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Arkansas Children's Hospital says its president and chief executive officer Jonathan Bates will retire next summer.

The hospital’s foundation, board of directors and Research Institute announced that with his stepping down, it will establish a $ 3 million endowed chair to initially fund the Jonathan R. Bates Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.

The center will focus on improving the delivery of health care, while lowering its cost.

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Governor Mike Beebe hopes Arkansas will not have to carry a disproportionate amount of the burden as President Obama and Congress work on a compromise for avoiding the fiscal cliff, should negotiations fail.

Beebe was back in Little Rock Wednesday after a meeting with President Obama, alongside other governors Tuesday at the White House.

The 90 minute meeting with the president also included five other governors, representing both parties and offering the states’ perspectives on negotiations.

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Arkansas’ 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year was honored on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there. You can listen to her report above.

Alexia (Ali) Weimer was chosen by the state’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.

She teaches kindergarten at the Avondale Elementary School in the East Arkansas town of Marion. 

Kim Wilson won 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year and serves on the committee.

She says Weimer deserves the honor.

Pulaski County Detention Facility
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Working building an expansion to the Pulaski County Detention Center has been finished and inmates are being moved in this week.

Wednesday afternoon, KUAR’s Kezia Nanda got a look at the facility.  You can listen to her report above.

The facility has offices for deputies, a visitation room, classroom and six large cells, each with 40 beds and a bathroom.

Sheriff Doc Holladay said the expansion was financed by Pulaski County’s general fund without taxes being raised.

For the first time since before the Civil War, Republicans Tuesday night won control of both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature.

Republican incumbents from Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives also won re-election, while Tom Cotton won the 4th district seat being vacated by Democrat Mike Ross.

But the margins in the state House and Senate weren't as wide as Republican leaders had hoped, suggesting both parties will still have to work together in reaching mutually satisfying agreements in the coming legislative session.

Arkansas Voters Head To Polls On Election Day

Nov 5, 2012

Listen to the audio link above to hear more views from voters at polling sites in central Arkansas.

Voters are at polling sites in communities across Arkansas for their final chance today to weigh-in on the issues and candidates this election cycle. At a precinct in Saline County, Leslie Bass said she was an undecided voter for a long time, but finally made up her mind.

Arkansas voters are about to make history, one way or another.

Democrats have selected as their incoming House leader Darrin Williams, who would serve as the state's first African-American speaker.

But Williams might never get to hold the gavel. Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking control of the Arkansas House — and Senate — for the first time since 1874.

Angela Davis at UALR
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On Thursday evening, crowds of people stood in long lines and later packed into the University Theatre on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to hear a lecture by longtime social activist, author, and educator Dr. Angela Davis.

Davis was in Little Rock to support new research efforts by members of UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity. The institute has assembled a diverse group of people throughout the state who are all dedicated to making constructive changes to Arkansas’s criminal justice system.

Dr. Matthew Pate
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Pine Bluff resident Matthew Pate is the author of a new book titled Corporal Punishment Around the World, a text that provides an overview of those practices in various cultures that inflict pain to curb misconduct.

Doctors voicing their opposition to Issue 5
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Several doctors are voicing their opposition to a medical marijuana proposal that will be on the ballot next month.

Members with the Physician Coalition Against Medical Marijuana spoke Wednesday afternoon in Little Rock saying marijuana has not been adequately researched.

Dr. David Smith with Baptist Health Medical Center says he deals with patients suffering from pain and death everyday and doesn’t believe this is the solution.

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