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8:54 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Arkansas Insurance Commission Announces Delays

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Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the commission's conversion to a new system will mean a delay in issuing appointments, license renewals and the issuing of new licenses.

Bradford says the new system will mean an approximate 10-day stoppage in the processing of the documents beginning Oct. 10.

The department says those most likely to be affected are individuals and agencies with a health exchange license due at the end of September and agencies which normally renew Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

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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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8:23 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Boozman To Fight EPA Clean Air Plans Through Appropriations

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Senator John Boozman said he plans to fight back against air pollution regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Republican from Rogers spoke to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas in Little Rock Thursday praising their influence and promising to try and halt the EPA’s plan to reduce carbon emissions in the state 44 percent by 2030.

Boozman, as he has done in the past, doubted the science behind carbon emissions and pointed to economic concerns.

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4:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

State Legislators Review Problems With 911 Systems In Arkansas

Lawmakers review issues with local 911 systems Thursday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

State lawmakers are looking into problems with 911 systems across Arkansas. On Thursday, a legislative committee reviewed technological and staffing discrepancies between county systems.

State Senator Missy Irvin from Mountian View said some 911 call centers are run by police or fire departments. Others are run by volunteers that can’t consistently track the locations of incoming callers.

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5:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana Item Certified For 2016 Ballot


The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of an item for the 2016 ballot that would legalize use of medical marijuana.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the proposal meets state requirements to enable the sponsoring group, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, to begin gathering signatures. A similar proposal was on the 2012 ballot but was narrowly defeated.

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6:58 am
Fri August 8, 2014

ADEQ Sets Meetings On Air Pollution Controls

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has set a meeting to present the results of a recent statewide modeling analysis for air pollutants The Aug. 20 presentation at the agency's North Little Rock office is open to the public.

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6:24 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Whirlpool Testing For Toxic Chemical On Boys & Girls Club Land

File photo of the Whirlpool plant.
Credit Arkansas Times

Whirlpool Corp. is seeking additional testing for toxic chemicals in Fort Smith and the area Boys & Girls Club based on new contamination findings.

The Southwest Times Record reports Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel told youth club directors Tuesday that the company is seeking permission to test for trichloroethylene. The chemical is linked to increased cancer risks.

Noel says monitoring equipment has discovered the chemical in local groundwater but not soil. He says further testing is needed to determine if contaminants migrated under a road and onto the club property.

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3:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

3-D Mammograms At UAMS Helping Detection Rates

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock.
Credit / UAMS

Radiologists at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences are now using 3-D Mammogram technology that they say can uncover some previously undetectable breast cancers. Dr. Sharp Malak specializes in breast imaging at UAMS. He says traditional 2-D mammography couldn’t always detect every cancer and could sometimes detect abnormalities that end up being false positives. With the 3-D technology, known as Tomosynthesis, he says that has changed.

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6:31 am
Tue July 22, 2014

University of Arkansas Gets Cancer Research Funds

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors.

The goal of the five-year grant is attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of a secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer.

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5:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Medical Pot Measure Wording


Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

McDaniel's office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot.

The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

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