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Not Necessarily Nashville
8:10 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist Oct. 12, 2013

This week's program, with fill-in host Michael Hibblen, featured several songs from Willie Nelson's new duets album To All The Girls, which will be released Tuesday, Oct. 15.  The 80-year-old music legend will be playing in Little Rock on Nov. 21 at Robinson Center Music Hall.  One of the artists Nelson recorded with for this album was Rosanne Cash, who will also be playing in Little Rock two days later, on Nov. 23 at South On Main.

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Local & Regional News
4:44 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Case of Arkansas Power Grid Saboteur

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Authorities Saturday arrested the man they believe is responsible for a series of disruptions to the power grid in Central Arkansas. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more. 

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the arrest of 37 year old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville. Thyer said the arrest was made after an explosion near Woodring's house drew the attention of agents who observed a type of blue hose similar to that used in previous incidents.

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Local & Regional News
9:55 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka

They’re finally getting around to honoring the designer of the Arkansas flag, 100 years after it was created.

Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka created what we now use as the Arkansas state flag and unveiled it at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs in 1913.

The design is the familiar diamond-shaped blue band on a red background with 25 white stars signifying Arkansas as the 25th state.

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Local & Regional News
5:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Beebe: "It's Washington That Has Caused This Mess"

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he expects the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise to more than 1,400 next week. Speaking to reporters Friday, Beebe vented frustration with Congress over the shutdown that so far has idled hundreds of state employees.

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Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Look At Teacher Insurance Proposals

Arkansas House and Senate leaders are measuring support for a package of bills that would increase state funding to teacher insurance and overhaul the program to avoid rate hikes of up to 50 percent thousands of teachers will face next year next year.

House and Senate members on Friday received a list of bills that are being proposed for a potential special session to address the looming rate hikes.

Gov. Mike Beebe has said he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol unless there's consensus for the changes.

Big Data In Arkansas
4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock

CEO Ron Ford, flanked by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (left) and Governor Mike Beebe (right), talks about his company, nGage Labs.
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A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

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Local & Regional News
3:20 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of Light Show On Arkansas River Bridges

Entergy Corporation released this video offering a sneak peek of the lighting project for three bridges spanning the Arkansas River. The $2 million project includes lights on the Junction and Clinton Library pedestrian bridges and the Main Street bridge.

Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Local Opinions About Federal Government Shutdown

As the federal government shutdown continues into its second week, people across the country are expressing their concerns. 

The coffee shop is a natural meeting point for conversation and debate, and Starbucks is taking advantage of this by offering a petition for people to sign. It calls for a bipartisan end the shutdown.

Kate Althoff, a self-described “professional volunteer,” said she is tired of the situation and believes others share her worry.

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Local & Regional News
12:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Teachers Help Students Meet Economics Standards With Support From The Federal Reserve

High school students review class assignment.
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Arkansas high school students are now expected to pass a semester-long course in economics. The new state mandate is a requirement for graduation. 

In order to help students meet course standards, a coalition of groups created an economics curriculum and training sessions for teachers in the state.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Stay Granted In Case Over Exxon Pipeline Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill

A judge has granted federal prosecutor's request to stay proceedings in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower.

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Thursday granted the request for a stay in the case because of the partial government shutdown. 

Prosecutors said in a court document Wednesday that most attorneys with the U.S.

Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.

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