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6:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Legislature Weighs Human Trafficking Recommendations

Arkansas State Capitol
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A task force on human trafficking on Wednesday walked lawmakers through 19 recommendations that it believes would help Arkansas combat the problem. Proposals include changing the way Arkansas handles undocumented immigrants, particularly children. 

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6:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Large Robotics Competition To Draw Students To Little Rock Next Year

Gov. Mike Beebe (center) poses with students and officials involved with the Arkansas Rock City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

About 3,000 high school students from around the region will take part in a massive robotics competition next year in Little Rock. Details of the event, designed to make key subjects more engaging for young people, were announced Wednesday at the Capitol.

In the governor’s conference room, a robot named Nighthawk sped around, tossing a large ball toward Gov. Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. They joined with officials involved in the Arkansas Rock City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, to be held March 4-7, 2015 at Barton Coliseum.

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4:47 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Pryor Points To Equal Pay Vote As Difference With Cotton On Women

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D)

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday on a procedural motion to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act. Most Democrats, including incumbent Senator Mark Pryor are highlighting the vote in advance of November elections as something that distinguishes themselves from Republicans.

Pryor argued the bill would help women receive equal pay.

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4:13 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Library Director, Arts Community Advocate Jeff Baskin Dies

Jeff Baskin

The long-time director of North Little Rock’s Laman Public Library has died. Jeff Baskin, 67, was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer earlier this year. 

A funeral service will be held tomorrow, September 11.

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2:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Beebe Touts Private Option Despite Concerns In GAO Report

Gov. Mike Beebe speaking Wednesday at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Mike Beebe dismissed concerns over a report this week by the Government Accountability Office saying Arkansas’s private option plan will cost the federal government more than had been estimated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which approved the program.

Auditors had said the state’s alternative Medicaid expansion program will not be “revenue-neutral” compared to a standard Medicaid expansion under the federal healthcare law.

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12:48 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson To Square Off In Televised Debate

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off next week in a statewide televised debate.

Little Rock television station KARK announced Wednesday it will host a debate Sept. 19 between the two gubernatorial candidates.

The 7 p.m. debate will also be broadcast live on Fayetteville station KNWA and Texarkana TV station KTAL. The debate will also be replayed on stations in Memphis, Tennessee; El Dorado and Monroe, Louisiana; and Springfield, Missouri.

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12:43 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Big River Steel Gets Extension In Lawsuit Over Planned Mill

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes agreed Wednesday for a 28-day extension for the company to respond to the federal lawsuit filed by Nucor Steel. The lawsuit seeks to block Big River Steel from building its $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola and also seeks a revocation of the company's air permit issued by the state.

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9:24 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Private Groups To Help Enrollment After Arkansas Lawmakers Stopped Help

An screenshot from healthcare.gov near its launch.
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A joint effort of non-governmental organizations under the name Arkansans For Coverage launched an effort Tuesday to help people enroll in health care plans made available through the Affordable Care Act. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is among five groups in the joint effort to assist with navigating the health insurance marketplace or exchange.

AACF Executive Director Rich Huddleston said a vote by the state legislature earlier this year blocking state-funded outreach efforts makes this effort necessary.

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9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Arkansas Holding Annual Prescription Drug Summit

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More than 600 medical professionals, pharmacists, law enforcement officers and educators are gathering in Arkansas for the state's third annual summit on prescription drug abuse.
 
The summit is being held Wednesday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock and includes discussions on residential treatment, prescription abuse trends, community response to drug abuse and other topics. The luncheon's keynote speaker will be Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who is president of the National Association of Attorneys General.
 

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6:55 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UALR Hosts Forum on Race In Little Rock

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Civic and religious leaders from Little Rock spoke on racial inequality and conflict in the city at a forum Monday night at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.  The meeting was organized as a response to the recent shooting of teenager Michael Brown and subsequent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Religious leaders at the event spoke to the crowd about their role in helping with reconciliation between the races. Assistant pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Lindy Vogado, said primarily white congregations need to do more to raise consciousness about issues of race.

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