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3:51 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Deal Passage Expected in U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate is now preparing to vote on a deal that will end the government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority, according to officials.

The deal, which has seen reluctant cooperation from both Republicans and Democrats, is aimed at funding the government through Jan. 15 and extending the debt ceiling until early February. The plan has offered almost no concessions to Republicans with the exception of minor specifics regarding those purchasing insurance under the new healthcare law.

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2:09 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Fall Conference to Discuss Healthcare, Food Insecurity in Arkansas

State and region officials will attend a fall conference hosted by the Delta Grassroots Caucus to discuss a number of issues affecting Arkansans.

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1:41 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Arkansas Shelter Feels Effects Of Shutdown

A domestic violence shelter in Arkansas says it's feeling the strain of the partial federal government shutdown.

Board members with a shelter called Women & Children First told reporters on Wednesday that the impasse is hurting their organization and a number of other groups that receive federal funding.

Meanwhile, in Washington, politicians were working Wednesday to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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10:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Beebe Says He'll Call Special Session On Teacher Insurance Fix

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are expected to convene for a special session Thursday afternoon to address health insurance increases for the state’s public school employees. 

Governor Mike Beebe will issue an official call for the special session later Wednesday. 

A 50 percent hike in insurance premiums for public school employees was set to take effect January 1, if lawmakers were unable to rally enough votes in support of a short term fix that would cap premium increases at 10 percent.

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9:13 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Recycling Company To Add Up To 75 Jobs In Arkansas

An electronics recycling company says it will open a processing facility in Forrest City, creating up to 75 jobs.

AMT E-Waste Solutions says it will open an electronics waste processing facility in the former Forrest City Grocery warehouse on Scott Street.

The company says it will give residents a safe method to dispose of electronics, such as televisions, computers and cell phones.

Chief Operating Officer Matt Person says the company will focus on serving eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

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5:57 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Arkansas Nuclear Plant Receives 235 Safety Violations In 13 Years

Arkansas Nuclear One

The Arkansas One nuclear power plant in Russellville experienced 234 lower-level and one higher-level safety violations between 2000 and 2012.

The violations were included in a congressional study expected to be released this month showing safety violations at nuclear plants across the country varies dramatically from region to region. 

Higher-level violations are more uniform across the regions. The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press suggests inconsistent enforcement of regulations could be responsible.

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3:35 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Beebe: Votes Short For Arkansas Teacher Insurance Fix

Gov. Beebe speaking to reporters at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe says for now he won’t call a special session of the legislature to address a 50 percent hike in public school employee insurance premiums. As KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports Beebe says the votes from legislators just weren’t there.

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3:25 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

If Shutdown Doesn't End, Universities Have To Furlough Some Employees

As efforts continue in Washington to end the federal government shutdown, more furloughs are being announced in Arkansas. But some of the damage is being mitigated.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson said in an email to employees Tuesday that after initially expecting to have to furlough 196 employees and students who are paid with federal funds, they have been able to find exceptions to the mandate and now only expect 46 to be furloughed.

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1:08 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Little Rock Schools Offer To Phase Out Desegregation Money

The Little Rock School District has proposed a settlement that would phase out the desegregation money it receives from the state, but Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said the offer is a "non-starter."

McDaniel told lawmakers Tuesday that the district had recently made the offer to the state. The proposal was issued as the state is preparing to go to trial over its request to end the desegregation payments Little Rock and two other districts receive.

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12:05 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Thousands Of Arkansans Enroll In “Private Option” Health Insurance Program

Officials with the state’s Department of Human Services are releasing figures on the number of Arkansans who want to enroll in the “private option” health insurance program. 

According to data released Tuesday, after two weeks of enrollment efforts, over 56,000 adults have expressed an interest in joining the new program.

Amy Webb with DHS says these figures differ from enrollment numbers for the AR Health Connector web portal.

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