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2:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Arkansas Senate Approves 'Private Option' Proposal

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to use federal funds to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income workers, an idea that's being touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment.

By a 24-9 vote, the Senate on Friday approved the "private option" proposal that Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe and Republican legislative leaders have said is preferable to the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.

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Arkansas Red Cross's Fundraising
1:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

You Can Be A Hero Today With The American Red Cross In Arkansas

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You don’t need a cape to be a hero.

Friday, April 5, is the Red Cross Hero Day.

The American Red Cross said anyone who donates or raises $1,000 during a campaign is a hero.

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Oil Spill Claims
5:55 am
Fri April 5, 2013

About 140 Claims Made Since Arkansas Oil Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill

Officials say about 140 claims have been made since an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas last week.

The Pegasus pipeline ruptured last Friday in a neighborhood in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Oil spilled onto lawns and roadways and approached nearby Lake Conway. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area. 

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Oil Spill Recovery
5:47 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Crews Recover 19,000 Barrels Of Oil, Water In Arkansas

Mayflower Oil Spill
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An ExxonMobil spokeswoman says crews have recovered about 19,000 barrels of oil and water since a pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas last week. That number from spokeswoman Kim Jordan is up from an estimated 12,000 barrels of water and oil that the company had previously cited.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured Friday, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Geologists Investigate Cause Of Multiple Earthquakes In North Central Arkansas

 

A small-scale earthquake struck north central Arkansas Thursday morning. It is the seventh in the span of a few weeks to strike the Van Buren County area.

The highest registered a 2.8 on the Richter scale, and is the most powerful the region has seen since monitoring began. Scott Ausbrooks, Geo Hazards Supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey, says there are three potential causes for the increase in activity. 

Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Arkansas Travs Cancel Tonight's Season Opener

The Arkansas Travelers have canceled tonight's home opener at Dickey Stephens Park because of weather.

A double header is scheduled for tomorrow. First pitch is tomorrow at 6:10 p.m.

Local & Regional News
5:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Arkansas GOP Prepares Voter ID Education Campaign

Sen. Bryan King, Chairman Doyle Webb and Secretary of State Mark Martin speak to reporters at the Arkansas Republican Party Headquarters in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

While legal action is being promised regarding Arkansas’ new voter ID law, Republicans announced a program Thursday to educate voters about it.

State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says “Operation Vote Arkansas” is designed to assist people who don’t already have a photo ID.

“Once the Secretary of State’s office and the local counties are prepared to begin issuing IDs, the Arkansas GOP will activate its county level volunteer organizations in all 75 counties to help any voter who contacts us with the need to obtain a photo ID,” said Webb.

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Local & Regional News
5:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Amends Capital Gains Tax Bill

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's compromising with Democrats by adding an increase to  the standard income tax deduction to his capital gains tax cut proposal.  

The House Revenue and Tax Committee approved the change on Thursday, as Carter said negotiations continued over which reductions would be included in a final package of cuts.  

A Democratic proposal calls for raising the standard deduction income tax reduction - which largely affects low- and middle-income filers - from $2,000 to $5,000. 

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Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Property Proposal Fails To Get Out Of Arkansas Panel

A proposal to allow private property owners to seek compensation if their property values decline by at least 25 percent because of changes in zoning or other laws has failed to get out of an Arkansas legislative panel.

The proposal from Republican Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette failed to get enough votes to move out of the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.  

Some opponents of Hendren's proposal said there's no need for such legislation. Others said it would have a chilling effect on zoning.  

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4:53 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

HMA Center To Bring 500 Jobs To Fort Smith

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Roby Brock of TalkBusiness.net has this report on a Fort Smith call center creating more than 500 jobs in Arkansas.
Health Management Associates (HMA) will operate a regional service center in Fort Smith that will employ more than 500 with average annual salaries potentially exceeding $40,000. It's just what the doctor ordered for a regional economy that has seen better days.

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