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1:49 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arkansas Homeless Programs Get $4.9 million Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $4.9 million in grants to 31 homeless housing and service programs in Arkansas.

The funding announced Monday is an increase of $184,118 over the previous year. HUD's Continuum of Care grants help agencies provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness.

Programs receiving the grants offer a variety of services including street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance.

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1:04 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

UAMS Awarded $538,000 Grant For Opioid Study

A pair of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will study how opioids are prescribed and dispensed by doctors and pharmacists.

The $538,781 grant by the National Insitute on Drug Abuse will cover three years' of study by Geoff Curran and Bradley Martin at the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Opioids are pain relievers that include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone.

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12:35 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Lawmakers Look At Keeping Part Of 2013 Capital Gains Tax Cut

A House leader says Arkansas lawmakers are looking at changing Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut package to restore part of a $21 million capital gains tax reduction that would otherwise be repealed.

House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett said Monday lawmakers are looking at the change as they try to move quickly on Hutchinson's proposal to cut income taxes 1 percent for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. Jett said the panel could vote Tuesday on the legislation, which the Senate approved last week.

Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Mon January 26, 2015

This Week In The Arkansas Legislature: Medicaid, Taxes, MLK, And A Budget

Arkansas Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The week ahead in the Arkansas Legislature promises action on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature tax cut proposal, reaction to the governor’s Medicaid expansion plans, the reevaluation of celebrating a Confederate general on the same day as a civil rights icon, and the release of a state budget proposal.

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1:42 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Arkansas Flu Deaths Up To 25, Health Officials Report

The Arkansas Department of Health says 25 people have died from flu-related illness in the state so far this season.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Health Department released its weekly influenza report on Friday. Of the 25 deaths, officials say 19 of the victims were over age 65, four were 45 to 65 years old and two were between the ages of 25 and 44.

The Arkansas Department of Health tracks the flu for one calendar year starting on Sept. 28, as well as from September through March.

Local & Regional News
6:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Panel Dismisses Ethics Complaint Against Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge

Credit Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge that accused her violating state law by appearing in an outside group's campaign ad last year.

Director Graham Sloan says the panel voted 4-0 on Friday to dismiss the complaint against Rutledge, a Republican who was sworn in last week as attorney general. Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell had filed the complaint against Rutledge over her appearance in a 30-second television spot by the Republican Attorneys General Association.

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4:41 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Members Of Arkansas Congressional Delegation Seek More Rice Sales

An Arkansas rice field
Credit Mickey Liaw / Flickr.com

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have joined colleagues from other states in urging Secretary of State John Kerry to encourage Iraq to purchase more American-produced rice.

Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford and Bruce Westerman have signed a letter that seeks diplomatic assistance to improve trade relations with the Iraqi Grain Board. In recent years, the board has bought rice from other nations over lower cost American rice.

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3:46 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Two Bills In Legislature Seek To Amend Arkansas FOI Law

Two bills filed in the Arkansas Legislature would amend sections of the the state's Freedom of Information Act (Act 93 of 1967). One by Republican State Rep. Dan Douglas of Bentonville would add an exemption to public records available under the FOIA. The other, filed by State Rep. Nate Bell of Mena would set up a review process for executive sessions held by public agencies or commissions.

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2:33 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Questions Still Surround Future Of Arkansas Medicaid Plan

While Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made it clear he wants to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion in place through the end of next year, what's less certain is what happens after then for the thousands receiving health coverage through the program.

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2:31 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General Asks For New Arguments In Marriage Case

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

Rutledge, a Republican who was sworn in last week, on Friday asked for a new hearing in the state's appeal of a Pulaski County judge's decision striking down the ban as unconstitutional. Justices held oral arguments in the case in November, and have yet to issue a ruling.

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