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7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Sec. of State Mark Martin's Property Tax Exemptions Questioned

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
Credit sos.arkansas.gov/ / Sec. of State's Office

A second Republican candidate in as many months is coming under scrutiny for allegations of illegally claiming too many homestead property tax exemptions.

Late last week the liberal, investigative blog Blue Hog Report looked into the records of Secretary of State Mark Martin, finding he claimed the tax credit for both of his homes since at least 2008. The law only allows the credit for one residence.

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Local & Regional News
6:25 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Clinton Speaks at Southern Governors' Association Gathering

Former President Bill Clinton at the Southern Governors' Association's annual meeting in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Southern Governors’ Association’s annual meeting afternoon in downtown Little Rock Friday.

He spoke on the importance of internet access and educational technology in rural and underserved urban areas to achieve a more egalitarian south.

“Nobody in this room who has been alive at a time of fuller possibility than the the present moment,” he said to the group of lawmakers and industry representatives.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ross Criticizes Hutchinson's Social Security Record on 79th Anniversary

Mike Ross
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Thursday marked the 79th anniversary of the signing of Social Security and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross used the occasion to assail Republican Asa Hutchinson’s congressional record.

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas Candidates For Governor Talk Jobs At Pine Bluff Event

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Candidates for Arkansas governor shared ideas Wednesday for how to prepare the state to meet employment needs.

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Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Former President Clinton To Headline Event For Arkansas Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock in June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to Arkansas to raise money for the state Democratic Party.

A fundraiser is planned for Friday at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Clinton will headline the $250-per-person event and will be joined by Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco.

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Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Boozman Touts VA Reforms And Points Toward Privatization

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Senator John Boozman is touting a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs package signed into law this week as an important move toward resolving systemic problems uncovered in April. 

Boozman met with medical center officials at Little Rock’s John L. McLellan Memorial Veterans Hospital Friday. The Republican from Rogers says he’s confident the state’s VA hospitals in Little Rock and Fayetteville are performing well and that reforms will prove beneficial.

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Local & Regional News
3:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Immigration Heats Up As Issue In U.S. Senate Race

Immigration is heating up as an issue in Arkansas' closely watched Senate race, with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton targeting each other's records on border security in competing television ads.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday announced a new ad defending the two term lawmaker's record on immigration and border security. The 30-second spot pushes back against an ad Cotton began airing over the weekend that accuses the Democratic lawmaker of supporting amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

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Local & Regional News
1:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Mike Ross Unveils 'Bill Of Rights' For Older Arkansans

In his campaign for Arkansas governor, Democrat Mike Ross Thursday unveiled what he calls his "Seniors Bill of Rights." He detailed it during a speech in Hot Springs.  In an interview afterward, Ross said the plan would protect and empower Arkansas’s aging population.   

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10:29 am
Thu August 7, 2014

In Senate Race, Pryor To Talk Jobs, Cotton Launches Bus Tour

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is traveling to a Hot Springs water company to talk about jobs legislation he's proposed and to call for the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank.

Meanwhile his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, is launching a bus tour around Arkansas to promote his bid to unseat Pryor.

Pryor planned to talk Thursday about his "American-Made Strong" package of bills he's introduced that are aimed at boosting job growth. Pryor is visiting Mountain Valley Spring Water in Hot Springs.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Public Hearings On Private Option Changes

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Credit arkansas.gov

Arkansas is holding two hearings on proposals to require participants in the state's compromise Medicaid expansion to contribute to health savings accounts and face new limits on emergency transportation.

The Department of Human Services on Thursday plans to hold its first hearing on the proposed changes, which are set to be submitted to the federal government next month.

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