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7:27 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Arkansas Times To Begin Charging For Online Content

The Arkansas Times announced Thursday it will begin charging for access to the digital offerings on its web site.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

OSHA Says De Queen Plant Has Safety Violations

Federal officials are proposing $170,000 in fines for a Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant at De Queen, alleging 11 safety violations.

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Local & Regional News
5:38 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Legislators Mull Risk Private Option Poses To Community Health Centers

The chief operating officers for several community health centers at a legislative hearing Thursday.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Community health clinics, which provide services to the neediest Arkansans, are objecting to one aspect of the private option.

At a hearing Thursday, the leaders of several clinics told state lawmakers that a waiver included in the plan will cut into reimbursements so deeply that some won’t be able to stay open.

But some Republicans dispute whether they will indeed be affected.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Kiplinger Calls Little Rock A Top Place To Live

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
Credit Cameron Huddleston

Little Rock's city manager says he is happy that a magazine has named Arkansas' capital as the best small or mid-sized American city in which to live.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine cited Little Rock for having good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care.

The citation will be in the magazine's September issue.

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Local & Regional News
5:45 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hearing Set On Health Overhaul In Arkansas

Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas.

The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment.

The state is expanding health insurance coverage to about 500,000 more people who are to be insured through an insurance exchange.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is to discuss his receipt of letters from five companies who intend to offer plans in the insurance exchange.

Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Warns Of Phone Scams

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.

McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.

McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards.

He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.

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Public Health
6:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Life Expectancy Rates Lower Than Most Of U.S.

Figure shows average life expectancy (in years) for the entire population of each state at age 65.
Credit cdc.gov

Findings from a newly released study show that Arkansas has some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country and one of the largest disparities of life expectancy between white and black populations.

The report by the from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention measured life expectancy after the age of 65. Man-Huei Chang, head of the CDC's Division of Epidemiology helped compile the data. She says the study also measured healthy life expectancy across the nation.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Committee Looks for Ways to Administer Death Penalty

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas officials are considering what steps to take in the wake of comments by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel claiming Arkansas’ death penalty system is broken.

McDaniel told the joint Judiciary Committee the nationwide unavailability of the lethal injection drug, a lack of medical personnel willing to administer the dose, and a continuing stream of costly litigation has rendered the state unable to perform its duty.

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Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Senator Says Parole Problems May Be Part of Atmosphere of Complicity

Republican Senator David Sanders of Little Rock holding up an April 2007 memo authorizing a temporary plan to discharge certain parolees.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

  

State lawmakers are considering ways to fix troubling trends with Arkansas’ parole system. The joint Judiciary Committee met Wednesday looking at why repeat offender rates are high, near the 70-percent mark.

Some legislators were particularly concerned with a policy directive from 2007 authorizing the discharge of those who failed to report to their parole officer if their original discharge date had passed.

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Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Victim Compensation From Mayflower Oil Spill Not Taxed Under Senate Plan

An image from the oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit KUAR

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday is expected to ensure Mayflower oil spill victims get tax relief. 

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansans says The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 aims to protect affected residents by making sure compensation from ExxonMobil is not taxed by the federal government. 

In a conference call with reporters, Pryor said the legislation has specific goals.

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