Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Arkansas DHS Names Behavioral Health Services Director

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has named a new director for its Behavioral Health Services Division.

The agency on Monday named Joy Figarsky to the post.

DHS said in a news release that Figarsky has nearly 30 years of experience in the field.

The Behavioral Health Services Division handles treatment for 110,000 people per year.

The division's services include mental health, substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

The division also operates the Arkansas State Hospital and the Arkansas Health Center in Benton.

New Technology
3:53 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Game Changer Of Education And Economic Development

Kezia Nanda


A brand new tool for research and economic development was unveiled on Monday at UALR.

The Emerging Analytics Center includes 35 screens with more than 50 million pixels offering high definition graphics for 3D applications.  Connected with a 3D floor projector, it allows the ability to “touch” the data and robotic “telepresence” equipment.

Governor Mike Beebe said, "It's kind of over my head from the standpoint of the technology of it. What's exciting is it's the only one in the world, apparently."

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Hollywood & Arkansas
3:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Exhibit To Feature Arkansans In The Movies

Little Rock native "Bronco Billy" Anderson dances amid gunfire in The Great Train Robbery.

A new exhibit focusing on the lives of Arkansas-born entertainers who went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood will soon open at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

Lights! Camera! Arkansas! will review the careers of movie stars and directors who all had their origin in the state. Jo Ellen Mack, the museum’s curator, says recent stars and filmmakers like Mary Steenburgen, Lisa Blount and Jeff Nichols will be featured, as will entertainers from the silent movie era.

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Local & Regional News
12:39 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Draft of Voter ID Laws Released

Mark Martin

Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) issued a draft of proposed rules for implementing the Voter ID law approved by the Arkansas State Legislature. The draft contains numerous forms of acceptable documentation needed to verify voter eligibility.

During the General Assembly officials said the law mandating a photo ID to vote could effect between 2 and 9 percent of voters and could cost $300,000.

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Local & Regional News
9:35 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Hot Springs Community College Opts Out Of Gun Law

An aerial view of the National Park Community College campus in Hot Springs.
Credit / National Park Community College

National Park Community College is the latest school to say no to concealed handguns on campus.

The board of trustees for the Hot Springs community college decided last month to opt out of the state law, though the official policy won't be adopted until the board's next meeting.

The Legislature passed a law this year allowing faculty and staff with concealed carry permits to bring the weapons on campus. The law contains a provision allowing schools to opt out.

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Higher Ed
9:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

UALR To Make Economic Development Announcement

Credit / The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is set to make a major economic development and higher education announcement.

Gov. Mike Beebe and UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson plan to make an announcement Monday about a new center that will be funded by the George W. Donaghey Foundation.

The center will be headed by Mary Good, UALR's special adviser to the chancellor for economic development. The university says the new center will be a "game changer."

The announcement is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at UALR's College of Engineering and Information Technology building.

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Kids & Tragedy
9:10 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Talking To Kids About Tragedy

Photo by: Rick Wilking /Reuters /Landov

From natural disasters like deadly tornadoes to school shootings, tragic events that occur throughout the nation may leave many parents wondering how to approach such sensitive topics with their children.  KUAR’s Kezia Nanda has a report on an Arkansas parent’s approach, along with some advice from an expert on providing reassurance to young ones in uncertain times.

Hear the report.

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5:10 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

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Local & Regional News
5:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Body of Arkansas Game & Fish Officer Recovered

An undated photo of Joel Campora, posted on Facebook by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Credit Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Searchers have recovered the body of an Arkansas wildlife officer who was swept away by flood waters with the Scott County sheriff and two others.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens said Sunday that the body of 32-year-old Joel Campora was found earlier in the day.

Stephens says the body was about a mile downstream from where the bodies of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and a female victim were found on Saturday.

Stephens says searchers are conducting a recovery effort for one woman who remains missing.

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Arkansas Abortion Law
6:33 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arkansas Asks Court To Uphold 'Heartbeat' Test In Law

Arkansas is defending its 12 week abortion ban in federal court in Little Rock.

Arkansas is asking a federal judge to uphold the part of a state law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy that requires doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before performing the procedure at that point.

The attorney general's office on Friday asked a federal judge to uphold that portion of the law as constitutional while the challenge to the 12-week ban is being considered. A trial has been set for next year on a lawsuit filed by two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions.

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