• Arkansas’ private option plan top story of 2013

    LITTLE ROCK — In a dramatic vote in the waning days of the session, Arkansas’ Legislature approved an innovative plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law — but in a way that satisfied more than three-quarters of the Republican-controlled House and Senate. …

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  • Open government champion among notable 2013 deaths

    A longtime journalist who championed open government and was a driving force behind Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, a law he later spent decades defending, was among the notable Arkansans who died during 2013. Robert “Bob” McCord died in April. He was 84. Others who …

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  • HUD awards $638,701 to housing authorities

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded 16 Arkansas public housing authorities a total of $638,701 in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance. The funding ranges from $25,115 to $57,024 to housing authorities in North Little Rock; …

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  • Arkansas’ new voter ID requirement takes effect

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three special elections in January will test Arkansas’ new voter ID law that took effect Wednesday. On Jan. 14, voters in Craighead County will elect a state senator to replace Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August after he was cited …

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  • 7 flu deaths reported

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says the flu is widespread across Arkansas and that seven people have died since September as a result of the virus. Gary Wheeler, the chief of infectious disease at the department, said the deaths have ranged …

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  • Mark Darr rebuffs calls to resign amid scandal

    LITTLE ROCK — Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe called on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Tuesday amid a campaign finance scandal but was rebuffed by his Republican second-in-command, who said he wanted to make “things right” with the people of Arkansas. Beebe said that before …

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  • Hearing set in Ark. dispatcher death

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A bond hearing is set to get underway for a man charged in the 2011 death of an Arkansas police dispatcher. Kevin Duck is set to have a bond hearing Monday in Hot Springs. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree …

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  • Unbuilt steel mill biggest 2013 economic news

    LITTLE ROCK — A $1.1 billion steel mill proposed for northeast Arkansas was the state’s biggest economic announcement of 2013, but excitement over the plant was tempered by job losses elsewhere in Arkansas. Big River Steel announced in January that it planned to build a …

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  • Insider stories from police, others sought

    CLINTON — Tony Cuttone, author of the new book, “Insider Stories from the Chicago Police Force & Others” (volume one), is looking for funny, true stories from police officers around the country for volume two in the series. Volume one is filled with more than …

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  • AG launches probe into Target breach

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas attorney general Dustin McDaniel says he has launched an investigation into a security breach at Target that affected millions of customers. McDaniel announced the investigation Thursday. He joins attorney generals from other states who have started similar investigations. Target said …

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  • 2 Ark. providers join Medicare cost-lowering plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two health-care provider networks in Arkansas will begin participating in a program that rewards providers for lowering the cost of care for Medicare patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that the new participants are Arkansas …

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  • Documentary goes behind the music in Branson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Documentary filmmakers A.J. Schnack and David Wilson knew it would be easy to make fun of Branson, middle America’s flag-waving, family-friendly celebration of musical variety shows and early-bird dinner specials. The Midwest natives felt a stronger obligation to dig beneath the …

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