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2:26 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Private Option Enrollment Jumps To Nearly 205,000

The Arkansas Department of Human Service says nearly 205,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents.

The department announced Wednesday that 204,811 people had completed enrollment in the "private option" program as of Sept. 30. That's an increase of more than 10,000 from the Aug. 31 tally.

The agency says the majority of enrollees are between the ages of 19 and 44.

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Aging in Arkansas
1:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Who Gets Social Security Disability?

Some Social Security benefits go to surviving spouses and children, but most go to older adults. The bulk of Social Security disability claimants are 50 years old and over.

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Local & Regional News
11:40 am
Wed October 15, 2014

In Governor's Race, Ross Fundraising Outpaces Hutchinson In September

Asa Hutchsinson And Mike Ross
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Democrat Mike Ross says he raised more than $540,000 last month in his bid for Arkansas governor, outpacing the fundraising reported by Republican rival Asa Hutchinson.

Ross's campaign said the September fundraising figures means he's raised more than $6.2 million since launching his bid for Arkansas governor last year. His campaign did not say how much he spent during the month or how much cash he has on hand.

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Local & Regional News
9:47 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Arkansas Delaying Community Flu Shot Clinics

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Elizabeth Gonzalez administers a typhoid shot to a Seabee during a battalion-wide immunization day at Port Hueneme.
Credit Carmichael Yepez / U.S. Navy

Public flu shot clinics throughout Arkansas are being postponed because of a delay in the shipment of more than a quarter-million doses of the vaccine.

The Arkansas Department of Health says the shipment of 256,450 doses of the vaccine is expected to arrive no later than early November. But the health department says it already has more than 191,000 doses on hand that will be used in school flu shot clinics throughout the state.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

4th District Congressional Candidates Differ Over Role of Government

Candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Senate challenger Tom Cotton presented starkly different governing philosophies at a debate Tuesday hosted by AETN. The rural 4th district contains much of south and west Arkansas and stretches far into the northwest part of the state.

In closing remarks, Republican State Representative Bruce Westerman identified removing unwanted federal laws as a fundamental theme at the center of his beliefs.

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Local & Regional News
8:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Cotton, Pryor Tangle In Debate Over Health Law's Impact

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says Republican rival Tom Cotton has "no answer" on what would happen with Arkansas receiving coverage under the federal health care overhaul.

It's a law that Cotton called a "disaster" that must be repealed as the two squared off in their second televised debate.

The two candidates sparred over the health law, the farm bill, student loans and other issues in the debate at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on Tuesday night.

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Local & Regional News
7:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Arkansas GOP Chair Claims AG Candidate Illegally Holds Two Government Positions

Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, speaking to reporters Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas is suing Democratic Attorney General candidate Nate Steel, claiming he is holding two government offices which is prohibited by state law.

At a press conference Tuesday at the state GOP headquarters, Doyle Webb said Steel is working as the city attorney for the southwest Arkansas town of Nashville, while also serving as a state House member.

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Local & Regional News
4:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Study Finds Same-Sex Marriage Has Positive Economic Impact

Couples lining up in Eureka Springs to marry during a brief window allowing same-sex couples to wed in May.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

Research out of the UCLA School of Law Tuesday finds ending Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage could lead to an economic boost amounting to over $13 million of spending over three years. The study focuses on the direct impact to wedding services by comparing same-sex marriage rates in states where it is legal to the number of same-sex couples in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Candidates For 4th District House Seat Debate Ebola, Marijuana

Three candidates for a U.S. House seat in southern Arkansas differ on how to address an Ebola threat.  They met Tuesday for a debate on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Republican Bruce Westerman said he would ask the Obama administration "tough questions" to ensure it took steps to protect the country. Libertarian Ken Hamilton said he would want the government to ensure health care workers follow appropriate protocols and Democrat James Lee Witt said he would want to make sure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have what is needed to halt the virus.

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Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General: Keep Minimum-Wage Issue On Ballot

File photo of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, speaking in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a measure to gradually increase Arkansas' minimum wage to $8.50 should stay on the ballot.

McDaniel filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday in a lawsuit that seeks to remove the proposal from next month's ballot. The Arkansas Supreme Court is considering the case.

That lawsuit challenges the validity of signatures turned in to qualify for the ballot, but McDaniel's brief only addresses a separate issue of whether the petition was submitted on time.

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