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5:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Beebe: "It's Washington That Has Caused This Mess"

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he expects the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise to more than 1,400 next week. Speaking to reporters Friday, Beebe vented frustration with Congress over the shutdown that so far has idled hundreds of state employees.

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4:59 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Look At Teacher Insurance Proposals

Arkansas House and Senate leaders are measuring support for a package of bills that would increase state funding to teacher insurance and overhaul the program to avoid rate hikes of up to 50 percent thousands of teachers will face next year next year.

House and Senate members on Friday received a list of bills that are being proposed for a potential special session to address the looming rate hikes.

Gov. Mike Beebe has said he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol unless there's consensus for the changes.

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4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock

CEO Ron Ford, flanked by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (left) and Governor Mike Beebe (right), talks about his company, nGage Labs.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

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3:20 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of Light Show On Arkansas River Bridges

Entergy Corporation released this video offering a sneak peek of the lighting project for three bridges spanning the Arkansas River. The $2 million project includes lights on the Junction and Clinton Library pedestrian bridges and the Main Street bridge.

Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Local Opinions About Federal Government Shutdown

As the federal government shutdown continues into its second week, people across the country are expressing their concerns. 

The coffee shop is a natural meeting point for conversation and debate, and Starbucks is taking advantage of this by offering a petition for people to sign. It calls for a bipartisan end the shutdown.

Kate Althoff, a self-described “professional volunteer,” said she is tired of the situation and believes others share her worry.

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12:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Teachers Help Students Meet Economics Standards With Support From The Federal Reserve

High school students review class assignment.
Credit Roy Kaltschmidt / Flickr

Arkansas high school students are now expected to pass a semester-long course in economics. The new state mandate is a requirement for graduation. 

In order to help students meet course standards, a coalition of groups created an economics curriculum and training sessions for teachers in the state.

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5:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Stay Granted In Case Over Exxon Pipeline Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill

A judge has granted federal prosecutor's request to stay proceedings in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower.

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Thursday granted the request for a stay in the case because of the partial government shutdown. 

Prosecutors said in a court document Wednesday that most attorneys with the U.S.

Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.

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5:39 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico

A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents' home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.

Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.

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7:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rally To Be Held In Little Rock Calling For Immigration Reform

Arkansas Capitol

Though talk of immigration reform has died down amidst recent political squabbles over the federal government shutdown and other issues, immigrant activists continue to push the issue both nationally and locally.

Saturday a number of community organizations, labor unions and faith organizations, plan to rally at the state capitol to protest deportations and support comprehensive legislation that would overhaul the country’s immigration system.

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2:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pryor Campaign Calls On Cotton To Pull TV Ad After Politifact Rates It ‘False’

A nonpartisan news source that fact-checks campaign political ads says a new TV ad from Cong. Tom Cotton (R) is “false” and the Mark Pryor Senate campaign is calling on Cotton to pull the plug on the spot.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton unveiled a new TV ad declaring that incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D) cast “the deciding vote” for Obamacare and voted “himself and everyone in Congress special subsidies” to protect them from Obamacare, the new federal health law.

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