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8:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Historic Majestic Hotel In Hot Springs Boarded Up

A vintage postcard of the Majestic Hotel in its early days.

The historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is now boarded up.

The hotel complex closed in 2006 after operating for 124 years. City officials say the structure isn't habitable in its current condition and needed to be secured to keep people out.

The Majestic had been owned by the same company that owns the nearby Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa but was sold to Arc Arkansas, which planned to convert the property to apartments, with ground-floor retail. That plan never got off the ground.

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Local & Regional News
2:53 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Arkansas House Votes Against Compromise Medicaid Plan

Members of the Arkansas House at the start of Tuesday's session, before the vote over the private option.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

While it’s expected to get another vote Wednesday, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted against a bill Tuesday that would reauthorize funding for the so-called private option.

State Representative John Burris, a Republican from Harrison, spoke in favor of it, telling his colleagues it would be best to continue the program that uses federal Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low income residents.

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Local & Regional News
2:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

LR Man Charged With Killing Teen Says He Only Shot To Scare

Little Rock police say a man charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl told investigators he was just trying to scare some teenage vandals when he fired his pistol at their car.

Police say 48-year-old Willie Noble opened fire early Saturday after finding his car spattered with eggs, mayonnaise, toilet paper and leaves.

The driver fled to a convenience store. That's where police found Adrian Broadway with a gunshot wound to the head. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Severe Weather In Eastern Arkansas On Thursday

The National Weather Service said severe weather, including the potential for damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, are likely on Thursday.

“It’s not entirely out of question to see some severe thunderstorms in central part of the state during the afternoon but primarily the bigger threats for severe weather is going to be in the eastern part of the state," said Meteorologist Charles Dalton.

He said it's due to warm temperatures and a strong frontal system that is coming to the state.

Local & Regional News
1:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Body Of Missing 9-Year-Old Hunter Found In South Arkansas

Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who didn't return after he went squirrel hunting in the south Arkansas woods has been found dead.

Union County Sheriff Mike McGough says the body of Hank Bollen of Magnolia was found late Tuesday morning near the border of Union and Columbia counties.

Shreveport, La., television station KSLA reports the boy had at least one gunshot wound, though authorities haven't said how that happened.

Local & Regional News
10:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Senator Changes Position On Private Option, Could Be Enough For Passage

A slice of drama was cut from the state capitol on Tuesday as a state senator previously opposed to the private option said she would now vote to fund it.

State Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) got something in return, however. English, a long-time advocate for restructuring workforce education and training in Arkansas, said she has received support from fellow lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe to fundamentally alter programs tied to workforce investment.

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Local & Regional News
10:24 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Arkansas Lawmaker Warns Virginia Against Private Option

File photo of Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A top state lawmaker from Arkansas is warning Virginia's legislators against accepting federal dollars intended for expanding Medicaid eligibility, saying his state has buyer's remorse after taking the money.

Leaders in the GOP-controlled Virginia House organized a news conference call Tuesday with Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman.

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The Metropolitan Opera
10:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Feb. 22: Der Rosenkavalier

Alice Coote as Octavian, Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs in Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier."
Credit Jonathan Tichler / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, February 22 on KLRE Classical 90.5 at noon with Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

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Local & Regional News
9:58 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Watch Now: PBS Newshour Airs Segment About Private Option in Arkansas

The PBS Newshour aired a segment about the Private Option in Arkansas. The segment discussed Arkansas’s alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that uses federal dollars to purchase private health care plans for low-income residents.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Assessing Arkansas Lawmakers At Week Two Of Fiscal Session

The Arkansas House of Representatives are to vote on 'Private Option' reauthorization Tuesday. 75 votes are required for passage.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislature meets again on Tuesday after the President's Day/Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday.

The state's "private option" plan of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law is still the top issue. KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and Chris Hickey have a conversation about the political climate at the state Capitol as legislators prepare for a critical vote.

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