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

UAMS Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Now Open For Women

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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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Local & Regional News
3:07 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Senate Expands Definition Of Unborn Child

The Arkansas Senate has voted unanimously to expand the definition of an unborn child in the state's criminal code and wrongful death statutes.

The Senate voted 35-0 Monday to modify state code that currently allows for criminal prosecution of someone who harms a fetus 12 weeks into a pregnancy or later.

The proposal by Republican Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette would make it a crime to harm an unborn child from conception until birth.

The measure would not apply to legal abortions and would not apply to the mother of the fetus.

Local & Regional News
3:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Hearing Canceled For Arkansas Doctor In Bombing Case

Mug shot of Randeep Man.

A re-sentencing hearing has been canceled for a doctor convicted in the bombing that nearly killed the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Lawyers for Randeep Mann say a judge canceled the hearing scheduled for Monday. The hearing has not been rescheduled.

In December, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing for Mann, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 bombing at the home of Dr. Trent Pierce.

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Local & Regional News
12:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Reviewing Voter ID

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's reviewing constitutional concerns that have been raised about a bill to require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.

Carter said Monday that some lawmakers told him they plan to object to the bill on the grounds that it failed to capture a two-thirds majority of votes - 24 votes - when it passed the Senate on a 23-12 vote last month.

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Local & Regional News
10:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Legislator Files In-State Tuition Proposal

An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing extending in-state tuition rates to some students who entered the  U.S. illegally.

Little Rock Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott filed a bill Monday that would grant in-state tuition rates to anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.

Monday is the deadline for lawmakers to file legislation.

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Local & Regional News
10:31 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Gets An "A" For Website

An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the Legislatures in Arkansas, New Hampshire and Connecticut an 'A'  grade for how they make legislative information available.

The Sunlight Foundation also gave the top mark to Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.

Two New England states got an 'F.' They are Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Others in that category are Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, and Nebraska.

Vermont got a 'B' and Maine got a 'D.'

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Local & Regional News
8:21 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Video: Arkansas Sen. Dismang Says Lawmakers Exploring Non-profit Insurance Exchange

At a health insurance expansion rally on Thursday, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) encouraged stakeholders in the debate to be patient with lawmakers as they grapple for a fiscal and political solution to insuring more Arkansans.

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