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11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.

They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security. 

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal.  

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Public Health
6:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

As Arkansas Remains Highly Obese, State Health Officials Consider New Solutions

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

For the past decade, Arkansas health officials have taken significant steps to curb obesity in the state. But Arkansas still ranks third nationally in the percentage of obese adults, at nearly 35 percent of its total population last year. On Thursday and Friday, more than 60 public health experts and officials from around the state will convene at Petit Jean Mountain for a summit to assess ideas for dealing with the epidemic over the next ten years.  KUAR’s Chris Hickey spoke with two officials about previous policy efforts and what Arkansas can do about obesity in the future.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Clinton School Wants Sleeping Bags For Homeless

Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall.
Credit clintonschool.uasys.edu

The Clinton School of Public Service is collecting sleeping bags and socks so they can be given to the homeless.

The Keep Little Rock Warm drive is to take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Students at the school are asking people to donate new or clean and gently used sleeping bags and socks.

People can bring the items to Sturgis Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center. Also, donations in the form of checks can be made out to The Van, a mobile unit that helps the homeless.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu December 12, 2013

UAMS Receives $1 Million Gift For Cancer Work

The UAMS campus.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says it has received a $1 million gift for a new breast cancer center.

UAMS said Wednesday that a member of its Cancer Institute Auxiliary, Stuart Cobb, was donating the money to support construction and services. 

The breast cancer center will be on the third floor of the Cancer Institute when completed.

Chancellor Dan Rahn said the gift will give Arkansans access to an advanced facility for mammography and other outpatient services.

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Local & Regional News
4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Patrons Exchange 'Food for Fines' During Holiday Drive

The Central Arkansas Library System is hosting its annual Food for Fines drive to provide for needy families across the state.

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Local & Regional News
4:24 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Report Updates The Number Of Arkansans To Sign Up Under Health Marketplace

A new federal report says more Arkansas residents have enrolled in health coverage through the HealthCare.gov website that's in place to facilitate insurance sign-ups as part of the government's health care overhaul.

The Wednesday report says nearly 18,000 Arkansans completed applications through the new marketplace. When adding in family members who would be covered, the applications totaled about 34,600 people. The numbers are from activity on the website from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

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Local & Regional News
4:07 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

UALR Leader Reflects On Mandela's Influence On His Life

Nelson Mandela

Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, reflects on the influence Mandela had on his life in this essay:

As a lawyer and activist, Nelson Mandela, the first democratically-elected president of South Africa spent almost his entire life fighting against injustice in his country. During 27 years of imprisonment, he continued to influence people all across the world with his message of equality. His message was heard loud and clear in American, the South; and it had a huge impact on the views of the youth of my generation – especially me.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sherwood Disputes Section of Pulaski County Desegregation Agreement

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman, accompanied by members of the Sherwood Education Foundation, speaks about the city's desire to create its own school district.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The community of Sherwood is unhappy with a section of the proposed Pulaski County Desegregation Settlement involving three school districts and the state of Arkansas. Members of the Sherwood Education Foundation spoke Wednesday at the Bill Harman Recreation Center of how the proposed settlement would prevent their city from easily carving its own school district out of the Pulaski County Special School District.

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Local & Regional News
1:47 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Meteor Shower to Brighten Weekend Atmosphere

Credit EarthSky.org

Several falling stars will be seen across Arkansas skies as the Geminid meteor shower takes place this weekend.

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Local & Regional News
12:12 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Arkansas Legislator Jim Hill Dies At 74

Former Arkansas legislator Jim Hill died Wednesday at his home in the southwest Arkansas town of Nashville.

Hill, a Democrat, served in the state House from 1993 to 1996, then in the state Senate, including one year as the Senate president pro tempore during the 84th General Assembly.

In a statement, Governor Mike Beebe, who served alongside him in the legislature, said:

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