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4:25 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

More Than 86,000 Arkansans Apply For Private Option

More than 86,000 Arkansas residents have applied for health insurance under a state plan to use Medicaid expansion money to provide the coverage.

The Department of Human Services said Wednesday that of the 86,341 people who applied, 72,361 are eligible for the private option insurance.

The program is separate from the federal health insurance program that operates through the HealthCare.gov website. As of last week, about 1,400 Arkansas residents had enrolled in that program of 18,000 who applied.

Local & Regional News
12:57 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

HP To Hire 200 More Workers For Arkansas Facility

Governor Mike Beebe listens, as Conway Mayor Tab Townsell speaks during Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

Hewlett-Packard says it will be adding around 200 highly skilled jobs to its facility in Conway. Governor Mike Beebe, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and HP executive John Herzog joined state economic development officials in making the announcement at the state capitol. The 200 highly skilled tech jobs—said to consist of engineers, software developers, data analysts and the like—would be a part of HP’s growing healthcare information business. Beebe said Conway is a perfect fit for these positions because of its young, educated demographic and its centers of higher education.

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Legislative Ethics
10:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Darr Goes Before Ethics Commission For Spending

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving a meeting of the Arkansas Ethics Commission Wednesday, saying little to reporters.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr went before the Arkansas Ethics Commission Wednesday, as a staff report was presented saying that Darr misspent more than $44,000 of campaign and public money.

After allegations were raised earlier this year, Darr self-reported violations against himself, saying he was unaware of mistakes in how the spending was handled.

The meeting was closed to the public.  Afterward, as he left with his attorney, Darr refused to say much, telling reporters "We're going to comment later."

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Arkansas PSC Heralds Entergy's Exit From System Agreement

The Arkansas Public Service Commission is heralding Entergy Arkansas' plan to leave the multi-state agreement in which it has operated for decades.

The regulatory body on Tuesday noted that Entergy Arkansas will on Thursday no longer be networked with Entergy utilities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The PSC says the Entergy system agreement has unnecessarily cost Arkansas ratepayers more than $4.5 billion to, among other things, help pay for the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant.

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Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Second Largest Payout Ever Could Be Big for Arkansas Lottery Commission Revenue

Credit myarkansaslottery.com

The Arkansas Lottery is taking part in the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever in the nation, involving over 40 states. Tuesday's drawing is for $636 million.

State Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said big jackpots usually meana  spike in revenue so this jackpot could help the Lottery Commission catch up to their revenue goals.

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Local & Regional News
3:21 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mountain Home Company Expanding, Hiring 50 New Workers

A Mountain Home company that makes laboratory work surfaces says it plans to expand its operation and hire an additional 50 workers.

Epoxyn Products said Tuesday that the company is investing $5 million in the expansion so it can serve customers around the world.

Epoxyn, whose parent company is De Pere, Wisc.-based Hamilton Scientific, produces resins for work surfaces that are used in schools and health-care laboratories.

Gov. Mike Beebe was on hand for the announcement and said the expansion shows Baxter County has a strong workforce.

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Local & Regional News
3:19 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Murder Suspect, Whose Case Prompted Changes To Parole System, To Change Attorneys

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A Pulaski County judge is reluctantly allowing an eight-time parole absconder who is charged with murder in Little Rock to be given new public defenders, but declined the man's request to represent himself.

Darrell Dennis is charged in the May 10 kidnapping, robbery and shooting death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams. Dennis was free at the time despite multiple felony charges and parole violations.

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Local & Regional News
10:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Longtime Prosecutor In North Arkansas Announces He Won't Run Again

Prosecutor Chris Raff

The longest-serving prosecutor in Arkansas history says he won't seek re-election next year.

Chris Raff has served nearly 32 years as prosecuting attorney for the 17th Judicial District, which covers White and Prairie counties.

The 62-year-old prosecutor tells The Daily Citizen that the timing is right to end his tenure in office.

Raff says his term will end Dec. 31, 2014. He says he has no plans to seek another political position.

Raff was first elected prosecuting attorney in 1982. Since then, he's been elected to the post 12 more times.

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Local & Regional News
8:36 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Delta Regional Authority Puts $150K Into Eastern Arkansas

The Delta Regional Authority is making a $150,000 investment in a sustainable agriculture program in eastern Arkansas.

The group is planning a Wednesday event in Forrest City to mark the start of the funding.

Officials say the money will help East Arkansas Enterprise Community Inc. to work with Arkansas Delta Seeds of Change to assist 100 farmers in the region. The program will assist farmers and entrepreneurs through job training, financial planning, access to equipment and product marketing.

The Metropolitan Opera
5:18 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Dec. 21: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A scene from Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Kiki Porter as Peaseblossom, Thatcher Pitkoff as Moth, Benjy Wenzelberg as Mustardseed, Seth Ewing-Crystal as Cobweb, Matthew Rose as Bottom and Kathleen Kim as Tytania.
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 21 on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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