strength.

Bridges is scheduled to attend a school assembly Monday at Little Rock's Stephens Elementary School, followed by a panel discussion with Gov. Mike Beebe and Share Our Strength CEO Billy Shore.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
5:18 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

WAR WIDOWS Part 2

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Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Private Option Overshadows GOP Primaries In Arkansas

Arkansas Capitol

The fight over Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be over in the Legislature, but it's now spilling over into a number of Republican primaries this spring.

GOP candidates who supported the "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor are now facing friendly fire from within the party as they near the May 20 primary. The fight is spilling over into races that have nothing to do with the "private option" or health care, including the primaries for state treasurer and auditor.

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