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8:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Voters Considering Bonds To Renovate Little Rock Music Hall

Robinson Center Music Hall
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Voters in Little Rock are considering a proposal to pay for up to $73.5 million in renovations to the city's Robinson Center Music Hall.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The plan asks voters to dedicate a portion of the city's existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for the project.

The tax had been used for the construction of the Statehouse Convention Center, and those bonds are about to be retired.

The music hall in downtown Little Rock was built in 1939 and hasn't had any major renovations.

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6:10 am
Tue December 10, 2013

In Aftermath Of Ice Storm, Debate Over Whether Power Lines Should Be Buried

Frank Burggraf, professor emeritus for the University of Arkansas, in front of an electrical substation in Fayetteville. He's a vocal advocate for burying power lines.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

As many as 60,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas were without power at one point this past weekend because of the winter storm.

Above-ground electrical transmission and distribution lines are vulnerable to failure from heavy wet snow, dense ice and high winds.

Some advocates say it’s time to move those lines underground.  But that is much more expensive and many utility customers don't want to pay higher electric bills.

Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has a look at the debate.  You can hear her report above.

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2:53 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Beebe Asks Electric Co-ops To Support Medicaid Expansion

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe speaking in November.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Gov. Mike Beebe is asking Arkansas electric cooperative officials to support funding for the expansion of Medicaid in Arkansas that will be considered by lawmakers beginning in February.

Beebe spoke Monday at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Directors Winter Conference in Little Rock. He said Arkansas' private option to expand Medicaid freed enough money for about $100 million in tax cuts during the last legislative session.

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2:37 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Judge Orders Ends Of Medicaid Lawsuit By Arkansas Doctor

A federal judge has formally dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography who had been treating Medicaid patients.

The judge on Monday gave Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker permission to file the lawsuit again.

Parker and the state last week announced an end to the lawsuit. He had challenged a state law that blocked him from collecting payments for working with patients covered by Medicaid.

Parker received the child pornography images in 1997 and maintained he had not solicited them and was innocent.

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12:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Fire At Arkansas Nuclear One Caused By Transformer Failure

Credit entergy-nuclear.com

Entergy Arkansas says the fire that was contained and extinguished this morning at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville was the result of a transformer failure.

"The fire was in a non-nuclear area of the plant. The transformer is in an outside switchyard," says Entergy spokesman Mike Bowling.

Bowling says no injuries were reported and there were no threats to public health or safety resulting from the transformer failure and fire.

He says it took about an hour to extinguish the blaze.

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12:25 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Judge To Hear Arguments In Arkansas Execution Lawsuit

A judge will hear oral arguments next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new lethal injection law. Court records show that arguments are scheduled for Jan. 17 in Little Rock.

Nine death row inmates are suing the state over an execution law that legislators enacted this year. That new law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.

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4:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Winter Weather Causes Delays And Cancellations In Central Arkansas

The Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School Districts are closed Monday.

UALR will open at noon. Pulaski Tech is closed. UCA's inclement weather policy is in effect.

All UAMS college classes start at noon and the inclement weather policy is in effect for UAMS non-essential employees.

Governor Mike Beebe reports state employees will operate on a two-hour delay today.

The City of Little Rock plans to open all city offices at noon.

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Sun December 8, 2013

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9:12 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General: Laws Help Consumers During Winter Storm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Gov. Mike Beebe's declaration of a state of emergency because of winter storms crossing the state has triggered state laws intended to protect consumers during an emergency.

McDaniel says Thursday's declaration triggers a state law that prohibits businesses from raising prices more than 10 percent, with certain exceptions. Businesses may exceed the 10-percent cap if they can establish that the higher price is directly related to added expenses such as costs imposed by a supplier or because of higher labor and materials costs.

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