Local & Regional News
4:29 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Pulaski, Randolph, White Counties Declared Federal Disasters

A damaged car from last week's tornado.
Credit National Weather Service

Gov. Mike Beebe says Pulaski, Randolph and White counties have been declared federal disasters and people with storm damage are eligible for individual assistance.

Faulkner County, where most of the 15 who died April 27 in the EF-4 tornado were killed, had earlier been approved for assistance.

Beebe's office says Independence County also sought a federal disaster declaration but did not meet damage thresholds to qualify.

President Barack Obama is scheduled on Wednesday to tour areas with tornado damage.

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3:51 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

President Obama's Arkansas Trip Mentioned in White House Press Briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaking to reporters during Monday's briefing.
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President Barack Obama is planning to visit tornado ravaged areas of the state Wednesday. On Monday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked during a regular briefing why the President has not previously visited Arkansas while in office.

“I don’t even know how to respond to that except to say the President has focused and will be focused when he visits on Wednesday on the families of victims, and on the first responders, and on the efforts underway to help Arkansas rebuild,” said Carney.

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Local & Regional News
2:23 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Official Attributes Baby's Death To Last Week's Tornado

Faulkner County officials are attributing an infant's death to last week's tornado that killed 15 people in central Arkansas.

County spokesman David Hogue says Monday that a mother, who suffered injuries from last Sunday's tornado, gave birth to a baby.

Hogue says the newborn took a breath, and died. Hogue says the baby's death is attributed to the tornado because of the mother's injuries. The infant's exact time of death and how far the mother was along in her pregnancy were not immediately known.

Science & Entertainment
12:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Local Museum Science Educator Debuts Tonight On 'The Tonight Show'

Kevin Delaney, director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery.

Museum of Discovery director of visitor experience Kevin Delaney debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. CT on NBC as the science expert for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Delaney spoke with KUAR's Nathan Vandiver this morning about the opportunity.

Delaney also contributes to KUAR occasionally through his Speaking Science series of 30 second spots.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Governor Mike Beebe Still Opposed To Gay Marriage

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he still believes marriage is between a man and a woman, saying his position hasn't changed after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his support for gay marriage.

Beebe told reporters Monday he has faith in McDaniel's ability to defend the state's gay marriage ban despite announcing his support for marriage equality.

McDaniel on Saturday said he would continue defending the 2004 amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

A Pulaski County judge is expected to rule this week in a lawsuit challenging that ban.

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Local & Regional News
11:07 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Arkansas Delegation Asks For Additional Disaster Declarations

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Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Barack Obama to issue additional disaster declarations for areas of Arkansas hit hard by last week's tornadoes and flooding.

Arkansas' two U.S. senators and four congressmen asked Monday for a major disaster declaration for Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties.

Faulkner County has already received a federal disaster declaration.

Obama is scheduled to tour areas hit by the tornado on Wednesday.

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Local & Regional News
10:57 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Verizon Hiring Nearly 300 People In Little Rock

Verizon Wireless is hiring nearly 300 full-time employees for its Little Rock call center and as sales representatives throughout Arkansas this year.

Gov. Mike Beebe joined officials from the wireless carrier to announce that it was seeking candidates for more than 285 full time customer service and sales jobs in the state.

Officials with the company declined to give an average salary for the jobs, but said the pay would be competitive and would include benefits such as tuition assistance and a retirement savings plan.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Democratic Primary Governor: Lynette Bryant

Lynette Bryant
Credit KUAR

This is the first interview with candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Tuesday we'll have an interview with Lynette Bryant's opponent for the nomination Mike Ross.

Kauffman: Thanks for listening, I’m Jacob Kauffman with KUAR. Substitute teacher and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Lynette Bryant joins me in the studio. Thanks for being here.

Bryant: Thank you.

Kauffman: You’re welcome. I want to begin by focusing on economic development. What are your feelings on the idea of state investment in projects such as Big River Steel?

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Local & Regional News
11:21 am
Sun May 4, 2014

French Hill, Bruce Westerman Hold Big Leads In Congressional Races

French Hill and Rep. Bruce Westerman hold sizable leads in their Republican primary races for U.S. Congress, according to a new round of Talk Business-Hendrix College polling.

The latest survey, which polled likely GOP voters in the Second and Fourth Congressional Districts, shows Hill with more than 50% support against two rivals and Westerman near 50% against his primary opponent.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison To Leave Post

File photo of DHS Director John Selig (left) and Medicaid Director Andy Allison at a meeting in March 2013.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The director of Arkansas' Medicaid office who led implementation of the private option is leaving his position.

Andy Allison has been state Medicaid director since 2011. The Department of Human Services announced Friday that Allison would leave, as of June 1 to pursue other opportunities.

Allison has led the Medicaid program through adoption of the private option health insurance program, which the Legislature created to accommodate President Barack Obama's Medicaid expansion plan.

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