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12:21 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Google To Pay Arkansas For Violating Privacy

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday a $7 million settlement has been reached with internet search giant Google over allegations it collected data from unsecured wireless networks.

The AG’s office says the information was collected by Google’s Street View cars, which took images for geolocation services.

Google acknowledges information gathered may have included addresses of requested web pages, email communications, as well as confidential or private information transmitted as the Google Street View cars were passing.

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LRSD Provides Computers To Poor Students
10:35 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Cheaper Computers Available For Some Little Rock Students

Low-income students in the Little Rock School District, who take part in the free and reduced–price lunch program, now have a chance to get district computers at a reduced rate.

Parents of those students can buy the refurbished computers for just $40, under a new program supported by the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods, a civic group. 

Kathy Wells works with the coalition and says parents have to act quickly to take advantage of the deal.

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InArkansas.com
10:18 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Goodwill to Launch Empowerment Program for Women in Central Arkansas

Image by Goodwill Industries of Arkansas

Need help finding a full-time job or know someone who does?

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Gun Laws
12:09 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Gun Rights And Challenging Federal Authority

 A new bill that seeks to prevent the federal government from regulating firearms in Arkansas is scheduled to go before a state House committee Tuesday morning. But many think it’s clearly unconstitutional.

State Representative Bob Ballinger, a Republican from Hindsville, is the sponsor of the bill.

“We are not going to allow for any more federal regulations of firearms in Arkansas," Ballinger told a crowd gathered for a Second Amendment rally in front of the Arkansas Capitol February 8.

Ballenger says Arkansas citizen’s Second Amendment rights are at stake.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Continue To Look At Something Like Medicaid Expansion

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas lawmakers say they are continuing to look at expanding health coverage to those in Arkansas who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money made available through the Affordable Care Act.

State lawmakers learned two weeks ago that they have the option of covering those who would benefit from the expansion with private insurance rather than putting them directly on Medicaid.

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Local & Regional News
9:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Proposed Pig Farm Near Buffalo River Has Many Concerned

All kinds of farms operate on the Buffalo River Watershed, and have for generations, but a new industrial swine farm – the first of its kind in the state – is under construction in Newton County.  And as Jacqueline Froelich with KUAF reports, that has some concerned.

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New Psychiatric Unit
4:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

UAMS Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Now Open For Women

Credit psychiatry.uams.edu

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently opened a psychiatric inpatient unit dedicated to women who experience trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression and to experience anxiety disorders.

Dr. Jeffrey Clothier, the Medical Director at the Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS, said there is a special unit for pregnant women and women who recently gave birth.

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Local & Regional News
3:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

State Board Agrees To Close Weiner High School

The State Board of Education has agreed to close Weiner High School in northeast Arkansas.

The board voted 5-2 Monday to close the school at the request of Harrisburg School District Superintendent Danny Sample.

The Weiner district was annexed in 2010 into the Harrisburg district after enrollment fell below 350 students.

Weiner supporters have fought since then to keep the elementary and high schools open.

Sample asked for permission to close the high school as of July 1 in an effort to save money. 

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Local & Regional News
3:11 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Proposal Filed To Regulate License Plate Readers

Arkansas lawmakers are proposing regulations on the use of devices that photograph license plates.

Democratic Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville and Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Mena filed legislation Monday that would restrict who can use so-called license plate readers.

The bill would also limit how long data captured by license plate readers could be kept.  

The legislation comes after The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Little Rock police have a license plate reader, but don't have a policy spelling out how long the department keeps the data.  

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Local & Regional News
3:09 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas AG Wants Stays Lifted For 6 Inmates

The Arkansas attorney general's office has filed a motion to lift stays of execution in place for six death-row inmates who have challenged the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection law.

The motion, filed last week in the Arkansas Supreme Court, wants stays lifted for Jack Jones, Marcel Williams, Jason McGhee, Don Davis, Bruce Ward and Stacey Johnson.

The inmates have all exhausted their appeals.  

Last year, the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law. The Legislature enacted a new death penalty law last month.

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