Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Gov. Beebe Disapproves Lt. Gov. Darr's Actions

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr is standing by his decision to sign a bill into law while Governor Mike Beebe was out of the state on business. Act 145 bans the public release of concealed handgun license records.

The bill would have become law with or without a signature since Beebe didn't veto it, but Darr wanted it put into effect immediately. Beebe says the lieutenant governor embarrassed himself by doing this. "I will be much more careful, [because] people like that you have to watch. You can't turn your back on them" he said. 

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State Tax Policy
3:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

House Speaker Makes Committee Appearances, Calls For Tax Cuts

Members of the House Revenue and Tax Committee look on as Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) calls for a time sensitive look at tax cuts.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter is calling on lawmakers to make $150 million in tax cuts this session.

The Republican from Cabot visited the House Judiciary, Public Health and Revenue and Tax Committees Tuesday morning reminding each committee of the time frame of the legislative session.

In the House Revenue and Tax Committee he told lawmakers he was counting on them to wade through the over $2 billion in tax cuts they have before them in a timely manner. He said not all tax cuts will be possible.

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Abortion Legislation
3:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Beebe Vetoes With Praise, Calls Darr's Signature Usurpation

A bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks may still have a chance, even after the Governor vetoed it Tuesday.

Governor Mike Beebe may have vetoed Representative Andy Mayberry’s 20-week abortion ban, but not before singing the Hensley Republican’s praises for asking Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr not to sign it while the Governor was out of the state.

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Sequester Arkansas
2:52 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Sequester Not Immediately Felt In Arkansas and Nation

Analysts say Arkansas would lose millions of dollars in funding for crucial education, military readiness, and job training programs, if Congress and the president don’t reach a deal to avoid the sequester.

Though the automatic spending cuts go into effect March 1, the government won’t run out of money until March 27 and that’s only if a new funding measure is not passed. Additionally, the full impact of sequestration won’t be felt by Arkansans until April 4 when furloughs begin.

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Local & Regional News
9:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Florida Dean Nominated For UAPB Chancellor Post

Laurence Alexander

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt has nominated an associate dean from the University of Florida to serve as next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Laurence Alexander now serves as associate dean of the graduate school and director of the Office of Minority Programs at Florida. If approved by the UA Board of Trustees, Alexander will begin his duties on July 1.

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9:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Tweak Goes To Governor

Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) said lawmakers need to adjust scholarship awards from the Arkansas Lottery for the program to stay afloat.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

Legislation to reduce the scholarship amount paid to students from the Arkansas Lottery is now going to the Governor for a signature.

The bill would set scholarships in tiers. Freshmen would receive $2,000, which would increase by $1,000 each year until senior year, topping out at $5,000.

The program currently pays $4,500 per year to four-year college students.

Two-year college students would be eligible for $2,000 per year, down from $2,250.

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4:26 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Governor Heading Back From D.C. With Medicaid Answers

Governor Mike Beebe is heading back from Washington DC, and with him are answers to lawmakers’ questions about the state’s options for expanding Medicaid under the Federal health care law.

The Governor, a Democrat, supports expansion, but some Republicans want more flexibility in the plan.

Representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville says he and his colleagues want to see more private insurance options.

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New Adventure Park
1:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Ozark Mountain Ziplines To Start Off Your Spring Season

Photo shows a section of children's course, with founder and zipline consultant Robert Nickell (front) and several staff, note the launch platform in the distance.
Credit Photo: Jacqueline Froelich

Jacqueline Froelich visited the 30-acre canopy zipline course

A new outdoor adventure park will open in North West Arkansas, just west of Eureka Springs.

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State Budget Policy
11:27 am
Mon February 25, 2013

State Spending Cap Bill To Get A Second Try This Week

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) said he'll try his bill to establish a state spending cap again this week.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The sponsor of a bill that would create a controversial state-spending cap says he will try it again in House committee Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, says he’s been researching successful spending caps in other states.

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Local & Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Arkansas Receives $42 Million Health Care Grant

Governor Mike Beebe met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington DC this Friday to discuss how low-income Arkansans can purchase insurance without going on expanded Medicaid. 

Arkansas is one of six states to be awarded a $42 million dollar grant for a new health care initiative. Beebe says the plan will address preventative care, as well as existing chronic conditions. 

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