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9:52 am
Tue January 7, 2014

New Administrator At Fayetteville Veterans Home

A former nursing home owner is the new administrator of the Fayetteville Veterans Home.

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs say Kriss Schaffer has been hired to replace Sarah Robinson.

Robinson was fired in November after a resident escaped the home. The veterans home was also cited four times in 2013 by the Office of Long Term Care - including once for neglect in the death of a patient and another time for the broken arm of a patient.

Local & Regional News
6:24 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Say Fix Needed For Ballot Measures

Arkansas Capitol

Arkansas legislators have asked the attorney general and secretary of state's offices to work together to clear the way for three measures they referred to appear on the November ballot after a new law left uncertain how the proposed amendments should be prepared.

A joint House and Senate committee on Monday asked the two offices to come up with a way to prepare the "popular name" for three proposed constitutional amendments the Legislature referred to voters last year. 

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

December Winter Storm Brings Disaster Declaration

The state Department of Emergency Management says 13 Arkansas counties are included in a federal disaster declaration requested following a winter storm in early December.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it will make public assistance grants available to communities for emergency work to repair or replace facilities that were damaged in the storm.

Counties included in the order are Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren.

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Economy & Society
4:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Recovery Still Slow In Central Arkansas, Says Study

Central Arkansas is still struggling to recover from the great recession, but encouraging trends show possible future growth in some industries. That’s according to a recent report by Metroplan. It shows that in 2013, population growth outpaced job growth in the Little Rock metro area, pointing to a slow recovery. Furthermore, the study found that young adults in central Arkansas are increasingly opting to live in urban, densely populated locales.

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News About Public Radio
3:25 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Vote Now! 'Tales from the South' Up For Best Storytelling Show on Stitcher

If you're a fan of Tales from the South, you can support the show with your vote!

It's up for Best Storytelling Show in the finals of The Stitcher Awards against the likes of Snap Judgment, This American Life, StoryCorps and The Moth.

Stitcher is an on-demand internet radio service that focuses on news and information radio and podcasts.

Voting closes on January 13. 

Way to go, Tales from the South!

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawmaker: Open Meeting On Deficit Needed For Sake of University of Arkansas and Legislature

Rep. Terry Rice (R)
Credit Arkansas House of Representatives

The co-chairman of the state legislature's Joint Performance Review Committee says he hopes a meeting tomorrow in Little Rock will provide transparency and open discussion. The matter at hand is finding out more details about what led to a multi-million dollar deficit in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's fund-raising division.

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Local & Regional News
12:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season

Tractor harvesting grain sorghum.

Some corn and sorghum producers in Arkansas are deeply concerned about how changing weather patterns could impact crop yields.

On Tuesday and Thursday, farmers are expected to meet with other agricultural officials in Jonesboro and Dumas to review water regulations, discuss crop insurance, and get an early assessment of how growers can market their goods in 2014.

Jason Kelley is an extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Local & Regional News
11:32 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Wife Arrested In Arkansas Ranger's Fatal Shooting

Pamela Digman
Credit PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Authorities say the wife of the chief ranger for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has been arrested for the ranger's shooting death.

An arrest report from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says Pamela Dianne Digman, 55, was arrested for first-degree murder in Sunday's shooting death of Jerry Digman at a home on Arkansas 300.

Pamela Digman said she shot her husband during a fight. She is being held without bond. The arrest report says Jerry Digman was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was dead at the scene.

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Local & Regional News
8:37 am
Mon January 6, 2014

University Of Arkansas Finances Face More Scrutiny

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Credit flickr.com / Alfred Carrillo

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville officials are expected to testify before a legislative committee this week to answer additional questions about the university's fundraising practices.

Late last year, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee reviewed state audit findings that showed a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the Division of University Advancement. 

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Local & Regional News
6:13 am
Mon January 6, 2014

ASU Red Wolves Win GoDaddy Bowl

ASU Field
Credit flickr / Jimmy Emerson

Arkansas State won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter.

It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile. A13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining helped lift the red wolves of Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl last night. 

Arkansas State lost coach Bryan Harsin to Boise State in December. He's the latest in a string of three ASU coaches, who have left the program for a more high-profile job.

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