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1:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas Public Schools Operate School-Based Health Clinics

Twenty-one Arkansas public school districts have been funded to operate school-based health clinics, providing a full range of services to primarily low-income children. 

Jacqueline Froelich from member station KUAF visited one of the first to open, three years ago, at Lincoln District in rural western Washington County.

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Local & Regional News
1:10 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Beebe: Won't Call Session Without Consensus

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol to address a looming hike in teacher insurance premiums without the votes to pass short- and long-term fixes to the program.

Beebe told reporters Monday he's talking with legislators and state officials about options available for addressing the premium increases that 47,000 teachers will see starting Jan. 1.

A state board last month approved increasing premiums by as much as 50 percent and some legislators say they need a special session to address the increase.

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Local & Regional News
11:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

UA Study Charts Benefits Of Museum Field Trips

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

A study by the University of Arkansas of K-12 students who went on field trips to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art shows that children who visited the museum had improved critical thinking skills.

The university and the museum in Bentonville announced Monday that the study results are being published in the journal Education Next.

Researchers studied children who visited the museum and those who hadn't done so yet. Nearly 11,000 students were surveyed at more than 120 schools.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas: 156 Bridges Deficient, Fracture Critical

Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail.

That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory. Most Arkansas bridges considered both deficient and "fracture critical" are on county roads that are less traveled.

But eight are on significant federal highways and 11 are on Arkansas routes maintained by state transportation officials.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Manslaughter Retrial To Start In Little Rock For Ex-officer

Judge Wendell Griffen

A retrial is set to begin for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in a teenager's death. 

Josh Hastings' retrial is to get underway on Monday in Little Rock. A jury deadlocked at a trial earlier this year. 

Hastings is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Judge Wendell Griffen has repeatedly refused to recuse from the case, even though Hastings' lawyer, Bill James, asked him to do so.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Bridge Repairs Mean Lane Closure In Little Rock

Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect a continued lane closure on Highway 10 in Little Rock.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repairs on the roadway will require the westbound outside lane of Cantrell Road to be closed on the railroad bridge located just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock.

The closures will be in place Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

Local & Regional News
12:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Jewelry Auction To Raise Money For Hearing-Impaired Children

The Advance Health Spa in Hillcrest is accepting Jewelry donations this month, to benefit children affected by hearing loss. 

The business is partnering with Sertoma, an organization that works with the hearing impaired, to raise money for the deaf and blind school’s hearing aid costs.

They will accept all types of jewelry in any type of condition, including broken watches and single, lost earrings. Event organizer Connie Carbary  says the donated items will be fixed.

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Beebe Talks Stopping Big Hike in Teacher Insurance Premiums

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe and some state lawmakers are hoping to avoid costly changes for Arkansas school teachers enrolled in state health plans. Insurance premiums are predicted to rise by up to 50% at the start of next year for those enrolled in the popular gold plan.

The rate hikes are unconnected to the implementation of the federal health care law. In his weekly radio address, Governor Beebe said this is not a new problem.

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Local & Regional News
12:48 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Audit Committee Questions University Of Arkansas Officials About Finances

State lawmakers question U.A. Fayetteville officials, during a Legislative Joint Auditing Committee meeting.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Officials with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are assuring state lawmakers that changes have been implemented to address monetary concerns. 

Chancellor David Gearhart says his campus is in sound financial shape, despite a state audit that cited the school's fundraising division for poor management that led to deficits. 

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Local Arts
12:10 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Arkansas Arts Center 'Yarn-Bombed'

The Finished Product
William Strigel UALR Public Radio

The entrance to the Arkansas Arts Center, as well as the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain, and numerous trees and lampposts outside the museum has been 'yarn-bombed.' Arts Center staff and volunteers began the process Sep. 9 with strings of colorful yarn and hundreds of blankets.

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