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11:13 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Governor-Elect Asa Hutchinson Unveils Inaugural Details

File photo of Asa Hutchinson with his wife Susan when he formally filed to run for office in February at the state Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson rolled out details of his inauguration Wednesday, which will fill up parts of two days and nights on January 12 and 13. Hutchinson named Dave and Sarah Wengel as 2015 inaugural co-chairs.

"This inaugural celebration of Governor-Elect Hutchinson represents the beginning of a new day in our state, full of promise and opportunity for every Arkansan,” said Dave Wengel. “It’s the renewal of the American Dream right here in the Natural State, and Sarah and I are delighted to be part of it."

A rundown of the inauguration events include:

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10:53 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Effort To Curtail Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs In Nursing Homes

The head of an Arkansas non-profit group dedicated to improving the quality of care for nursing home residents says an NPR series reinforces the need for stricter enforcement of an existing law.

The federal Nursing Home Reform Act was passed 27 years ago, saying antipsychotic medications should not be used to sedate residents suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

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10:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ellison Case To Go Before 8th Circuit Appeals Court in Saint Louis

Attorneys Flint Taylor (left) and Michael Laux speak to reporters Tuesday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Attorneys for the family of Eugene Ellison, a 67-year-old man killed by off duty Little Rock Police officers in his home four years ago, held a forum Tuesday night. It came two days before an appeal of a lawsuit against the department will be heard in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Saint Louis.

Ellison was shot in his home when two officers working as security at his apartment complex approached his unit and an altercation ensued. Chicago attorney Mike Laux said Ellison’s it was a wrongful death.

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9:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Arkansas Awarded Federal Preschol Grant Worth Nearly $15 Million

A preschooler plays with blocks in this undated photo.
Credit edcentral.org

Federal education officials say Arkansas has been awarded a nearly $15 million grant from the Preschool Development Grants program.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the $14.9 million grant. Arkansas is one of 18 states awarded grants.

States receiving grants are to develop or expand high-quality preschool programs in regionally diverse communities-from urban neighborhoods to small towns.

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6:50 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Outgoing Governor Beebe Reflects On Management Style, Private Option

Governor Mike Beebe in his office.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

As Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson prepares to move next month into his new office at the north end of the Capitol, Governor Mike Beebe is preparing to make his exit.

One of the Democrat's signature accomplishments was getting passage of the private option, an amended part of the federal health care law. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman sat down with the outdoing Governor to talk about how his management style helped cut the state’s uninsured rate in half.

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5:57 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Report: Student Arrests In Arkansas On The Rise

A new report indicates that the number of school-based arrests in Arkansas has increased 13 percent since 2011.

The report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families looked at school-based arrests across the state in 2013 and 2014. There are more than 3,000 law enforcement incidents in Arkansas schools each year, and the majority of children involved are arrested for nonviolent offenses.

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1:05 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Arkansas House Members Select Chairs For Three Panels

Credit Ron Breeding / KUAR News

Arkansas House members have selected chairs for the powerful Budget and Audit committees, as well as Legislative Council, as they prepare for next year's legislative session.

House members of the Budget Committee on Tuesday voted Republican Rep. Lane Jean as the co-chairman of the panel, which considers appropriations bills and crafts the state's budget for the coming year. Democratic Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville is the other co-chairman of the panel.

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11:39 am
Tue December 9, 2014

State Plan: Divert Surface Water To Make Up For Groundwater Loss

Between $3.4 billion and $7.8 billion should be invested in the infrastructure needed to help Arkansas take advantage of surface water instead of unsustainably pumping from depleting groundwater sources. The good news: The state has more than enough surface water to take care of its needs.

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10:39 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Hutchinson To Replace Arkansas Workforce Services Director

Artee Williams

Look for a change in leadership at the helm of another state agency as Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson puts his stamp on workforce development.

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services director Artee Williams says he has been told that he will not be retained in his post in the new governor’s administration.

Williams was originally appointed DWS director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in March 2004. He was reappointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2007.

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8:58 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Leader Sharon Priest Retiring

Sharon Priest
Credit www.downtownlr.com

The executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is retiring next month. The organization says executive director Sharon Priest will retire at the end of January.

Priest was selected to serve as executive director in January 2003. Under her leadership, the partnership has spearheaded the charge for revitalization of Main Street in collaboration with its stakeholders and the city of Little Rock, focusing on the redevelopment of existing structures, streetscape and safety.

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