Tax Cuts
5:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas House Panel OKs Tax Cut For Manufacturers

An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to cut taxes on manufacturers in the state.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday voted to approve the measure, sending it to the full House for consideration. The bill would reduce the sales and use taxes on natural gas and electricity used by manufacturers.

State finance officials estimate that the proposal will decrease state revenue by about $14 million next year and roughly $25 million in subsequent years.

Affordable Care Act
4:58 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Letter Shows Federal Support For Arkansas' 'Private Option' Continues

Governor Mike Beebe speaking to reporters about a letter of approval from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas has received written approval from the Department of Health and Human Services to forge a new plan to expand health insurance in the state. 

Governor Mike Beebe released a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday that said the state should move forward on its loose plan to expand private health insurance coverage with federal money available through the Affordable Care Act.

Our content partner TalkBusiness Arkansas has posted the full letter.

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Local & Regional News
3:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Health Department Says Decontamination Efforts In Mayflower Could Take Weeks

The Arkansas Health Department says it could be weeks before Mayflower residents can return to their homes because of Friday’s oil spill.

An ExxonMobil pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and the company is currently working to clean it up.

Ed Barham, a spokesman for the health department, says the crew has to safely remove and transport the contaminated soil away from the neighborhood.

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News About Public Radio
3:46 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Elite Runner Leah Thorvilson to be Featured Storyteller at Tales From the South

Leah Thorvilson, who has won the Little Rock Marathon several times in the last few years, will be the featured storyteller at Tales From the South on April 2.

Elite runner Leah Thorvilson will be the featured storyteller for a very special "Tales from the South: Tin Roof Project" on Tuesday, April 2.

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3:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas Spill Strengthens Arguments Of Keystone Foes

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An Arkansas pipeline spill that coated streets and lawns with a smelly, asphalt-like crude oil provides opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline with new ammunition to combat the project.
Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil ruptured on Friday causing the evacuation of about two dozen homes.
1:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Mike Ross Resigns Job To Pursue ‘Public Service’

Mike Ross

Former Congressman Mike Ross (D) dropped another huge clue that he plans to run for Arkansas Governor in 2014.

In an email sent Tuesday (April 2) to employees at Southwest Power Pool – where he took a Government Affairs post in January 2013 after ending his near decade in Congress – Ross said he was resigning his post.

“I wanted you to know that after much thought I have resigned as an officer and senior vice president at Southwest Power Pool to pursue another opportunity in public service,” he said.

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School Safety
1:16 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hutchinson And NRA Task Force Recommend School Safety Measures

Asa Hutchinson unveils school safety recommendations in Washington, DC.
Credit Shawn Thew

Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.

Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.  

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1:04 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Energy Reporter For Bloomberg News Provides Analysis on Oil Spill

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Brad Olson, energy reporter for Bloomberg News, gives analysis of Arkansas oil spill.
The Arkansas attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the cause and impact of an oil spill after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also is asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Local & Regional News
12:56 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Beebe: US Govt. Will Help With Private Insurance

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says it has received a letter from the federal government expressing  "conceptual support" for his plan to use Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for the state's poorer residents.

According to Beebe, the Health and Human Services Department said Arkansas' suggestion is "generally consistent" with goals to expand health insurance coverage. The letter includes an assurance that the federal government will work with the state to implement it.

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Arkansas Revenue
11:44 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas Revenue Down In March Compared To 2012

Arkansas revenues in March of this year dropped below last year’s figures. However, individual income tax refunds were up last month at $10.1 million and that’s $5.4 million above forecast.

John Shelnutt, an economist with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, says income tax refunds are finally catching up after being low in January and February. He says figures aren’t where they were in 2012, but that should even out in April.

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