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9:51 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Gov. Beebe: State Enjoys Streak Of Economic Development Success

Gov. Mike Beebe

The following is a transcript of Gov. Mike Beebe's weekly column and radio address:

In Arkansas, economic development manifests itself in many ways. In the past 10 days, we’ve seen a constant stream of announcements that will bring good jobs and new opportunities to our State. Each of these also illustrates approaches we use in powering the economic engines that generate success.

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yesterday today & tomorrow
8:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Blindness

Blindness has been part of every generation's experience. In older times the blind were often disregarded, shunned and left out of societies mainstream. Times, fortunately, have changed and our younger generation is much more accustomed to accepting the blind into al aspects of daily life. This discussion brings added awareness to the blind and how their experience has changed.

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Authorities Search For Missing Little Rock Real Estate Agent

Pulaski County authorities are searching for a real estate agent who disappeared after going to show a home in Scott.

Authorities said Friday that 49-year-old Beverly Carter of Scott was reported missing by her husband about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies say Carter's husband told authorities he last heard from his wife about 5:30 p.m. when she was supposed to meet someone at the home. He said he went to the home to search for Carter after she failed to contact him.

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1:07 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Jury Unable To Reach Verdict In Road Rage Shooting Death

The murder trial of a man charged in a road rage shooting death in Little Rock has ended in mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

A Pulaski County judge declared the mistrial Friday morning on the second day of deliberations in the case against 29-year-old Chris Schnarr.

Schnarr was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Arista Aldridge in May 2013 after the two men narrowly avoided a collision in Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
10:54 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Cotton's Farm Bill Ad Found To Be False By Three Fact Checkers

A week after Republican senate candidate Tom Cotton launched a six-figure ad buy explaining his farm bill vote three major fact-checking organizations have rejected the ad’s premises. In the commercial Cotton said President Barack Obama “hijacked” the farm bill by funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – commonly referred to as food stamps. 

Factcheck.org, the Washington Post, and Politifact note food stamps have been part of the farm bill since 1973.

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Local & Regional News
10:45 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Arkansas Diocese Wants To Enter Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage

The leader of Arkansas' Roman Catholic diocese wants the state's highest court to consider his thoughts on the voter-approved gay-marriage ban.

Anthony Taylor, the bishop of Little Rock, asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday to accept a friend of the court brief that argues justices should uphold Arkansas' 2004 same-sex-marriage ban. A state judge tossed the ban last spring.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the filing notes the ban was enacted by the people and says eliminating it would undermine an institution that is the bedrock of any society.

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Local & Regional News
10:24 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Home Based Care Decision For Disabled Pushed Off Until January

Department of Human Services Director John Selig
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A recent push by disability rights advocates for more home-based care was delayed Thursday at least until next year. Currently the disabled are provided coverage through Medicaid in institutional settings like nursing homes and Human Development Centers.

The Community First Choice Option, or CFCO, would allow people to choose between institutional care and care at home.

At a committee meeting state health officials said they’d wait until January to ask for the change because of concerns expressed by some legislators.

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Local & Regional News
10:16 am
Fri September 26, 2014

2015 Health Insurance Rates To Get Expedited Release

Cindy Crone, Deputy Commissioner, Arkansas Health Connector Division, Arkansas Insurance Department

Health officials on Thursday announced that insurance rates for 2015 will be released ahead of schedule. Earlier this week every member of Arkansas’s House delegation signed onto a letter urging state health officials to provide details about what health insurance rates will be in 2015.

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Local & Regional News
5:38 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State's High Court Appoints Master In Wage Increase Lawsuit

Arkansas' highest court has appointed a former state appeals judge to review evidence in the lawsuit that aims to remove a proposed minimum wage increase from the November ballot.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday appointed John B. Robbins as a special master to hold hearings and review evidence regarding the lawsuit filed by Little Rock businessman Jackson T. Stephens Jr. He's challenging the validity of the signatures that were submitted for the proposal, which would gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 by 2017.

Local & Regional News
5:09 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Cotton Advocates For Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear Energy

During a forum on energy policy hosted by RealClearPolitcs at the Clinton Presidential Center Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton addressed a recent Environmental Protection Agency rule that calls for the nation to reduce its power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. 

Cotton said the rule would severely limit the production of coal power plants in Arkansas, which gets about half of its energy from coal.

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