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Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The polls are closed and results are in.

Pulaski County voters voted against a tax increase to raise millions of dollars for Pulaski Technical College. 25.31 voted for the tax, and 74.69 voted against it.

The school would need mote than $11 million for renovations and upgrades, and some voters thought the school should come up with the funding itself.

If the vote had passed, homeowners would be paying $38 on a home valued at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart residents also voted on a tax increase.

They voted 'yes' to support the Baptist Health Medical Center there. The 1 percent tax increase is expected to generate $2.4 million annually for the Stuttgart hospital.

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (LRAFB) – Significant changes would come to the Air Force Reserve at Little Rock AFB under the proposed Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015.

If enacted into law, the 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, a C-130 Air Force Reserve unit at the central Arkansas base, would convert to the 913th Airlift Group, and be equipped with 10 C-130 J-model aircraft.  The unit would also be authorized to grow to more than 600 Reserve Airmen.

The proposed change in force structure at Little Rock AFB is just one part of an Air Force Reserve-wide shift as detailed in the Air Force portion of the fiscal 2015 President’s Budget Request (PBR).

NLR ex-mayor, state rep file for 2nd District seat

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays and state Rep. Ann Clemmer have officially entered the race for Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.

Hays, a Democrat, and Clemmer, a Republican, formally filed paperwork to enter the race Monday, the first day of the weeklong filing period for the 2014 elections. The seat is being vacated by GOP U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin.

Clemmer says her decision last week to vote against the funding bill for Arkansas' Medicaid expansion was not related to her congressional bid. Clemmer had backed the funding bill for the private option last year but said she had concerns about the program before launching her congressional campaign.

Griffin announced in October that he wouldn't run for re-election and is now seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

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Arkansas gov. defends private option savings figure

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says his proposal to boost funding for the state's prison system will be threatened if lawmakers halt a compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

Beebe told members of the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association on Tuesday that the new money he's proposed to build new prison beds and reimburse county jails for housing state inmates could be at risk if the private option isn't renewed during next month's legislative session. Beebe has said $89 million from his proposed budget relies on savings the state expects to see from the private option cutting down on uncompensated care costs.

Beebe also defended the state's estimate on the impact ending the private option would have on the state's budget.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AIME) - The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality (AIME) is prepared to collect signatures for The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (ASSMA) after the certification of their popular name and ballot title by the Attorney General, the filing of the petition part with Elections, and the first batch of petitions being printed.  They will start collecting on January 18th at the Fourth Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice (1:00pm on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol).

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

January 8: 7th Annual Oaklawn Jockey Club "Kick-Off" Banquet at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel. Reception & Silent Auction at 5:15 p.m., Dinner for 6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker: D. Wayne Lukas. Call 501-372-5959 or email elyse@nlrchamber.org, www.NLRChamber.org.

January 8: Live Entertainment!
The Joint features Improv Comedy

Artwork of cartoonist George Fisher on exhibit at Laman Library

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Laman Library's main branch is honoring political cartoonist and Arkansas native George Fisher with an exhibit of his artwork.

The exhibit officially opened this weekend displaying all original artwork as part of the President's exhibit. Fisher's drawings, seen as a series of visual metaphors and themes, are widely associated with politicians he caricatured.

"I like how he's really able to capture an emotion and tell a whole story with just the shapes of people using little archetypes really," said Dan Huff, a clerk at the Laman Library,

Fisher focused on former presidents Nixon, Carter, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton in his drawings.

This exhibit will be on display until Sun., Jan. 19.

For more information on the exhibit, you can visit the Laman Library website: http://on.kthv.com/1cEAiDC