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2:32 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Number Of Arkansans Approved For Private Option Nears 200,000

The number of Arkansans enrolled in the private option continues to grow. The Arkansas Department of Human Services said Friday that as of the end of July,192,210 had been determined eligible for the program. Spokeswoman Amy Webb says of those, about 183,000 have completed the enrollment process.

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2:25 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Boozman Touts VA Reforms And Points Toward Privatization

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Senator John Boozman is touting a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs package signed into law this week as an important move toward resolving systemic problems uncovered in April. 

Boozman met with medical center officials at Little Rock’s John L. McLellan Memorial Veterans Hospital Friday. The Republican from Rogers says he’s confident the state’s VA hospitals in Little Rock and Fayetteville are performing well and that reforms will prove beneficial.

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12:39 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

UPDATE: Senators Boozman & Pryor Support President's Airstrike Plan In Iraq

Map of Iraq
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Republican Senator John Boozman said Friday he supports airstrikes in Iraq. His comments came after the first airstrikes were delivered against a fundamentalist Sunni militant group – ISIS - that is rapidly expanding their territory in Iraq and threatening to overtake key government cities.

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6:58 am
Fri August 8, 2014

ADEQ Sets Meetings On Air Pollution Controls

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has set a meeting to present the results of a recent statewide modeling analysis for air pollutants The Aug. 20 presentation at the agency's North Little Rock office is open to the public.

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5:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Term Limits Group Claims Legislature Masking Extension With Ethics Reform

Tim Jacob, left, co-chair Arkansas Term Limits.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A group backing current term limits for Arkansas legislators is announcing its support for a lawsuit meant to keep a measure off the November ballot that would loosen term limits.

Speaking to  about 20 supporters in front of the Old State House Museum in Little Rock the co-chair of Arkansas Term Limits, Tim Jacob, claimed some members of the legislature deliberately tried to mislead voters by not highlighting the term limit change in the title of the proposal, Issue 3.

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5:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Arkansas Argues No Recusal Needed In Gay Marriage Case

Arkansas officials say a resolution passed by the Legislature and suggestions to allow recall of judges aren't enough of a reason for Arkansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from the case challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

The attorney general's office on Thursday asked the court to deny the recusal motion filed by same-sex couples challenging the gay marriage ban. Justices are weighing whether to uphold the ban, which was struck down by a Pulaski County judge earlier this year.

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4:52 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Arkansas Consumer Spending Continues To Grow, Says Study

A new report by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that total consumer spending in Arkansas continues to lag behind much of the nation. The rate of growth in consumer spending, meanwhile, is keeping pace with the rest of the country, notes Michael Pakko, senior economic forecaster for the state of Arkansas.

He says the new state-by-state data gives a more localized picture of the economy over fifteen years (from 1997-2012), including the recovery from the most recent recession.

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3:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Immigration Heats Up As Issue In U.S. Senate Race

Immigration is heating up as an issue in Arkansas' closely watched Senate race, with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton targeting each other's records on border security in competing television ads.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday announced a new ad defending the two term lawmaker's record on immigration and border security. The 30-second spot pushes back against an ad Cotton began airing over the weekend that accuses the Democratic lawmaker of supporting amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

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1:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Mike Ross Unveils 'Bill Of Rights' For Older Arkansans

In his campaign for Arkansas governor, Democrat Mike Ross Thursday unveiled what he calls his "Seniors Bill of Rights." He detailed it during a speech in Hot Springs.  In an interview afterward, Ross said the plan would protect and empower Arkansas’s aging population.   

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10:29 am
Thu August 7, 2014

In Senate Race, Pryor To Talk Jobs, Cotton Launches Bus Tour

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is traveling to a Hot Springs water company to talk about jobs legislation he's proposed and to call for the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank.

Meanwhile his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, is launching a bus tour around Arkansas to promote his bid to unseat Pryor.

Pryor planned to talk Thursday about his "American-Made Strong" package of bills he's introduced that are aimed at boosting job growth. Pryor is visiting Mountain Valley Spring Water in Hot Springs.

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