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10:31 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Arkansas Red Cross Assists Storm Recovery Efforts

Disaster Responders from the American Red Cross in Arkansas continue care to residents affected by the severe storm system.
Credit Arkansas Red Cross

As communities try to recover from Wednesday’s severe storms, lightning strikes, and high winds; the Arkansas Red Cross is providing extra support for residents. 

Brigette Williams with the Red Cross says they already have disaster response teams in Van Buren, Lincoln, and Izzard Counties. 

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Local & Regional News
3:58 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

House Approves Bill for Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas lawmakers have approved legislation to expand the state's Medicaid program though increasing residents covered by private insurance.

The vote outcome was 62-37 and one present, with only a majority required for passage. 

Rep. Josh Burris of Harrison serves as the bill's primary sponsor and argued that the legislation's proposed coverage also brings a subset of benefits that arrives with passing the bill. 

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Affordable Care Act
3:32 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas House OKs Medicaid 'Private Option,' Plan Still Needs Appropriation

Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) said their are drastic costs to health care for Arkansas if lawmakers reject a plan to increase private health insurance in the state with federal Medicaid money.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  The Arkansas House is expected to vote Friday on whether to let the state spend the money to implement the private option of health insurance expansion for low income Arkansans.

Thursday it approved one bill that sets up the plan, but the plan's appropriation is expected to be much harder to pass.

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Local & Regional News
1:57 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Crews Work To Restore Power After Severe Storms

Maintenance crews are working to restore power to multiple homes after severe weather swept through the state Wednesday evening, officials said Thursday.

The cold front produced a series of thunderstorms and tornadoes across several portions of Arkansas, leaving more than 10,000 residents without power. The outages were caused primarily by lightning and high winds that accompanied the storms, which subsided by Thursday morning.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas Death-Row Inmates Must Restart Challenge

Six death-row inmates must start anew in an Arkansas circuit court if they want to challenge new  procedures for executing prisoners.  

Arkansas' Supreme Court last year found the previous method unconstitutional, saying legislators ceded too much power to the Correction Department.

The Legislature approved a new plan last month and the inmates wanted justices to weigh in directly. The  court declined in an unsigned ruling Thursday.  

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Local & Regional News
1:54 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Former East Arkansas Officer Sentenced To Prison

Mug shot of Marlene Kalb.

A former Helena-West Helena police sergeant convicted in a sweeping corruption investigation has been sentenced to 2  1/2 years in prison.  

Marlene Kalb was convicted last December of extortion and attempt to possess a controlled substance. A federal jury acquitted her on a money-laundering charge.  

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Moody also sentenced to Kalb to three years of supervised release following her prison sentence.  

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Local & Regional News
12:36 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Delay On 'Private Option' Vote

The Republican chairman of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee says he believes Arkansas  lawmakers should delay voting on a proposal to tap federal Medicaid money to buy private health care insurance for low-income residents.  

Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway told reporters he believes lawmakers should recess for about three weeks to brief the public on the "private option" proposal being considered as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Sen. Pryor Has $3.4 Million For Re-Election Campaign

Credit pryor.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he raised $1.9 million for his re-election campaign in the first quarter of  2013, more than doubling the amount of money on hand for next year's race.  

Republicans have targeted the two-term senator, believing he is vulnerable in a state that has seen the GOP take a number of statewide and congressional races since 2010.  

According to the Democratic Party of Arkansas, which distributed Pryor's fundraising figures Thursday, the candidate has $3.4 million on hand.  

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Local & Regional News
11:51 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Residents Evacuated From Oil Spill Allowed To Return

Crews cleaning up the oil spill in the Mayflower neighborhood on Sunday.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Officials say some residents whose houses were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower can go home this week.

Federal on-scene coordinator Nick Brescia says residents of four homes could be allowed back Thursday, while residents of another eight or nine homes can return in the coming days.

Crews are still cleaning up the scene with heavy equipment.

The pipeline ruptured nearly two weeks ago, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude flowing down a street in what was described by residents as a "river of oil."

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Local & Regional News
11:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

McCain to Speak at Clinton School of Public Service

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will discuss current events at his Friday lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Credit Photo: mccain.senate.gov

Sen. John McCain is scheduled to speak Friday evening at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate plans to discuss current affairs and cover Congressional politics during the lecture, which will later be opened for questions from the audience.

Clinton School Public Programs Director Nikolai DiPippa says the event will be among the most attended in the school's eight-year history. 

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