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Arkansas Medicaid Funding And Youth Home: Part One

May 22, 2012
Michelle Blaney
Malcolm Glover

As Arkansas officials prepare for a Medicaid shortfall of close to $400 million in 2014, many organizations that rely on those funds are battling budgetary constraints to continue providing necessary services that meet the needs of their patients.

On a rainy afternoon in a rural corner of West Little Rock, 20-year old Michelle Blaney from Bryant returns to the campus of Youth Home, the oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents in Arkansas.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Electric cars are entering the automotive market in Arkansas ever so slowly.

Fully electric cars have been on showroom floors for the last six months in the state. A few early adopters have been taking notice but finding an electric car on the road in central Arkansas can be an elusive task.

Don Bearden drives an electric vehicle, but he went the do-it-yourself route and built his own from a small truck and a forklift. Though, his car is more of a grocery-getter than a commuter.

  Attorney General Eric Holder told a Little Rock crowd Tuesday night, he will designate an employee to oversee the Justice Department’s prosecution efforts for human trafficking crimes.

Little Rock Airport
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Little Rock National Airport is being renamed in honor of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The airport's commission unanimously approved the name change Tuesday after hearing comments from the public.

Arkansas House Speaker-elect Darren Williams told the panel he believes it is an appropriate way to honor the 42nd President and the Secretary of State. 

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives, by a 54-46 vote Friday, chose Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock) to be the next Speaker of the House.

 

"It is such an honor ... I am thrilled beyond measure and I am humbled," Williams said of the vote.

The vote was historic because Willams is the first black speaker of the Arkansas house of representatives.

Williams told reporters he acknowleges the historical significance and he's happy his kids can see it, but historical significance is not why he ran.

Johnny Cash boyhoood home
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday, dozens of family members joined hundreds of fans and residents in the east Arkansas town of Dyess Sunday to formally mark the beginning of work to restore his boyhood home.

"This project has been in the making for several years and I never thought that it would actually come to fruition," said daughter Rosanne Cash, who led the ceremony at the Dyess Community Center. "We never foresaw that it would take on this kind of life."

George Takei
Malcolm Glover / KUAR News

Actor and activist George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, is in Little Rock this week to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

While the orchestra plays, Takei will narrate A Survivor from Warsaw, a piece written by Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg in 1947. As narrator, Takei takes on the persona of Jewish concentration camp survivor.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR

55 years ago, a modest home on West 28th Street in Little Rock was where the Little Rock Nine would meet to coordinate efforts to integrate Central High School.

During the days when National Guard troops kept them out of the school, it’s also where they would meet with tutors in the basement to keep up with their studies.

Today the home of L. C. and Daisy Bates is restored to the way it looked in those days and is available for tours from the National Park Service.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR News / KUAR

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola met with members of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association Thursday to personally present four plans to expand the State Fairgrounds should it remain in its Little Rock location.

 

Stodola says the city wants the fair to stay. Little Rock recently passed a sales tax which included $3 million specifically for the fair.

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