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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Arkansas Plant

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.

Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.

Local & Regional News
1:53 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Buffalo National River Increases Camping Fees

Credit Buffalo National River

Fees for some campground sites along the Buffalo National River have officially increased, effective this week.

The park conducted a comparability study to determine between a 2 and 5 dollar increase for some drive-in and walk-in sites.

Public Information Officer for the national park, Caven Clark, says the fee increases are comparable to other options in the area,  and that camping at the Buffalo River is still a bargain.

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Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Election Day To Decide Alcohol Sales In NLR's Park Hill

Residents of a North Little Rock neighborhood go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to allow the sale of alcohol.

The Park Hill neighborhood has been dry since 1966, but business leaders believe allowing the sale of alcohol could revive the area and bring restaurants to the stretch of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, between I-40 and McCain Boulevard.

220 people took part in early voting last week, election officials report.

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Technology Park
6:06 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Little Rock Tech Park Will Go Downtown, But Where?

The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is meeting this Wednesday to further discuss where the tech park will go now that the board has settled on a downtown location.

KUAR’s Nathan Vandiver spoke with reporter Luke Jones whose article in this week's Arkansas Business takes a look at where the site search is, and is going.

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Local & Regional News
9:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Nucor Challenge To Big River Steel Air Permit Will Delay Superproject

A challenge to Big River Steel’s air quality permit by Nucor Steel will delay or could trip up the $1.1 billion superproject planned for northeast Arkansas, but state officials expressed confidence that the steel mill will go forward.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Voters In NLR's Park Hill To Decide Whether To Allow Alcohol Sales

Signs line John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Park Hill asking voters to support the alcohol proposal.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Early voting starts Monday for residents of a historic North Little Rock neighborhood to consider repealing a ban on the sale of alcohol.

It has been almost half a century since residents of Park Hill voted to prohibit alcohol sales. The neighborhood is along both sides of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, between Interstate 40 and McCain Boulevard.

Former North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick, who today is president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, says the ban has kept the area from reaching its full potential.

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Local & Regional News
7:45 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Arkansas Based Poultry Plant Opens Second Location

Chicken provider, Pilgrim’s Pride has closed its plant in Batesville, but Ozark Mountain Poultry is opening a second location in the vacant plant Monday, November 11th.

The Rogers based company is expanding its production capacity, creating 250 new jobs and doubling the amount of poultry it provides to the restaurant industry.

Currently it provides about 1.5 million pounds of poultry to places like Sam’s Club and Jason’s Deli each week. Ed Fryar, Ozark’s CEO, says he is happy to keep production in-state.

Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Arkansas Home Sales Up 18 Percent From Last Year

The Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday that home sales are up 18% from this time last year.

Realtor Carolyn Cobb with Coldwell Banker says several things have contributed to the market’s current success.

"Factors just being interest rates remaining low, and people moving before school starts or getting houses closed so they can get their children in school," said Cobb. 

Cobb says the Arkansas housing market experienced a decrease in 2006 and is now leveling off. But the average price for the 43 county area surveyed was down about $1,500 from last year.  

Local & Regional News
5:02 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Little Rock Leaders Launch Campaign To Fund Robinson Renovation Project

Supporters of the renovation project gather on the steps of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.

Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Deceased Mountain Home Doctor May Have Crafted Largest Medicare Fraud in State History

The late Dr. Stacey Johnson of Mountain Home (inset) once owned and practiced at this medical building, where the alleged Medicare fraud occurred.
Credit Kevin Pieper / Arkansas Business

Efforts continue by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas to recover assets of a cardiologist charged with over billing Medicare by nearly $15 million.

Dr. Stacey Johnson of Mountain Home died earlier this year. A criminal investigator’s affidavit that was recently made public says if he were still alive, criminal charges likely would have been filed against Johnson.

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