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5:09 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Wildfire in Southeast Arkansas

Wildfire Risk Map of Arkansas
Credit arkfireinfo.org / Arkansas Forestry Commission

Crews with the Arkansas Forestry Commission are battling a wildfire in Bradley County in south Arkansas that began Wednesday and has grown to nearly 1,500 acres. The blaze was thought to be contained earlier this week but has since grown damaging one of the county's chief industries, pine tree plantations, and three homes.

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Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Rates Coming Next Week

Arkansas Insurance officials say they're releasing information next week about the rates on plans offered on the marketplace set up under the federal health care law.

State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford on Thursday told a legislative panel he expected to be able to release the information about the plans on Monday, a little over a week before open enrollment for the health insurance exchange begins on Oct. 1.

Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arkansas Death Row Inmate Dropping Appeals Again

Karl Roberts

An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of raping and killing his 12-year-old niece says he wants to be executed. Karl Roberts initially didn't file an appeal, but changed his mind in 2004.

In Polk County court Wednesday, he told Judge J.W. Looney: "I'm ready to go."

The Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith reported that Roberts said that while he would like to live, he has to take responsibility for the death of Andria Nichole Brewer, who died in 1999.

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Local & Regional News
2:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating five years of operation throughout the month of September.

The Center opened its doors September 19, 2008. It is the youngest museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The public was invited to enjoy cake, refreshments, and door prizes during lunch today to celebrate. Mayor Mark Stodola also made an appearance and proclaimed today as Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Day.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part One

Sammy King is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

In Central Arkansas, one out of 10 adults struggles to read. These Arkansans often have a tough time paying bills, understanding street signs, and completing basic tasks because of an inability to comprehend written words.

For many, this can be an embarrassing secret to live with. However, one organization and its affiliates are taking steps to improve adult literacy in the state. 

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Disability Rights & Public Health
6:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

DHS Will Give HIV Test Results To School District, Angering Advocates

The Department of Human Services will continue with plans to send HIV test results of three students to the Pea Ridge School District, despite protests from the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas. The Center plans to file a lawsuit against DHS for what they say is a violation of federal law and the privacy of the three students.

As director of the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, Tom Masseau says if a student is HIV positive, that shouldn't change how the school district should treat him or her. He says this case will have wider implications.

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Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Boozman Talks Healthcare Delay and Syria

Republican Senator John Boozman
Credit Russell Powell / AP

Health Care

The impending rollout of the Affordable Care Act in October is not seen as an inevitability by all of Arkansas’s congressional delegation.

Republican Senator John Boozman said he would like to delay the process by which Arkansans sign up for government subsidized private insurance. He likened the delay on the individual mandate to the one year delay granted for the employer mandate.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Report Details Spending By Former Arkansas Senator

Documents released by the Arkansas Ethics Commission show that a former state lawmaker who resigned over violations could only identify less than a quarter of the $63,000 his campaign spent as legitimately related to his re-election bid.

The Ethics Commission on Wednesday released the file related to the investigation into former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout, who stepped down last month after the panel ruled he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, stereo equipment and other personal items.

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Local & Regional News
4:41 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Clinton To Speak At Greers Ferry Dam 50th

Former President Bill Clinton is to speak at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Greers Ferry Dam.

Then-President John F. Kennedy spoke at a ceremony marking completion of the dam in October 1963.

It was one of Kennedy's last public appearances before his assassination in Dallas the following month.

The Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce says Clinton is to be the featured speaker at the anniversary ceremony on Oct. 3.

Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Arkansas Highway Officials OK Construction Project For I-40 Near Little Rock

Arkansas highway officials have approved a bid for widening Interstate 40 between Mayflower and Maumelle north of Little Rock.

The $21 million contract was awarded to the Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. of Fort Worth, Texas.

The construction project will stretch from just north of Mayflower in Faulkner County to the Arkansas 365 exit near Maumelle in Pulaski County.

Work will begin within the next two to four weeks and be done by spring 2015.

Work is currently under way to widen the highway from Mayflower to Conway.

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