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6:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Cotton Makes It Official: He's A Candidate For Senate

Rep. Tom Cotton making his announcement Tuesday evening in Dardanelle.
Credit Roby Brock/ Talk Business Arkansas

After months of speculation and with great fanfare, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) threw his hat in the 2014 U.S. Senate race, challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor (D), whom he labeled a follower of President Obama and the Washington elite.

Cotton, Arkansas’ first-term Fourth District Congressman, made his announcement in his hometown to a crowd of hundreds of supporters in Dardanelle (Yell County) at a community barbecue dinner.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Arkansas Sends Waiver Application For Health Insurance

Arkansas officials have sent the federal government a waiver application so the state can fund private insurance for poor residents who would be covered under an expansion of the Medicaid program.

The Department of Human Services submitted the waiver application on Tuesday.

The Medicaid expansion is set to begin Oct. 1, when open enrollment is to start for the program's private option.

The application leaves open the question of reimbursement for Community Health Centers across the state. DHS says a formula for the centers will be finalized later.

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Medical Marijuana
5:53 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Arkansas AG Approves Ballot Name For Marijuana Proposal

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved a request to certify the popular name and ballot title of a proposed measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

McDaniel approved the request from Arkansans for Responsible Medicine in an opinion released Tuesday.

The group's proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.

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Local & Regional News
1:29 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Three Ex-Police Officers Lose Armored Car Robbery Appeal

Three former police officers and another man have lost their federal appeal over their convictions for a 2007 North Little Rock armored car robbery.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the convictions of Allen Clark, Jason Gilbert, Antonio Person and Sterling Platt.

Gilbert appealed his 3 1/2-year prison sentence, which the court also upheld.

Person, who is Gilbert's cousin, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for leading the robbery, in which more than $400,000 was stolen.

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Local & Regional News
12:23 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The National Weather Service Issues A Heat Advisory For Most Of Arkansas

A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.

"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving indoors...so the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis. 

Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Construction To Temporarily Close Eastbound I-40 In Lonoke

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The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge construction will require temporary overnight closures of eastbound traffic on Interstate 40 in Lonoke.

Workers will install five steel beams for a new bridge at the site. That will require occasional closures of all eastbound traffic at the Highway 89 overpass in Lonoke.

The five closures will not last longer than 15 minutes each. The occasional overnight closures will begin on Tuesday at 11 p.m. and continue until Wednesday at 5 a.m., weather permitting.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

USDA Funds Available For Arkansas Water Monitoring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than $2.3 million is now available for Arkansas farmers and landowners to monitor edge of field water quality on agricultural lands in watersheds throughout the state.

Funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for voluntarily monitoring practices in priority watersheds which have been targeted for funding.

Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan says the agency is working aggressively to improve the health of the watersheds in the state and the Mississippi River Basin.

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Senate Race 2014
12:21 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What's Expected At Tom Cotton's Formal Announcement For Senate

File photo of Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

After much anticipation, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton is expected to formally enter the race for Senate Tuesday evening, challenging incumbent Mark Pryor.

KUAR’s Michael Hibblen spoke with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas about what's expected at the event in Cotton's hometown of Dardanelle and the campaign ahead.  They also discuss issues that could be used against Cotton by Pryor's campaign.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Arkansas AG: School Must Name Teachers In Gun Program

Arkansas' attorney general says a school district that trained teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus must name the participants in the program.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Monday said that the Clarksville School District was wrong to withhold the names of more than 20 teachers and staff that it had trained to work as volunteer security guards who would carry concealed handguns during the school day.

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Senate Race 2014
5:19 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Arkansas Democrats Launch Site Against Senate Challenger

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Arkansas Democrats are welcoming Tom Cotton to the Senate race with a website blasting the freshman Republican lawmaker as "reckless."

The Democratic Party of Arkansas on Monday launched a new site - www.meettomcotton.com - that targets the Republican congressman. Cotton is expected to announce Tuesday that he's running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor next year.

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