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3:51 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Whooping Cough On The Rise In Arkansas, Other States

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The number of cases of whooping cough in Arkansas has more than doubled from a year ago.

Dr. Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health says at this time last year, there were 141 reported cases. And so far this year, there are 342 cases.

"This [increase] is not a unique pattern to Arkansas. We are seeing this across the country. The patterns of increase are occurring in different regions at different times. We have clearly seen a huge upswing in the number of cases in children in elementary school and adolescents," says Wheeler. 

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1:25 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Heavy Rain Expected In Arkansas; Should Be Gone In Time For Trick-or-Treating

Flash flooding is expected in much of Arkansas as forecasters predict heavy rain and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow.

But meteorologist Tabitha Clark with the National Weather Service predicts the rain will let up in time for trick-or-treating in the late afternoon and evening on Thursday.

"As we get late into the afternoon, things are really going to start to taper off when the cold front gets here and pushes everything out. Although it might not be raining when kids go trick-or-treating, it's going to be really wet out," says Clark. 

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9:19 am
Wed October 30, 2013

US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack To Visit Arkansas

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Arkansas this week amid questions about the nation's farm policies.

Vilsack is scheduled to visit Little Rock on Wednesday to talk about the need for Congress to pass the nation's farm bill.

The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, food stamps and other rural development projects. The fight over renewing the farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.

Members of the House and Senate are set to begin negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week.

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9:14 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Clemmer To Make Announcement On US House Bid

State Rep. Ann Clemmer (R) of Benton
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Republican primary for a central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin could get more crowded.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton planned Wednesday to announce whether she'll seek the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. If she runs, she'll be the third Republican to launch a bid since Griffin announced last week that he wouldn't seek re-election next year.

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5:02 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Little Rock Leaders Launch Campaign To Fund Robinson Renovation Project

Supporters of the renovation project gather on the steps of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.

Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.

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2:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Arkansas Democrats Request Ethics Probe Of Rep. Tom Cotton

Benton Smith, a campaign law and finance attorney for the Arkansas Democratic Party, speaks to reporters outside the state Capitol Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Democratic Party is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican Rep. Tom Cotton illegally solicited contributions for his Senate campaign during an interview inside the U.S. Capitol.

But Cotton’s campaign says conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt misspoke when he said Cotton was in the Capitol as he joined the talk show by phone on Sept. 30.

During a press conference in Little Rock Tuesday, Democratic Party campaign law and finance attorney Benton Smith alleged a violation of federal campaign law had occurred.

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12:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Torrential Rainfall Expected In Arkansas Wednesday And Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting torrential rainfall across Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday.

A slow moving cold front will move into the western part of the state Wednesday afternoon and rain will begin to develop. It will become widespread overnight.

Heavy rain will continue throughout the day Thursday and should taper off by late Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark says the moisture that is currently in place will interact with the cold front and cause the potential for flash flooding.

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12:21 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Hill, Reynolds Announce Congressional Bids

A Little Rock banking executive and a retired Army colonel from Conway say they're running for the central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin.

Delta Trust & Banking Corp. Founder French Hill and retired Col. Conrad Reynolds announced Tuesday they're seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District next year.

They're the first Republican candidates to announce since Griffin said last week he wouldn't seek a third term.

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9:01 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Corn Harvest Done, Rain On Way In Arkansas

Sorghum Plants
Credit uark.edu

Federal agriculture officials say Arkansas' corn harvest is complete while harvesting of sorghum and rice is almost done.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 98 percent of the sorghum harvest is complete, along with 92 percent of the rice harvest.

According to the statistics service, 100 percent of cotton bolls have opened and 54 percent are harvested. The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas says the cotton crop is a full week behind the typical pace.

Soybeans are 60 percent harvested.

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8:57 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Appeals Court Denies Request To Delay Desegregation Trial

A federal appeals court has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. A federal judge on Oct. 22 had rejected the district's request to delay the trial.

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