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Arkansas Election 2014
4:12 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

VIDEO: Barth, Reed: Security Moms And Cannibalizing The Election Base

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Dr. Jay Barth and Clint Reed offered their thoughts on the latest round of Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polling that included insights on key demographics in the Arkansas electorate. The two men appeared as part of a political roundtable on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, which airs on Sundays at 9 a.m. on KATV, Channel 7 and Monday nights at 6:06 p.m. on KUAR-FM 89.1.

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3:18 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor Casts Ballot In Little Rock

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor has cast his ballot in his race for re-election to a third term in office.

Pryor said before he voted Saturday in Little Rock that the voters know him, know that he listens and know that he reaches out in order to "get things done for Arkansas."

Pryor faces Republican Congressman Tom Cotton in the November 4th general election. Cotton cast his early ballot on Monday after early voting began in Arkansas.

Early voting will continue across the state Monday-Saturday through November 3rd.

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8:15 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Batesville-Southside Annexation

The Southside community just south of Batesville has been granted a request to incorporate as a city as some residents oppose a proposal that it be annexed into the city of Batesville.

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin on Friday approved the incorporation request by the group Keep Southside Free From Annexation.

Arkansas Municipal League attorney Mark Hayes - representing Batesville - said the decision will be appealed.

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4:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Arkansas Senate Hopefuls Make Nice In Final Round Of Campaign Ads

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton are trying to put a happy face on one of the most bitterly fought Senate races in the country, unveiling a new batch of positive TV ads as they head into the final days of the campaign.

Pryor's campaign on Friday announced four new television ads it would begin airing in the state, while Cotton's announced it would air a 14-minute biographical documentary about the GOP hopeful.

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3:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Several Communities Make Pitch For New $100 Million Arkansas Prison

Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.

Friday is the deadline for communities to submit paperwork if they want to be home to the new prison, which officials say is needed to accommodate the fast-growing inmate population. The Legislature must approve funding when it meets next year for the project to move forward.

If funding is approved, the prison is expected to employ 250 people with an average hourly salary of $12.75.

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11:39 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rep. Steve Womack Faces Easy Path In House Re-election Bid

Rep. Steve Womack

With no Democratic rival on the ballot and facing only a third party candidate who's says he's running a "zero dollar" campaign, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has an easy path to a third term representing northwest Arkansas in Congress next year.

But, running in his second election in a row where he won't have a Democratic challenger on the ballot, Womack insists his focus remains on Congress and says he's not looking at launching a bid for statewide office after raising his profile in the GOP and in Washington.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Open-Enrollment For Healthcare Nearing, Rep. Far-off On Number Of Providers

State Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas legislators were briefed Thursday in advance of open-enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which becomes available on November 15th. 200,000 plus people in the private option and nearly 40,000 people earning above 138 percent of the poverty level using the exchange will be able to re-enroll. Enrollment will also be available to those who are not already participating in the healthcare exchange

Cindy Crone with the Arkansas Insurance Department says consumers should update their information on healthcare.gov.

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4:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

State Chamber CEO Says Next Governor Needs Workforce Czar On Day One

The state of Arkansas definitely has room to improve in battling other states in the region for economic development projects and the day-to-day economy, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce president Randy Zook said Thursday. He also declared that the next Governor needs to create a “workforce czar” or an empowered panel on Day One.

Zook spoke to several regional economic development and community leaders early Thursday at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce office.

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9:50 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Arkansas Gay Marriage Issue To Hit Two Courts On Same Day

Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban on the same day a federal judge takes up a separate case over the prohibition.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to expedite the case and scheduled oral arguments for Nov. 20 in the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling against the ban.

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8:44 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Grant To Help Assess Risk Of Mudslides, Rock Falls

An engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas has received $1.14 million in funding to develop a system for assessing areas at risk for mudslides or rock falls caused by the effects of wildfires. The funding includes a $570,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, $433,000 in matching funds from the university and $137,000 in matching funds from other institutions.

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