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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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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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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.
Credit healthcare.gov

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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4:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Makes Payments For Ethics Violations

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving the Arkansas Ethics Commission hearing in December.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has repaid the state nearly $11,000 he owes for improper reimbursements he received before stepping down earlier this year. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said Thursday that Darr paid the state $10,973, the amount legislative auditors said he received in improper mileage reimbursements as lieutenant governor.

The AG's office said the payment removes the need for any litigation to retrieve the money from Darr.

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8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Boozman Speaking To Chamber About EPA Rules

Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman is speaking to a group of Arkansas business leaders about the federal government's proposed new rules for power plant pollution.

Boozman on Thursday was scheduled to speak at an event held by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas at the group's downtown Little Rock office.

The group has been holding forums with members of the state's congressional delegation about the proposed rules.

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5:37 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Governor Christie Calls Arkansas Top Pickup Opportunity

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling Arkansas the best opportunity for Republicans to pick up a governor's seat as he campaigns for Asa Hutchinson's gubernatorial bid.

Christie campaigned in Arkansas on Wednesday with Hutchinson, who is running against Democratic nominee and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross for the state's top office. The two are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

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3:19 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Senator Pryor Defends Campaign Ad Invoking Ebola And Criticizes Cotton

Senator Mark Pryor during a press conference Wednesday in Little Rock.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Incumbent Senator Mark Pryor continued to attack Republican challenger Tom Cotton Wednesday over votes on emergency and disaster relief. This week Pryor’s campaign launched a television advertisement criticizing a vote Cotton made against pandemic preparedness and how it relates to Ebola.

At his campaign headquarters in Little Rock Pryor said that while Cotton’s campaign has been making light of the ad, votes on pandemics such as Ebola, are important.

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8:52 am
Wed August 27, 2014

NJ Governor Christie Campaigning In Arkansas For Hutchinson

File photo of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is campaigning in Arkansas on behalf of Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson's campaign. Christie is scheduled to campaign with Hutchinson in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Rogers.

Hutchinson is running against Democratic rival and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross. The two are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Christie is a potential 2016 presidential candidate and chairs the Republican Governors Association.

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11:37 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Official Says Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Will 'Soon' Pay Up

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving a hearing by the Arkansas Ethics Committee last year that discussed his abuses.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas attorney general's office says it expects former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to reimburse the state nearly $11,000 for improper expenses "very soon." Darr owes the state $10,973 in improper expenses, which auditors recommended in April that he pay for misspending taxpayer funds.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that on top of that required payment, Darr also was fined $11,000 over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending. He resigned in February.

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8:21 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson Agree About Plans to Support Veterans

Mike Ross speaks to supporters about his priorities for aiding veterans.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said today he wants to empower the state's veterans commission, push for tax exemptions for retired military members and increase funding for treatment courts for veterans.

Ross announced his plan for serving Arkansas veterans today. He said with a national average of 22 veteran suicides a day, the state's next governor can't be complacent in his attention to the needs of the nearly 260,000 veterans living in Arkansas.

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