Arkansas Life

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9:37 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Arkansas Nursing Homes Receive A Failing Grade In National Survey

Elderly residents wait in the hallway of a nursing home.

A new national report card by a nonprofit nursing home resident advocacy group gives failing marks to elder care facilities in Arkansas.

Families for Better Care, a Florida-based group; scored, ranked, and graded states on eight different federal quality measures ranging from staffing shortages to the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.

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5:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Proposal Would Have Pine Bluff Clubs Close Earlier

The Pine Bluff City Council is expected to consider a measure that would require earlier closing times for clubs.

The Pine Bluff City Council is scheduled to give final consideration to the proposed ordinance on Aug. 5.

The proposal would require all private clubs in the city to shut their doors at 1 a.m.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth says earlier closing times would cut down on the number of police calls to private clubs.

Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Legal Maneuvering Continues Over Arkansas Abortion Ban

The Washington Post reports that Arkansas is one of 10 states where important legal fights are being waged over abortion rights. 

Last week, Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Couple’s Donation To Youth Home Provides Transportation For Teens

from left to right: Chrissy Chatham, Dan Miller III, Phoebe Miller, and David Napier at ribbon cutting ceremony for Youth Home's new vans.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.

Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.

David Napier is Youth Home’s executive director.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Tue July 16, 2013

At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice

A vigil on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Monday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.

Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.

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Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost Arkansas Revenues

Supporters of immigration reform efforts in the U.S. hold a rally in Washington, D.C. and urge Congress to pass legislation.
Credit Nicholas Neufeld / iStock

A recent analysis by a liberal-leaning think tank estimates that undocumented immigrants pay $72.4 million a year in state and local taxes in Arkansas.

The report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy also suggests that immigration reform would positively impact Arkansas’s economy.

The study suggests that the state could gain $16.4 million in increased revenue if undocumented immigrants currently in Arkansas are allowed to work in the country legally.

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Local & Regional News
6:16 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Head Of Human Rights Campaign Plans Arkansas Stop

The president of Human Rights Campaign plans a stop in Arkansas after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is scheduled to speak at noon Monday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Griffin is a native of Hope and is the first Southerner to lead Human Rights Campaign, a group that lobbies for gay rights.

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Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Music Icon Launches Artists’ Careers With Arkansas And Tennessee-Based Business

Al Bell, former chairman of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records, starts Arkansas-based business for rare music talent.

A new business venture in North Little Rock and Memphis seeks to change current norms in the recording industry.

Music mogul Al Bell grew up in Arkansas and later became chairman of Stax Records and president of Motown Records.

Bell says he is once again working with authentic artists who no longer fit into conventional categories

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12:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Group Calls on Pryor to Drop Opposition To Expanding Background Checks For Guns

A bus for the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” campaign arrives in Little Rock.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Advocates encouraging state and federal officials to support what they call "sensible gun laws" held a rally in downtown Little Rock Thursday.

The attendees included area residents, faith leaders, survivors of gun violence, and the family members of victims killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Bill Branham is a gun owner and an avid target shooter. He’s lived in Arkansas since 1972 and decided to participate in the event.

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Local & Regional News
3:25 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Pryor And Boozman: Gay Marriage Ruling Won’t Change Arkansas Policy

L to R: Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision Wednesday that a federal same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional could impact public policy in Arkansas. 

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor supported the Defense of Marriage Act and says the high court’s ruling still recognizes that marriage contracts should be left up to individual states.

“Arkansas has made the determination that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Pryor said. “I support and respect the state’s decision and my personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman has not changed.”

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