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3:15 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

30,000 Entergy Customers Are Still Without Power

Officials say the Entergy Arkansas has added 1,500 crews to work on getting the power back in many counties in the state.

The ice storm caused over 40,000 Entergy customers to be without the electricity.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham said the most outages happened in Garland County.

As of Wednesday, Graham said there are still 30,000 customers without power.

She said the restoration could take a few more days, depending on the severity of the damage. 

Local & Regional News
1:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

ASU Cites Study In Advocating Opening Of Medical School

Arkansas State University says a feasibility study it commissioned has confirmed that the northeast Arkansas region needs a medical school.

The university says that starting a medical school would help meet demand for primary care physicians in the Delta region. The study says opening the school would also have a $70 million economic impact.

ASU and the Delta Regional Authority signed a contract with consultant Tripp Umbach to study the feasibility of launching an osteopathic medical school at the university.

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1:23 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Searchers Out In Full Force To Look For Missing Arkansas Forestry Pilot

As of Wednesday morning, more than 200 people are searching for the missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot, Jake Harrell, who has been missing since Friday.

15 aircraft, including nine from the Civil Air Patrol, four from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, one from the State Police, and two from the National Guard are extending their search routes in the area south of Oden.

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Local & Regional News
12:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Ad War Heats Up in Arkansas Senate Race With New Spots

Image from Pryor ad that begins airing Thursday.

The television ad war in Arkansas' Senate race heated up on Wednesday, with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and a conservative group spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on new spots airing statewide this week.

Pryor's campaign on Wednesday unveiled two new 30-second ads targeting Republican rival and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. The spots will begin airing Thursday and are part of a six-figure ad buy that criticize Cotton for supporting a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries.

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Local & Regional News
9:33 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Search For Arkansas Forestry Pilot To Resume

After another day of foul weather slowing the search for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and aircraft, search crews were planning to resume the effort.

Numerous agencies have combined efforts to try to find Jake Harrell, who has been missing since Friday afternoon.

Teams are searching from the air and on foot through rugged wilderness in western Arkansas.

Crews on Wednesday are to focus on the area around Oden, which is closest to Harrell's last known communication.  

Winter Weather
9:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Entergy Arkansas Reports 38K Outages From Storm

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain without electricity after wintry weather hit Arkansas.

Entergy Arkansas says about 38,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. Garland County had the highest number of outages at more than 5,800. Crittenden County reported more than 4,100 outages and Conway County had about 3,300 outages. Cross County reported more than 3,100 outages.

Outages of more than 2,000 customers were reported in Mississippi, Montgomery and St. Francis counties.

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Local & Regional News
4:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Farm Bill Passes In U.S. Senate With Support From Pryor & Boozman

Arkansas’s two U.S. Senators are praising Tuesday’s passage of a five-year farm bill, which now heads to President Obama for his signature.

The vote in the chamber came after extensive negotiations, with much of the debate focusing on the inclusion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the $ 1 trillion bill.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Democrat Mark Pryor said it will be vital for the agriculture industry.

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Local & Regional News
3:42 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Arkansas Officials: No Limit On Halting Private Option

Arkansas Human Services officials say the federal government can't prevent the state from ending a compromise Medicaid expansion plan that was approved last year and now is at risk of being defunded by the Legislature.

DHS officials told lawmakers on Tuesday that there's no time restriction for the state to end the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Outages Top 40,000 In Arkansas Ice Storm

Freezing rain and other wintery precipitation moving across Arkansas has brought hazardous road conditions, tens of thousands of power outages and numerous school closures.

Electric outages topped 40,000 Tuesday afternoon, as the last of a winter storm system dragged its tendrils across the state. Entergy Arkansas reported 36,765 customers without power and First Electric Cooperative had 3,237 customers in the dark.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe Touts Reasons For Continuing Private Option

Gov. Mike Beebe

Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday there are a “multiplicity” of reasons Arkansas Legislators should vote to fund Arkansas’ private option plan, and he also took a shot at Republican gubernatorial candidates who “don’t understand the budget” with respect to the private option.

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