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3:54 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Asa Hutchinson Officially Jumps Into Race For Arkansas Governor

Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says he's raised more than $350,000 in his bid for the Republican  gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas.  

Hutchinson on Wednesday said he was officially kicking off his candidacy for the state's top office now that he's completed a school safety study for the National Rifle Association.  

Hutchinson in January said he planned to seek the GOP nomination.  

Hutchinson said his campaign will report raising more than $350,000 for the first three months of the year and will have $346,000 cash on hand.  

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Pryor On Gun Control
3:50 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Pryor Supports Republican Filibuster Of Gun Control Bill, Still Opposes Gay Marriage

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas
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U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, a Democrat, says he would support a Republican planned filibuster of gun control legislation that is expected to reach the Senate floor Thursday. 

Though some of his colleagues are negotiating over several compromise bills, Pryor says the current bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee is too broad and it’s not workable. He says the filibuster might extend the process so the legislation can be shaped by more lawmakers.

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U.S. Postal Service
3:47 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Approve Of Decision To Keep Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has dropped plans to end Saturday mail delivery this summer, due to a measure passed by Congress last month that barred U.S.P.S. officials from making such a move.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says efforts to curb mail delivery from six days a week to five would have hurt rural communities in the state.

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Organization Serving Homeless
3:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Organization Serving Homeless Exceeds Its Fundraising Goal Of $3.8 Million

Credit OurHouseShelter.org

A local organization serving the homeless met its fundraising goal just a day before its deadline of Wednesday, April 10.

Our House announced $4 million has been raised for construction of a new Children Center.

It will be used for childcare centers and after school programs for kids whose parents are working.

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Severe Weather
2:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued For 39 Counties In Arkansas

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The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch until 9 p.m. Tuesday evening for 39 counties in Arkansas.

However, Meteorologist Willie Gilmore said the main threats are dangerous wind and large hail.

Gilmore said thunderstorms often occur in this time of the year.

“Typically spring time is the best chance for seeing severe weather across this part of the country,” said Gilmore.

Late April 2011 Tornado Outbreak brought destruction to several states, including Arkansas.

More than 300 people died throughout the states as a result of that.

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New Coal-fired Power Plant
6:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Dedication Planned For SWEPCO's South Arkansas Power Plant

John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant

A dedication ceremony is planned in south Arkansas for Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s new coal-fired power plant. The ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hope. 

SWEPCO initially planned to have the event at the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant, but moved the ceremony to Hope because of the threat of severe weather. The 600-megawatt coal-fired plant began commercial operations in December 2012.

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Immigrant Education Bill
5:50 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker To Change In-state Tuition Bill For Immigrants

State Senator Joyce Elliott of Little Rock

An Arkansas lawmaker says she's changing her proposal that would have extended cheaper in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the United States illegally. 

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott has struggled to find support for the bill and said Tuesday that she'll amend it to leave it up to each institution to determine its criteria for extending in-state tuition.

The change will require the state Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up the rules for the in-state rates, and would require them to be consistent with state and federal law.

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Affordable Care Act
7:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

'Private Option' For Medicaid Expansion Will Get A Vote In Arkansas House

Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) said to the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Tuesday that the best option for Arkansans once the Affordable Care Act is fully in effect will be to have the "private option" of Medicaid insurance expansion in place.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The state House will get to vote on legislation that would allow the state to provide health insurance to roughly 250,000 low income Arkansans after the House public health committee advanced it Tuesday.

There was audible opposition to the voice vote, but the bill will make it to the full House, where it will need 51 votes for approval. However, it will also need a budget appropriation for full implementation and that takes a tougher 75 votes.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Remembering A Visit The Late Margaret Thatcher Made To Arkansas

As the world mourns the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, KUAR is looking back at a visit she made to Arkansas nearly 18 years ago.

Reporter Michael Hibblen covered the speech she gave at Harding University in Searcy in 1995 and has highlights of her remarks.

Thatcher’s visit came five years after she resigned as Prime Minister. She held that post longer than anyone else in the 20th century and was the only woman to serve as Britain’s Prime Minister.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Arkansas Bill Would End Grants For Planned Parenthood

A group rally against the bill at the Capitol today.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from awarding grants to abortion providers, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.

The Senate voted 19-11 Tuesday for the bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to abortion providers or entities that refer women to abortion providers. The proposal would not affect Medicaid money.

Planned Parenthood officials say the bill could affect doctors and entities such as rape crisis centers if they refer women to abortion providers.

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