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2:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Candidates For Two Arkansas Races Address Delta Caucus

Candidates from Arkansas' closely watched political races in 2014 addressed members of the Delta Grassroots Caucus at a conference in Memphis.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor addressed the crowd in person Friday, while his challenger, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, spoke with members via speaker phone.

The caucus also included speeches from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, who are both running for Arkansas governor. The governor's office comes open next year because Democratic incumbent Mike Beebe is term-limited.

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12:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Proposal To Avert Health Insurance Increase For Teachers Advances

Arkansas lawmakers Friday approved legislation aimed at averting health insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent that are otherwise set to hit thousands of teachers next year.

The House and Senate on passed identical but separate bills that call for using $43 million in state surplus money this year. Those proposals will head to the opposite chambers for final votes.

The House also approved a series of long-term changes to the insurance program that supporters say are needed to keep it sustainable and avoid future efforts to boost funding.

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7:53 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Candidates For 2 Arkansas Races Speaking At Delta Caucus

Leading candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor's races in Arkansas are scheduled to speak at a conference in Memphis.

Two-term incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, and the Republican opponent for his Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, will speak Friday at the Delta Grassroots Caucus at the Agricenter in east Memphis.

Also scheduled to speak are former Congressmen Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson, who are competing to replace Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

On Opening Day Of Special Session, A Race To The Finish

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Arkansas lawmakers gathered at the Capitol Thursday to convene for a special legislative session addressing insurance premium hikes for public school employees. KUAR’s Chris Hickey was there for the opening and has this report.

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7:13 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

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Local & Regional News
4:41 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Bill To Lower Teacher Insurance Hikes Advances In Legislative Session

An Arkansas legislative committee has advanced a bill to use state surplus funds to lower an increase in teacher insurance premiums that are to hit next year.

The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday endorsed the proposal to use $43 million from the surplus to lower the premium which otherwise would increase by as much as 50 percent. The proposal is the centerpiece of a package of bills aimed at reducing the premium increase.

The surplus money and redirected surplus funds in subsequent years is expected to lower the premium increase to 10 percent.

Local & Regional News
3:30 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Billboard In Harrison Sparks Protest

Controversial billboard in Harrison that was the subject of a protest Thursday.
Credit KARK

A protest was held Thursday afternoon in Harrison in response to a billboard that was put up on highway 62/65.  The message on the sign read: “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.”

The sign sparked an immediate response from people in the community and according to Claude West, owner of Harrison Sign Company, has prompted phone calls from around the country.

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Local & Regional News
2:50 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

McDaniel Offers Settlement Proposal In Deseg Case

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is offering a $119 million settlement to three districts involved in a long-running school desegregation case.

In a letter Thursday, McDaniel said any settlement must involve the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County districts.

Arkansas pays about $70 million annually to the districts under a 1989 agreement. The offer was in response to a proposed settlement McDaniel recently received from Little Rock to phase out its payments in either a $297 million lump sum or $42.4 million a year for seven years.

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2:48 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

National Historic Sites Reopen Across Arkansas

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center.

Hundreds of federal employees who work at agencies across Arkansas returned to their jobs Thursday, after being furloughed.

Some workers, particularly those who oversee National Park Service sites in the state, had been off the job for 16 days due to the partial government shutdown.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Competing Bills Filed Over Arkansas School Money

Competing proposals have been filed in the state Legislature over the state's efforts to reclaim excess property tax revenues from a handful of Arkansas school districts.

Two bills were filed Thursday over the property tax issue, which is on the agenda for the special session Gov. Mike Beebe called to address a looming hike in teacher insurance rates.

Democratic Sen. Bruce Maloch filed a proposal backed by Beebe that would phase out the excess money eight districts receive from levying the state-mandated property tax millage. The money would go back to the state.

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