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6:11 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Veterans Day Activities in Central Arkansas

Doughboy Statue at Hendrix College (Recently Moved to a New Memorial Plaza)
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There are a number of events being hosted Monday in Central Arkansas in observance of Veterans Day.

Those wishing to publicly acknowledge the service of veterans have a range of of activities choose from starting at 11 a.m. Governor Mike Beebe will be speaking in Little Rock's River Market district in conjunction with the 106th Army Band. At the same time in Cabot Representative Rick Crawford will be at an American Legion sponsored ceremony.

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3:48 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Damien Echols Returns to Arkansas to Speak at UCA

Damien Echols
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It’s been over two years since Damien Echols, of the West Memphis Three, was released from prison and he’s making a rare trip back to Arkansas Monday to speak at UCA. Echols and his wife Lorri are traveling from their home in Massachusetts as part of the university’s Artist-in-Residence Series to discuss two books he has authored.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen and Critical Habitat Designation

Neosho Mucket
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A recent proposal by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to protect two species of mussels in Arkansas is being met with opposition. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has details.

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Affordable Care Act
5:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Legislative Audit Committee Approves Check Of Arkansas' New Private Option

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee went back and forth Friday morning about why they are requesting the Division of Legislative Audit to complete a special report on the state's very new private option Medicaid expansion plan.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The state’s Division of Legislative Audit will conduct a special report for lawmakers to assess the early days of enrollment into Arkansas’s Private Option Medicaid expansion plan.

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee approved the special report Friday.

Supporters of the Private Option, including Representative Reginald Murdoch, asked whether the audit report of such a new program was meant to hamper its implementation.

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Local & Regional News
11:26 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Exhibit From Famed Alfred Stieglitz Collection Opens At NW Arkansas Museum

This weekend an exhibit from the collection of noted early 20th century photographer and art collector Alfred Stieglitz opens to the public at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

The highly anticipated showing comes after a protracted legal battle involving the Attorney General of Tennessee, who argued that the collection should stay in his state.

Stieglitz’s wife Georgia O’Keeffe donated the collection to the historic African American college Fisk University in 1949 with the stipulation that it could never be sold.

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Local & Regional News
10:24 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Arkansas Steel Mill Appeal Hearing Tentatively Set For March

An administrative law judge has tentatively scheduled a March 28 hearing on the appeal of an air permit issued for a planned $1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County.

Nucor Steel, which has two steel plants in Mississippi County, is appealing the air permit issued to Big River Steel. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the March hearing means construction will begin later than planned on the new steel mill.

The plant's investors had hoped to begin construction in December.

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Local & Regional News
8:23 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Pryor Signs On To Bill To Grandfather Health Plans

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he has signed on to legislation that would grandfather thousands of Americans' health care plans.

Pryor said in a statement Thursday that he signed on to a measure that would oblige insurance companies to continue offering existing paying customers continued coverage under any plans in effect at the end of 2013.

Millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, and lawmakers in both parties have

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Local & Regional News
4:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Arkansas Senators Split On Discrimination Bill

Arkansas' U.S. senators split on a measure now headed to the House that outlaws workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, while Republican Sen. John Boozman opposed the measure. The proposal passed that chamber on a 64-32 vote.

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Local & Regional News
2:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Arkansas Symphony To Exchange Tickets For Turkeys

Credit arkansasarts.org

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Foodbank are working together to fight hunger in Arkansas this holiday season.

The ASO is asking attendees of the “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” concerts Saturday and Sunday to bring a frozen turkey with them. The turkeys will be donated to the Arkansas Foodbank to help provide a healthy meal to the one in four Arkansans struggling with hunger.

Foodbank Spokesman Tyler Lindsey said the ASO first approached them with the idea last year and it was a huge success.

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Local & Regional News
12:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Arkansas Man Challenging Judge Barring Partner At Home

The Arkansas Supreme Court

Attorneys for an Arkansas man whose gay partner is barred from visiting him overnight when his son is present say a judge is violating the constitution and past state Supreme Court rulings by imposing such a restriction.

Attorneys for John Moix on Thursday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a Pulaski County judge's restrictions on his visitations with 12-year-old son, saying they violate his privacy rights.

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