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Emotional Health
10:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

New Arkansas Program Tries To Improve Emotional Health

While some Arkansans are taking the necessary precautions to protect their physical health through diet and exercise, many people still aren’t managing their emotional wellbeing.

Wally Goddard is a professor of Family Life for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. After reviewing research, Goddard started a new curriculum that helps people build better relationships and it’s being distributed statewide through the Cooperative Extension Service.

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Local & Regional News
2:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Lt. Gov. Halter Speaks Out Against Proposed Lottery Scholarship Changes

Former Lt. Governor Bill Halter

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter disagrees with the House and Rules Committee’s bill to decrease the amount of lottery funded scholarships awarded to college students across Arkansas.

He says over 100,000 students have already benefited from the $4,500 awarded to them each year, with freshman enrollment of Arkansas students increasing significantly since instating the scholarship program. 

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Voter ID
11:17 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Arkansas Senate Committee Passes Voter ID Bill

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) testifies for his Voter ID bill in Ark. Senate Committee.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  Arkansas voters are currently asked to show ID when voting, a new bill approved in Senate committee Thursday would require voters to show a government issued ID when casting a ballot.

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the bill on a voice vote.

Its sponsor, Republican Representative Bryan King of Green Forest insists there is voter fraud happening in Arkansas and says the need for the bill is a simple one.

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Tech Park
11:13 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Little Rock Tech Park Board Continues Search For Site

The Little Rock Tech Park Board heard three proposals Wednesday that didn't produce any favorites.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is still looking at three potential tech park sites as relatively equal rivals following their meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The Tech Park Authority Board’s meeting yielded no clear favorites from three sites in its afternoon meeting.  Board Chair Mary Good attributed part of the indecision to an engineer’s report that didn’t find any site particularly stronger than the others.

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Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Exhibit To Show Rare Photos Of Former President Kennedy

One of 120 images to be featured of President John F. Kennedy.
Credit Rogers Photo Archive

With this year marking the 50 anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 120 rare photos of the president will be on display next month.

"The JFK 50 Years Later exhibit will highlight rare and never before seen photos of John F. Kennedy and his family," said John Gaudin, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Argenta Arts Foundation.

The exhibit will be held at various arts locations throughout the district and will be free to the public.

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State Budget Policy
11:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill To Cap State Spending Moves To The House

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) wants to cap state spending to limit growth in state government.
Credit Maggie Carroll / KUAR

The House Revenue and Tax Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would cap state spending.

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Gun Laws
11:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

House Committee OKs Concealed Handguns On Campus

Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) is the sponsor of a bill that would allow some concealed handguns on Arkansas college campuses.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  A House Committee is advancing a bill that would let state colleges and universities decide whether to let permitted faculty and staff carry concealed handguns on campus.

The House Education Committee passed Representative Charley Collins’ bill Tuesday on a voice vote. Collins, a Republican from Fayetteville, says his bill is a preventative solution.

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Local & Regional News
2:23 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Little Rock Board Of Directors Voting To Hire Contractor For Winter Storm Cleanup

20,000 tons of debris remains scattered across Little Rock, left behind by the Christmas Day storm. The Little Rock Board of Directors is choosing one of 18 contractor bids tonight, in order to get the fragments cleaned up.

Assistant Public Works Director, Ronny Loe says FEMA will reimburse the city for the money spent to hire and compensate a contractor.

"The original FEMA estimate was around 22,000 tons, and as of the beginning of this week we have picked up around 6,000" says Loe.

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Government Waste and Fraud
10:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Whistleblower Incentive Bill Passes Ark. House Committee

Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena)
Credit Arkansas State Legislature

Lawmakers may soon have a new tool aimed at rooting out fraud and corruption in state government.

A House committee today advanced legislation that would pay a reward to any state employee who reports waste or inefficiency. That employee would stand to receive 10 percent of any savings the state gains from their report.

  Republican Representative Nate Bell of Mena says he sees his bill is a safeguard.

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Medicaid
10:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Medicaid Audit Released, $1.3 Million In Improper Benefits Paid

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) says the state need to fix problems in its current Medicaid system outlined in a recent audit before deciding to expand the the system's coverage.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As lawmakers look for ways to fill a $61 million shortfall in the Medicaid budget and weigh the possibility of expanding the program, an audit released Friday afternoon shows the program has paid $1.36 million to individuals ineligible to receive Medicaid since 2009.

House Republican Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says the audit’s results show a broken system.

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