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3:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Power Transmission Operator Breaks Ground For Little Rock Facility

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A company that will manage operations of Entergy Arkansas’s power grid, broke ground on a new facility in Little Rock Friday. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, is establishing a regional headquarters that it says will employ 50 people at average salaries of 85,000 dollars a year.

Local elected officials and company representatives gathered in the middle of a dusty construction site in West Little Rock to move dirt with golden shovels and give a ceremonial blessing to the arrival MISO’s new facility in Arkansas

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1:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Beebe Warns Wildfire Risk Increasing

Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Jacob Kauffman

The threat of wildfires is likely to increase in the coming weeks as temperatures rise and humidity decreases. Governor Mike Beebe noted in his weekly radio address Arkansas has experienced abnormally high amounts of wildfires recently.

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12:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Possibility of Snow Sunday in Arkansas

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While temperatures have been warming up lately the threat of winter weather is possible again this Sunday. Meteorologist Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service said heavy rainfall is possible for much of the state Saturday followed by cooler temperatures.

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8:58 am
Fri March 14, 2014

New Clinton White House Records To Be Released

William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR

The National Archives is releasing another 4,000 pages of documents from former President Bill Clinton's White House, including records related to Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and the 2000 recount in Florida.

The Clinton Presidential Library is making a second trove of previously unreleased records available to the public Friday.

The records will cover a variety of topics, including the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the 1996 Khobar (KOH'-bahr) Towers bombing and the transition to the Bush administration following the 2000 recount.

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6:17 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Report: Arkansas Housing Market Struggling

The Federal Reserve’s quarterly look at economic conditions in the Little Rock zone shows 45 percent of business contacts surveyed expect employment to increase, while the remaining 55 percent predict no change.

The Burgundy Book offers a comprehensive look at the economic conditions of each of the St. Louis Fed's four zones, including Little Rock.

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6:10 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Arkansas Forestry Commission: March Is Most Dangerous Month For Wildfires

The Arkansas Forestry Commission is asking property owners to take precautions to help prevent wildfires.

"March is by far our most dangerous wildfire month in Arkansas," says Joe Fox with the Commission.

Fox says that with milder weather, many residents may be inclined to burn trash or debris. But he notes windy conditions and low humidity could make things dangerous.

He says anyone doing outdoor burning should be extremely careful and not leave the fire unattended.

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3:22 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Voter ID Rules for Absentee Ballots Divide Arkansas Election Commissions

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane
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The new Voter ID law continues to be tested in special elections throughout the state and problems with absentee ballots are heading to court. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman has details.

The Pulaski County Election Commission and County Clerk Larry Crane are suing the Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners over procedures governing absentee ballots submitted without a copy of an ID.

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1:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Children's Health in Arkansas: The Good And Bad News

A new report on the state of children's health in Arkansas highlights some big wins and some areas of concern.

It says more Arkansas children are likely to receive immunizations than they were seven years ago but notes children need better access to mental health services, more nutritious meals, and consistent health education.

The report is put together by a partnership of health care providers, state agencies, and other health organizations.

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7:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

UCA Ex-Administrator Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence

Credit Faulkner County Sheriff's Office

A former University of Central Arkansas administrator remains free on bond pending an appeal after a jury convicted him of six counts of commercial burglary.

The jury in Van Buren County recommended Wednesday that former UCA chief of staff Jack Gillean serve three years in prison. Earlier in the day, the jury deliberated about an hour and a half before convicting Gillean on the felony counts.

Prosecutors accused Gillean of giving master keys to a student so the student could break into professors' offices to steal tests.

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5:09 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Pulaski Tech To Assess College's Financial Future After Voters Reject Tax Increase

Now that Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly rejected a measure for a property tax increase to generate $11 million annually for Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, the school's president says she will be assessing the college's financial future. 

Voters turned back the measure by a 3-to-1 margin.

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