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5:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Detour Expected This Weekend In West Little Rock

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas highway officials say there will be a detour at the Interstate 430/630 interchange this weekend in Little Rock.

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5:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Sen. Mark Pryor To Speak At Arkansas Rice Expo

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is speaking about the farm bill and other agriculture issues at the Arkansas Rice Expo.

Pryor on Friday was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the expo, which will be held at the Grand Prairie Rice Center in Stuttgart.

Pryor is a Democratic two-term lawmaker who's seeking re-election next year. Pryor chairs the agriculture subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The speech is Pryor's first in Arkansas since The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton planned to challenge the senator next year.

Frank Deford Comes to Little Rock
5:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Tickets On Sale Now: Public Radio Welcomes Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford

Frank Deford

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The Friends of KLRE/KUAR will host a fundraiser featuring an evening with legendary sportswriter and public radio commentator Frank Deford on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m.

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4:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack Says Farm Bill Crisis Looms

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
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Congress will recess for the rest of the month Friday and the fate of the Farm Bill still has not been settled. Both chambers passed separate versions, but the House broke with a 40 year tradition and removed SNAP funding, commonly referred to as food stamps, from their version of the legislation.

Not a single Democrat supported that version. Republican Tom Cotton was the only member of the Arkansas delegation who voted against previous incarnations of the bill containing SNAP funding.

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4:39 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Quapaw Satisfied With Handling of Artifacts at Big River Steel Mill

Quapaw Tribe Flag
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Quapaw leaders and state officials appear to have reached an amicable solution to the presence of artifacts at the proposed location of the $1.1 billion dollar Big River Steel Mill. The site in eastern Arkansas contains a burial mound, a village with 14 structures, and numerous other artifacts. The news came after a closed meeting Wednesday in Osceola. 

John Berrey, Chair of the Business Committee for the Quapaw, says he was pleased that state officials share his concerns.

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4:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Arkansas AG: Schools Can't Arm Teachers, Staff

Arkansas' attorney general says school districts can't use a state law to employ teachers and staff as licensed, armed security guards on campus.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday said in an opinion issued by his office that the Arkansas board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies doesn't have the authority to license school districts to employ teachers and staff as armed guards.

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1:21 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Rep. Griffin Growing Impatient About Delays For Explanations On Pipeline Inspections

Rep. Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin is to meet Thursday with representatives of the federal agency that oversees pipeline safety to express his growing frustration with the slow response to requests for help in assessing inspection report data.

The full forensic metallurgical report on the cause of the rupture of the 65-year-old ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower on March 29 has been released, primarily blaming original manufacturing defects.

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1:15 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Arkansas AG Says Woman Arrested For Medicaid Fraud

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Little Rock health care provider has been arrested for felony Medicaid fraud.

McDaniel says 21-year-old Tequila Fitzgerald turned herself in to Pulaski County authorities Thursday morning after the Attorney General's Office issued a warrant for her arrest.  Bond was set at $2,000.

Fitzgerald is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid program for attendant-care services that she did not render. She allegedly falsely billed Medicaid for $17,340.

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11:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Sen. Pryor Rips Rep. Cotton's Vote Against Student Loan Bill

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is wasting little time going after expected Republican rival Tom Cotton, criticizing the freshman congressman for voting against a measure aimed at lowering the costs of borrowing for college for millions of students.  

Pryor's re-election campaign on Thursday called Cotton's  vote against the student loan measure a sign that the Republican is "far outside the mainstream." Cotton was one of six Republicans in the House who voted against the measure on Wednesday.

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11:21 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Salvation Army In Need Of Donations To Feed Hungry

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The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas says it is in need of new food supplies due to the increasing numbers of families in need during the summer months.

The organization, which provides aid in Pulaski, Faulkner and neighboring counties, served balanced meals nearly 200 families in June. But dwindling resources have resulted in more encouragement to donate, with the Salvation Army pushing private groups and churches to hold drives and functions.

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